29 days in Colombia Itinerary

29 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia trip maker

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Bogota
— 5 nights
Fly
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Santa Marta
— 3 nights
Fly
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Medellin
— 4 nights
Fly
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Cartagena
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Isla Baru
Fly
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San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly to Providencia, Taxi to Providencia Island
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Providencia Island
— 1 night
Taxi to Providencia, Fly to Cali
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Cali
— 4 nights
Drive
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Salento
— 3 nights
Fly to Bogota, Foot to Aeropuero Int. El Dora

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Bogota

— 5 nights

Athens of South America

Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
Change things up with a short trip to Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira in Zipaquira (about 54 minutes away). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), don't miss a visit to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera), admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis, and contemplate the long history of Bolivar Square.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Bogota driving holiday planning website.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major aiport is El Dorado International Airport. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Santa Marta

— 3 nights

America's Pearl

Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
Step out of Santa Marta with an excursion to Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona in Tayrona National Park--about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playaca, don't miss a visit to El Amanuense Libros & Cafe, and take in the architecture and design of Universidad del Magdalena.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Santa Marta trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Santa Marta takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in November: high temperatures in Santa Marta hover around 38°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Medellin

— 4 nights

City of the Eternal Spring

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Go for a jaunt from Medellin to Guatape to see Piedra Del Penol about 1h 50 min away. There's much more to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, steep yourself in history at Pueblito Paisa, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parque Explora, and stroll around Parque Lleras.

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You can fly from Santa Marta to Medellin in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Santa Marta in November, with highs in Medellin at 31°C and lows at 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trip

Cartagena

— 5 nights

City of Heroes

The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
Cartagena is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, steep yourself in history at Torre del Reloj, race across the water with Boats4U, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cartagena trip planning site.

Getting from Medellin to Cartagena by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Medellin in November, with highs in Cartagena at 37°C and lows at 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Isla Baru.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Transportation

Side Trip

Isla Baru

Lying south of Cartagena, Isla Baru was connected to the mainland until the construction of the Canal del Dique.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Isla Baru trip site.

Traveling by ferry from Cartagena to Isla Baru takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Isla Baru

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
Highlights from your trip

San Andres Island

— 3 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
San Andres Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, see the interesting displays at Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres, make a trip to Rocky Cay, and look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island trip builder app.

You can fly from Isla Baru to San Andres Island in 5 hours. November in San Andres Island sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Providencia Island

— 1 night
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): don't miss a visit to The Peak Forestry Reserve and then step off the mainland to explore Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Providencia Island sightseeing website.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from San Andres Island to Providencia Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In November, daily temperatures in Providencia Island can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cali.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Nature · Parks

Cali

— 4 nights

Salsa Capital of the World

Learning how to salsa may be the most popular thing to do in Cali, but this giant city in southwestern Colombia represents more than just the "Salsa Capital of the World." Home to over 2 million people, thriving Cali serves as a major commercial and industrial center in South America, boasting the fastest-growing economy in Colombia.
Spend the 23rd (Tue) exploring nature at Farallones de Cali. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Museo Aereo Fenix, appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de San Antonio, get to know the resident critters at Zoologico de Cali, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Francisco.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cali online tour planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Providencia Island to Cali in 6.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Cali when traveling from Providencia Island in November, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Salento.

Things to do in Cali

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Salento

— 3 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Get out of town with these interesting Salento side-trips: Montenegro (Parque del Cafe & Globos Colombia). Spend the 27th (Sat) exploring nature at Bosques de Cocora. It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Salento tour itinerary maker site.

Getting from Cali to Salento by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in November, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Tours · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.