30 days in Colombia Itinerary

30 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia journey planner

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Cartagena
— 4 nights
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San Andres Island
— 5 nights
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Santa Marta
— 3 nights
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Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
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Bogota
— 4 nights
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Cali
— 2 nights
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Montenegro
— 2 nights
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Salento
— 2 nights
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Pereira
— 1 night
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Medellin
— 4 nights
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Cartagena

— 4 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.
Step out of Cartagena to go to Islas de Rosario and see Oceanario, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, and steep yourself in history at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cartagena trip itinerary maker app.

Beirut, Lebanon to Cartagena is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Beirut to Cartagena due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Beirut in April, with highs in Cartagena at 38°C and lows at 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Parks · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trip

San Andres Island

— 5 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, take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador, identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita, and see some colorful creatures with Blue Life Centro de Buceo.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Andres Island road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to San Andres Island takes 3.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in San Andres Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
Explore Santa Marta's surroundings by going to Minca (El Dorado Bird Reserve & Museo del Cacao de Minca). Spend the 11th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, kick back and relax at Playa Blanca, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Universidad del Magdalena, and stroll around Parque de Los Novios.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta driving holiday planner.

Fly from San Andres Island to Santa Marta in 6.5 hours. When traveling from San Andres Island in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Santa Marta, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Tayrona National Park

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona and then kick back and relax at Playa de las 7 Olas.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tayrona National Park tour itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park in 1.5 hours. In April in Tayrona National Park, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Bogota

— 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Bogota side-trips: Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar) and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, stop by Bta Capital, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

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You can fly from Tayrona National Park to Bogota in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Tayrona National Park in April: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 22°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Cali.

Things to do in Bogota

Tours · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Cali

— 2 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.
On the 19th (Mon), examine the collection at Museo Aereo Fenix, then admire the striking features of El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada), and then examine the collection at Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoologico de Cali and then trek along Picoloro Ecoturismo.

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Traveling by flight from Bogota to Cali takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In April, Cali is a bit warmer than Bogota - with highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Montenegro.

Things to do in Cali

Parks · Trails · Wildlife · Outdoors

Montenegro

— 2 nights
Named after the dark trees covering the area's hills, Montenegro (literally Black Mountain) sits in a verdant zone irrigated by three major rivers.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): gain a rich perspective with Parque del Cafe. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Eje Cafetero (Zona Cafetera), take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Quimbaya, and then get outside with Globos Colombia.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Montenegro online holiday maker.

You can drive from Cali to Montenegro in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. While traveling from Cali, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Montenegro, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Salento.

Things to do in Montenegro

Theme Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Salento

— 2 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
On the 23rd (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, relax in the rural setting at Las Acacias Coffee Farm, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Salento using our trip planner.

You can drive from Montenegro to Salento in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Salento, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Pereira.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Pereira

— 1 night
A center of commerce and trade, the thriving city of Pereira was founded in 1863.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El Claret, and finally experience rural life at Dos Cosechas Coffee.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Pereira online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Salento to Pereira takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Pereira are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Pereira

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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 La Estrella to see Basilica Menor de Nuestra Senora del Rosario de Chiquinquira about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parque Explora, identify plant and animal life at Parque Arvi, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Medellin online holiday planner.

You can fly from Pereira to Medellin in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Medellin can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.