30 days in Colombia Itinerary

30 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia vacation builder

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

— 1 night

Golden Gate of Colombia

An industrial port city on Colombia's Caribbean coast, Barranquilla represents the fourth-most populous city in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Monumento Ventana Al Mundo, then go for a walk through Gran Malecon, and then see the interesting displays at Museo del Caribe.

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Philadelphia, USA to Barranquilla is an approximately 12-hour flight. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Philadelphia in December; daily highs in Barranquilla reach 91°F and lows reach 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Barranquilla

Museums

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.
Take a break from Santa Marta with a short trip to Plaza Centenario in Cienaga, about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in nature's colorful creations at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, stroll around Parque de Los Novios, and stroll through Playa Blanca.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Santa Marta road trip planning website.

Drive from Barranquilla to Santa Marta in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Santa Marta sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 75°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Tayrona National Park

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

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You can drive from Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to fly to Bogota.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Bogota

— 3 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.
When in Bogota, make a side trip to see Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira in Zipaquira, approximately Zipaquira away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), stop by Vitrina Guayca, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and admire all the interesting features of Monserrate.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, read Bogota holiday website.

You can fly from Tayrona National Park to Bogota in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, Bogota is much colder than Tayrona National Park - with highs of 67°F and lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Cali.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Cali

— 3 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.
Cali is known for zoos & aquariums, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museo Aereo Fenix, trek along Picoloro Ecoturismo, soothe aching muscles at Movarte Studio, and take a stroll through Barrio San Antonio.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cali trip planning site.

You can fly from Bogota to Cali in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in December: high temperatures in Cali hover around 86°F and lows are around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Armenia.

Things to do in Cali

Parks · Historic Sites · Trails · Tours

Armenia

— 2 nights

Miracle City

The capital city of Quindio Department, Armenia was founded in 1889 by Jesus Maria Ocampo as he sought a hideout in the Quindio mountains.
On the 24th (Thu), indulge in your favorite hot beverage with Caficultur and then don't miss a visit to Eje Cafetero (Zona Cafetera). On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: glide through the air with Quindio Aventurero, get outside with Globos Colombia, and then head outdoors with Canopy Los Caracolies.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Armenia travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cali to Armenia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. December in Armenia sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Salento.

Things to do in Armenia

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trips

Salento

— 3 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Spend the 26th (Sat) exploring nature at Bosques de Cocora. There's still lots to do: stroll through Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, view the masterpieces at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, admire the verdant scenery at Valle del Cocora, and relax in the rural setting at El Recuerdo Finca Cafetera Tradicional.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Salento tour planner.

Drive from Armenia to Salento in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Pereira.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Tours

Pereira

— 2 nights
A center of commerce and trade, the thriving city of Pereira was founded in 1863.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): join in the after-dark buzz at Dos Cosechas Coffee and then shake up your sightseeing with Montanas Colombianas. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Los Nevados National Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Pereira trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Salento to Pereira takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Pereira are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Medellin.

Things to do in Pereira

Parks · Nature · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

Medellin

— 3 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.
Medellin is known for parks, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, test your problem-solving skills at Enigma Escape Room Medellin - Envigado, look for gifts at Evok, and see Off-Road Tours.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Medellin trip maker app.

You can fly from Pereira to Medellin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Medellin are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to fly to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

San Andres Island

— 4 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 parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Piscinita, don't miss a visit to Cayo Rocoso, explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador, and step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island vacation maker.

You can fly from Medellin to San Andres Island in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Medellin in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 76°F in San Andres Island. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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 with an excursion to Oceanario in Islas de Rosario--about 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, see the interesting displays at Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, and contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena.

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Fly from San Andres Island to Cartagena in 3 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

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.