30 days in Colombia Itinerary

30 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia travel planner

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San Andres Island
— 5 nights
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Santa Marta
— 2 nights
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Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
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Medellin
— 4 nights
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Salento
— 2 nights
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Cali
— 3 nights
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Bogota
— 5 nights
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Villa de Leyva
— 2 nights
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Covenas
— 1 night
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Cartagena
— 4 nights
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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 parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, stroll through La Piscinita, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana, and see some colorful creatures with Scuba San Andres Dive Shop.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Andres Island holiday planner.

New York City, USA to San Andres Island is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from New York City in November, things will get much warmer in San Andres Island: highs are around 86°F and lows about 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Santa Marta.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Santa Marta

— 2 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.
On the 23rd (Mon), walk around Parque de Los Novios, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Marine World Aquarium. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta, explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, and then examine the collection at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Santa Marta trip planner.

Fly from San Andres Island to Santa Marta in 6.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in November, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Tayrona National Park

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tayrona National Park trip tool.

Getting from Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Tayrona National Park can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Medellin.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your 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.
Medellin is known for parks, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, see the sky in a new way at Planetario de Medellin, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia, and fly like a bird with Ecoventure.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Medellin trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Tayrona National Park to Medellin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tayrona National Park in November, with highs in Medellin at 80°F and lows at 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can fly to Salento.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Tours · Museums · Adventure

Side Trip

Salento

— 2 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): stroll through Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, then experience rural life at Las Acacias Coffee Farm, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and finally view the masterpieces at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Bosques de Cocora.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Salento trip builder tool.

Fly from Medellin to Salento in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Salento can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cali.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, don't miss a visit to Mirador Sebastian Belalcazar, and test your problem-solving skills at Skappin.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Cali online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Salento to Cali in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Bogota.

Things to do in Cali

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

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.
Explore Bogota's surroundings by going to Zipaquira (Casa Museo Quevedo Zornoza, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, &more) and Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, look for gifts at El Cuchitril Second Hand Shop, and grab your bike and head to Ciclovia de Bogota.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Bogota journey maker website.

You can fly from Cali to Bogota in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Cali in December, expect nights in Bogota to be colder, around 46°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Villa de Leyva

— 2 nights
Positioned away from major trade routes and exploitable resources, the colonial town of Villa de Leyva has been largely left alone--leaving a window into the 16th century that has become one of Colombia's most popular attractions.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Museo El Fosil, then contemplate the waterfront views at Pozos Azules, and then gain a rich perspective with Xplora Villa de Leyva.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Villa de Leyva online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Bogota to Villa de Leyva takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Covenas.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Covenas

— 1 night
Coveñas is a town and municipality located in the Sucre Department, northern Colombia. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with Covenas Diving Co..

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Covenas trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Villa de Leyva to Covenas. In December, daily temperatures in Covenas can reach 93°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Covenas

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Highlights from your trip

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.
Go for a jaunt from Cartagena to Islas de Rosario to see Oceanario about 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, contemplate the long history of Torre del Reloj, admire the striking features of Las Bovedas, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cartagena trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Covenas to Cartagena takes 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 76°F. On the 16th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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.