30 days in Colombia Itinerary

30 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia planner

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Bogota
— 4 nights
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Cali
— 3 nights
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Salento
— 2 nights
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Montenegro
— 2 nights
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Medellin
— 4 nights
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Santa Marta
— 3 nights
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Cartagena
— 4 nights
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Zipaquira (Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira & Casa Museo Quevedo Zornoza) and Museo Aeroespacial Colombiano (in Tocancipa). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), grab your bike and head to Ciclovia de Bogota, look for gifts at El Cuchitril Second Hand Shop, and take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bogota trip itinerary maker.

Dallas, USA to Bogota is an approximately 11-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dallas to Bogota. Traveling from Dallas in September, expect Bogota to be much colder, temps between 67°F and 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cali.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Go for a jaunt from Cali to Palmira to see Catedral de Nuestra Senora del Rosario del Palmar about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Museo Aereo Fenix, contemplate the long history of Hacienda Canasgordas, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Ermita.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cali tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Bogota to Cali by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Bogota, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Cali, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Salento.

Things to do in Cali

Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

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 9th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, relax in the rural setting at Las Acacias Coffee Farm, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and finally explore the galleries of Region Paisaje / Landscape Region. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Reserva La Rivera and then appreciate the views at Valle del Cocora.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Salento tour itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Cali to Salento in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Cali in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Salento: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Montenegro.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

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 11th (Sat): head outdoors with Globos Colombia, see the interesting displays at Museo del Oro Quimbaya, and then make a trip to Eje Cafetero (Zona Cafetera). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Parque del Cafe.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Montenegro trip maker.

Traveling by car from Salento to Montenegro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in September, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Montenegro

Theme Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

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.
Medellin is known for parks, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, stop by Evok, and examine the collection at El Castillo Museo y Jardines.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Medellin travel route planning site.

You can fly from Montenegro to Medellin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September in Medellin, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · 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 Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona in Tayrona National Park, about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with Caribe Colombiano Diving, admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta, and don't miss a visit to El Amanuense Libros & Cafe.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta online holiday builder.

You can fly from Medellin to Santa Marta in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, Santa Marta is somewhat warmer than Medellin - with highs of 92°F and lows of 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Oceanario in Islas de Rosario (about 1h 35 min away). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, admire the striking features of Las Bovedas, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Zenu, and steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cartagena day trip tool.

You can drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Cartagena are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

San Andres Island

— 7 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: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, identify plant and animal life at West View, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de San Luis, and explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Andres Island online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to San Andres Island takes 3.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in San Andres Island can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

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.