30 days in Colombia Itinerary

30 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Train to Paris CDG, Fly to Santa Marta
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Santa Marta
— 4 nights
Fly
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San Andres Island
— 5 nights
Fly
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Bogota
— 5 nights
Drive
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Villavieja
— 1 night
Drive
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Salento
— 2 nights
Fly
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Medellin
— 4 nights
Fly
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Isla Baru
— 1 night
Ferry
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Cartagena
— 6 nights
Fly to Amsterdam Schiphol, Train to Brussels

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Santa Marta

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Cristal Beach and Playa Bello Horizonte. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Marta: Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona (in Tayrona National Park) and Minca (El Dorado Bird Reserve & Museo Minca - Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marine World Aquarium, and explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Santa Marta trip builder tool.

Brussels, Belgium to Santa Marta is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Brussels to Santa Marta. In June, Santa Marta is warmer than Brussels - with highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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San Andres Island

The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Get some historical perspective at Primera Iglesia Bautista and Plaza Canon de Morgan. Relax by the water at Playa de San Luis and Playa de Spratt Bight. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, kick back and relax at Playa Charquitos, and take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Andres Island trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Santa Marta to San Andres Island by flight takes about 6.5 hours. When traveling from Santa Marta in June, plan for slightly colder days in San Andres Island, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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Bogota

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira and Bolivar Square. Venture out of the city with trips to Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra), Zipaquira (Museo Arqueologico de Zipaquira, Esensal, &more) and Museo Indigena Guatavita (in Guatavita). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros, and stop by Vivero Crisalide.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Bogota online travel planner.

Fly from San Andres Island to Bogota in 4.5 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from San Andres Island in June; daily highs in Bogota reach 22°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Villavieja.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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Villavieja

Clinging to the banks of the Magdalena River, Villavieja serves as a gateway to the Tatacoa Desert.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Casa del Totumo, identify plant and animal life at Desierto de la Tatacoa, and then walk around Parque Valle de la Tatacoa.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Villavieja holiday maker tool.

You can drive from Bogota to Villavieja in 6.5 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Bogota in June; daily highs in Villavieja reach 39°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Salento.

Things to do in Villavieja

Parks · Wildlife · Museums

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Salento

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Salento is known for nature, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, pedal to the sights with Bike Tours, explore the striking landscape of Bosques de Cocora, and experience rural life at Las Acacias Coffee Farm.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Salento road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Villavieja to Salento takes 7.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Villavieja in June: high temperatures in Salento hover around 33°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping

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Medellin

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.
Visit Catedral Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes and Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno for their historical value. The adventure continues: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, make a trip to Plaza Botero, identify plant and animal life at Parque Arvi, and take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Medellin online visit planner.

Fly from Salento to Medellin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Medellin can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Isla Baru.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Isla Baru

Lying south of Cartagena, Isla Baru was connected to the mainland until the construction of the Canal del Dique.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Aviario Nacional de Colombia and then kick back and relax at Playa Blanca.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Isla Baru trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Isla Baru takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Isla Baru

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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Cartagena

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Walled City of Cartagena. There's lots more to do: deepen your understanding at Plaza Santo Domingo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Baluarte de la Merced, make a trip to Torre del Reloj, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cartagena trip itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Isla Baru to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in June, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
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.