30 days in Colombia Itinerary

30 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia trip planner

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Cartagena
— 4 nights
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Santa Marta
— 3 nights
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San Andres Island
— 4 nights
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Medellin
— 3 nights
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Salento
— 3 nights
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Cali
— 3 nights
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Inza
— 1 night
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Villavieja
— 1 night
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Bogota
— 6 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.
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Walled City of Cartagena will appeal to history buffs. Boat Tours & Water Sports and Plaza Santo Domingo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Cartagena with a short trip to Aviario Nacional de Colombia in Isla Baru, about 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, appreciate the extensive heritage of Baluarte de la Merced, look for gifts at Lili Duran Design Studio, and take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Zenu.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cartagena online itinerary builder.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Cartagena is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time to Colombia Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in February, things will get much warmer in Cartagena: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and Alcaldia de Santa Marta are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Marta: Minca (Museo Minca - Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada & El Dorado Bird Reserve). It doesn't end there: get outside with El Rodadero and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marine World Aquarium.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Santa Marta journey planner.

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Santa Marta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to fly to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

San Andres Island

— 4 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Step out of the city life by going to La Piscinita and West View. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Plaza Canon de Morgan and Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador, stop by Esmeraldas Colombianas, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island tour itinerary planning app.

Getting from Santa Marta to San Andres Island by flight takes about 6.5 hours. When traveling from Santa Marta in March, plan for a bit cooler days in San Andres Island, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Medellin.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Parroquia Nuestra Senora del Rosario de La Piedra and Arte Loft Galeria. Escape the urban bustle at medellin 2000m DESCENT and Las Tangaras Bird Reserve. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, walk around Parques del Rio, and look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Arvi.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Medellin trip planner.

You can fly from San Andres Island to Medellin in 3.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Andres Island in March since evenings lows in Medellin dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Salento.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Salento

— 3 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Take a break from the city and head to Bosques de Cocora and Reserva La Rivera. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour, view the masterpieces at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Salento online trip maker.

Getting from Medellin to Salento by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cali.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Tours · Nature · Outdoors

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.
Get outdoors at Picoloro Ecoturismo and Bichacue Yath Arte y Naturaleza. Camino Real and Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia are good opportunities to explore the local culture. It doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Farallones de Cali and see the interesting displays at MUSA Museo Arqueologico.

Discover how to plan a Cali trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Salento to Cali takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Cali can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Inza.

Things to do in Cali

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Inza

— 1 night
On the 17th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Tierradentro.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Inza trip planning site.

Getting from Cali to Inza by car takes about 5 hours. While traveling from Cali, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Inza, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Villavieja.

Things to do in Inza

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Villavieja

— 1 night
Clinging to the banks of the Magdalena River, Villavieja serves as a gateway to the Tatacoa Desert.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): examine the collection at Casa del Totumo, then look for all kinds of wild species at Desierto de la Tatacoa, and then walk around Parque Valle de la Tatacoa.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Villavieja road trip planning app.

Drive from Inza to Villavieja in 4.5 hours. When traveling from Inza in March, plan for warmer days and about the same nights in Villavieja: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Villavieja

Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Bogota

— 6 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 outdoors at Monserrate and Suesca Rocks. Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira and Catedral Primada de Bogota will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bogota: Observatorio de Colibries (in La Calera), Zipaquira (Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores & Centro Comercial La Casona de Zipaquira) and Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Fatima (in Tocancipa). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), don't miss a visit to Bolivar Square, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Bogota vacation planning website.

Traveling by car from Villavieja to Bogota takes 6 hours. In March, Bogota is cooler than Villavieja - with highs of 23°C and lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.