30 days in Colombia Itinerary

30 days in Colombia Itinerary

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30 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly + Drive:  20​h 30​min
1
Islas de Rosario
— 1 night
Travel:  2​h 45​min
2
Isla Baru
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Cartagena
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Santa Marta
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h
5
San Andres Island
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Bogota
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
7
Salento
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h
8
Medellin
— 7 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Manchester

1
night
Islas de Rosario

Islas de Rosario ©
On the 13th (Fri), kick back and relax at IslaBela. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Playa Dulce.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Islas de Rosario fast, fun, and easy.

Manchester, UK to Islas de Rosario is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Colombia Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from Manchester in December, things will get much warmer in Islas de Rosario: highs are around 37°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Isla Baru.

Things to do in Islas de Rosario

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
IslaBela ©
IslaBela

1
night
Isla Baru

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 15th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Aviario Nacional de Colombia and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Isla Baru tour planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Islas de Rosario to Isla Baru. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Isla Baru

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia

4
nights
Cartagena

Cartagena ©
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.
Visit Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Ermita Nuestra Senora De La Candelaria for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Miramar Beach Club. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, get impressive views of Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano), pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and deepen your understanding at Plaza Santo Domingo.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cartagena travel route planner .

You can drive from Isla Baru to Cartagena in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Cartagena are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

3
nights
Santa Marta

Santa Marta ©
Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
Escape the urban bustle at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona and Cristal Beach. Go for a jaunt from Santa Marta to Minca to see El Dorado Bird Reserve about 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Mundo Marino, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca, and stop by Yo Amo Santa Marta.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Santa Marta online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Santa Marta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

El Dorado Bird Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach

5
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Visit Playa de San Luis and Playa Charquitos for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to La Piscinita and West View. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Cayo El Acuario, kick back and relax at Playa de Spratt Bight, explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador, and step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Andres Island trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Santa Marta to San Andres Island in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Santa Marta, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Andres Island, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Cayo El Acuario ©
Cayo El Acuario
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

4
nights
Bogota

Bogota ©
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 plaza. Get a sense of the local culture at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica. Step out of Bogota to go to Tierra Negra and see Laguna de Guatavita, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, take a stroll through Barrio La Candelaria, look for gifts at Cesar Giraldo, Taller Manual Del Cuero, and identify plant and animal life at Alameda de Quebrada Vieja.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Bogota trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Bogota takes 2.5 hours. When traveling from San Andres Island in December, plan for little chillier days in Bogota, with highs around 22°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Salento.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, Laguna de Guatavita
Highlights from your plan
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

3
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Escape the urban bustle at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve and Los Nevados National Park. Change things up with a short trip to Filandia Centro Artesanal in Filandia (about 54 minutes away). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Bosques de Cocora, admire the verdant scenery at Valle del Cocora, take in the exciting artwork at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Salento journey planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Bogota to Salento takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in December: high temperatures in Salento hover around 32°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Filandia Centro Artesanal, Los Nevados National Park
Highlights from your plan
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Valle del Cocora ©
Valle del Cocora

7
nights
Medellin

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Get some historical perspective at Catedral Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes and Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno. Get a sense of the local culture at Museo de Antioquia and Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol. Explore Medellin's surroundings by going to Piedra Del Penol (in Guatape) and Basilica Menor de Nuestra Senora del Rosario de Chiquinquira (in La Estrella). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along 2000m Descent and more, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Guatape, look for gifts at Duna Store, and identify plant and animal life at Las Tangaras Bird Reserve.

To find photos and more tourist information, go to the Medellin trip website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Salento to Medellin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Medellin can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Piedra Del Penol, Catedral Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes, Parroquia la Nina Maria, Basilica Menor de Nuestra Senora del Rosario de Chiquinquira, Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Parque Arvi ©
Parque Arvi
Piedra Del Penol ©
Piedra Del Penol

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