31 days in Colombia Itinerary

31 days in Colombia Itinerary

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31 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Bogota
Fly + shuttle:  3​h
1
Santa Marta
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Cartagena
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
San Andres Island
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Cali
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Salento
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Montenegro
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
7
Medellin
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
8
Bogota
— 5 nights
End: Bogota

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.
Take a break from Santa Marta with a short trip to El Dorado Bird Reserve in Minca, about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta, enjoy the sand and surf at Cristal Beach, and admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Santa Marta online trip maker .

Bogota to Santa Marta is an approximately 3-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Bogota in August; daily highs in Santa Marta reach 39°C and lows reach 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Cartagena.

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
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru (about 1h 05 min away). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, steep yourself in history at Torre del Reloj, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cartagena online route planner .

Getting from Santa Marta to Cartagena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Playa Blanca
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

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.
San Andres Island is known for nature, wildlife, beaches, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, look for all kinds of wild species at Cayo El Acuario, explore the fascinating underground world of Morgan's Cave, and take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Andres Island day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to San Andres Island takes 3.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in San Andres Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Cali.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

3
nights
Cali

Cali ©
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, museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Museo Aereo Fenix, make a trip to Mirador Sebastian Belalcazar, stroll around Parque de La Salud, and get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de San Antonio.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cali trip itinerary website .

You can fly from San Andres Island to Cali in 3 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in September, Cali is a bit cooler at night with lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Salento.

Things to do in Cali

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Museo Aereo Fenix ©
Museo Aereo Fenix
Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia ©
Zoologico de Cali ©
Zoologico de Cali

4
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Salento is known for nature, wildlife, historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Bosques de Cocora, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, and browse the exhibits of Region Paisaje / Landscape Region.

Make your Salento itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Cali to Salento by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Cali in September: highs in Salento hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Montenegro.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Tours Nature
Highlights from your plan
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Valle del Cocora ©
Valle del Cocora

2
nights
Montenegro

Montenegro ©
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 (Wed): get outside with Canopy Los Caracolies, don't miss a visit to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera), and then head outdoors with Globos Colombia. Keep things going the next day: relax in the rural setting at El Paraiso del Bambu y La Guadua and then get in on the family fun at Parque del Cafe.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Montenegro road trip website .

Traveling by car from Salento to Montenegro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Montenegro can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Montenegro

Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)
Highlights from your plan
Parque del Cafe ©
Parque del Cafe
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera) ©
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)
El Paraiso del Bambu y La Guadua ©
El Paraiso del Bambu y La Guadua

4
nights
Medellin

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, historic sites, zoos & aquariums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and look for gifts at Duna Store.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Medellin road trip planning tool .

Getting from Montenegro to Medellin by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. September in Medellin sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Parroquia la Nina Maria
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Walking tours
Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora

5
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.
Explore Bogota's surroundings by going to Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra) and Zipaquira (Esensal & Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), don't miss a visit to Centro Empresarial Santa Barbara, stroll around Parque de Usaquen, and steep yourself in history at Bolivar plaza.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Bogota day trip planning app .

You can fly from Medellin to Bogota in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Medellin in September, things will get slightly colder in Bogota: highs are around 22°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

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