31 days in Colombia Itinerary

31 days in Colombia Itinerary

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31 days in Colombia Itinerary

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

3
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, zoos & aquariums, historic sites, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, observe the fascinating underwater world at Parque Explora, stop by Duna Store, and head outdoors with 2000m Descent and more.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Medellin trip builder app .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Medellin. In December in Medellin, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Montenegro.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Walking tours
Laguna de Guatape ©
Laguna de Guatape

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Montenegro side-trips: Los Nevados National Park (in La Estrella), Iglesia de Guadalupe (in Cartago) and Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza (in Pereira). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Parque del Cafe, pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose, don't miss a visit to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera), and head outdoors with Globos Colombia.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Montenegro trip maker .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Medellin to Montenegro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Montenegro can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Salento.

Things to do in Montenegro

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera), Los Nevados National Park, Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose, Iglesia de Guadalupe, Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza
Highlights from your plan
Los Nevados National Park ©
Los Nevados National Park
Parque del Cafe ©
Parque del Cafe
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera) ©
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)

3
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Take a break from Salento with a short trip to El Palacio del Barbas in Filandia, about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora, identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, admire the verdant scenery at Valle del Cocora, and experience rural life at El Recuerdo Finca Cafetera Tradicional.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Salento tour itinerary planning app .

Getting from Montenegro to Salento by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. December in Salento sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cali.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

El Palacio del Barbas
Highlights from your plan
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

4
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: see the interesting displays at Museo Aereo Fenix, appreciate the history behind Cristo Rey, don't miss a visit to Bichacue Yath Arte y Naturaleza, and look for gifts at La Grafiteria.

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Getting from Salento to Cali by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December in Cali, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cali

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

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, make a trip to Rocky Cay, Head underground at Morgan's Cave, and look for all kinds of wild species at Cayo El Acuario.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island trip itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Cali to San Andres Island in 3 hours. Traveling from Cali in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Andres Island, with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

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

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). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, deepen your understanding at Plaza Santo Domingo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, and admire the striking features of Las Bovedas.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cartagena travel route planning website .

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. In January in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Oceanario, Playa Blanca
Highlights from your plan
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.
Santa Marta is known for nature, beaches, wildlife, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, stop by Yo Amo Santa Marta, walk around Parque de Los Novios, and stroll through Cristal Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Santa Marta trip website .

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Santa Marta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Santa Marta, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Bogota side-trips: Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira), Vivero Crisalide (in Chia) and Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Fatima (in Tocancipa). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, and kick back and relax at Laguna de Guatavita.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Bogota online itinerary planner .

Getting from Santa Marta to Bogota by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Santa Marta in January; daily highs in Bogota reach 23°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Vivero Crisalide, Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Fatima, Laguna de Guatavita, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

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