32 days in Colombia Itinerary

32 days in Colombia Itinerary

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32 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  17​h
1
San Andres Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Cali
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Salento
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Montenegro
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
5
Medellin
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
6
Bogota
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h
7
Santa Marta
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Cartagena
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Vancouver

4
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, explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador, see the vivid underwater world at West View, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de San Luis.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island trip itinerary maker site .

Vancouver, Canada to San Andres Island is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Vancouver to San Andres Island, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Vancouver in December, with highs in San Andres Island at 34°C and lows at 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to 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: see the interesting displays at Museo Aereo Fenix, appreciate the history behind Cristo Rey, get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de San Antonio, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Colonial y Religioso La Merced.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cali road trip tool .

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Cali takes 3 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Cali, with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Salento.

Things to do in Cali

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

3
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Go for a jaunt from Salento to Filandia to see El Palacio del Barbas about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Bosques de Cocora, identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, admire the verdant scenery at Valle del Cocora, and savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Salento online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Cali to Salento takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Salento sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Montenegro.

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

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Montenegro: Los Nevados National Park (in La Estrella), Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza (in Pereira) and Iglesia de Guadalupe (in Cartago). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Parque del Cafe, make a trip to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera), get outside with Globos Colombia, and pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose.

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Getting from Salento to Montenegro by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Montenegro can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Montenegro

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

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

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Medellin: Basilica Menor de Nuestra Senora del Rosario de Chiquinquira (in La Estrella) and Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol (in Penol). There's much more to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take a memorable drive along 2000m Descent and more, pause for some serene contemplation at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno, and take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Medellin trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Montenegro to Medellin in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Basilica Menor de Nuestra Senora del Rosario de Chiquinquira, Tejo In Medellin (tour), Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Walking tours
Laguna de Guatape ©
Laguna de Guatape

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bogota: Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra), Vivero Crisalide (in Chia) and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, experience the excitement of Whee Institute, and walk around Parque Metropolitano Simon Bolivar.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Bogota itinerary builder 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 December, things will get slightly colder in Bogota: highs are around 22°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

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

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Santa Marta side-trips: Minca (Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada & El Dorado Bird Reserve). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, admire the striking features of Alcaldia de Santa Marta, and admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta online day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Bogota to Santa Marta takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Bogota in December, things will get warmer in Santa Marta: highs are around 39°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Minca
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
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.
Go for a jaunt from Cartagena to Isla Baru to see Playa Blanca about 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Cartagena trip planner.

Getting from Santa Marta to Cartagena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

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

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