32 days in Colombia Itinerary

32 days in Colombia Itinerary

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32 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  16 h 45 min
1
San Andres Island
— 5 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  3 h
2
Santa Marta
— 4 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3 h
3
Bogota
— 5 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
4
Montenegro
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 15 min
5
Medellin
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
6
Islas de Rosario
— 1 night
Ferry + Bus:  3 h 45 min
7
Cartagena
— 7 nights
Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Zurich

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, historic sites, beaches, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, identify plant and animal life at Cayo El Acuario, explore the gorgeous colors at West View, and stroll through Cocoplum Bay.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island planning site .

Zurich, Switzerland to San Andres Island is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Colombia Time is minus 6 hours. In December, San Andres Island is much hotter than Zurich - with highs of 34°C and lows of 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Santa Marta.

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

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Marta: Minca (Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada & El Dorado Bird Reserve). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, enjoy the sand and surf at Cristal Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque de Los Novios, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Santa Marta route builder tool .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from San Andres Island to Santa Marta in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from San Andres Island, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Marta, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Bogota.

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
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bogota: Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra) and Zipaquira (Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira & Esensal). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monserrate, and look for gifts at El Cuchitril Second Hand Shop.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Bogota trip website .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Santa Marta to Bogota takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Santa Marta in January, with highs in Bogota at 23°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Montenegro.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

4
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 Montenegro's surroundings by going to Los Nevados National Park (in La Estrella), Salento (Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, Bosques de Cocora, & more) 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, head outdoors with Globos Colombia, and don't miss a visit to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera).

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Montenegro trip planner .

You can fly from Bogota to Montenegro in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Traveling from Bogota in January, things will get a bit warmer in Montenegro: highs are around 32°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Montenegro

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Salento, Los Nevados National Park, Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera), Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza
Highlights from your plan
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Parque del Cafe ©
Parque del Cafe
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora

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 a short trip to Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol in Penol (about 1h 40 min away). And it doesn't end there: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, look for gifts at Duna Store, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Medellin trip itinerary builder .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Montenegro to Medellin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Medellin can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Islas de Rosario.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

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

1
night
Islas de Rosario

Islas de Rosario
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): head outdoors with Bora Bora Cartagena Beach Club. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Dulce.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Islas de Rosario trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Medellin to Islas de Rosario. Traveling from Medellin in January, expect Islas de Rosario to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Islas de Rosario

Outdoors Beaches Parks

7
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cartagena: Isla Baru (Playa Blanca & Aviario Nacional de Colombia). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, contemplate the long history of Plaza Santo Domingo, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cartagena attractions planner.

Explore your travel options from Islas de Rosario to Cartagena with the Route module. In January, daytime highs in Cartagena are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Isla Baru
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

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