32 days in Colombia Itinerary

32 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Bogota
— 5 nights
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Bucaramanga
— 2 nights
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Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
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Santa Marta
— 2 nights
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Cartagena
— 4 nights
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San Andres Island
— 5 nights
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Cali
— 3 nights
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Salento
— 2 nights
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Montenegro
— 2 nights
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Medellin
— 4 nights
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Bogota

— 5 nights

Athens of South America

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 Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), savor the flavors at Food & Drink, take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Bogota trip itinerary maker tool.

Cairo, Egypt to Bogota is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Cairo to Bogota, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cairo in January, Bogota is little chillier at night with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can fly to Bucaramanga.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Tours · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Bucaramanga

— 2 nights

City of Parks

A tour of Bucaramanga may yield little evidence that it dates back as far as 1622.
On the 21st (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional de Chicamocha. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Puente del Bicentenario, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica San Juan Bautista, then walk around Parque Gallineral de Giron, and finally take some stellar pictures from Ecoparque Cerro del Santisimo.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Bucaramanga day trip planner.

Getting from Bogota to Bucaramanga by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in January, expect nights in Bucaramanga to be much hotter, around 21°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to fly to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Bucaramanga

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tayrona National Park

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tayrona National Park trip itinerary website.

Getting from Bucaramanga to Tayrona National Park by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bucaramanga in January: high temperatures in Tayrona National Park hover around 39°C and lows are around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Parks · Nature
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Santa Marta

— 2 nights

America's Pearl

Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Marine World Aquarium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): walk around Parque de Los Novios, then take in nature's colorful creations at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, and then see the interesting displays at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Santa Marta online tour planner.

You can drive from Tayrona National Park to Santa Marta in 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Santa Marta can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Cartagena

— 4 nights

City of Heroes

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 Islas de Rosario to see Oceanario about 1h 35 min away. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, make a trip to Plaza Santo Domingo, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cartagena travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Santa Marta to Cartagena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

San Andres Island

— 5 nights
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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, don't miss a visit to Cayo Rocoso, explore the gorgeous colors at West View, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de San Luis.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Andres Island road trip planning app.

Fly from Cartagena to San Andres Island in 3 hours. January in San Andres Island sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can fly to Cali.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Cali

— 3 nights

Salsa Capital of the World

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.
Take a break from Cali with a short trip to Camino Real in Barichara, about 12 hours away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia, meet the residents at Zoologico de Cali, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Colonial y Religioso La Merced, and identify plant and animal life at Picoloro Ecoturismo.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cali trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from San Andres Island to Cali in 4 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in February, expect a bit cooler with lows of 22°C in Cali. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Salento.

Things to do in Cali

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Trails

Side Trip

Salento

— 2 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Bosques de Cocora. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, push the limits with an extreme tour, and then admire the verdant scenery at Valle del Cocora.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Salento trip builder.

Getting from Cali to Salento by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Cali in February, plan for a bit cooler days in Salento, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Montenegro.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Montenegro

— 2 nights
Named after the dark trees covering the area's hills, Montenegro (literally Black Mountain) sits in a verdant zone irrigated by three major rivers.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): get outside with Globos Colombia, don't miss a visit to Eje Cafetero (Zona Cafetera), and then head outdoors with Canopy Los Caracolies. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): get in on the family fun at Parque del Cafe.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Montenegro trip planner.

Traveling by car from Salento to Montenegro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in February, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Medellin.

Things to do in Montenegro

Theme Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Medellin

— 4 nights

City of the Eternal Spring

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, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Parque Explora.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Medellin sightseeing website.

Fly from Montenegro to Medellin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In February in Medellin, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.