32 days in Colombia Itinerary

32 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia travel planner

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Cartagena
— 5 nights
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Santa Marta
— 4 nights
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San Andres Island
— 5 nights
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Cali
— 3 nights
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Montenegro
— 3 nights
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Medellin
— 5 nights
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Bogota
— 4 nights
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Cartagena

— 5 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, don't miss a visit to Baluarte de la Merced, pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cartagena trip planner.

Colombo, Sri Lanka to Cartagena is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Colombo to Cartagena is minus 10.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Santa Marta

— 4 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.
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and Museo Mapuka are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Marta: Museo Minca - Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada (in Minca), Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona (in Tayrona National Park) and Parroquia Nuestra Senora del Rosario (in Barranquilla). And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, examine the collection at Casa Museo Gabriel Garcia Marquez, look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Marine World Aquarium.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Santa Marta day trip planning website.

Drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. February in Santa Marta sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Museums · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

San Andres Island

— 5 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana and Plaza Canon de Morgan are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita, don't miss a visit to Rocky Cay, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Spratt Bight.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island driving holiday website.

Traveling by flight from Santa Marta to San Andres Island takes 6.5 hours. Traveling from Santa Marta in March, expect nights in San Andres Island to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are slightly colder, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cali.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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.
Get some cultural insight at Museo Aereo Fenix and Camino Real. The adventure continues: hike along Picoloro Ecoturismo, get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de San Antonio, see the interesting displays at MUSA Museo Arqueologico, and make a trip to Mirador Sebastian Belalcazar.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cali sightseeing planner.

You can fly from San Andres Island to Cali in 4.5 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Cali, with lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Montenegro.

Things to do in Cali

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Montenegro

— 3 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region and Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Montenegro: Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza (in Pereira) and Salento (Kasaguadua Natural Reserve & Bosques de Cocora). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera), try out the rides at Parque del Cafe, and get outside with Globos Colombia.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Montenegro holiday maker app.

Traveling by car from Cali to Montenegro takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Cali, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Montenegro, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Montenegro

Parks · Theme Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Medellin

— 5 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.
Get some cultural insight at Museo de Antioquia and Parroquia Sta Ana Santuario de Maria Auxiliadora .Sabaneta. Change things up with these side-trips from Medellin: Basilica Menor Del Senor De Los Milagros (in San Pedro de los Milagros) and Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol (in Penol). And it doesn't end there: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, get outside with Outdoor Activities, walk around Parques del Rio, and contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Guatape.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Medellin online travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Montenegro to Medellin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In March in Medellin, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bogota

— 4 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bogota: Vivero Crisalide (in Chia) and Zipaquira (Esensal, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, &more). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monserrate, see the interesting displays at Museo Internacional De La Esmeralda, look for gifts at Garrapata Textil, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bogota road trip planning site.

Fly from Medellin to Bogota in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Medellin in March; daily highs in Bogota reach 23°C and lows reach 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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.