33 days in Colombia Itinerary

33 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia vacation planner

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Cartagena
— 3 nights
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Santa Marta
— 2 nights
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Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
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Medellin
— 3 nights
Fly to Alfonso Bonilla Aragon International Airport, Drive to Buenaventura
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Buenaventura
— 2 nights
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Cali
— 18 nights
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Bogota
— 2 nights
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Cartagena

— 3 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.
Visit Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Walled City of Cartagena and Las Bovedas. Go for a jaunt from Cartagena to Isla Baru to see Playa Blanca about 1h 5 min away. It doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa and don't miss a visit to Plaza de La Trinidad.

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

Frankfurt, Germany to Cartagena is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Colombia Standard Time is minus 6 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Frankfurt in January, with highs in Cartagena at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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.
You've now added Expotur to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Santa Marta, and then admire the landmark architecture of Alcaldia de Santa Marta. On the next day, kick back and relax at Playa Blanca and then delve into the distant past with Expotur.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Santa Marta trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Santa Marta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Tayrona National Park

— 1 night
You've now added Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tayrona National Park visit site.

You can drive from Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park in 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Tayrona National Park are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Medellin

— 3 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 2000m DESCENT has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take a memorable drive along medellin 2000m DESCENT. On your second day here, make a trip to Plaza Botero, then pause for some serene contemplation at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno, and then contemplate the long history of Pueblito Paisa.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Medellin itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Tayrona National Park to Medellin takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Tayrona National Park in January, expect Medellin to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 20°C. On the 10th (Mon), you're off to Buenaventura.

Things to do in Medellin

Scenic Drive · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Buenaventura

— 2 nights
Buenaventura is a coastal seaport city on the department of Valle del Cauca, Colombia (South America). On the 11th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Buenaventura and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pianguita Beach.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Buenaventura day trip app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Medellin to Buenaventura. Traveling from Medellin in January, Buenaventura is a bit warmer at night with lows of 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cali.

Things to do in Buenaventura

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Cali

— 18 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 historical perspective at Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros and Hacienda Canasgordas. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo Aereo Fenix and Parroquia Catedral San Pedro de Buga. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cali: Sendero Ecologico Las Brumas (in Calima), Palmira (Unicentro Palmira, Parque de la Factoria, &more) and Hacienda El Paraiso (in El Cerrito). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Andoke, appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de San Antonio, get up close to creatures of the deep with Trip Trip, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Ermita.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cali trip planner.

You can drive from Buenaventura to Cali in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Buenaventura in January, expect little chillier with lows of 22°C in Cali. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cali

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Bogota

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Das Haus. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, then join in the after-dark buzz at Das Haus, and then admire the architecture and history at Iglesia Santa Beatriz.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Bogota online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cali to Bogota takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Cali in January, plan for little chillier days in Bogota, with highs around 23°C, while nights are colder with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Nightlife · Museums · Historic Sites

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.