34 days in Colombia Itinerary

34 days in Colombia Itinerary

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34 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Cartagena
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  7 h 15 min
2
Providencia Island
— 1 night
Ferry:  2 h 45 min
3
San Andres Island
— 4 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  3 h
4
Santa Marta
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  5 h 15 min
5
San Gil
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  3 h 15 min
6
Medellin
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h
7
Salento
— 4 nights
+4
Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly:  7 h
8
Leticia
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
9
Bogota
— 4 nights
Fly:  20 h
End: Tel Aviv

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Aviario Nacional de Colombia and Plaza de San Diego. Escape the urban bustle at Speed Boats Tours and Playa Blanca. Take a break from Cartagena with a short trip to Playa Puntilla in Isla Baru, about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Barrio Getsemani, make a trip to Plaza de La Trinidad, pause for some photo ops at Escultura de Adolfo Mejia, and explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cartagena online vacation planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Cartagena is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Cartagena, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Tel Aviv in February, with highs in Cartagena at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Isla Baru
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Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Barrio Getsemani ©
Barrio Getsemani
Speed Boats Tours

1
night
Providencia Island

Providencia Island ©
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Morgan's Head and then step off the mainland to explore Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to The Peak Forestry Reserve and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Providencia Island journey maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cartagena to Providencia Island takes 7.5 hours. March in Providencia Island sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo ©
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo
Scuba & Snorkeling
The Peak Forestry Reserve ©
The Peak Forestry Reserve

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.
Escape the urban bustle at West View and Scuba & Snorkeling. Step off the beaten path and head to Playa de Spratt Bight and Banco de la Republica. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, head off the coast to Cayo Bolivar, appreciate the history behind La Barracuda, and explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island trip itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Providencia Island to San Andres Island in 3 hours. In March, daily temperatures in San Andres Island can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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West View
West View
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Mundo Marino. Get in touch with nature at Cristal Beach and Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, walk around Parque de Los Novios, and look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Marta itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from San Andres Island to Santa Marta takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Andres Island in March, expect nights in Santa Marta to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 39°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Gil.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

3
nights
San Gil

San Gil ©
Providing some of the region's best opportunities for paragliding, rappelling, white-water rafting, kayaking, hiking, and caving, San Gil appeals to adventure seekers and nature lovers wishing to escape overcrowded Bogota, located several hours' drive to the south.
Visiting Parque Nacional de Chicamocha and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Cascada de Juan Curi and Capilla de Santa Barbara. When in San Gil, make a side trip to see Monumento al Buey in Barichara, approximately Barichara away. And it doesn't end there: push the limits with an extreme tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Gallineral, and stroll around Parque La Libertad.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Gil trip builder app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Santa Marta to San Gil in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Santa Marta in March, expect San Gil to be little chillier, temps between 30°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in San Gil

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Barichara, Parque Nacional de Chicamocha
Highlights from your plan
Parque La Libertad ©
Parque La Libertad
River Rafting & Tubing
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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.
Get in touch with nature at 2000m Descent and more and Parque Arvi. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parasailing & Paragliding and Laguna de Guatape. There's much more to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia la Nina Maria, walk around Parques del Rio, and look for all kinds of wild species at Las Tangaras Bird Reserve.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Medellin journey planner.

Getting from San Gil to Medellin by combination of bus and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Medellin are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Salento.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Envigado
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
medellin 2000m DESCENT ©
medellin 2000m DESCENT
Parque Arvi ©
Parque Arvi

4
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kasaguadua Natural Reserve and Coffee & Tea Tours. Get outdoors at Valle del Cocora and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Los Nevados National Park in La Estrella (about 52 minutes away). There's much more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, relax in the rural setting at El Recuerdo Finca Cafetera Tradicional, and explore the striking landscape of Bosques de Cocora.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Salento trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Medellin to Salento takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Leticia.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Los Nevados National Park
Highlights from your plan
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Valle del Cocora ©
Valle del Cocora
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

3
nights
Leticia

Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Reserva Natural Tanimboca and Isla de Los Micos. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Balneario Arbelaez. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Amazon Maguta Jungle Lodge, admire the natural beauty at El Jardin de la Victoria Regia, observe the fascinating underwater world at Bioparque Etuena, and stroll around Parque Santander.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Leticia trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Salento to Leticia takes 7 hours. Traveling from Salento in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Leticia: highs are around 36°C and lows about 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Leticia

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Reserva Natural Tanimboca ©
Reserva Natural Tanimboca
Isla de Los Micos ©
Isla de Los Micos

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 hidden gems such as Laguna de Guatavita and Mina de Sal de Nemocon. Visiting Monserrate and Humedal de Cordoba will get you outdoors. When in Bogota, make a side trip to see Bogota Beer Company in Tocancipa, approximately Tocancipa away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and don't miss a visit to Bolivar plaza.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bogota visit site .

Fly from Leticia to Bogota in 2.5 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Leticia in March: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 23°C and lows are around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Laguna de Guatavita, Bogota Beer Company, Mina de Sal de Nemocon
Highlights from your plan
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Mina de Sal de Nemocon ©
Mina de Sal de Nemocon
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

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