35 days in Colombia Itinerary

35 days in Colombia Itinerary

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35 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Cartagena
— 6 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Santa Marta
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  5 h 15 min
3
San Gil
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  7 h
4
Leticia
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  5 h 15 min
5
Tocancipa
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
6
Villavieja
— 1 night
Drive:  7 h 30 min
7
Salento
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  3 h
8
Medellin
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  7 h 30 min
9
Providencia Island
— 2 nights
Ferry:  2 h 45 min
10
San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  21 h
End: Tel Aviv

6
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.
Get outdoors at Aviario Nacional de Colombia and Playa Puntilla. Explore hidden gems such as Speed Boats Tours and Barrio Getsemani. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Plaza de San Diego, appreciate the history behind La Gorda Gertrudis, take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cartagena route app .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Cartagena is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Cartagena. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Tel Aviv in March; daily highs in Cartagena reach 37°C and lows reach 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Isla Baru
Highlights from your plan
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Speed Boats Tours
Barrio Getsemani ©
Barrio Getsemani

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and Playa Grande. We've included these beaches for you: Bahia concha Santa Marta Colombia and Cristal Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Marta: Playa de las 7 Olas (in Tayrona National Park) and Barranquilla (Catedral Metropolitana Maria Reina, Museo del Caribe, &more). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with El Rodadero, ponder the world of politics at Alcaldia de Santa Marta, examine the collection at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Marta online travel planner .

You can drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to San Gil.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Barranquilla, Taganga, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Playa de las 7 Olas
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Grande ©
Playa Grande
Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta

3
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Cascada de Juan Curi. Explore hidden gems such as Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Pozo Azul. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Gil: Barichara (Iglesia de Santa Lucia de Guane, Monumento al Buey, &more) and Parque Nacional de Chicamocha (in Bucaramanga). It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Parque Gallineral.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Gil route maker site .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Santa Marta to San Gil in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Santa Marta in April, things will get a bit cooler in San Gil: highs are around 30°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Leticia.

Things to do in San Gil

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Barichara, Parque Nacional de Chicamocha
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Capilla de Santa Barbara ©
Capilla de Santa Barbara

3
nights
Leticia

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 Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico and Parque Santander. Visiting Reserva Natural Tanimboca and La Ruta de Eware will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, get outside with Balneario Arbelaez, see the interesting displays at Museo Etnografico, and head off the coast to Isla de Los Micos.

Plan trip to Leticia with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from San Gil to Leticia in 7 hours. Traveling from San Gil in April, expect Leticia to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Tocancipa.

Things to do in Leticia

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico ©
Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico
Reserva Natural Tanimboca ©
Reserva Natural Tanimboca
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Tocancipa

Tocancipa ©
You might not realize it, but some of the world's most renowned monuments reside in the Colombian town of Tocancipa.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Museo de la Sal, then explore the activities along Laguna de Guatavita, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bogota Beer Company. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia del Divino Salvador, look for all kinds of wild species at Aves Internacionales Colombia, and then examine the collection at Museo Aeroespacial Colombiano.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tocancipa journey maker website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Leticia to Tocancipa. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Villavieja.

Things to do in Tocancipa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Sopo, Museo de la Sal, Laguna de Guatavita
Highlights from your plan
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Museo de la Sal ©
Museo de la Sal
Museo Aeroespacial Colombiano ©
Museo Aeroespacial Colombiano

1
night
Villavieja

Villavieja ©
Clinging to the banks of the Magdalena River, Villavieja serves as a gateway to the Tatacoa Desert.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): examine the collection at Casa del Totumo, identify plant and animal life at Desierto de la Tatacoa, and then walk around Parque Valle de la Tatacoa.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Villavieja trip maker site .

Drive from Tocancipa to Villavieja in 7 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Villavieja can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Salento.

Things to do in Villavieja

Parks Wildlife Museums
Highlights from your plan
Desierto de la Tatacoa ©
Desierto de la Tatacoa
Parque Valle de la Tatacoa ©
Parque Valle de la Tatacoa
Casa del Totumo ©
Casa del Totumo

1
night
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, admire the verdant scenery at Valle del Cocora, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and finally identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Barbas Bremen Nature Reserve and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Salento online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Villavieja to Salento takes 7.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Villavieja in April; daily highs in Salento reach 32°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Salento

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Barbas Bremen Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Valle del Cocora ©
Valle del Cocora
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

5
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 Parasailing & Paragliding and Cerro El Picacho. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Off-Road Tours and Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen. Explore Medellin's surroundings by going to Parque Comfama Rionegro (in Rionegro) and Cementerio Jardines Montesacro (in Itagui). And it doesn't end there: push the limits with an extreme tour, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and get engrossed in the history at Museo de Antioquia.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Medellin trip maker website .

Getting from Salento to Medellin by combination of bus and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In April in Medellin, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cementerio Jardines Montesacro, Parque Comfama Rionegro, Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Off-Road Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
nights
Providencia Island

Providencia Island ©
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Step off the beaten path and head to Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo and Morgan's Head. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Santa Catalina will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to The Peak Forestry Reserve, visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse Providence, enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Bay, and take in the views from Lover’s Lane.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Providencia Island tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Medellin to Providencia Island takes 7.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Medellin in April since evenings lows in Providencia Island dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Catalina, Fort Bay
Highlights from your plan
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo ©
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo
Scuba & Snorkeling
The Peak Forestry Reserve ©
The Peak Forestry Reserve

3
nights
San Andres Island

The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Visit Playa de Spratt Bight and Playa de San Luis for some beach relaxation. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Bahia Suroeste will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Bahia del Cove, contemplate the geological forces at El Totumo Volcon, identify plant and animal life at Cayo El Acuario, and explore the gorgeous colors at West View.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island day trip site .

Ride a ferry from Providencia Island to San Andres Island in 3 hours. In April in San Andres Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

El Totumo Volcon
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
El Totumo Volcon ©
El Totumo Volcon

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