42 days in Colombia Itinerary

42 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia planner

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Bogota
— 5 nights
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Cali
— 5 nights
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Salento
— 4 nights
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Montenegro
— 3 nights
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Medellin
— 5 nights
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San Andres Island
— 7 nights
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Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
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Santa Marta
— 4 nights
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Cartagena
— 6 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bogota: Zipaquira (Esensal & Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), explore the galleries of Museo Santa Clara, admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Bogota trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to Bogota is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Bogota due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from London in July: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 21°C and lows are around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cali.

Things to do in Bogota

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Cali

— 5 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.
Spend the 31st (Sun) exploring nature at Farallones de Cali. There's lots more to do: stroll through Picoloro Ecoturismo, appreciate the history behind Cristo Rey, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and see the interesting displays at Museo Aereo Fenix.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cali trip planner.

You can fly from Bogota to Cali in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Bogota in July, plan for warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Cali: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Salento.

Things to do in Cali

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Salento

— 4 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Spend the 4th (Thu) exploring nature at Bosques de Cocora. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, view the masterpieces at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, relax in the rural setting at El Recuerdo Finca Cafetera Tradicional, and take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Cocora.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Salento road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Cali to Salento takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Montenegro.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

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.
Go for a jaunt from Montenegro to La Estrella to see Los Nevados National Park about 56 minutes away. Pack the 8th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Parque del Cafe. There's more to do: get outside with Globos Colombia and don't miss a visit to Eje Cafetero (Zona Cafetera).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Montenegro trip itinerary website.

Getting from Salento to Montenegro by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Montenegro

Theme Parks · Tours · Nature · Parks

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.
Medellin is known for parks, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Medellin.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Medellin trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Montenegro to Medellin in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

San Andres Island

— 7 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Spend the 19th (Fri) exploring nature at Manglares de Old Point National Park. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, make a trip to Cayo Rocoso, identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Dream Island Spa.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Andres Island trip tool.

You can fly from Medellin to San Andres Island in 4 hours. Traveling from Medellin in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 30°C in San Andres Island. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Tayrona National Park

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de las 7 Olas.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tayrona National Park day trip tool.

Fly from San Andres Island to Tayrona National Park in 6.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

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.
Change things up with a short trip to El Dorado Bird Reserve in Minca (about 44 minutes away). Spend the 24th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Cristal Beach, examine the collection at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, and stroll through Bahia Concha.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Santa Marta online route planner.

Traveling by car from Tayrona National Park to Santa Marta takes 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Cartagena

— 6 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.
Explore Cartagena's surroundings by going to Oceanario (in Islas de Rosario) and Playa Blanca (in Isla Baru). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and get impressive views of Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano).

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Cartagena trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. August in Cartagena sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · 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.