43 days in Colombia Itinerary

43 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia visit 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
— 4 nights
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Salento
— 3 nights
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Montenegro
— 3 nights
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Medellin
— 5 nights
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San Gil
— 3 nights
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Villa de Leyva
— 4 nights
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Bogota
— 5 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.
Step out of Cartagena to go to Isla Baru and see Playa Blanca, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, get impressive views of Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano), admire the landmark architecture of Las Bovedas, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cartagena trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Cartagena is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Colombia Standard Time is minus 5 hours. In June, Cartagena is much hotter than Manchester - with highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side 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.
Explore Santa Marta's surroundings by going to Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona (in Tayrona National Park) and El Dorado Bird Reserve (in Minca). Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cristal, look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Marine World Aquarium.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Santa Marta driving holiday planner.

Getting from Cartagena to Santa Marta by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Santa Marta can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to fly to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

San Andres Island

— 5 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
San Andres Island is known for nature, wildlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de San Luis, stroll through Bahia Cocoplum, and Head underground at Morgan's Cave.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island trip planner.

Fly from Santa Marta to San Andres Island in 6.5 hours. When traveling from Santa Marta in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Andres Island: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can fly to Cali.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Cali

— 4 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.
Cali is known for zoos & aquariums, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: trek along Picoloro Ecoturismo, look for gifts at La Grafiteria, appreciate the history behind Cristo Rey, and see the interesting displays at Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cali trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Cali takes 4 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Cali when traveling from San Andres Island in July, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Salento.

Things to do in Cali

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Nature

Salento

— 3 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Salento is known for nature, parks, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, admire the verdant scenery at Valle del Cocora, indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

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Getting from Cali to Salento by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Montenegro.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Tours · Nature · 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza (in Pereira), Iglesia de Guadalupe (in Cartago) and Los Nevados National Park (in La Estrella). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Globos Colombia, get in on the family fun at Parque del Cafe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose, and make a trip to Eje Cafetero (Zona Cafetera).

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Montenegro trip maker.

Drive from Salento to Montenegro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Montenegro are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Medellin.

Things to do in Montenegro

Parks · Tours · Theme Parks · 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.
Take a break from Medellin with a short trip to Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol in Penol, about 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, have some family-friendly fun at Bubble Foot Medellin, take in the history at Parroquia Sta Ana Santuario de Maria Auxiliadora .Sabaneta, and get engrossed in the history at Museo de Antioquia.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Medellin day trip planning website.

You can fly from Montenegro to Medellin in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. July in Medellin sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to fly to San Gil.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

San Gil

— 3 nights

Colombia's Adventure Sport Capital

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Gil: Parque Nacional de Chicamocha (in Bucaramanga) and Salto Del Mico (in Barichara). Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, walk around Parque La Libertad, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Gil trip planner.

You can fly from Medellin to San Gil in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in San Gil can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in San Gil

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

Villa de Leyva

— 4 nights
Positioned away from major trade routes and exploitable resources, the colonial town of Villa de Leyva has been largely left alone--leaving a window into the 16th century that has become one of Colombia's most popular attractions.
Explore Villa de Leyva's surroundings by going to Sendero Ecologico la Zarza (in Duitama), Iglesia de la Renovacion (in Chiquinquira) and Capilla y Museo de Santa Clara la Real (in Tunja). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museo Paleontológico, take in the exciting artwork at Guadalupe Arte & Diseno, look for gifts at Joyeria MORPHILIA, and admire the striking features of Casa Terracota.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Villa de Leyva vacation site.

Traveling by car from San Gil to Villa de Leyva takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bogota.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bogota: Vivero Crisalide (in Chia), Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra) and Zipaquira (Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira & Esensal). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Whee Institute - Learn Spanish in Bogota, walk around Parque Metropolitano Simon Bolivar, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Bogota online route planner.

You can drive from Villa de Leyva to Bogota in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Bogota are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Nature · Museums · Tours

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.