49 days in Colombia Itinerary

49 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia trip itinerary planner

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San Andres Island
— 8 nights
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Cartagena
— 5 nights
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Santa Marta
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tayrona National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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Medellin
— 6 nights
Fly
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Bogota
— 6 nights
Fly
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Cali
— 5 nights
Drive
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Montenegro
— 3 nights
Drive
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Salento
— 5 nights
Fly
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Islas de Rosario
— 2 nights
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San Andres Island

— 8 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Attractions like Caribe Extremo and Cayo Acuario make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador, kick back and relax at Playa de San Luis, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bahia del Cove.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, read our San Andres Island attractions planning site.

Findon, UK to San Andres Island is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Findon to San Andres Island is minus 5 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Findon in May; daily highs in San Andres Island reach 36°C and lows reach 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Venture out of the city with trips to Isla Baru (Aviario Nacional de Colombia, Playa Blanca, &more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Zenu, contemplate the geological forces at Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano), and admire the striking features of Las Bovedas.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cartagena online travel route planner.

You can fly from San Andres Island to Cartagena in 3 hours. In May in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Marta

— 5 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'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa Blanca. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Marta: Minca (El Dorado Bird Reserve & Museo Minca - Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Universidad del Magdalena, see the interesting displays at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Grande.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Santa Marta road trip tool.

You can drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to drive to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Tayrona National Park

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Playa de las 7 Olas and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cabo San Juan Del Guia.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tayrona National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park takes 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Medellin.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
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Medellin

— 6 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.
Kids will enjoy Walking tours and Parque Explora. There's lots more to do: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, see Off-Road Tours, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Medellin, and explore the activities along Laguna de Guatape.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Medellin trip planning site.

You can fly from Tayrona National Park to Medellin in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tayrona National Park in June; daily highs in Medellin reach 33°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Bogota

— 6 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.
Kids will enjoy Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Food Tours. Explore Bogota's surroundings by going to Ospina Park (in Chia), Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar) and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Basilica del Senor de Monserrate, contemplate the long history of Bolivar Square, and examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Colombia.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bogota trip website.

Getting from Medellin to Bogota by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June, Bogota is a bit cooler than Medellin - with highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can fly to Cali.

Things to do in Bogota

Tours · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Bring the kids along to Picoloro Ecoturismo and Trip Trip. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museo Aereo Fenix, take a stroll through Barrio San Antonio, appreciate the history behind Cristo Rey, and walk around Parque del Ingenio.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cali road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Cali takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Bogota in June, expect nights in Cali to be a bit warmer, around 22°C, while days are warmer, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Montenegro.

Things to do in Cali

Parks · Tours · Wildlife · 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.
Bring the kids along to Los Nevados National Park and El Paraiso del Bambu y La Guadua. Change things up with a short trip to Museo del Oro Quimbaya in Armenia (about 34 minutes away). The adventure continues: get outside with Globos Colombia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesa de Armenia, and don't miss a visit to Eje Cafetero (Zona Cafetera).

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Montenegro sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Cali to Montenegro takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Montenegro sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Salento.

Things to do in Montenegro

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Salento

— 5 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Spend the 23rd (Wed) exploring nature at Bosques de Cocora. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, stop by Polimetria, appreciate the views at Valle del Cocora, and view the masterpieces at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Salento trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Montenegro to Salento takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Islas de Rosario.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Tours · Wildlife

Islas de Rosario

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): get outside with Bora Bora Cartagena Beach Club. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Oceanario and then get up close to creatures of the deep with Colombia Underwater Expeditions.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Islas de Rosario travel planning site.

You can fly from Salento to Islas de Rosario in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In June, Islas de Rosario is a bit warmer than Salento - with highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Islas de Rosario

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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.