19 days in Colombia Itinerary

19 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Andres Island
— 2 nights
2
Cartagena
— 3 nights
3
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
4
Guatape
— 1 day
5
Medellin
— 3 nights
6
Salento
— 2 nights
7
Bogota
— 3 nights

2
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
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 beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Primera Iglesia Bautista, kick back and relax at Playa de San Luis, and identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Andres Island sightseeing app.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to San Andres Island is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Buenos Aires to San Andres Island, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Buenos Aires in January since evenings lows in San Andres Island dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:
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Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

3
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.
Cartagena is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, admire the striking features of Las Bovedas, race across the water with Boats4U, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Trinidad.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cartagena road trip website.

Fly from San Andres Island to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Adventure
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

2
nights
Santa Marta

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): stop by Yo Amo Santa Marta and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Blanca and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Marta online trip planner.

Getting from Cartagena to Santa Marta by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Santa Marta can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Guatape.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

1
day
Guatape

Guatape ©
On the shores of a large artificial lake, Guatape ensures a pleasant experience in a quiet little town known for its friendly residents and attractive architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen, get outside with Cable Paseo Guatape, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Piedra Del Penol.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Guatape travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Santa Marta to Guatape in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Santa Marta in January, expect Guatape to be cooler, temps between 25°C and 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Medellin.

Things to do in Guatape

Outdoors · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Piedra Del Penol ©
Piedra Del Penol
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen ©
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen

3
nights
Medellin

Medellin ©
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, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Guatape, observe the fascinating underwater world at Parque Explora, and stroll around Bare Foot Park (Parque de los Pies Descalzos).

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Medellin driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Guatape to Medellin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Guatape in January, things will get a bit warmer in Medellin: highs are around 32°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Salento.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Laguna de Guatape ©
Laguna de Guatape
Walking tours
Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora

2
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): appreciate the views at Valle del Cocora, then indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, and then identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Bosques de Cocora.

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Traveling by flight from Medellin to Salento takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Salento, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Valle del Cocora ©
Valle del Cocora

3
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.
Step out of Bogota to go to Zipaquira and see Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, which is approximately 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), admire the landmark architecture of Torre Colpatria, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Bogota travel route builder.

You can fly from Salento to Bogota in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Traveling from Salento in January, things will get a bit cooler in Bogota: highs are around 23°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

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