30 days in Colombia Itinerary

30 days in Colombia Itinerary

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30 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Boston
bus + Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Cartagena
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Santa Marta
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h
3
San Andres Island
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
4
Guatape
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Medellin
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
6
Salento
— 3 nights
Drive:  10​h 30​min
7
La Macarena
— 1 day
Drive:  8​h 30​min
8
Fusagasuga
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
9
Bogota
— 6 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 45​min
End: Boston

4
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, nightlife, nature, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of San Felipe de Barajas Castle, don't miss a visit to Torre del Reloj, steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cartagena journey planner.

Boston, USA to Cartagena is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Boston in November: high temperatures in Cartagena hover around 89°F and lows are around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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San Felipe de Barajas Castle ©
San Felipe de Barajas Castle
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa ©
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa

4
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Minca (about 1h 45 min away). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, kick back and relax at Playa Blanca, look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Santa Marta.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Santa Marta trip planner .

You can drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Santa Marta are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach

4
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, beaches, adventure, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, explore the fascinating underground world of Morgan's Cave, and kick back and relax at Playa de Spratt Bight.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Andres Island holiday planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Santa Marta to San Andres Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in November, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Guatape.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Blow Hole ©
Blow Hole

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Piedra del Penol, get outside with ALTITUDE, and then stop by Esencia del Sol.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Guatape trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Andres Island to Guatape takes 5 hours. When traveling from San Andres Island in November, plan for little chillier days in Guatape, with highs around 70°F, while nights are colder with lows around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Medellin.

Things to do in Guatape

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Piedra del Penol ©
Piedra del Penol

5
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, zoos & aquariums, museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parque Explora, steep yourself in history at Pueblito Paisa, and make a trip to Plaza Botero.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Medellin vacation maker website .

You can drive from Guatape to Medellin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Guatape in November: high temperatures in Medellin hover around 80°F and lows are around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Salento.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Shopping Tours
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Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora
Walking tours
Plaza Botero ©
Plaza Botero

3
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Venture out of the city with trips to Montenegro (Parque del Cafe & Globos Colombia). Spend the 21st (Wed) exploring nature at Bosques de Cocora. It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Salento trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Medellin to Salento takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. November in Salento sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to La Macarena.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trip

Montenegro
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Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Parque del Cafe ©
Parque del Cafe
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora

1
day
La Macarena

La Macarena ©
A gateway to one of the world's most fascinating rivers, La Macarena enjoys a special place in the heart of Colombian nature lovers.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Cano Cristales.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our La Macarena day trip planner .

Drive from Salento to La Macarena in 22.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Fusagasuga.

Things to do in La Macarena

Parks Nature
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Cano Cristales ©
Cano Cristales

1
day
Fusagasuga

Fusagasuga ©
Fusagasugá or Fusa is a town and municipality in the department of Cundinamarca, in central Colombia. On the 24th (Sat), buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial La Querencia and then make a trip to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera).

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Fusagasuga online holiday planner .

Getting from La Macarena to Fusagasuga by car takes about 20 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Fusagasuga

Shopping

Side Trip

Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)
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Centro Comercial La Querencia ©
Centro Comercial La Querencia
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera) ©
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Catedral de Sal (in Zipaquira) and Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), wander the streets of Parque 93, look for all kinds of wild species at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis, and browse the collection at Luis Angel Arango Library.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Bogota driving holiday tool .

Traveling by car from Fusagasuga to Bogota takes 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Catedral de Sal, Laguna de Guatavita
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Mount Monserrate ©
Mount Monserrate

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