32 days in Colombia Itinerary

32 days in Colombia Itinerary

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32 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  12​h 45​min
1
Santa Marta
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Cartagena
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Isla Baru
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
San Andres Island
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Cali
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Salento
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
7
Medellin
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
8
Bogota
— 6 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Newark

3
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.
When in Santa Marta, make a side trip to see Museo del Cacao de Minca in Minca, approximately 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Cristal Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Santa Marta, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and contemplate the long history of Paseo El Camellon.

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Newark, USA to Santa Marta is an approximately 13-hour flight. In January, Santa Marta is much warmer than Newark - with highs of 92°F and lows of 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Museo del Cacao de Minca
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Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
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: step into the grandiose world of San Felipe de Barajas Castle, wander the streets of Bairro Getsemani, steep yourself in history at Centro Historico, and contemplate the geological forces at Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano).

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cartagena itinerary planner.

Getting from Santa Marta to Cartagena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in January, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Isla Baru.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Spas
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano) ©
Bairro Getsemani ©
Bairro Getsemani

1
night
Isla Baru

Isla Baru ©
Lying south of Cartagena, Isla Baru was connected to the mainland until the construction of the Canal del Dique.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Puntilla and then kick back and relax at Playa Blanca.

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Drive from Cartagena to Isla Baru in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in January, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Isla Baru

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

5
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: kick back and relax at Playa de San Luis, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Primera Iglesia Bautista, stroll through Playa Charquitos, and make a trip to Blow Hole.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Andres Island trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Isla Baru to San Andres Island takes 3.5 hours. January in San Andres Island sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cali.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Mare
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Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita

3
nights
Cali

Cali ©
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, museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Museo Aereo Fenix, tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque de La Salud, pause for some photo ops at Cristo Rey, and take a stroll through Barrio San Antonio.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cali trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Cali takes 3 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from San Andres Island in January since evenings lows in Cali dip to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Salento.

Things to do in Cali

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Tours
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Zoologico de Cali ©
Zoologico de Cali
Barrio San Antonio ©
Barrio San Antonio
Museo Aereo Fenix ©
Museo Aereo Fenix

2
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
On the 3rd (Sun), admire the verdant scenery at Valle del Cocora, then browse the exhibits of Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Salento trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Cali to Salento takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Cali, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Salento, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Valle del Cocora ©
Valle del Cocora

5
nights
Medellin

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Step out of Medellin with an excursion to Piedra del Penol in Guatape--about 1h 50 min away. Make the 7th (Thu) a stimulating day with a coffee and tea tour. There's still lots to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, make a trip to Plaza Botero, get engrossed in the history at Museo de Antioquia, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Medellin.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Medellin trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Salento to Medellin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Piedra Del Penol
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Walking tours
Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora
Plaza Botero ©
Plaza Botero

6
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bogota: Catedral de Sal (in Zipaquira) and Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), get a taste of the local shopping with Parque 93, let little ones run wild at Parque El Lago, and get engrossed in the history at Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Bogota trip planner .

You can fly from Medellin to Bogota in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Medellin in February, things will get little chillier in Bogota: highs are around 69°F and lows about 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Laguna de Guatavita, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Barrio La Candelaria ©
Barrio La Candelaria

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