32 days in Colombia Itinerary

32 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Route & dates

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
+3
Shuttle + Foot + Bus + 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.
Take a break from Santa Marta with a short trip to Museo del Cacao de Minca in Minca, about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Santa Marta, and stroll around Parque de Los Novios.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Santa Marta attractions planner.

Newark, USA to Santa Marta is an approximately 13- hour combination of flight and car. In January, Santa Marta is warmer than Newark - with highs of 92°F and lows of 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow 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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, wander the streets of Barrio Getsemani, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cartagena trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Cartagena sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Isla Baru.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano) ©
Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano)
Barrio Getsemani ©
Barrio 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.
On the 25th (Fri), kick back and relax at Playa Puntilla and then kick back and relax at Playa Blanca.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Isla Baru road trip planning website.

You can drive from Cartagena to Isla Baru in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Isla Baru

Parks Outdoors 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, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Playa de San Luis, discover the deep blue sea with Aquanautas, take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador, and step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read San Andres Island trip itinerary builder app.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Isla Baru to San Andres Island in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. In January, daytime highs in San Andres Island are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough 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
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

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, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museo Aereo Fenix, get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de San Antonio, meet the residents at Zoologico de Cali, and surround yourself with nature on Andoke.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cali planning tool.

Getting from San Andres Island to Cali by flight takes about 3 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in January, Cali is slightly colder at night with lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Salento.

Things to do in Cali

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife
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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, take in the exciting artwork at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Bosques de Cocora.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Salento travel planner.

Getting from Cali to Salento by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Cali in February, expect nights in Salento to be about the same, around 64°F, while days are little chillier, around 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time 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.
Go for a jaunt from Medellin to Guatape to see Piedra Del Penol 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, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Parque Explora, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Medellin, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Medellin sightseeing planning tool.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Salento to Medellin in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. February in Medellin sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 64°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Piedra Del Penol
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Walking tours
Helicopter Tours
Coffee & Tea Tours

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bogota: Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra) and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, contemplate the long history of Bolivar Square, and get engrossed in the history at Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bogota online vacation builder.

Fly from Medellin to Bogota in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Medellin in February: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 69°F and lows are around 46°F. On the 15th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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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Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Barrio La Candelaria ©
Barrio La Candelaria
Parque 93 ©
Parque 93

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