15 days in Colombia Itinerary

15 days in Colombia Itinerary

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15 days in Colombia Itinerary

Cuenca
Fly:  6​h 30​min
Santa Marta
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
Medellin
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Salento
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
Cartagena
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
San Andres Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
Bogota
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Cuenca

3
days
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.
Santa Marta is known for nature, beaches, adventure, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis, admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, and make a trip to Parque de Los Novios.

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Cuenca, Ecuador to Santa Marta is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In January, Santa Marta is a bit warmer than Cuenca - with highs of 38°C and lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Medellin.

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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
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Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach

2
days
Medellin

Medellin ©
Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
On the 5th (Fri), make a trip to Plaza Botero and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Bare Foot Park (Parque de los Pies Descalzos), enjoy some diversion at Parque Lleras, and then meet the residents at Parque Explora.

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Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Santa Marta to Medellin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Santa Marta in January; daily highs in Medellin reach 32°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Salento.

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Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora
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Plaza Botero ©
Plaza Botero

1
day
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Salento vacation trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Medellin to Salento in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

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Bosques de Cocora

3
days
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, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convento La Popa de la Galera, steep yourself in history at Torre del Reloj, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Bolivar.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Salento to Cartagena in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Salento in January, expect Cartagena to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

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San Felipe de Barajas Castle ©
San Felipe de Barajas Castle
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Convento La Popa de la Galera ©
Convento La Popa de la Galera

2
days
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, then identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres, kick back and relax at Playa de San Luis, then make a trip to Blow Hole, and finally don't miss a visit to Rocky Cay.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Andres Island tour planner.

Getting from Cartagena to San Andres Island by flight takes about 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bogota.

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La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
Blow Hole ©
Blow Hole

3
days
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.
Go for a jaunt from Bogota to Zipaquira to see Catedral de Sal about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), admire the landmark architecture of Torre Colpatria, don't miss a visit to Bolivar plaza, and admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis.

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You can fly from San Andres Island to Bogota in 2.5 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in January, expect nights in Bogota to be much colder, around 8°C, while days are slightly colder, around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

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

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