18 days in Colombia Itinerary

18 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia trip planner

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Bogota
— 1 night
Foot to Bogota, Fly to Montenegro
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Montenegro
— 2 nights
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Medellin
— 2 nights
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Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Marta
— 2 nights
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Cartagena
— 3 nights
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Covenas
— 1 night
Drive to Rafael Nuñez International Airport, Fly to San Andres Island
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San Andres Island
— 5 nights
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Bogota

— 1 night

Athens of South America

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Bogota holiday tool.

Houston, USA to Bogota is an approximately 8-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Colombia Standard Time (COT) is 1 hour. When traveling from Houston in October, plan for slightly colder days in Bogota, with highs around 67°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Montenegro.

Things to do in Bogota

Tours · Nature · Museums · Parks
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Montenegro

— 2 nights
Named after the dark trees covering the area's hills, Montenegro (literally Black Mountain) sits in a verdant zone irrigated by three major rivers.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): get in on the family fun at Parque del Cafe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Globos Colombia and then make a trip to Eje Cafetero (Zona Cafetera).

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Montenegro sightseeing planning site.

Fly from Bogota to Montenegro in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In October, Montenegro is somewhat warmer than Bogota - with highs of 82°F and lows of 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Medellin.

Things to do in Montenegro

Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Medellin

— 2 nights

City of the Eternal Spring

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Museo de Antioquia and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Plaza Botero and then explore the activities along Laguna de Guatape.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Medellin tour itinerary maker.

Fly from Montenegro to Medellin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in October, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can fly to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Medellin

Nature · Tours · Parks · Museums
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Tayrona National Park

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tayrona National Park tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Tayrona National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Medellin in October: high temperatures in Tayrona National Park hover around 90°F and lows are around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Nature · Parks
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Santa Marta

— 2 nights

America's Pearl

Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
On the 19th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Blanca and then admire the natural beauty at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then admire all the interesting features of Parque de Los Novios.

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You can drive from Tayrona National Park to Santa Marta in 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Cartagena

— 3 nights

City of Heroes

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cartagena: Isla Baru (Aviario Nacional de Colombia & Playa Blanca). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, and explore the world behind art at La Presentacion Casa Museo Arte y Cultura.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cartagena sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Cartagena sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 78°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Covenas.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

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Covenas

— 1 night
Coveñas is a town and municipality located in the Sucre Department, northern Colombia. On the 24th (Sun), discover the deep blue sea with Covenas Diving Co..

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Covenas trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Cartagena to Covenas in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in October, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Covenas

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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San Andres Island

— 5 nights
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 parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Spratt Bight, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Piscinita, and Head underground at Morgan's Cave.

Make your San Andres Island itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Covenas to San Andres Island. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in October, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
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Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Churches
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.