18 days in Colombia Itinerary

18 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia vacation planner

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Bogota
— 1 night
Foot to Bogota, Fly to Montenegro
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Montenegro
— 2 nights
Fly
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Medellin
— 2 nights
Fly
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Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cartagena
— 3 nights
Drive
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Bogota day trip tool.

Houston, USA to Bogota is an approximately 8-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Houston to Bogota due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Bogota are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Montenegro.

Things to do in Bogota

Tours · Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 17:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): 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 find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Montenegro trip planner.

Getting from Bogota to Montenegro by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Bogota in December, expect Montenegro to be a bit warmer, temps between 82°F and 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Medellin.

Things to do in Montenegro

Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of 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: don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero and then explore the activities along Laguna de Guatape.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Medellin attractions planner.

You can fly from Montenegro to Medellin in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December in Medellin, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to fly to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Nature · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:

Tayrona National Park

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tayrona National Park sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Tayrona National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, Tayrona National Park is somewhat warmer than Medellin - with highs of 92°F and lows of 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:
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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 23rd (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Blanca and then take in nature's colorful creations at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino. On your second day here, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then stroll around Parque de Los Novios.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Santa Marta trip planner.

Getting from Tayrona National Park to Santa Marta by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Santa Marta are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cartagena side-trips: Isla Baru (Aviario Nacional de Colombia & Playa Blanca). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, admire the masterpieces at La Presentacion Casa Museo Arte y Cultura, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Cartagena holiday website.

Drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Cartagena are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Covenas.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:

Covenas

— 1 night
Coveñas is a town and municipality located in the Sucre Department, northern Colombia. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with Covenas Diving Co..

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Covenas online visit planner.

Drive from Cartagena to Covenas in 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 93°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Covenas

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
Highlights from your trip

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: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Piscinita, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de San Luis, indulge in some personalized pampering at Dream Island Spa, and discover the deep blue sea with Scuba San Andres Dive Shop.

Take the guesswork out of planning a San Andres Island vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Covenas to San Andres Island. Traveling from Covenas in December, you will find days in San Andres Island are slightly colder (85°F), and nights are about the same (77°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 2:

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.