21 days in Colombia Itinerary

21 days in Colombia Itinerary

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21 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Nuremberg
Fly:  18​h 45​min
Fusagasuga
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
San Andres, San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
Guatape
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Medellin
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Salento
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
Bogota
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Cartagena
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Nuremberg

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Fusagasuga

Fusagasuga ©
Fusagasugá or Fusa is a town and municipality in the department of Cundinamarca, in central Colombia. To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Fusagasuga trip itinerary maker .

Nuremberg, Germany to Fusagasuga is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Colombia Time (COT) is minus 6 hours. When traveling from Nuremberg in September, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Fusagasuga: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Andres.
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Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera) ©
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)

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San Andres, San Andres Island

San Andres ©
If you're looking for sunshine, clear waters, and tropical warmth, a San Andres vacation could be just what the doctor ordered.
On the 15th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, then see the interesting displays at Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres, and then step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de San Luis, don't miss a visit to Blow Hole, and then examine the collection at Island House Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Andres driving holiday planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Fusagasuga to San Andres. Traveling from Fusagasuga in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 30°C in San Andres. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Guatape.

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San Andres Island
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Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Blow Hole ©
Blow Hole

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Guatape

Guatape ©
On the shores of a large artificial lake, Guatape ensures a pleasant experience in a quiet little town known for its friendly residents and attractive architecture.
On the 18th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen and then take in the dramatic natural features at Piedra del Penol.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Guatape trip itinerary site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from San Andres to Guatape. Traveling from San Andres in September, expect nights in Guatape to be cooler, around 14°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Medellin.

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Piedra del Penol ©
Piedra del Penol
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen ©

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Medellin

Medellin ©
Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Medellin is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parque Explora, stroll through Bare Foot Park (Parque de los Pies Descalzos), and admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Medellin.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Medellin road trip planning app .

You can drive from Guatape to Medellin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Guatape in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Medellin: highs are around 32°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Salento.

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Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora
Walking tours
Plaza Botero ©
Plaza Botero

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Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Bosques de Cocora. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve and then indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Salento driving holiday planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Medellin to Salento takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Salento are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Bogota.

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Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Coffee & Tea Tours

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. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), stop by Bta Capital, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Monserrate, and contemplate the long history of Bolivar plaza.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Bogota trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Salento to Bogota in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Salento in September: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 22°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Bogota

#Parks, #Museums, #Historic Sites

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Santa Marta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Universidad del Magdalena and then explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Santa Marta trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Bogota to Santa Marta in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Bogota in September, things will get warmer in Santa Marta: highs are around 39°C and lows about 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cartagena.

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#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

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: explore the historical opulence of San Felipe de Barajas Castle, don't miss a visit to Las Bovedas, contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, and get a new perspective on things with Arrecife Boat Rentals.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cartagena day trip planner .

Getting from Santa Marta to Cartagena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

#Historic Sites, #Tours, #Outdoors
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San Felipe de Barajas Castle ©
San Felipe de Barajas Castle
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa ©
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa

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