23 days in Colombia Itinerary

23 days in Colombia Itinerary

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23 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Hannover
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Cali
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Salento
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Guatape
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Santa Marta
— 4 nights
Drive:  30​min
5
Minca
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Cartagena
— 2 nights
Drive:  16​h
7
Cali
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Hannover

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Reserva Natural Nirvana and Reserva Natural San Cipriano. Popular historic sites such as Iglesia de San Antonio and Iglesia San Francisco are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Barrio San Antonio, examine the collection at Museo del Oro Calima, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San Antonio.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cali trip maker app .

Hannover, Germany to Cali is an approximately 24-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Hannover to Cali. Traveling from Hannover in September, you will find days in Cali are much hotter (37°C), and nights are a bit warmer (22°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Salento.

Things to do in Cali

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Reserva Natural San Cipriano, Reserva Natural Nirvana
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Reserva Natural Nirvana ©
Reserva Natural Nirvana
Barrio San Antonio ©
Barrio San Antonio
Iglesia San Francisco ©
Iglesia San Francisco

2
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve and Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Carmen. Step out of the city life by going to Bosques de Cocora and Valle del Cocora. There's more to do: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour and view the masterpieces at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Salento visit planner .

Drive from Cali to Salento in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, daily temperatures in Salento can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time for travel to Guatape.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Valle del Cocora ©
Valle del Cocora
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora

2
nights
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 4th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen, then look for gifts at Esencia del Sol, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Piedra del Penol.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Guatape online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Salento to Guatape in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Salento in October, expect Guatape to be slightly colder, temps between 25°C and 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Guatape

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Piedra Del Penol ©
Piedra Del Penol
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen ©
Esencia del Sol ©
Esencia del Sol

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Catedral de Santa Marta and Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Paseo El Camellon and Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, enjoy the sand and surf at Cristal Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and see the interesting displays at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Guatape to Santa Marta in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. While traveling from Guatape, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Santa Marta, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Minca.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Minca

Minca ©
A Minca vacation takes you to a small mountain village nestled above Santa Marta in the Sierra Nevada.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): get some fabulous bargains at El Paraiso de Tuki B&B, Coffee and cacao Farm, Minca and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de las 7 Olas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Museo del Cacao de Minca and then look for all kinds of wild species at El Dorado Bird Reserve.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Minca route planner.

Minca is very close to Santa Marta. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Minca

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Playa de las 7 Olas
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Museo del Cacao de Minca ©
Museo del Cacao de Minca

2
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Iglesia de la Trinidad and San Felipe de Barajas Castle. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Aviario Nacional de Colombia and ChocoMuseo. Step out of Cartagena to go to Isla Baru and see Playa Blanca, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo, steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cartagena trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Minca to Cartagena takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. October in Cartagena sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Cali.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Isla Baru
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Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas

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nights
Cali

Cali ©
On the 16th (Tue), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana de Cali, and then trek along Bichacue Yath Arte y Naturaleza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Farallones de Cali.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cali road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Providencia Island to Cali takes 8.5 hours. Traveling from Providencia Island in October, plan for little chillier nights in Cali, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cali

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Farallones de Cali ©
Farallones de Cali
Iglesia La Ermita ©
Iglesia La Ermita
Iglesia La Merced ©
Iglesia La Merced

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