24 days in Colombia Itinerary

24 days in Colombia Itinerary

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24 days in Colombia Itinerary

Frankfurt
Fly:  14​h 15​min
Bogota
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Popayan
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
Medellin
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Salento
— 1 night
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + bus:  3​h 45​min
Guatape
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
Santa Marta
— 8 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Cartagena
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
San Andres Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
Frankfurt

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Museo Nacional and Ciclovia de Bogota. Get a sense of the local culture at Iglesia de San Francisco and Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Zona G Bogota, don't miss a visit to Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santodomingo, stroll through Parque Central Simon Bolivar, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Basilica del Senor de Monserrate.

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Frankfurt, Germany to Bogota is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Frankfurt to Bogota is minus 6 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Frankfurt in November: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 22°C and lows are around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Popayan.

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Ciclovia de Bogota ©
Ciclovia de Bogota
Museo Nacional ©
Museo Nacional
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Zona G Bogota

2
days
Popayan

Popayan ©
Popayan vacations hold plenty of appeal for international and domestic visitors, as the city represent one of the most entertaining and culturally enriching urban centers on the continent.
Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Lago El Bolson, then admire the striking features of Panteon de los Proceres, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Francisco, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Ermita de Popayan.

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Traveling by flight from Bogota to Popayan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Popayan, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Medellin.

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Lago El Bolson
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Iglesia de San Jose ©
Iglesia de San Jose
Iglesia de San Francisco ©
Iglesia de San Francisco
Parque Caldas ©
Parque Caldas

3
days
Medellin

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Step out of the city life by going to Coffee & Tea Tours and Balloon Rides. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at El Castillo Museo y Jardines and Food Tours. It doesn't end there: see the sky in a new way at Planetario de Medellin.

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Traveling by flight from Popayan to Medellin takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Popayan, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Medellin, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Salento.

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El Castillo Museo y Jardines ©
El Castillo Museo y Jardines
Planetario de Medellin
Planetario de Medellin

2
days
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
On the 19th (Sun), fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Carmen.

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You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Medellin to Salento in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Salento, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. On the 20th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Guatape.

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Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen, take in the dramatic natural features at Piedra del Penol, and then don't miss a visit to Calle peatonal 3 KM. Keep things going the next day: get outside with ALTITUDE and then head outdoors with Cable Paseo Guatape.

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Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Salento to Guatape takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Salento in November: high temperatures in Guatape hover around 24°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Santa Marta.

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Calle peatonal 3 KM
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Cable Paseo Guatape ©
Cable Paseo Guatape
Piedra del Penol ©
Piedra del Penol

7
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Cristal Beach and Ensenada de Chengue. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana and Paseo El Camellon. Venture out of the city with trips to Minca (Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta & Pozo Azul). Spend the 29th (Wed) exploring nature at Nabusimake. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Playa Grande, don't miss a visit to El Amanuense Libros & Cafe, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Blanca, and meet the residents at Acuario Mundo Marino.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Guatape to Santa Marta in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Guatape in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Santa Marta: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Beaches

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Minca, Taganga, Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana
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Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Playa Grande ©
Playa Grande

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, brush up on your military savvy at Naval Museum of the Caribbean, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Bocagrande.

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Drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow time for travel to San Andres Island.

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Playa de Bocagrande ©
Playa de Bocagrande
Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo
St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral ©

1
day
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
On the 1st (Fri), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and then pause for some serene contemplation at Primera Iglesia Bautista.

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Getting from Cartagena to San Andres Island by flight takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Cartagena in December, you will find days in San Andres Island are slightly colder (34°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). On the 3rd (Sun), you'll travel back home.

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Aquanautas ©
Aquanautas
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
Primera Iglesia Bautista ©
Primera Iglesia Bautista

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