29 days in Colombia & Lima Itinerary

29 days in Colombia & Lima Itinerary

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29 days in Colombia & Lima Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Fly:  16​h
1
Bogota, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Cali, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
San Andres Island, Colombia
— 5 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  3​h
5
Santa Marta, Colombia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Cartagena, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Medellin, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
8
Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

4
nights
Bogota, Colombia

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Vivero Crisalide (in Chia), Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira) and Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and contemplate the long history of Bolivar plaza.

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

Amsterdam, Holland to Bogota is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Bogota due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in July, with highs in Bogota at 21°C and lows at 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Vivero Crisalide, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, Laguna de Guatavita
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©

2
nights
Lima, Peru

Lima ©
Founded in 1535 by Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, Lima represents an interesting blend of modern attractions and preserved colonial architecture, much of it clustered in the World Heritage-listed city center.
Lima is known for parks, historic sites, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua, get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), and wander the streets of Miraflores.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Lima route builder .

Getting from Bogota to Lima by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Lima when traveling from Bogota in July, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cali.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Circuito Magico Del Agua ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

3
nights
Cali, Colombia

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.
Cali is known for zoos & aquariums, historic sites, museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Museo Aereo Fenix, appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de San Antonio, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoologico de Cali, and pause for some photo ops at Cristo Rey.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cali online itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Lima to Cali takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Lima in July: highs in Cali hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cali

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Camino Real
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 22:
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Museo Aereo Fenix ©
Museo Aereo Fenix
Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia ©
Zoologico de Cali ©
Zoologico de Cali

5
nights
San Andres Island, Colombia

San Andres Island ©
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, beaches, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de San Luis, explore the fascinating underground world of Morgan's Cave, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Spratt Bight.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Cali to San Andres Island by flight takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Cali in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Andres Island, with lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

3
nights
Santa Marta, Colombia

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.
Santa Marta is known for nature, beaches, wildlife, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, make a trip to Parque de Los Novios, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Santa Marta online trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from San Andres Island to Santa Marta in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Andres Island in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Santa Marta, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 30:
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

3
nights
Cartagena, Colombia

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, wildlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, gain insight at Plaza Santo Domingo, and take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Zenu.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cartagena day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

4
nights
Medellin, Colombia

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, museums, zoos & aquariums, historic sites, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, get engrossed in the history at Museum Pablo Escobar, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Medellin, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Medellin road trip planning site .

You can fly from Cartagena to Medellin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Cartagena in August, expect Medellin to be a bit cooler, temps between 33°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Museums
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Walking tours
Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora

2
nights
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
See some other sides of Bogota: examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Colombia, take a stroll through Parque 93, grab your bike and head to Ciclovia de Bogota, and walk around Parque de Usaquen.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Bogota trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Bogota takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Medellin in August, expect Bogota to be a bit cooler, temps between 22°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Shopping Museums
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 8:
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Ciclovia de Bogota ©
Ciclovia de Bogota
Museo Nacional de Colombia ©
Museo Nacional de Colombia
Barrio La Candelaria ©
Barrio La Candelaria

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