30 days in Colombia Itinerary

30 days in Colombia Itinerary

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30 days in Colombia Itinerary

Exeter
Fly:  25​h
Santa Marta
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
Guatape
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Medellin
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Salento
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
Bogota
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
Fusagasuga
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
San Andres, San Andres Island
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Cartagena
— 4 nights
Fly:  21​h
Exeter

4
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.
Santa Marta is known for nature, beaches, adventure, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, meet the residents at Mundo Marino, explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Santa Marta online tour itinerary planner .

Exeter, UK to Santa Marta is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Exeter to Santa Marta is minus 5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Exeter in November: highs in Santa Marta hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Guatape.

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#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach

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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.
For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Guatape trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Santa Marta to Guatape takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Santa Marta in November; daily highs in Guatape reach 24°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Medellin.

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#Nature, #Parks
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Piedra del Penol ©
Piedra del Penol

4
days
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, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia, steep yourself in history at Pueblito Paisa, and stroll through Bare Foot Park (Parque de los Pies Descalzos).

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Medellin trip planner .

Getting from Guatape to Medellin by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Guatape in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Medellin: highs are around 31°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Salento.

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#Parks, #Tours, #Nature
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Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora
Walking tours
Plaza Botero ©
Plaza Botero

3
days
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Step out of Salento with an excursion to Parque del Cafe in Montenegro--about 1h 05 min away. Spend the 12th (Mon) exploring nature at Bosques de Cocora. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve and savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour.

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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 November, daily temperatures in Salento can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Salento

#Parks, #Nature, #Theme Parks

Side Trip

Parque del Cafe
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Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Parque del Cafe ©
Parque del Cafe
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora

6
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Bogota side-trips: Catedral de Sal (in Zipaquira) and Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), wander the streets of Parque 93, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis, and head outdoors with Parque el Virrey.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bogota day trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Salento to Bogota in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In November, Bogota is slightly colder than Salento - with highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Fusagasuga.

Things to do in Bogota

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Museums

Side Trips

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

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Fusagasuga

Fusagasuga ©
Fusagasugá or Fusa is a town and municipality in the department of Cundinamarca, in central Colombia. To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Fusagasuga route maker app .

Drive from Bogota to Fusagasuga in 2 hours. Traveling from Bogota in November, expect Fusagasuga to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow time for travel to San Andres.
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Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera) ©
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)

4
days
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.
San Andres is known for nature, wildlife, beaches, adventure, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, don't miss a visit to Blow Hole, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de San Luis, and stroll through Playa de Spratt Bight.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Andres travel route planning tool .

Explore your travel options from Fusagasuga to San Andres with the Route module. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Andres when traveling from Fusagasuga in November, with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

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

5
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.
Go for a jaunt from Cartagena to Isla Baru to see Playa Blanca about 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of San Felipe de Barajas Castle, make a trip to Plaza Bolivar, pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and admire the landmark architecture of Las Bovedas.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cartagena tour itinerary tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from San Andres to Cartagena. In November, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

#Historic Sites, #Outdoors, #Tours

Side Trip

Playa Blanca
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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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