31 days in Colombia Itinerary

31 days in Colombia Itinerary

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31 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  19​h
1
Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Medellin
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h
3
Salento
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Cali
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
San Andres Island
— 5 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h
6
Santa Marta
— 4 nights
bus:  4​h 15​min
7
Isla Baru
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
8
Cartagena
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Tel Aviv

3
nights
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.
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and National Museum of Colombia will appeal to museum buffs. Visit Catedral de Sal and Centro de Memoria El Cuartico for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Bogota to Tierra Negra to see Laguna de Guatavita about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Monserrate, take a stroll through Barrio La Candelaria, and get engrossed in the history at Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Bogota online trip builder .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Bogota is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time to Colombia Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in May: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 22°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Laguna de Guatavita, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, Centro de Memoria El Cuartico
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira

3
nights
Medellin

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo de Antioquia and KJ - Art, Shop & Coffee. Escape the urban bustle at 2000m Descent and more and Parque Arvi. And it doesn't end there: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, let the kids burn off some steam at Parque Lleras, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Medellin trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Bogota to Medellin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In May, Medellin is somewhat warmer than Bogota - with highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Salento.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Walking tours
Parque Arvi ©
Parque Arvi
Museo de Antioquia ©
Museo de Antioquia

3
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Take a break from the city and head to Kasaguadua Natural Reserve and Valle del Cocora. Spend the 10th (Fri) exploring nature at Bosques de Cocora. Spend the 11th (Sat) among the fascinating landscape of Crested Outdoor. There's more to do: admire the sheer force of Cascadas de Cocora and take in the exciting artwork at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Salento trip maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Medellin to Salento takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cali.

Things to do in Salento

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

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.
Parroquia Catedral San Pedro de Buga and Iglesia La Merced will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Zoologico de Cali. When in Cali, make a side trip to see Reserva Natural Nirvana in Palmira, approximately 1h 10 min away. Spend the 13th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Museo Aereo Fenix, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia La Ermita, and go for a walk through Barrio San Antonio.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cali online visit planner .

Drive from Salento to Cali in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Cali can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cali

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Reserva Natural Nirvana, Parroquia Catedral San Pedro de Buga
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Zoologico de Cali ©
Zoologico de Cali
Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia ©
Parroquia Catedral San Pedro de Buga ©

5
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa de San Luis and Cayo El Acuario. Relax by the water at Playa de Spratt Bight and Bahia del Cove. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, explore the gorgeous colors at Aquanautas, kick back and relax at Bahia Suroeste, and stroll through Playa Charquitos.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Andres Island driving holiday planning app .

You can fly from Cali to San Andres Island in 3 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Cali in May since evenings lows in San Andres Island dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Playa de San Luis ©
Playa de San Luis
Cayo El Acuario ©
Cayo El Acuario

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and Gabriel Garcia Marquez Museum. Visiting Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona and Playa Neguanje will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Jeronimo, kick back and relax at Playa Blanca, and stroll through Cristal Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Santa Marta trip builder website .

Getting from San Andres Island to Santa Marta by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Isla Baru.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Casa Museo Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

1
night
Isla Baru

Isla Baru ©
Lying south of Cartagena, Isla Baru was connected to the mainland until the construction of the Canal del Dique.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Aviario Nacional de Colombia and then kick back and relax at Playa Blanca.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Isla Baru trip planning tool .

Drive from Santa Marta to Isla Baru in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Isla Baru

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia

5
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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Castillo San Felipe de Barajas and Miramar Beach Club. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and get impressive views of Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano).

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cartagena online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Isla Baru to Cartagena takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours
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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

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