32 days in Colombia Itinerary

32 days in Colombia Itinerary

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32 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Cartagena
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Santa Marta
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Guatape
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Medellin
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h
6
Salento
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Bogota
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
8
Villavicencio
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
San Andres Island
— 6 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Zurich

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Cartagena to Isla Baru to see Playa Blanca about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, make a trip to La Popa Monastery, admire the landmark architecture of Las Bovedas, and contemplate the long history of Torre del Reloj.

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Zurich, Switzerland to Cartagena is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Zurich to Cartagena due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Zurich in December, with highs in Cartagena at 37°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Blanca
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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
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Marta: Minca (Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada & El Dorado Bird Reserve). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, stroll around Parque de Los Novios, admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Blanca.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Santa Marta trip planner .

You can drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Santa Marta are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Minca
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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
Tayrona National Park

Tayrona National Park
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Cabo San Juan Del Guia.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tayrona National Park day trip website .

You can drive from Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Guatape.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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3
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.
Take a break from Guatape with a short trip to Casa de la cultura y turismo in Marinilla, about 1 hour away. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Piedra Del Penol, get outside with ALTITUDE, don't miss a visit to Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol, and find something for the whole family at Parque Comfama.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Guatape attractions planner .

Explore your travel options from Tayrona National Park to Guatape with the Route module. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Tayrona National Park in January, with highs in Guatape at 25°C and lows at 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Medellin.

Things to do in Guatape

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol, Casa de la cultura y turismo
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Piedra Del Penol ©
Piedra Del Penol
Parque Comfama ©
Parque Comfama

4
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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, museums, zoos & aquariums, historic sites, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Guatape, pause for some serene contemplation at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno, and have some family-friendly fun at Bubble Foot Medellin.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Medellin trip itinerary builder .

Take a bus from Guatape to Medellin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Guatape in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Medellin: highs are around 32°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Salento.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Outdoors
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Walking tours
Laguna de Guatape ©
Laguna de Guatape

3
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Salento: Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose (in Quimbaya) and Los Nevados National Park (in La Estrella). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora, take in the exciting artwork at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, appreciate the views at Valle del Cocora, and indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Salento online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Medellin to Salento in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daily temperatures in Salento can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose, Los Nevados National Park
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Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bogota: Zipaquira (Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira & Esensal), Vivero Crisalide (in Chia) and Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), steep yourself in history at Bolivar plaza, look for gifts at El Cuchitril Second Hand Shop, and expand your horizons at Whee Institute.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Bogota trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Salento to Bogota takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Salento in January; daily highs in Bogota reach 23°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Villavicencio.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Laguna de Guatavita, Vivero Crisalide
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

2
nights
Villavicencio

Villavicencio ©
In the foothills of the Andes, Villavicencio vacations focus primarily on the surrounding natural wonders.
On the 20th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Canocristales_la_macarena and then head outdoors with Mirador la Piedra del Amor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): stroll around Parque las Malocas, then putt your heart out at VillaGolf Minigolf y Centro de Entrenamiento, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Primavera Urbana.

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Fly from Bogota to Villavicencio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Bogota, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Villavicencio, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Villavicencio

Parks Nature Shopping
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Parque las Malocas ©
Parque las Malocas
Mirador la Piedra del Amor ©
Mirador la Piedra del Amor

6
nights
San Andres Island

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, historic sites, beaches, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, look for all kinds of wild species at Cayo El Acuario, kick back and relax at Cocoplum Bay, and Head underground at Morgan's Cave.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Villavicencio to San Andres Island takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Mare
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Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

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