33 days in Colombia Itinerary

33 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Fly to Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport, Drive to Santa Marta
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Santa Marta
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cartagena
— 4 nights
Fly to San Andres Island, Ferry to Providencia Island
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Providencia Island
— 3 nights
Taxi to Providencia, Fly to San Andres Island
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San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly
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Leticia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Bogota
— 4 nights
Fly
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Cali
— 4 nights
Drive
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Salento
— 2 nights
Fly
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Medellin
— 4 nights
Fly

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Santa Marta

— 3 nights

America's Pearl

Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana. Step out of Santa Marta with an excursion to El Dorado Bird Reserve in Minca--about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: walk around Parque de Los Novios, take in nature's colorful creations at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, ponder the world of politics at Alcaldia de Santa Marta, and stroll through Mamancana Private Game Reserve.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Santa Marta trip maker website.

Stockholm, Sweden to Santa Marta is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Stockholm to Santa Marta is minus 6 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Stockholm in March; daily highs in Santa Marta reach 39°C and lows reach 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors

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Cartagena

— 4 nights

City of Heroes

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Aviario Nacional de Colombia and Plaza de San Pedro Claver. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Plaza de San Diego, step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria, and contemplate the long history of Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Cartagena trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Cartagena are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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Providencia Island

— 3 nights
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Step off the beaten path and head to Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo and Lover’s Lane. The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Morgan's Head, don't miss a visit to The Peak Forestry Reserve, and catch some excitement at Lighthouse Providence.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Providencia Island trip planner.

Getting from Cartagena to Providencia Island by combination of flight and ferry takes about 7.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Providencia Island are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. On the 12th (Fri), you're off to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors
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San Andres Island

— 3 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like West View and Banda Dive Shop. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Spratt Bight, head off the coast to Johnny Cay, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Piscinita, and steep yourself in history at Plaza Canon de Morgan.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Providencia Island to San Andres Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In March in San Andres Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Leticia.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors
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Leticia

— 3 nights
Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Isla de Los Micos. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Natural Tanimboca, take in nature's colorful creations at El Jardin de la Victoria Regia, and stroll around Parque Santander.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Leticia trip planner.

You can fly from San Andres Island to Leticia in 9 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in March, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Bogota.

Things to do in Leticia

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
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Bogota

— 4 nights

Athens of South America

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Parque Natural Chicaque and Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, stop by Republica Del Cacao - Zona T, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Primada de Bogota.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bogota itinerary website.

You can fly from Leticia to Bogota in 3.5 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Leticia in March, with highs in Bogota at 23°C and lows at 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Cali.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Nature

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Cali

— 4 nights

Salsa Capital of the World

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Andoke and El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada). When in Cali, make a side trip to see Camino Real in Barichara, approximately Barichara away. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de San Antonio, appreciate the history behind Cristo Rey, examine the collection at Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia, and get to know the resident critters at Zoologico de Cali.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cali day trip website.

Getting from Bogota to Cali by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, Cali is somewhat warmer than Bogota - with highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Salento.

Things to do in Cali

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

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Salento

— 2 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): stroll through Kasaguadua Natural Reserve and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trot along with a tour on horseback, admire the verdant scenery at Valle del Cocora, and then view the masterpieces at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Salento sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Cali to Salento takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Cali in March, you will find days in Salento are slightly colder (32°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Medellin.

Things to do in Salento

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
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Medellin

— 4 nights

City of the Eternal Spring

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Explore hidden gems such as Off-Road Tours and Parque Arvi. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia, explore the activities along Laguna de Guatape, look for gifts at Vida Augusta, and make a trip to Escaleras Electricas De La Comuna 13.

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Fly from Salento to Medellin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Colombia travel guide

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Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.