34 days in Colombia Itinerary

34 days in Colombia Itinerary

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34 days in Colombia Itinerary

Algiers
Fly:  21​h 45​min
Bogota
— 7 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
Cali
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
San Andres Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
Cartagena
— 7 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
Salento
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
Medellin
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
Santa Marta
— 4 nights
Fly:  25​h
Algiers

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mount Monserrate and Catedral de Sal. Let the collections at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and La Candelaria capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra) and Centro Comercial Cento Chia (in Chia). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Parque 93, buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Santafe, stop by Titan plaza, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Plaza de Mercado de Paloquemao.

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Algiers, Algeria to Bogota is an approximately 22-hour flight. Traveling from Algiers to Bogota, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Algiers in September, expect nights in Bogota to be little chillier, around 9°C, while days are much colder, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cali.

Things to do in Bogota

Shopping Parks Museums

Side Trips

Centro Comercial Cento Chia, Laguna de Guatavita, Catedral de Sal
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La Candelaria ©
La Candelaria
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Catedral de Sal ©
Catedral de Sal

4
days
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo Aereo Fenix and Iglesia de San Antonio. Visit Iglesia La Ermita and Iglesia San Francisco for their historical value. Step out of Cali with an excursion to Reserva Natural Nirvana in Palmira--about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: stop by Centro Comercial UNICENTRO, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoologico de Cali, admire the landmark architecture of Coltabaco Cali, and don't miss a visit to Mirador Sebastian Belalcazar.

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Traveling by flight from Bogota to Cali takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In October, Cali is a bit warmer than Bogota - with highs of 35°C and lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cali

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Reserva Natural Nirvana
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Reserva Natural Nirvana ©
Reserva Natural Nirvana
Museo Aereo Fenix ©
Museo Aereo Fenix
Iglesia de San Antonio ©
Iglesia de San Antonio

4
days
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Take a break from the city and head to La Piscinita and Johnny Cay. You'll get in some beach time at Playa de San Luis and Playa de Spratt Bight. And it doesn't end there: see the vivid underwater world at West View, explore the fascinating underground world of Morgan's Cave, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de San Andres, and kick back and relax at Bahia del Cove.

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Getting from Cali to San Andres Island by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Cali in October, San Andres Island is a bit warmer at night with lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Cartagena.

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Parks Outdoors Nature
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La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Playa de San Luis ©
Playa de San Luis
Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay

6
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.
You'll explore and learn at Museo del Oro Zenu and Caribe Jewelry and Emerald Museum. You'll get in some beach time at Playa Blanca and Playa De Punta Arena. Spend the 17th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of San Felipe de Barajas Castle, steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, browse the different shops at Centro Comercial Plaza Bocagrande, and don't miss a visit to Torre del Reloj.

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Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Cartagena takes 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Salento.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Playa Blanca
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Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
San Felipe de Barajas Castle ©
San Felipe de Barajas Castle
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena

3
days
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Step out of the city life by going to Kasaguadua Natural Reserve and Globos Colombia. Explore Salento's surroundings by going to Pereira (Parque Arboleda & Cathedral of Our Lady of Poverty Pereira). Spend the 21st (Sat) exploring nature at Bosques de Cocora. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Carmen.

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You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Cartagena to Salento in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Cartagena in October; daily highs in Salento reach 32°C and lows reach 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Pereira, Globos Colombia
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Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Globos Colombia
Globos Colombia

5
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.
For shopping fun, head to El Tesoro Parque Comercial or Centro Comercial Santafé. Get a sense of the local culture at Pueblito Paisa and Museo de Antioquia. Take a break from Medellin with a short trip to Piedra del Penol in Guatape, about 1h 50 min away. Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Centro Comercial Oviedo, identify plant and animal life at Cerro El Volador, explore and take pictures at Universidad de Antioquia, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Salento to Medellin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Medellin, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Piedra del Penol
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Piedra del Penol
Laguna de Guatape ©
Laguna de Guatape
Pueblito Paisa ©
Pueblito Paisa

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona and Playa Blanca. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and Catedral de Santa Marta. When in Santa Marta, make a side trip to see Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Minca, approximately 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Acuario Mundo Marino, kick back and relax at Playa Grande, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playaca.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Medellin to Santa Marta in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, Santa Marta is somewhat warmer than Medellin - with highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Taganga, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach

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