37 days in Colombia & Nicaragua Itinerary

37 days in Colombia & Nicaragua Itinerary

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Bogota, Colombia
— 4 nights
Foot to Bogota, Fly to Montenegro
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Montenegro, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Salento, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Manizales, Colombia
— 1 night
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Santa Marta, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Tayrona National Park, Colombia
— 1 night
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 5 nights
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Leon, Nicaragua
— 7 nights
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San Andres Island, Colombia
— 6 nights
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Medellin, Colombia
— 4 nights
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Bogota, Colombia — 4 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bogota: Zipaquira (Desal & Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Monserrate, contemplate the long history of Bolivar Square, examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Colombia, and explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bogota trip builder website.

Cairo, Egypt to Bogota is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairo to Bogota is minus 7 hours. In August, Bogota is cooler than Cairo - with highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Montenegro.
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Montenegro, Colombia — 2 nights

Named after the dark trees covering the area's hills, Montenegro (literally Black Mountain) sits in a verdant zone irrigated by three major rivers.
On the 6th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Los Nevados National Park. On the next day, get in on the family fun at Parque del Cafe.

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Traveling by flight from Bogota to Montenegro takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In August, Montenegro is somewhat warmer than Bogota - with highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Salento.
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Salento, Colombia — 2 nights

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
On the 8th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Bosques de Cocora. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve and then stroll through Coffee Tour Luger.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Salento road trip site.

Traveling by car from Montenegro to Salento takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Manizales.
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Manizales, Colombia — 1 night

A major center of education and commerce, Manizales also serves as one of the hubs of coffee production in Colombia.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Los Nevados.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Manizales trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Salento to Manizales in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Salento, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Manizales, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Santa Marta.
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Santa Marta, Colombia — 3 nights

Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
Spend the 12th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Playa Cristal, admire the natural beauty at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, walk around Parque de Los Novios, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Blanca.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Santa Marta travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Manizales to Santa Marta takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Manizales in August, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Santa Marta: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Tayrona National Park.
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Tayrona National Park, Colombia — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tayrona National Park online tour planner.

Getting from Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Tayrona National Park can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cartagena.
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Cartagena, Colombia — 5 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cartagena side-trips: Isla Baru (Aviario Nacional de Colombia & Playa Blanca). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Bolivar, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, and contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Cartagena travel route builder tool.

You can drive from Tayrona National Park to Cartagena in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Leon.
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Leon, Nicaragua — 7 nights

A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
Leon is known for nature, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Asunción, contemplate the long history of Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava, contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Negro Volcano, and delve into the distant past at Ruins of Leon Viejo.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Leon online tour planner.

Fly from Cartagena to Leon in 7.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Cartagena to Leon is minus 1 hour. In August in Leon, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 28°C at night. You'll set off for San Andres Island on the 26th (Fri).
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San Andres Island, Colombia — 6 nights

The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Spend the 31st (Wed) exploring nature at Manglares de Old Point National Park. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, discover the deep blue sea with Caribe Extremo, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Spratt Bight, and explore the fascinating underground world of Morgan's Cave.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Andres Island trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Leon to San Andres Island in 10.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Leon to San Andres Island due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Leon in August, you will find days in San Andres Island are slightly colder (36°C), and nights are about the same (30°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Medellin.
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Medellin, Colombia — 4 nights

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 sightseeing, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, get outside with Outdoor Activities, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Medellin.

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You can fly from San Andres Island to Medellin in 3.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Andres Island in September, with highs in Medellin at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Beaches
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.
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Nicaragua travel guide

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Churches · Volcanos · Specialty Museums
Still emerging as a major tourist destination, Nicaragua, the largest country in Central America, entices travelers with its rich history and remarkable natural beauty just waiting to be discovered. A holiday in Nicaragua allows you to explore a vibrant culture, scenic beaches, and plenty of spots off the beaten path. Majestic volcanoes, lakes, and forests offer numerous chances for exploration and exciting adventures, while major cities boast splendid colonial architecture. With access to coastlines on both the Pacific and the Caribbean, a vacation in Nicaragua appeals to those looking for thrilling surfing experiences, dramatic views, or a chance to spread out on a deserted tropical beach.
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