40 days in Colombia Itinerary

40 days in Colombia Itinerary

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40 days in Colombia Itinerary

Buenos Aires
Fly:  11​h 30​min
Medellin
— 6 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
Manizales
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Salento
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
Cali
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
San Andres Island
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Cartagena
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Santa Marta
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
Suesca
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Bogota
— 6 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
Buenos Aires

6
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.
Step out of Medellin with an excursion to Piedra del Penol in Guatape--about 1h 50 min away. There's still lots to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Medellin, and admire all the interesting features of Universidad de Antioquia.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Medellin trip planner .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Medellin is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Medellin due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Buenos Aires, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Medellin, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Manizales.

Things to do in Medellin

#Parks, #Nature, #Tours

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Piedra del Penol
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Piedra del Penol
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Plaza Botero ©
Plaza Botero

3
days
Manizales

Manizales ©
A major center of education and commerce, Manizales also serves as one of the hubs of coffee production in Colombia.
Manizales is known for historic sites, nature, parks, outdoors, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the geological forces at Nevado del Ruiz, pause for some photo ops at Monumento a los Colonizadores, look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Ecologica Rio Blanco, and explore and take pictures at Estadio Palogrande.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Manizales planner .

Fly from Medellin to Manizales in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Salento.

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#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife
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Nevado del Ruiz ©
Nevado del Ruiz
Catedral de Manizales ©
Catedral de Manizales
Recinto del Pensamiento ©
Recinto del Pensamiento

3
days
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
When in Salento, make a side trip to see Parque del Cafe in Montenegro, approximately 1h 05 min away. Spend the 17th (Fri) exploring nature at Bosques de Cocora. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Carmen.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Salento day trip app .

Getting from Manizales to Salento by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August in Salento, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cali.

Things to do in Salento

#Parks, #Nature, #Theme Parks

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Parque del Cafe
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Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Parque del Cafe ©
Parque del Cafe
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora

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.
Cali is known for zoos & aquariums, historic sites, museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museo Aereo Fenix, admire the striking features of El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada), meet the residents at Andoke, and get lost in a book at Biblioteca Departamental Jorge Garces Borrero.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cali trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Salento to Cali in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August in Cali, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cali

#Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums, #Outdoors
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Zoologico de Cali ©
Zoologico de Cali
Andoke ©
Andoke
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.
San Andres Island is known for nature, wildlife, beaches, adventure, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, identify plant and animal life at West View, make a trip to Blow Hole, and kick back and relax at Playa de Spratt Bight.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island online travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Cali to San Andres Island takes 3 hours. Traveling from Cali in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Andres Island, with lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cartagena.

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#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife
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Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Blow Hole ©
Blow Hole

5
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.
Step out of Cartagena to go to Isla Baru and see Playa Blanca, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of San Felipe de Barajas Castle, don't miss a visit to Plaza Bolivar, steep yourself in history at Torre del Reloj, and gain insight at Plaza Santo Domingo.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cartagena road trip tool .

Fly from San Andres Island to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

#Outdoors, #Historic Sites, #Tours

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Playa Blanca
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San Felipe de Barajas Castle ©
San Felipe de Barajas Castle
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa ©
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa

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.
Santa Marta is known for nature, beaches, adventure, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, meet the residents at Rodadero Sea Aquarium and Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Santa Marta.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Santa Marta trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Santa Marta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Suesca.

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#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach

1
day
Suesca

Suesca ©
Suesca is a town and municipality in the Almeidas Province, part of the department of Cundinamarca, Colombia. To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Suesca day trip planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Santa Marta to Suesca. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Santa Marta in September, with highs in Suesca at 22°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Suesca

#Nature, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Laguna de Guatavita, Mina de Sal de Nemocon
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Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita

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.
When in Bogota, make a side trip to see Catedral de Sal in Zipaquira, approximately 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), admire the landmark architecture of Torre Colpatria, steep yourself in history at Bolivar plaza, and take an in-depth tour of Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Bogota travel route planner.

Drive from Suesca to Bogota in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Neighborhoods

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Catedral de Sal
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Mount Monserrate ©
Mount Monserrate

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