40 days in Colombia Itinerary

40 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Santa Marta
— 3 nights
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Tayrona National Park
— 2 nights
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Bogota
— 4 nights
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Cali
— 3 nights
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Armenia
— 2 nights
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Salento
— 4 nights
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Manizales
— 2 nights
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Medellin
— 5 nights
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San Andres Island
— 6 nights
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Islas de Rosario
— 2 nights
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Cartagena
— 5 nights
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Santa Marta — 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.
Take a break from Santa Marta with a short trip to Museo Minca - Memorial Museum Of The Sierra Nevada in Minca, about 44 minutes away. Spend the 4th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: walk around Parque de Los Novios, don't miss a visit to Monumento Tayrona, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca, and take in nature's colorful creations at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Santa Marta tour planning tool.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Santa Marta is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Colombia Standard Time (COT) is minus 7 hours. When traveling from Tel Aviv in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Marta: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tayrona National Park.
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Tayrona National Park — 2 nights

On the 5th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Cabo San Juan Del Guia.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tayrona National Park travel planning site.

Drive from Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park in 1.5 hours. September in Tayrona National Park sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to fly to Bogota.
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Find places to stay Sep 4 — 6:
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Bogota — 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.
Explore Bogota's surroundings by going to Zipaquira (Desal & Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, contemplate the long history of Bolivar Square, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and take a stroll through Zona G Bogota.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bogota driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Tayrona National Park to Bogota in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, Bogota is cooler than Tayrona National Park - with highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Cali.
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Cali — 3 nights

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.
When in Cali, make a side trip to see Museo Aereo Fenix in Palmira, approximately Palmira away. The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoologico de Cali, get engrossed in the history at Museo De La Salsa, admire the landmark architecture of El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Santa Rosa de Lima.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cali trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Cali takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Bogota in September, you will find days in Cali are warmer (37°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (22°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Armenia.
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Armenia — 2 nights

The capital city of Quindio Department, Armenia was founded in 1889 by Jesus Maria Ocampo as he sought a hideout in the Quindio mountains.
On the 14th (Wed), experience rural life at El Paraiso del Bambu y La Guadua and then make a trip to Eje Cafetero (Zona Cafetera). On your second day here, find something for the whole family at Parque del Cafe.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Armenia online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Cali to Armenia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. When traveling from Cali in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Armenia: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Salento.
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Salento — 4 nights

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Spend the 16th (Fri) exploring nature at Bosques de Cocora. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, appreciate the views at Valle del Cocora, and hike along Coffee Tour Luger.

For other places to visit and tourist information, read our Salento trip maker tool.

Drive from Armenia to Salento in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Manizales.
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Manizales — 2 nights

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 20th (Tue): experience rural life at Finca Del Cafe. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Manizales Cathedral and then soothe aching muscles at Yoga Love Colombia.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Manizales trip planner.

You can drive from Salento to Manizales in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Salento in September, plan for slightly colder days in Manizales, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Medellin.
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Find places to stay Sep 19 — 21:

Medellin — 5 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: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Parque Explora, and see the interesting displays at Museum Pablo Escobar.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Medellin trip planner.

You can fly from Manizales to Medellin in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Manizales, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Medellin, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can fly to San Andres Island.
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Find places to stay Sep 21 — 26:

San Andres Island — 6 nights

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, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, stroll through Playa de Spratt Bight, explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador, and see some colorful creatures with Scuba San Andres Dive Shop.

Take the guesswork out of planning a San Andres Island vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Medellin to San Andres Island in 3.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Medellin in September since evenings lows in San Andres Island dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Islas de Rosario.
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Find places to stay Sep 26 — Oct 2:

Islas de Rosario — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): explore the gorgeous colors at IslaBela. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oceanario and then get outside with Bora Bora Cartagena Beach Club.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Islas de Rosario online journey planner.

You can fly from San Andres Island to Islas de Rosario in 4.5 hours. In October in Islas de Rosario, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Cartagena.
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Find places to stay Oct 2 — 4:
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Cartagena — 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cartagena: Isla Baru (Aviario Nacional de Colombia & Playa Blanca). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, contemplate the long history of Las Bovedas, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and make a trip to Plaza Santo Domingo.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Cartagena trip maker tool.

Getting from Islas de Rosario to Cartagena by ferry takes about 2 hours. In October in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Oct 4 — 9:

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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