41 days in Colombia Itinerary

41 days in Colombia Itinerary

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41 days in Colombia Itinerary

Zurich
Fly:  19​h
Suesca
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Puerto Triunfo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Guatape
— 3 nights
bus + Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
Salento
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
Bogota
— 10 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
San Andres Island
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
Isla Baru
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
Cartagena
— 9 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Santa Marta
— 4 nights
bus + taxi + Fly:  18​h
Zurich

3
days
Suesca

Suesca ©
Suesca is a town in Cundinamarca Department, Colombia. Step out of the city life by going to Laguna de Guatavita and Suesca Rocks. Spend a day outdoors on the 20th (Tue) with Suesca Outdoor Experience. There's more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Mina de Sal de Nemocon.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Suesca trip builder tool .

Zurich, Switzerland to Suesca is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Zurich to Suesca, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in February: highs in Suesca hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for travel to Puerto Triunfo.

Things to do in Suesca

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Laguna de Guatavita, Mina de Sal de Nemocon
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Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
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Suesca Outdoor Experience
Mina de Sal de Nemocon ©
Mina de Sal de Nemocon

1
day
Puerto Triunfo

Puerto Triunfo ©
Deep in the green mountainous terrain of Antioquia Province, Puerto Triunfo offers a natural playground of rivers, waterfalls, and canyons.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Parque Tematico Hacienda Napoles.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Triunfo trip planner .

Traveling by car from Suesca to Puerto Triunfo takes 5.5 hours. While traveling from Suesca, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Puerto Triunfo, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Guatape.

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Parque Tematico Hacienda Napoles ©
Parque Tematico Hacienda Napoles

2
days
Guatape

Guatape ©
On the shores of a large artificial lake, Guatape ensures a pleasant experience in a quiet little town known for its friendly residents and attractive architecture.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen, take in the dramatic natural features at Piedra del Penol, and then explore the activities along Laguna de Guatape. On your second day here, get outside with Cable Paseo Guatape and then get out on two wheels at Guatape Motos.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Guatape day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Puerto Triunfo to Guatape takes 4 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Puerto Triunfo in February; daily highs in Guatape reach 25°C and lows reach 15°C. On the 25th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Salento.

Things to do in Guatape

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Iglesia San Antonio de Pereira, Laguna de Guatape
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Piedra del Penol ©
Piedra del Penol
Laguna de Guatape ©
Laguna de Guatape
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen ©

3
days
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Get outdoors at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve and Globos Colombia. Spend the 27th (Tue) exploring nature at Bosques de Cocora. There's more to do: savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Salento driving holiday site .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Guatape to Salento in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Guatape in February; daily highs in Salento reach 32°C and lows reach 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Salento

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Globos Colombia
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Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Coffee & Tea Tours

10
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.
Appreciate the collections at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Planetarium of Bogota. Popular historic sites such as Catedral de Sal and Iglesia Basilica del Senor de Monserrate are in your itinerary. Explore Bogota's surroundings by going to Puente del Comun (in Chia), Parque Natural Chicaque (in Chicaque) and Catedral Diocesana (in Zipaquira). There's much more to do: stroll through Mount Monserrate, look for all kinds of wild species at Cascada La Chorrera, take a stroll through Parque 93, and take an in-depth tour of Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Bogota itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Salento to Bogota takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Salento in February; daily highs in Bogota reach 23°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Bogota

#Parks, #Museums, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Cascada La Chorrera, Puente del Comun, Parque Natural Chicaque
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Mount Monserrate ©
Mount Monserrate
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Catedral de Sal ©
Catedral de Sal

5
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. Relax by the water at Playa de San Luis and Playa de Spratt Bight. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at West View, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Primera Iglesia Bautista, make a trip to Rocky Cay, and see the interesting displays at Island House Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island itinerary planning app .

Getting from Bogota to San Andres Island by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in March: highs in San Andres Island hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Isla Baru.

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La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Playa de San Luis ©
Playa de San Luis
Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay

1
day
Isla Baru

Isla Baru ©
Lying south of Cartagena, Isla Baru was connected to the mainland until the construction of the Canal del Dique.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): stroll through Playa Blanca.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Isla Baru road trip tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from San Andres Island to Isla Baru in 2.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cartagena.

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#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

9
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.
Get some historical perspective at San Felipe de Barajas Castle and Convento La Popa de la Galera. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa De Punta Arena and Playa de Bocagrande. Spend the 20th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 23rd (Fri), spend a cool day on the water with Veleros Colombia. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Trinidad, admire the landmark architecture of Las Bovedas, and tour the water at your own pace with Arrecife Boat Rentals.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cartagena holiday builder tool .

Getting from Isla Baru to Cartagena by car takes about an hour. In March, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Santa Marta.

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Playa De Punta Arena ©
Playa De Punta Arena
San Felipe de Barajas Castle ©
San Felipe de Barajas Castle
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Cristal Beach and Playaca. Get in touch with nature at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona and Scuba & Snorkeling. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Playa Blanca, explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Grande, and meet the residents at Mundo Marino.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Marta sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Marta

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

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Taganga
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach

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