51 days in Colombia Itinerary

51 days in Colombia Itinerary

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51 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Schellenberg
Travel:  78​h
1
Santa Marta
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Cartagena
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Isla Baru
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
San Andres Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Cali
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Salento
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
7
Medellin
— 6 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
8
Bogota
— 9 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Suesca
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Puerto Triunfo
— 2 nights
Travel:  82​h
End: Schellenberg

5
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and Catedral de Santa Marta. You'll get in some beach time at Cristal Beach and Playaca. And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Playa Blanca, pause for some photo ops at Carlos El Pibe Valderrama Statue, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Santa Marta online travel planner .

Schellenberg, Liechtenstein to Santa Marta is an approximately 78-hour travel. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Schellenberg to Santa Marta. In December in Santa Marta, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Taganga
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 28:
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Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Scuba & Snorkeling

7
nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at San Felipe de Barajas Castle and Plaza Santo Domingo. Spend the 1st (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 4th (Fri), spend a cool day on the water with Veleros Colombia. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, take a memorable tour with Arrecife Boat Rentals, don't miss a visit to Plaza Bolivar, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cartagena trip planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Isla Baru.

Things to do in Cartagena

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 4:
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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

1
night
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 5th (Sat): stroll through Playa Blanca.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Isla Baru online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Isla Baru takes an hour. In January, daily temperatures in Isla Baru can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. On the 5th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Isla Baru

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:
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Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

4
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa de San Luis and Playa de Spratt Bight. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, explore the gorgeous colors at West View, and make a trip to Blow Hole.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Andres Island trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Isla Baru to San Andres Island in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cali.

Things to do in San Andres Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 9:
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La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Playa de San Luis ©
Playa de San Luis
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight

5
nights
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.
Museo Aereo Fenix and Iglesia La Ermita are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Palmira (Estadio Deportivo Cali & Reserva Natural Nirvana). Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Andoke, explore the activities along Pance River, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Francisco, and admire the striking features of El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada).

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cali road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Cali takes 3 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Cali, with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Salento.

Things to do in Cali

#Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Palmira
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 14:
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Reserva Natural Nirvana ©
Reserva Natural Nirvana
Iglesia de San Antonio ©
Iglesia de San Antonio
Iglesia La Ermita ©
Iglesia La Ermita

2
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
On the 14th (Mon), go for a walk through Ecoparque the Mirador and Alto de la Cruz and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Bosques de Cocora.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Salento road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cali to Salento takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Cali in January, you will find days in Salento are little chillier (32°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Salento

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora

6
nights
Medellin

Medellin ©
Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Pueblito Paisa and Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Medellin with a short trip to Piedra del Penol in Guatape, about 1h 50 min away. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Mariposario Selva Viva, explore and take pictures at Universidad de Antioquia, meet the residents at Parque Explora, and admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Medellin.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Medellin online travel route planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Salento to Medellin in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Guatape
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Piedra del Penol ©
Piedra del Penol
Museo de Antioquia ©
Museo de Antioquia
Pueblito Paisa ©
Pueblito Paisa

9
nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Catedral de Sal. Change things up with these side-trips from Bogota: Parque Natural Chicaque (in Chicaque) and Cascada La Chorrera (in Choachi). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, take a stroll through Parque 93, get engrossed in the history at Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar, and don't miss a visit to Zona G Bogota.

Plan my day in Bogota using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can fly from Medellin to Bogota in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Medellin in January, expect Bogota to be a bit cooler, temps between 23°C and 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Suesca.

Things to do in Bogota

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cascada La Chorrera, Catedral de Sal, Parque Natural Chicaque
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 31:
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Catedral de Sal ©
Catedral de Sal

2
nights
Suesca

Suesca ©
Suesca is a town and municipality in the Almeidas Province, part of the department of Cundinamarca, Colombia. On the 31st (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Laguna de Guatavita. On your second day here, get outside with Suesca Outdoor Experience.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Suesca itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bogota to Suesca in 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Suesca can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Triunfo.

Things to do in Suesca

#Outdoors, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

Laguna de Guatavita
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 2:
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Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Suesca Outdoor Experience ©
Suesca Outdoor Experience

2
nights
Puerto Triunfo

Puerto Triunfo ©
Deep in the green mountainous terrain of Antioquia Province, Puerto Triunfo offers a natural playground of rivers, waterfalls, and canyons.
Puerto Triunfo is known for wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Parque Tematico Hacienda Napoles.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Triunfo trip planner.

Getting from Suesca to Puerto Triunfo by car takes about 5.5 hours. Traveling from Suesca in February, expect nights in Puerto Triunfo to be much hotter, around 23°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Triunfo

#Parks, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Parque Tematico Hacienda Napoles ©
Parque Tematico Hacienda Napoles
Canon del Rio Claro ©
Canon del Rio Claro

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