58 days in Colombia Itinerary

58 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Fly to Cartagena, Bus to Santa Marta
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Santa Marta
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tayrona National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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Bucaramanga
— 4 nights
Fly
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Bogota
— 7 nights
Foot to Bogota, Fly to Salento
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Salento
— 5 nights
Drive
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Pereira
— 5 nights
Fly
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Medellin
— 7 nights
Fly
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San Andres Island
— 8 nights
Fly to Alfonso Bonilla Aragon International Airport, Drive to Palmira
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Palmira
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Macarena
— 2 nights
Taxi to San Jose del Guaviare, Fly to Cartagena
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Cartagena
— 6 nights
Ferry
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Islas de Rosario
— 4 nights
Drive to Rafael Nuñez International Airport, Fly to Amsterdam

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Santa Marta — 5 nights

America's Pearl

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 find plenty of places to visit near Santa Marta: Minca (Museo del Cacao de Minca, Museo Minca - Memorial Museum Of The Sierra Nevada, &more). Spend the 23rd (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Zazue Plaza, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cristal, and stroll around Parque de Los Novios.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Santa Marta trip itinerary maker website.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Santa Marta is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Colombia Standard Time (COT) is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Amsterdam in September, things will get much warmer in Santa Marta: highs are around 39°C and lows about 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tayrona National Park.
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Tayrona National Park — 2 nights

On the 28th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Playa de las 7 Olas and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cabo San Juan Del Guia.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tayrona National Park trip maker site.

You can drive from Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Tayrona National Park can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Bucaramanga.
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Bucaramanga — 4 nights

City of Parks

A tour of Bucaramanga may yield little evidence that it dates back as far as 1622.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bucaramanga: Casona El Tabacal (in Piedecuesta) and La Mesa de los Santos (in Los Santos). Spend the 1st (Sat) exploring nature at Parque Nacional de Chicamocha. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Universidad Industrial de Santander - UIS, steep yourself in history at Capilla Nuestra Senora de las Nieves, snap pictures at Puente del Bicentenario, and head outdoors with Club Campestre Bucaramanga.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Bucaramanga vacation planning app.

Fly from Tayrona National Park to Bucaramanga in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Tayrona National Park in September, things will get little chillier in Bucaramanga: highs are around 31°C and lows about 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Bogota.
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Bogota — 7 nights

Athens of South America

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Bogota: Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra), Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar) and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira). Pack the 9th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Parque Jaime Duque. The adventure continues: make a trip to Monserrate, examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Colombia, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and wander the streets of Barrio La Candelaria.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Bogota trip site.

Traveling by flight from Bucaramanga to Bogota takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, Bogota is slightly colder than Bucaramanga - with highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Salento.
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Salento — 5 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Spend the 14th (Fri) exploring nature at Bosques de Cocora. The adventure continues: stroll through Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Disco y la Musica, hike along Coffee Tour Luger, and look for gifts at Polimetria.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Salento online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Salento takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Bogota in October, with highs in Salento at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Pereira.
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Pereira — 5 nights

A center of commerce and trade, the thriving city of Pereira was founded in 1863.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cartago (Iglesia de Guadalupe & Catedral Nuestra Senora del Carmen), Los Nevados National Park (in La Estrella) and Parque del Cafe (in Montenegro). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Eje Cafetero (Zona Cafetera), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Jose, try to win big at Gran Casino Victoria, and relax in the rural setting at La Divisa De Don Juan SAS.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Pereira day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Salento to Pereira takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Pereira are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Medellin.
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Medellin — 7 nights

City of the Eternal Spring

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Venture out of the city with trips to Calle peatonal 3 KM (in Marinilla) and Piedra Del Penol (in Guatape). And it doesn't end there: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero, and explore the activities along Laguna de Guatape.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Medellin trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Pereira to Medellin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to San Andres Island.
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San Andres Island — 8 nights

The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Spend the 28th (Fri) exploring nature at Manglares de Old Point National Park. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador, don't miss a visit to Cayo Rocoso, and kick back and relax at Playa de San Luis.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island road trip website.

You can fly from Medellin to San Andres Island in 3.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Medellin in October: high temperatures in San Andres Island hover around 36°C and lows are around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Palmira.
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Palmira — 2 nights

University City

A pleasant city of about 250,000, Palmira is known for its fine parks and universities.
On the 5th (Sat), browse the different shops at Unicentro Palmira, then examine the collection at Museo Aereo Fenix, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Llanogrande Plaza Shopping Center.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Palmira trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from San Andres Island to Palmira. Traveling from San Andres Island in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 22°C in Palmira. On the 6th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to La Macarena.
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La Macarena — 2 nights

A gateway to one of the world's most fascinating rivers, La Macarena enjoys a special place in the heart of Colombian nature lovers.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): stroll through Raudales Rio Guayabero and then explore the activities along Cano Cristales.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our La Macarena day trip website.

Getting from Palmira to La Macarena by car takes about 18 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Cartagena.
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Cartagena — 6 nights

City of Heroes

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cartagena: Isla Baru (Playa Blanca & Aviario Nacional de Colombia). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, don't miss a visit to Torre del Reloj, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cartagena trip website.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from La Macarena to Cartagena in 10 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in November, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Islas de Rosario.
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Islas de Rosario — 4 nights

On the 17th (Thu), spend a day among the vivid marine life at IslaBela.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Islas de Rosario route builder website.

Getting from Cartagena to Islas de Rosario by ferry takes about 2 hours. In November in Islas de Rosario, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.
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Colombia travel guide

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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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