16 days in Colombia Itinerary

16 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Medellin
— 2 nights
2
Salento
— 1 night
3
Bogota
— 3 nights
4
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
5
San Andres Island
— 3 nights
6
Isla Baru
— 1 night
7
Cartagena
— 3 nights

2
nights
Medellin

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
On the 14th (Sat), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then look for gifts at Duna Store, and then take a memorable drive along medellin 2000m DESCENT. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the different shops at El Tesoro Parque Comercial, browse the different shops at Mayorca Mega Plaza, and then explore the world behind art at H by HDC.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Medellin trip itinerary tool.

Asuncion, Paraguay to Medellin is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Paraguay Standard Time (PYT) to Colombia Standard Time (COT) is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Asuncion in March: highs in Medellin hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Salento.

Things to do in Medellin

Shopping · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Mayorca Mega Plaza
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Parasailing & Paragliding
medellin 2000m DESCENT ©
medellin 2000m DESCENT
Mayorca Mega Plaza ©
Mayorca Mega Plaza

1
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Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
On the 16th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora, then browse the exhibits of Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, and then identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Salento road trip website.

Fly from Medellin to Salento in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Region Paisaje / Landscape Region ©
Region Paisaje / Landscape Region

3
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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.
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira are good opportunities to explore the local culture. For shopping fun, head to Galeria La Cometa or El Cuchitril Second Hand Shop. Change things up with a short trip to Laguna de Guatavita in Tierra Negra (about 1h 10 min away). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Pasaje Rivas.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Bogota trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Salento to Bogota takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Traveling from Salento in March, things will get slightly colder in Bogota: highs are around 23°C and lows about 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Bogota

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, Laguna de Guatavita
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta and then explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Santa Marta tour planner.

Fly from Bogota to Santa Marta in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in March, expect Santa Marta to be much warmer, temps between 39°C and 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

3
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa de San Luis and Playa de Spratt Bight. Take a break from the city and head to La Piscinita and Hoyo Soplador. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Cayo El Acuario, take a stroll around Banco de la Republica, head off the coast to Johnny Cay, and look for gifts at Esmeraldas Colombianas.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island day trip planner.

You can fly from Santa Marta to San Andres Island in 4.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Santa Marta in March: highs in San Andres Island hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Isla Baru.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors
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La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Cayo El Acuario ©
Cayo El Acuario
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

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night
Isla Baru

Isla Baru ©
Lying south of Cartagena, Isla Baru was connected to the mainland until the construction of the Canal del Dique.
On the 25th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Aviario Nacional de Colombia and then kick back and relax at Playa Blanca.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Isla Baru trip builder tool.

Fly from San Andres Island to Isla Baru in 5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Isla Baru

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
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Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, then make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and then look for gifts at Dantas Store. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): view the masterpieces at NH Galeria, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Anticuario El Arcon.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cartagena online itinerary maker.

You can ride a ferry from Isla Baru to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. March in Cartagena sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours
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Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa ©
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa

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