18 days in Colombia Itinerary

18 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Start: North Berwick, Scotland
Drive + Fly:  17 h 30 min
1
Cartagena
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3 h
3
San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Medellin
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 15 min
5
Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Salento
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h 15 min
7
Bogota
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  18 h 45 min
End: North Berwick, Scotland

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, then steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, then step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and finally go for a walk through Plazoleta de Blas de Lezo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Plaza Santo Domingo, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then admire the striking features of Las Bovedas.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Cartagena trip itinerary planning app.

North Berwick, UK to Cartagena is an approximately 17.5- hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Colombia Standard Time is minus 5 hours. Traveling from North Berwick in June, expect Cartagena to be warmer, temps between 38°C and 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Boat Tours & Water Sports

2
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.
On the 1st (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marine World Aquarium, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Santa Marta trip planner.

Drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

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.
San Andres Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, don't miss a visit to Rocky Cay, explore the gorgeous colors at West View, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island road trip app.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Santa Marta to San Andres Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Santa Marta in July, you will find days in San Andres Island are slightly colder (35°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

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 6th (Mon), glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, stop by Mon & Velarde, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia la Nina Maria, observe the fascinating underwater world at Parque Explora, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Medellin online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from San Andres Island to Medellin in 3.5 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in July, expect little chillier with lows of 20°C in Medellin. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Montenegro.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Parroquia la Nina Maria
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Walking tours
Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora

1
night
Montenegro

Montenegro ©
Named after the dark trees covering the area's hills, Montenegro (literally Black Mountain) sits in a verdant zone irrigated by three major rivers.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): get in on the family fun at Parque del Cafe and then head outdoors with Globos Colombia.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Montenegro trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Medellin to Montenegro by combination of flight and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. July in Montenegro sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Salento.

Things to do in Montenegro

Theme Parks Outdoors
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Globos Colombia ©
Globos Colombia
Parque del Cafe ©
Parque del Cafe

2
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): push the limits with an extreme tour, identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, and then savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the views at Valle del Cocora and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Salento attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Montenegro to Salento takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Salento can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Nature Tours
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Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Valle del Cocora ©
Valle del Cocora

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Zipaquira (Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores, Esensal, &more). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, experience the excitement of Whee Institute - Learn Spanish in Bogota, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bogota day trip website.

Getting from Salento to Bogota by combination of bus and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Salento in July, with highs in Bogota at 21°C and lows at 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Zipaquira
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira

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