18 days in Colombia Itinerary

18 days in Colombia Itinerary

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18 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Orlando
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Cartagena
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Bogota
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
4
Barichara
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Bogota
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
6
Salento
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  3​h
7
Medellin
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Cali
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Orlando

2
nights
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 3rd (Fri), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then ponder the world of politics at Alcaldia de Santa Marta, then examine the collection at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, and finally contemplate the long history of Paseo El Camellon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, look for all kinds of wild species at El Dorado Bird Reserve, then get engrossed in the history at Memorial Center of the Sierra Nevada, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo del Cacao de Minca.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Santa Marta day trip app .

Orlando, USA to Santa Marta is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. In July, daytime highs in Santa Marta are 93°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Wildlife Museums Tours

Side Trip

Minca
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monumento a JuanPablo II,Cartagena, see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Rafael Nunez, then identify plant and animal life at Aviario Nacional de Colombia, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Centro Historico, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Santo Toribio, and finally explore the galleries of Museo Del Cacao.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cartagena trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Aviario Nacional de Colombia
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Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Planetarium of Bogota, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Santa Clara, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of San Agustin.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bogota trip planner.

Getting from Cartagena to Bogota by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Cartagena in July, with highs in Bogota at 65°F and lows at 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Barichara.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Historic Sites
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Museo Santa Clara ©
Museo Santa Clara
Planetarium of Bogota ©
Planetarium of Bogota
Church of San Agustin ©
Church of San Agustin

2
nights
Barichara

Barichara ©
A charming town of just over 7,000 people, Barichara displays rustic, dusty orange-colored architecture, protected by the Colombian People's Heritage Network.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion, get engrossed in the history at Casa de la Cultura Emiliano Pradilla Gonzalez, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Barichara, then explore the galleries of Fundacion San Lorenzo De Barichara, then take some stellar pictures from Mirador Barichara 1, and finally take some stellar pictures from Salto Del Mico. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Punto Amarillo Barichara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia Nuestra Senora de Chiquinquira El Socorro, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Nuestra Senora del Socorro, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Capilla Inmaculada Concepcion, El Socorro.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Barichara trip itinerary planning site .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Bogota to Barichara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Bogota in July; daily highs in Barichara reach 80°F and lows reach 65°F. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Fri) before leaving for Bogota.

Things to do in Barichara

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Socorro
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Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion ©
Catedral Nuestra Senora del Socorro ©
Cementerio  Barichara ©
Cementerio Barichara

2
nights
Bogota

Bogota ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar and then stroll around Parque de Usaquen.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Bogota driving holiday tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Barichara to Bogota takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Barichara in July, expect Bogota to be slightly colder, temps between 65°F and 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Salento.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
National Museum of Colombia ©
National Museum of Colombia
Museo Santa Clara ©
Museo Santa Clara

1
night
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Carmen, and then view the masterpieces at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose and then look for all kinds of wild species at El Palacio del Barbas.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Salento trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Bogota to Salento takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Traveling from Bogota in July, expect Salento to be somewhat warmer, temps between 84°F and 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose, El Palacio del Barbas
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Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
El Palacio del Barbas ©
El Palacio del Barbas
Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Carmen ©
Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Carmen

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): examine the collection at Museo Casa de la Memoria, pause for some serene contemplation at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno, and then take a spin around town with 2000m Descent and more. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin, see the interesting displays at Cementerio Museo de San Pedro, then admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Basilica Metropolitana de Medellin.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Medellin itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Salento to Medellin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daytime highs in Medellin are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cali.

Things to do in Medellin

Museums Parks Wildlife
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Museo Casa de la Memoria ©
Museo Casa de la Memoria
Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin ©
Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin
Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica ©
Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica

3
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.
On the 16th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia Catedral San Pedro de Buga and then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Natural Nirvana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Casa Del Virrey and then explore the striking landscape of Farallones de Cali.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cali trip tool .

Fly from Medellin to Cali in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Cali are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. On the 18th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cali

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Reserva Natural Nirvana, Parroquia Catedral San Pedro de Buga, Casa Del Virrey
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Reserva Natural Nirvana ©
Reserva Natural Nirvana
Parroquia Catedral San Pedro de Buga ©
Farallones de Cali ©
Farallones de Cali

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