20 days in Colombia Itinerary

20 days in Colombia Itinerary

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20 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Cardiff
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  15 h 15 min
1
Cartagena
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3 h
3
San Andres Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
4
Cali
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
5
Salento
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Montenegro
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 15 min
7
Medellin
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
8
Bogota
— 4 nights
Fly + Train:  16 h 15 min
End: Cardiff

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.
On the 28th (Tue), race across the water with a speed boat tour, then step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and then admire the striking features of Las Bovedas. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, contemplate the long history of Plaza Santo Domingo, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

For photos, reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cartagena trip planner.

Cardiff, UK to Cartagena is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Cardiff to Cartagena is minus 5 hours. In July, Cartagena is much hotter than Cardiff - with highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

2
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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.
On the 30th (Thu), look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta and then explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, then categoryPhrases.phrase.get_up_close_and_personal_with_brilliant_marine_life_at Mundo Marino, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Marta trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July in Santa Marta, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

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

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.
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, look for all kinds of wild species at Cayo El Acuario, explore the fascinating underground world of Morgan's Cave, and kick back and relax at Playa de Spratt Bight.

To find where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Andres Island road trip website .

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. When traveling from Santa Marta in July, plan for a bit cooler days in San Andres Island, with highs around 35°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cali.

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): examine the collection at Museo Aereo Fenix and then trek along Picoloro Ecoturismo.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cali trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Cali takes 3 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Cali, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Salento.

Things to do in Cali

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Museo Aereo Fenix ©
Museo Aereo Fenix
Picoloro Ecoturismo ©
Picoloro Ecoturismo

2
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
On the 6th (Thu), relax in the rural setting at El Recuerdo Finca Cafetera Tradicional, look for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, and then pedal to the sights with Bike Tours. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the views at Valle del Cocora and then explore the striking landscape of Bosques de Cocora.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Salento trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Cali to Salento takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Montenegro.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
nights
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.
On the 8th (Sat), find something for the whole family at Parque del Cafe and then head outdoors with Globos Colombia. On the next day, relax in the rural setting at El Paraiso del Bambu y La Guadua, then don't miss a visit to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera), and then head outdoors with Canopy Los Caracolies.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Montenegro trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Salento to Montenegro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Montenegro, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Montenegro

Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)
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Parque del Cafe ©
Parque del Cafe
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera) ©
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)
El Paraiso del Bambu y La Guadua ©
El Paraiso del Bambu y La Guadua

2
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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 10th (Mon), fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then look for gifts at Duna Store, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Keep things going the next day: categoryPhrases.phrase.get_up_close_and_personal_with_brilliant_marine_life_at Parque Explora, then see Off-Road Tours, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Medellin sightseeing app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Montenegro to Medellin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
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Off-Road Tours
Walking tours
Parasailing & Paragliding

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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.
When in Bogota, make a side trip to see Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira in Zipaquira, approximately Zipaquira away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, read our Bogota online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Bogota takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Medellin in August: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 22°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Tours Parks

Side Trip

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

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