20 days in Colombia Itinerary

20 days in Colombia Itinerary

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20 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Krakow
Fly:  21 h
1
Santa Marta
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Cartagena
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4 h
3
San Andres, San Andres Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5 h 30 min
4
Guatape
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 30 min
5
Medellin
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  1 h 30 min
6
Salento
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  2 h
7
Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Krakow

3
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.
Santa Marta is known for nature, beaches, adventure, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, get outside with Outdoor Activities, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Santa Marta, and stroll through Playa Blanca.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Santa Marta trip planner .

Krakow, Poland to Santa Marta is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Colombia Time (COT), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Krakow in September; daily highs in Santa Marta reach 39°C and lows reach 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cartagena.

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
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

4
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.
Cartagena is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, nature, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to San Felipe de Barajas Castle, steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, admire the striking features of Las Bovedas, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cartagena trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Santa Marta to Cartagena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to San Andres.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Transportation 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
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa ©
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa

3
nights
San Andres, San Andres Island

San Andres ©
If you're looking for sunshine, clear waters, and tropical warmth, a San Andres vacation could be just what the doctor ordered.
San Andres is known for nature, wildlife, beaches, adventure, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, have some family-friendly fun at Paintball San Andres, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Primera Iglesia Bautista, and don't miss a visit to Rocky Cay.

To see ratings and other tourist information, you can read our San Andres trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cartagena to San Andres. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Guatape.

Things to do in San Andres

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

San Andres Island
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Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

1
night
Guatape

Guatape ©
On the shores of a large artificial lake, Guatape ensures a pleasant experience in a quiet little town known for its friendly residents and attractive architecture.
To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Guatape trip planner .

Explore your travel options from San Andres to Guatape with the Route module. When traveling from San Andres in October, plan for little chillier days in Guatape, with highs around 25°C, while nights are colder with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Medellin.

Things to do in Guatape

Parks Nature
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Piedra Del Penol ©
Piedra Del Penol

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.
Medellin is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero, meet the residents at Parque Explora, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Medellin online trip planner .

Getting from Guatape to Medellin by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Guatape in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Medellin: highs are around 32°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Salento.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Zoos & Aquariums
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Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora
Walking tours
Plaza Botero ©
Plaza Botero

2
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Bosques de Cocora. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady of Poverty Pereira, then stop by Antartica Muebles y Decoracion, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Salento day trip planning site .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Medellin to Salento in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Pereira
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Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza ©

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Catedral de Sal in Zipaquira (about 54 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), contemplate the long history of Bolivar plaza, wander the streets of Parque 93, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Monserrate.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Bogota trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Salento to Bogota in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Salento in October: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 22°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Museums Historic Sites

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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