22 days in Colombia Itinerary

22 days in Colombia Itinerary

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22 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Brussels
+3
Train + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  16​h 45​min
1
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3​h
2
Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Medellin
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1​h 15​min
4
Montenegro
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Salento
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Cali
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Cartagena
— 5 nights
Fly + Train:  12​h
End: Brussels

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): 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 17th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Mundo Marino, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Marta journey planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Santa Marta is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Brussels to Santa Marta due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Brussels in February; daily highs in Santa Marta reach 39°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

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

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira) and Vivero Crisalide (in Chia). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, and catch some excitement at Whee Institute.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Bogota trip planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Santa Marta to Bogota takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Santa Marta in February, with highs in Bogota at 24°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, Vivero Crisalide
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then look for gifts at Duna Store, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): observe the fascinating underwater world at Parque Explora, then take a memorable drive along 2000m Descent and more, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Medellin trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Medellin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Bogota in February; daily highs in Medellin reach 32°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Montenegro.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Parks Outdoors
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Walking tours
Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): get outside with Globos Colombia and then find something for the whole family at Parque del Cafe. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at El Paraiso del Bambu y La Guadua, make a trip to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera), and then get outside with Canopy Los Caracolies.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Montenegro trip planner.

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. In February in Montenegro, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Salento.

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
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
On the 25th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Bosques de Cocora and then admire the verdant scenery at Valle del Cocora. On your second day here, experience rural life at El Recuerdo Finca Cafetera Tradicional, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Salento trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Montenegro to Salento takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Salento can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cali.

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
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): examine the collection at Museo Aereo Fenix and then trek along Picoloro Ecoturismo. On the next day, examine the collection at Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia, meet the residents at Zoologico de Cali, and then pause for some photo ops at Cristo Rey.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cali driving holiday planning tool .

You can drive from Salento to Cali in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February in Cali, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cali

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Museo Aereo Fenix ©
Museo Aereo Fenix
Picoloro Ecoturismo ©
Picoloro Ecoturismo
Zoologico de Cali ©
Zoologico de Cali

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, beaches, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, kick back and relax at Playa Charquitos, look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, and see the vivid underwater world at West View.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Andres Island trip planner .

Getting from Cali to San Andres Island by flight takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Cali in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 28°C in San Andres Island. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cartagena.

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

5
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.
Take a break from Cartagena with a short trip to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru, about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, race across the water with a speed boat tour, don't miss a visit to Plaza Bolivar, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cartagena journey planning tool .

Fly from San Andres Island to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Playa Blanca, Oceanario
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

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