22 days in Colombia Itinerary

22 days in Colombia Itinerary

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22 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  10 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
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  5 h 30 min
4
Villa de Leyva
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  2 h 15 min
6
Cali
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Salento
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Montenegro
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 15 min
9
Medellin
— 3 nights
Fly:  15 h
End: Amsterdam

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.
Cartagena is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, steep yourself in history at Plaza Santo Domingo, pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and examine the collection at Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cartagena road trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cartagena is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Cartagena due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in March, expect Cartagena to be much warmer, temps between 37°C and 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough 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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): stop by Yo Amo Santa Marta and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Mundo Marino, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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You can drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. March in Santa Marta sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Nature Tours

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
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: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, see the vivid underwater world at West View, kick back and relax at Playa de Spratt Bight, and identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Andres Island road trip planning 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. While traveling from Santa Marta, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Andres Island, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in San Andres Island

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

1
night
Villa de Leyva

Villa de Leyva ©
Positioned away from major trade routes and exploitable resources, the colonial town of Villa de Leyva has been largely left alone--leaving a window into the 16th century that has become one of Colombia's most popular attractions.
On the 23rd (Mon), indulge your thirst for a good beer at BBC Bodega Villa de Leyva, then stop by Joyeria MORPHILIA, then savor the flavors at Plaza De Mercado De Villa De Leyva, and finally admire the striking features of Casa Terracota.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Villa de Leyva online route builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Andres Island to Villa de Leyva takes 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Bogota.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Breweries & Distilleries Shopping
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BBC Bodega Villa de Leyva ©
BBC Bodega Villa de Leyva
Casa Terracota ©
Casa Terracota
Joyeria MORPHILIA ©
Joyeria MORPHILIA

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 Zipaquira (Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores, Esensal, &more). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and contemplate the long history of Bolivar plaza.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Bogota trip builder site .

You can drive from Villa de Leyva to Bogota in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in March, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Cali.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Camino Real and then trek along Picoloro Ecoturismo. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Museo Aereo Fenix, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoologico de Cali, and then see the interesting displays at Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia.

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Getting from Bogota to Cali by combination of flight and bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in March: high temperatures in Cali hover around 36°C and lows are around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Salento.

Things to do in Cali

Parks Tours Trails

Side Trip

Camino Real
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Picoloro Ecoturismo ©
Picoloro Ecoturismo
Museo Aereo Fenix ©
Museo Aereo Fenix
Zoologico de Cali ©
Zoologico de Cali

2
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Bosques de Cocora and then admire the verdant scenery at Valle del Cocora. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): take a spin around town with Bike Tours, then identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Salento travel planner.

Drive from Cali to Salento in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Cali in March, plan for a bit cooler days in Salento, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Montenegro.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Nature Tours
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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 31st (Tue), get in on the family fun at Parque del Cafe and then head outdoors with Globos Colombia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose, then take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Quimbaya, then don't miss a visit to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera), and finally head outdoors with Canopy Los Caracolies.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Montenegro trip planner.

Traveling by car from Salento to Montenegro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Montenegro

Theme Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera), Museo del Oro Quimbaya, Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose
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Globos Colombia ©
Globos Colombia
Parque del Cafe ©
Parque del Cafe
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera) ©
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)

3
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 2nd (Thu): observe the fascinating underwater world at Parque Explora, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then stop by Duna Store. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a spin around town with 2000m Descent and more and then get your game on at Tejo In Medellin (tour).

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Medellin trip maker 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. In April, daytime highs in Medellin are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Parks Trails

Side Trip

Tejo In Medellin (tour)
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Walking tours
medellin 2000m DESCENT ©
medellin 2000m DESCENT
Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora

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