22 days in Colombia Itinerary

22 days in Colombia Itinerary

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22 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires
Fly:  12 h
1
Cali
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Salento
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Montenegro
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 15 min
4
Medellin
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
5
Cartagena
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3 h
7
San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
8
Bogota
— 4 nights
Fly:  10 h 30 min
End: Buenos Aires

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 17th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia La Ermita and then visit Barrio San Antonio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Camino Real and then hike along Picoloro Ecoturismo.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina to Cali is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Buenos Aires to Cali is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Buenos Aires in May, plan for much hotter days in Cali, with highs around 35°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Salento.

Things to do in Cali

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Camino Real
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Picoloro Ecoturismo ©
Picoloro Ecoturismo
Camino Real ©
Camino Real
Iglesia La Ermita ©
Iglesia La Ermita

2
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Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
On the 19th (Tue), view the masterpieces at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, and finally indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the views at Valle del Cocora and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora.

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Drive from Cali to Salento in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Cali in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Salento: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive 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
Valle del Cocora ©
Valle del Cocora

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 21st (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesa de Armenia, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico del Quindio, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral la Inmaculada Concepcion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Parque del Cafe and then head outdoors with Globos Colombia.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Montenegro journey planning site .

Traveling by car from Salento to Montenegro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Montenegro, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Montenegro

Theme Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Armenia, Jardin Botanico del Quindio
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Parque del Cafe ©
Parque del Cafe
Catedral la Inmaculada Concepcion ©
Catedral la Inmaculada Concepcion
Jardin Botanico del Quindio ©
Jardin Botanico del Quindio

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.
Medellin is known for parks, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, look for all kinds of wild species at 2000m Descent and more, and pause for some serene contemplation at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno.

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Getting from Montenegro to Medellin by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Medellin can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Wildlife Parks
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Parasailing & Paragliding
medellin 2000m DESCENT ©
medellin 2000m DESCENT
Parque Arvi ©
Parque Arvi

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Cartagena to Isla Baru to see Playa Blanca about 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, stop by Swikar Caramelos Artisanales, and gain insight at Plaza Santo Domingo.

To find traveler tips, reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, read Cartagena trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Medellin to Cartagena in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Medellin in May, expect Cartagena to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Playa Blanca
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

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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 29th (Fri), categoryPhrases.phrase.get_up_close_and_personal_with_brilliant_marine_life_at Mundo Marino and then explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Blanca, then look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta, and then kick back and relax at Cristal Beach.

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Getting from Cartagena to Santa Marta by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to 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
Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

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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 West View, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de San Luis, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

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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. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Santa Marta in May: highs in San Andres Island hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in San Andres Island

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

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Bogota side-trips: Zipaquira (Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira & Esensal) and Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), look for gifts at Vitrina Guayca, walk around Parque de Usaquen, and explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

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Getting from San Andres Island to Bogota by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from San Andres Island in June; daily highs in Bogota reach 22°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Laguna de Guatavita
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Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita

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