30 days in Colombia Itinerary

30 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Islas de Rosario
— 1 night
2
Isla Baru
— 1 night
3
Cartagena
— 4 nights
4
Santa Marta
— 3 nights
5
San Andres Island
— 5 nights
6
Bogota
— 4 nights
7
Salento
— 3 nights
8
Medellin
— 7 nights

1
night
Islas de Rosario

Islas de Rosario ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): head outdoors with IslaBela. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Dulce.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Islas de Rosario day trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Islas de Rosario is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Manchester to Islas de Rosario due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in December; daily highs in Islas de Rosario reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Isla Baru.

Things to do in Islas de Rosario

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
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IslaBela ©
IslaBela

1
night
Isla Baru

Isla Baru ©
Lying south of Cartagena, Isla Baru was connected to the mainland until the construction of the Canal del Dique.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Aviario Nacional de Colombia and then kick back and relax at Playa Blanca.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Isla Baru trip maker site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Islas de Rosario to Isla Baru. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Isla Baru

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
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Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia

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.
Popular historic sites such as Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Walled City of Cartagena are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Scuba & Snorkeling and Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano). And it doesn't end there: race across the water with a speed boat tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ermita Nuestra Senora De La Candelaria, steep yourself in history at Plaza Santo Domingo, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cartagena trip itinerary tool.

Ride a ferry from Isla Baru to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites
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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

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.
Relax by the water at Cristal Beach and Playa Blanca. Visiting Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona and El Dorado Bird Reserve will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, observe the fascinating underwater world at Marine World Aquarium, and stop by Yo Amo Santa Marta.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Marta online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Santa Marta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Santa Marta are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

El Dorado Bird Reserve, Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach

5
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Take a break from the city and head to La Piscinita and Playa de San Luis. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa de Spratt Bight and Bahia del Cove. There's much more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cocoplum Bay, step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island trip app.

You can fly from Santa Marta to San Andres Island in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Santa Marta in December, you will find days in San Andres Island are little chillier (34°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
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La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Cayo El Acuario ©
Cayo El Acuario
West View
West View

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 a sense of the local culture at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Bolivar Square. Get outdoors at Laguna de Guatavita and Alameda de Quebrada Vieja. Take a break from Bogota with a short trip to Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira in Zipaquira, about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, take in the exciting artwork at Barrio La Candelaria, and walk around Parque de Usaquen.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bogota trip planner.

Getting from San Andres Island to Bogota by flight takes about 4.5 hours. When traveling from San Andres Island in December, plan for little chillier days in Bogota, with highs around 22°C, while nights are colder with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Salento.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, Laguna de Guatavita
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Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

3
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Step out of the city life by going to Kasaguadua Natural Reserve and Los Nevados National Park. Go for a jaunt from Salento to Filandia to see Maderitas Jugueteria about 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Bosques de Cocora, appreciate the views at Valle del Cocora, push the limits with an extreme tour, and take in the exciting artwork at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Salento attractions planner.

You can fly from Bogota to Salento in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Traveling from Bogota in December, things will get a bit warmer in Salento: highs are around 32°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Los Nevados National Park, Maderitas Jugueteria
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Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Valle del Cocora ©
Valle del Cocora

7
nights
Medellin

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Get a sense of the local culture at Museo de Antioquia and Parroquia la Nina Maria. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Catedral Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes and Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Medellin: Piedra Del Penol (in Guatape) and Basilica Menor de Nuestra Senora del Rosario de Chiquinquira (in La Estrella). Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of medellin 2000m DESCENT, stop by Duna Store, look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Arvi, and pause for some serene contemplation at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Medellin trip planner.

You can fly from Salento to Medellin in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January in Medellin, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol, Piedra Del Penol, Catedral Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes, Basilica Menor de Nuestra Senora del Rosario de Chiquinquira, Parroquia la Nina Maria
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Parasailing & Paragliding
medellin 2000m DESCENT ©
medellin 2000m DESCENT
Parque Arvi ©
Parque Arvi

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