31 days in Colombia Itinerary

31 days in Colombia Itinerary

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31 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Lourdes
Fly:  23 h 15 min
1
Cartagena
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Santa Marta
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3 h
3
San Andres Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
4
Cali
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Salento
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Montenegro
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 15 min
7
Medellin
— 4 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  2 h 15 min
8
Bucaramanga
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  2 h 30 min
9
Bogota
— 4 nights
Fly:  21 h
End: Lourdes

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Aviario Nacional de Colombia and Barrio Getsemani. Next up on the itinerary: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, pause for some photo ops at La Gorda Gertrudis, make a trip to Plaza de San Pedro Claver, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo.

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Lourdes, France to Cartagena is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Traveling from Lourdes to Cartagena, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lourdes in March, things will get warmer in Cartagena: highs are around 37°C and lows about 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Aviario Nacional de Colombia
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Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Barrio Getsemani ©
Barrio Getsemani

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to El Dorado Bird Reserve and Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Marta: Minca (Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada & Museo del Cacao de Minca). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Nabusimake, head outdoors with Rio Don Diego, and don't miss a visit to El Amanuense Libros & Cafe.

To see traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Santa Marta online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Santa Marta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Santa Marta can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Minca
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Nabusimake ©
Nabusimake
El Dorado Bird Reserve ©
El Dorado Bird Reserve

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to West View and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador, see the interesting displays at Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Manglares de Old Point National Park.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Andres Island trip maker.

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. Traveling from Santa Marta in March, expect nights in San Andres Island to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are little chillier, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cali.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Manglares de Old Point National Park ©
West View
West View
Scuba & Snorkeling

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 13th (Fri): see the interesting displays at MUSA Museo Arqueologico, don't miss a visit to Mirador Sebastian Belalcazar, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Farallones de Cali. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Francisco, examine the collection at Museo del Oro Calima, and then get advice or help at Biblioteca Departamental Jorge Garces Borrero.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cali trip planner.

Getting from San Andres Island to Cali by flight takes about 3 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in March, expect little chillier with lows of 22°C in Cali. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Salento.

Things to do in Cali

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Farallones de Cali ©
Farallones de Cali
Mirador Sebastian Belalcazar ©
Mirador Sebastian Belalcazar

3
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kasaguadua Natural Reserve and El Palacio del Barbas. Step out of Salento with an excursion to Parque Las Araucarias in Santa Rosa de Cabal--about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: relax in the rural setting at El Recuerdo Finca Cafetera Tradicional, take in the pleasant sights at Ecoparque the Mirador and Alto de la Cruz, and take in the exciting artwork at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region.

To see traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, use the Salento trip website .

Getting from Cali to Salento by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Cali, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Salento, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Montenegro.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

El Palacio del Barbas, Parque Las Araucarias
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Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
El Palacio del Barbas ©
El Palacio del Barbas
Parque Las Araucarias ©
Parque Las Araucarias

3
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Iglesia de Guadalupe and Canopy Los Caracolies. Get out of town with these interesting Montenegro side-trips: Catedral Nuestra Senora del Carmen (in Cartago), Cafe La Morelia (in Armenia) and Plazoleta de los Toldos (in Filandia). Next up on the itinerary: experience rural life at El Paraiso del Bambu y La Guadua and pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Montenegro trip app .

Drive from Salento to Montenegro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Montenegro can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Montenegro

Historic Sites Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Cartago, Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose, Plazoleta de los Toldos, Cafe La Morelia
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Catedral Nuestra Senora del Carmen ©
Catedral Nuestra Senora del Carmen
El Paraiso del Bambu y La Guadua ©
El Paraiso del Bambu y La Guadua
Cafe La Morelia ©
Cafe La Morelia

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to 2000m Descent and more and Duna Store. Venture out of the city with trips to Cafe de la Cima (in Fredonia) and ALTITUDE (in Guatape). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Escaleras Electricas De La Comuna 13, see the sky in a new way at Planetario de Medellin, and walk around Parques del Rio.

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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 March in Medellin, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bucaramanga.

Things to do in Medellin

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

ALTITUDE, Cafe de la Cima
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medellin 2000m DESCENT ©
medellin 2000m DESCENT
Planetario de Medellin ©
Planetario de Medellin
Parques del Rio ©
Parques del Rio

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Bucaramanga

Bucaramanga ©
A tour of Bucaramanga may yield little evidence that it dates back as far as 1622.
On the 25th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Moderno de Bucaramanga, pick up some local products at Plaza de Mercado Guarin, then walk around Parque Gallineral de Giron, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Canon Del Chicamocha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): buy something for everyone on your list at Cacique el Centro Comercial, snap pictures at Puente del Bicentenario, and then stroll around Parque Garcia Rovira.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Bucaramanga itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Medellin to Bucaramanga in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Bucaramanga

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Parque Gallineral de Giron, Canon Del Chicamocha
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Parque Garcia Rovira ©
Parque Garcia Rovira
Parque Gallineral de Giron ©
Parque Gallineral de Giron
Museo de Arte Moderno de Bucaramanga ©
Museo de Arte Moderno de Bucaramanga

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Laguna de Guatavita and Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bogota: Vivero Crisalide (in Chia) and Mina de Sal de Nemocon (in Nemocon). It doesn't end there: explore the landscape on two wheels at Ciclovia de Bogota and stroll around Parque Metropolitano Simon Bolivar.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bogota online road trip planner .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Bucaramanga to Bogota in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Bucaramanga in March, with highs in Bogota at 23°C and lows at 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mina de Sal de Nemocon, Laguna de Guatavita, Vivero Crisalide
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Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Ciclovia de Bogota ©
Ciclovia de Bogota

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