37 days in Colombia Itinerary

37 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Start: Cartagena
1
Cartagena
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Santa Marta
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 30 min
4
Bucaramanga
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Villa de Leyva
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Bogota
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
7
Medellin
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 15 min
8
Montenegro
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
9
Salento
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
10
Cali
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
11
San Andres Island
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
End: Cartagena

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.
Step out of Cartagena with an excursion to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru--about 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Zenu, and gain insight at Plaza Santo Domingo.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cartagena day trip tool.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Cartagena. March in Cartagena sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa Blanca, Oceanario
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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

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Santa Marta side-trips: Minca (Museo Minca - Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada & El Dorado Bird Reserve). There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Cristal Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque de Los Novios, and explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Santa Marta trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Santa Marta sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Minca
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Parque de Los Novios ©
Parque de Los Novios
Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

1
night
Tayrona National Park

Tayrona National Park ©
On the 24th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tayrona National Park trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bucaramanga.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Parks Nature
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

2
nights
Bucaramanga

Bucaramanga ©
A tour of Bucaramanga may yield little evidence that it dates back as far as 1622.
On the 25th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional de Chicamocha. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Moderno de Bucaramanga, take in the views from Puente del Bicentenario, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica San Juan Bautista, then walk around Parque Gallineral de Giron, and finally admire the striking features of Capilla Nuestra Senora de las Nieves.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bucaramanga tour itinerary builder site.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Tayrona National Park to Bucaramanga in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Tayrona National Park in March, expect Bucaramanga to be little chillier, temps between 30°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in Bucaramanga

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Giron
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Parque Gallineral de Giron ©
Parque Gallineral de Giron
Capilla Nuestra Senora de las Nieves ©
Capilla Nuestra Senora de las Nieves
Museo de Arte Moderno de Bucaramanga ©
Museo de Arte Moderno de Bucaramanga

3
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tunja (Iglesia de San Ignacio & Capilla y Museo de Santa Clara la Real). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Paleontológico, don't miss a visit to Hotel Plaza Mayor Villa de Leyva, engage your brain at Centro de Investigaciones Paleontologicas - CIP, and pick up some local products at Plaza De Mercado De Villa De Leyva.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, refer to the Villa de Leyva trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Bucaramanga to Villa de Leyva in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bogota.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Tunja
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Museo Paleontológico ©
Museo Paleontológico
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Rosario ©
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Rosario
BBC Bodega Villa de Leyva ©
BBC Bodega Villa de Leyva

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: Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar) and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, stroll around Parque de Usaquen, and explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Bogota tour itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Villa de Leyva to Bogota in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Centro de Memoria El Cuartico, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

4
nights
Medellin

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Step out of Medellin to go to Rionegro and see Museo Historico Casa de la Convencion de Rionegro, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Guatape, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Medellin tour itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Medellin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in April: high temperatures in Medellin hover around 32°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Montenegro.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Parroquia la Nina Maria, Museo Historico Casa de la Convencion de Rionegro
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Walking tours
Plaza Botero ©
Plaza Botero

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Montenegro side-trips: Museo del Oro Quimbaya (in Armenia), Los Nevados National Park (in La Estrella) and Jardin Botanico del Quindio (in Calarca). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Parque del Cafe, head outdoors with Globos Colombia, and don't miss a visit to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera).

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Montenegro road trip planning app.

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 April in Montenegro, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Salento.

Things to do in Montenegro

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Museo del Oro Quimbaya, Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera), Los Nevados National Park, Jardin Botanico del Quindio
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Globos Colombia ©
Globos Colombia
Parque del Cafe ©
Parque del Cafe
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera) ©
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)

3
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Salento is known for nature, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Cocora.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Salento trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Montenegro to Salento takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Salento can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cali.

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

4
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.
Cali is known for zoos & aquariums, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour in harmony with nature at Picoloro Ecoturismo, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Colonial y Religioso La Merced, pause for some photo ops at Cristo Rey, and explore the striking landscape of Farallones de Cali.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cali travel planning app.

Getting from Salento to Cali by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cali

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Picoloro Ecoturismo ©
Picoloro Ecoturismo
Museo Aereo Fenix ©
Museo Aereo Fenix
Zoologico de Cali ©
Zoologico de Cali

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.
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, Head underground at Morgan's Cave, look for all kinds of wild species at Cayo El Acuario, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cocoplum Bay.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Andres Island trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cali to San Andres Island takes 3 hours. Traveling from Cali in April, San Andres Island is a bit warmer at night with lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Andres Island

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

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