41 days in Colombia Itinerary

41 days in Colombia Itinerary

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41 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Ipiales
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  10​h 45​min
2
Medellin
— 30 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Santa Marta
— 3 nights
bus:  4​h 30​min
4
Isla Baru
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Vancouver

2
nights
Ipiales

Ipiales ©
Situated on a plateau 2,950 m (9,678 ft) above sea level, the city of Ipiales enjoys a subtropical highland climate and the title of highest major city in Colombia.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): browse the different shops at Centro Comercial Gran Plaza and then admire the landmark architecture of Las Lajas Sanctuary. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Cumbal.

To find out how to plan a trip to Ipiales, use our trip itinerary maker.

Vancouver, Canada to Ipiales is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Colombia Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. Traveling from Vancouver in March, you will find days in Ipiales are a bit warmer (19°C), and nights are about the same (8°C). You'll set off for Medellin on the 6th (Fri).

Things to do in Ipiales

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Volcan Cumbal
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Volcan Cumbal ©
Volcan Cumbal
Las Lajas Sanctuary ©
Las Lajas Sanctuary

30
nights
Medellin

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen and Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin. Visit Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica and Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Misericordia for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Medellin: Santa Fe de Antioquia (Centro Historico Santa Fe de Antioquia, Puente de Occidente, & more), Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion (in Sopetran) and Cementerio Jardines Montesacro (in Itagui). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museo Casa de la Memoria, make a trip to Escaleras Electricas De La Comuna 13, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Menor Del Senor De Los Milagros.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Medellin vacation planner.

Explore your travel options from Ipiales to Medellin with the Route module. Traveling from Ipiales in March, expect nights in Medellin to be somewhat warmer, around 21°C, while days are much warmer, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Medellin

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Santa Fe de Antioquia, Guatape, Envigado, Sabaneta, Santa Rosa de Osos
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Walking tours
Museo Casa de la Memoria ©
Museo Casa de la Memoria
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen ©

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.
On the 6th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Paseo El Camellon, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Cacao de Minca, and then look for all kinds of wild species at El Dorado Bird Reserve. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Neguanje, and then look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Santa Marta holiday planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Santa Marta takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Medellin in April; daily highs in Santa Marta reach 39°C and lows reach 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Minca
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Playa Neguanje ©
Playa Neguanje
Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada ©
Museo del Cacao de Minca ©
Museo del Cacao de Minca

3
nights
Isla Baru

Isla Baru ©
Lying south of Cartagena, Isla Baru was connected to the mainland until the construction of the Canal del Dique.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa Puntilla and Aviario Nacional de Colombia. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Blanca.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Isla Baru itinerary tool .

Traveling by bus from Santa Marta to Isla Baru takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. On the 11th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

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

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