43 days in Colombia Itinerary

43 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Manchester
Fly:  19 h
1
Cartagena
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Santa Marta
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
3
San Andres Island
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h
4
Cali
— 4 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
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  3 h 15 min
8
San Gil
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
9
Villa de Leyva
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
10
Bogota
— 5 nights
Fly:  17 h
End: Manchester

5
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 to go to Isla Baru and see Playa Blanca, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, gain insight at Plaza Santo Domingo, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cartagena trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Cartagena is an approximately 19- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Colombia Standard Time is minus 5 hours. In June, Cartagena is much hotter than Manchester - with highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

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

4
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.
Explore Santa Marta's surroundings by going to El Dorado Bird Reserve (in Minca) and Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona (in Tayrona National Park). Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Cristal Beach, look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Marine World Aquarium.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Santa Marta driving holiday planner.

Getting from Cartagena to Santa Marta by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Santa Marta can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time 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
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

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: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de San Luis, identify plant and animal life at Cayo El Acuario, and stroll through Cocoplum Bay.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Andres Island road trip site.

Fly from Santa Marta to San Andres Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Santa Marta in July: highs in San Andres Island hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Cali.

Things to do in San Andres Island

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

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: see the interesting displays at Museo Aereo Fenix, look for gifts at La Grafiteria, identify plant and animal life at Bichacue Yath Arte y Naturaleza, and explore the striking landscape of Farallones de Cali.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Cali trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Cali takes 3 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Cali when traveling from San Andres Island in July, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Salento.

Things to do in Cali

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Museo Aereo Fenix ©
Museo Aereo Fenix
Picoloro Ecoturismo ©
Picoloro Ecoturismo
Zoologico de Cali ©
Zoologico de Cali

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, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, experience rural life at El Recuerdo Finca Cafetera Tradicional, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

Find out how to plan Salento trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Cali to Salento by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Montenegro.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Tours Nature
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Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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.
Explore Montenegro's surroundings by going to Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza (in Pereira), Los Nevados National Park (in La Estrella) and Iglesia de Guadalupe (in Cartago). There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Globos Colombia, find something for the whole family at Parque del Cafe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose, and don't miss a visit to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera).

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Montenegro driving holiday website.

Traveling by car from Salento to Montenegro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Montenegro, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Montenegro

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera), Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose, Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza, Los Nevados National Park, Iglesia de Guadalupe
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Globos Colombia ©
Globos Colombia
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera) ©
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)
Parque del Cafe ©
Parque del Cafe

5
nights
Medellin

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Take a break from Medellin with a short trip to Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol in Penol, about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Parroquia Sta Ana Santuario de Maria Auxiliadora .Sabaneta, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Parque Explora.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Medellin day trip website.

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 July in Medellin, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to San Gil.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol, Parroquia Sta Ana Santuario de Maria Auxiliadora .Sabaneta
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Walking tours
medellin 2000m DESCENT ©
medellin 2000m DESCENT

3
nights
San Gil

Providing some of the region's best opportunities for paragliding, rappelling, white-water rafting, kayaking, hiking, and caving, San Gil appeals to adventure seekers and nature lovers wishing to escape overcrowded Bogota, located several hours' drive to the south.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Gil: Parque Nacional de Chicamocha (in Bucaramanga) and Salto Del Mico (in Barichara). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, walk around Parque La Libertad, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Gil trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Medellin to San Gil in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in San Gil can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in San Gil

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Parque Nacional de Chicamocha, Salto Del Mico
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River Rafting & Tubing
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Parasailing & Paragliding

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Villa de Leyva: Iglesia de la Renovacion (in Chiquinquira), Sendero Ecologico la Zarza (in Duitama) and Capilla y Museo de Santa Clara la Real (in Tunja). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Museo Paleontológico, explore the engaging exhibits at Museo del Chocolate Villa de Leyva, browse the fresh offerings at Plaza De Mercado De Villa De Leyva, and admire the striking features of Casa Terracota.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Villa de Leyva travel planning tool.

Traveling by car from San Gil to Villa de Leyva takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Bogota.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Iglesia de la Renovacion, Sendero Ecologico la Zarza, Capilla y Museo de Santa Clara la Real, Museo del Chocolate Villa de Leyva, Piedra Colgada
Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 2:
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Piedra Colgada ©
Piedra Colgada
Museo Paleontológico ©
Museo Paleontológico
BBC Bodega Villa de Leyva ©
BBC Bodega Villa de Leyva

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bogota: Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra), Vivero Crisalide (in Chia) and Zipaquira (Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira & Esensal). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), catch some excitement at Whee Institute - Learn Spanish in Bogota, walk around Parque Metropolitano Simon Bolivar, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bogota online route planner.

You can drive from Villa de Leyva to Bogota in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Bogota are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Laguna de Guatavita, Vivero Crisalide
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica

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