47 days in Colombia Itinerary

47 days in Colombia Itinerary

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47 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Quebec
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
San Andres Island
— 6 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  3​h
2
Santa Marta
— 4 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3​h
3
Bogota
— 6 nights
Fly + Bus:  2​h 15​min
4
Cali
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Salento
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Montenegro
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
7
Medellin
— 5 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  2​h 15​min
8
Bucaramanga
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
9
Islas de Rosario
— 2 nights
Ferry + Bus:  2​h 15​min
10
Cartagena
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Montreal, Quebec

6
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, beaches, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de San Luis, explore the gorgeous colors at West View, and Head underground at Morgan's Cave.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Andres Island tour planning app .

Montreal, Canada to San Andres Island is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Montreal in January: high temperatures in San Andres Island hover around 34°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 5:
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Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

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.
When in Santa Marta, make a side trip to see El Dorado Bird Reserve in Minca, approximately 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque de Los Novios, enjoy the sand and surf at Cristal Beach, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Mundo Marino.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Santa Marta online visit planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from San Andres Island to Santa Marta takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from San Andres Island, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Marta, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

El Dorado Bird Reserve
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 9:
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

6
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bogota: Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra), Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira) and Vivero Crisalide (in Chia). Spend the 14th (Fri) exploring nature at Chingaza National Park. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), make a trip to Monserrate, steep yourself in history at Centro de Memoria El Cuartico, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Bogota holiday planner.

Getting from Santa Marta to Bogota by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Santa Marta in February, expect Bogota to be colder, temps between 24°C and 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cali.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, Chingaza National Park, Centro de Memoria El Cuartico, Laguna de Guatavita, Vivero Crisalide
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 15:
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©

5
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, museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Museo Aereo Fenix, identify plant and animal life at Picoloro Ecoturismo, wander the streets of Barrio San Antonio, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Farallones de Cali.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cali trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Bogota to Cali in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Bogota in February; daily highs in Cali reach 36°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Salento.

Things to do in Cali

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Camino Real
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Museo Aereo Fenix ©
Museo Aereo Fenix
Zoologico de Cali ©
Zoologico de Cali
Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia ©

4
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Take a break from Salento with a short trip to Parque Nacional Natural Los Nevados in Manizales, about 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Cocora, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora, and take in the exciting artwork at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Salento attractions planner.

You can drive from Cali to Salento in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Cali, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Salento, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Montenegro.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Natural Los Nevados
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Montenegro: Los Nevados National Park (in La Estrella), Panaca (in Quimbaya) and Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza (in Pereira). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Parque del Cafe, get outside with Globos Colombia, make a trip to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera), and experience rural life at El Paraiso del Bambu y La Guadua.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Montenegro route planner .

Traveling by car from Salento to Montenegro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Montenegro are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Montenegro

Theme Parks Nature Parks

Side Trips

Quimbaya, Los Nevados National Park, Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza, Maderitas Jugueteria, Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Parque del Cafe ©
Parque del Cafe
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera) ©
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)
Los Nevados National Park ©
Los Nevados National Park

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.
Medellin is known for parks, museums, zoos & aquariums, historic sites, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, observe the fascinating underwater world at Parque Explora, get your game on at Tejo In Medellin (tour), and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Medellin trip itinerary planning app .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Montenegro to Medellin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. February in Medellin sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bucaramanga.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Envigado
Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 4:
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Walking tours
Laguna de Guatape ©
Laguna de Guatape

4
nights
Bucaramanga

Bucaramanga ©
A tour of Bucaramanga may yield little evidence that it dates back as far as 1622.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bucaramanga: San Gil (Bungee Extremo San Gil & River Rafting & Tubing) and Barichara (Capilla de Santa Barbara & Bioparque Moncora). Spend the 5th (Thu) exploring nature at Parque Nacional de Chicamocha. There's lots more to do: get outside with Club Campestre Bucaramanga, snap pictures at Puente del Bicentenario, stroll around Parque Gallineral de Giron, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica San Juan Bautista.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bucaramanga trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Medellin to Bucaramanga in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March in Bucaramanga, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Islas de Rosario.

Things to do in Bucaramanga

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Giron, San Gil, Barichara
Find places to stay Mar 4 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional de Chicamocha ©
Parque Nacional de Chicamocha
River Rafting & Tubing
Bioparque Moncora ©
Bioparque Moncora

2
nights
Islas de Rosario

Islas de Rosario ©
On the 9th (Mon), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Oceanario and then head outdoors with Bora Bora Cartagena Beach Club. On your second day here, get outside with IslaBela.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Islas de Rosario itinerary planning tool .

Fly from Bucaramanga to Islas de Rosario in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bucaramanga in March: high temperatures in Islas de Rosario hover around 37°C and lows are around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Islas de Rosario

Outdoors Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
IslaBela ©
IslaBela

6
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.
When in Cartagena, make a side trip to see Playa Blanca in Isla Baru, approximately 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, make a trip to Plaza Bolivar, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, and contemplate the long history of Torre del Reloj.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cartagena trip tool .

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Islas de Rosario to Cartagena in 2.5 hours. March in Cartagena sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Playa Blanca
Find places to stay Mar 10 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
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

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