12 days in Colombia Itinerary

12 days in Colombia Itinerary

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12 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Bogota
1
Bogota
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Medellin
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
3
Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Salento
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Cali
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Cartagena
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h
End: Bogota

2
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.
Take a break from Bogota with a short trip to Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira in Zipaquira, about 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and don't miss a visit to Casa Libreria Wilborada 1047.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Bogota trip tool .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Bogota. In May, daytime highs in Bogota are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

2
nights
Medellin

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): meet the residents at Parque Explora, take a memorable drive along 2000m Descent and more, and then stop by Duna Store. On your second day here, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Medellin tour itinerary planning app .

Getting from Bogota to Medellin by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Bogota in May, things will get a bit warmer in Medellin: highs are around 32°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Montenegro.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Parks Outdoors
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Walking tours
Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora

1
night
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.
On the 7th (Thu), get outside with Canopy Los Caracolies, then don't miss a visit to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera), and then get outside with Globos Colombia.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Montenegro trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Medellin to Montenegro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In May in Montenegro, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Salento.

Things to do in Montenegro

Outdoors

Side Trip

Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)
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Canopy Los Caracolies ©
Canopy Los Caracolies
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera) ©
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)

1
night
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, then explore the galleries of Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Salento trip itinerary app .

Drive from Montenegro to Salento in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cali.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Region Paisaje / Landscape Region ©
Region Paisaje / Landscape Region

1
night
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 9th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia La Ermita, see the interesting displays at Museo Aereo Fenix, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cali itinerary planner.

You can drive from Salento to Cali in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Cali, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cali

Museums Historic Sites
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Museo Aereo Fenix ©
Museo Aereo Fenix
Iglesia La Ermita ©
Iglesia La Ermita

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, then steep yourself in history at Plaza Santo Domingo, and then admire the landmark architecture of Las Bovedas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, contemplate the long history of Torre del Reloj, don't miss a visit to Plaza Bolivar, then pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, and finally don't miss a visit to La Popa Monastery.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cartagena day trip tool .

You can fly from Cali to Cartagena in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cali in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Cartagena, with lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites
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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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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 12th (Tue), look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. On the next day, stroll around Parque de Los Novios, admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do and other tourist information, go to the Santa Marta trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Santa Marta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Santa Marta can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Nature Tours
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

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