12 days in Colombia Itinerary

12 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Route & dates

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.
Step out of Bogota to go to Zipaquira and see Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, which is approximately 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and stop by Garrapata Textil.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bogota trip planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Bogota. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can 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)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parque Explora, push the limits with medellin 2000m DESCENT, and then look for gifts at Duna Store. Here are some ideas for day two: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Medellin trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Bogota to Medellin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In May, Medellin is a bit warmer than Bogota - with highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Montenegro.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Parks Outdoors
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Walking tours
medellin 2000m DESCENT ©
medellin 2000m DESCENT

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): head outdoors with Canopy Los Caracolies, make a trip to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera), and then get outside with Globos Colombia.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Salento.

Things to do in Montenegro

Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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): identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, browse the exhibits of Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Salento trip planning website.

Getting from Montenegro to Salento by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive 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 and then examine the collection at Museo Aereo Fenix.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cali trip itinerary builder tool.

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 by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cartagena.

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, then contemplate the long history of Plaza Santo Domingo, and then don't miss a visit to Las Bovedas. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, steep yourself in history at Torre del Reloj, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Bolivar, then pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cartagena day trip website.

Fly from Cali to Cartagena in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Cartagena when traveling from Cali in May, with lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites
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Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
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), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Parque de Los Novios, admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Santa Marta road trip planning site.

Getting from Cartagena to Santa Marta by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Santa Marta are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

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

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