22 days in Colombia Itinerary

22 days in Colombia Itinerary

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22 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Cardiff
Train + Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Bogota
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  3 h 30 min
2
San Gil
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Cartagena
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Santa Marta
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  9 h
6
San Andres Island
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  6 h 15 min
7
Salento
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  23 h 45 min
End: Cardiff

3
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've now added Quebrada San Francisco o Vicacha to your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira. Step out of the city life by going to Monserrate and Humedal de Cordoba. Go for a jaunt from Bogota to Tierra Negra to see Laguna de Guatavita about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica and look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Ecologico Matarredonda.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Bogota trip itinerary planner.

Cardiff, UK to Bogota is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cardiff to Bogota is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Cardiff in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Bogota, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel to San Gil.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

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

2
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.
Parasailing & Paragliding has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): stroll the grounds of Cementerio Barichara, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion, then look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Gallineral, and finally get outside with Outdoor Activities. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Juan Curi.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Gil trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Bogota to San Gil in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in July, things will get somewhat warmer in San Gil: highs are around 31°C and lows about 21°C. On the 1st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Gil

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Barichara
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Cementerio  Barichara ©
Cementerio Barichara
Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion ©

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Walled City of Cartagena. Visiting Playa Blanca and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Plaza Santo Domingo, don't miss a visit to La Popa Monastery, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Zenu, and admire the striking features of Las Bovedas.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cartagena day trip planning site .

Do a combination of bus and flight from San Gil to Cartagena in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from San Gil in August; daily highs in Cartagena reach 38°C and lows reach 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

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

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Cristal Beach and Playa Blanca. Get outdoors at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona and Scuba & Snorkeling. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and categoryPhrases.phrase.get_up_close_and_personal_with_brilliant_marine_life_at Mundo Marino.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Santa Marta trip builder app .

Getting from Cartagena to Santa Marta by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Santa Marta can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach

1
night
Tayrona National Park

Tayrona National Park ©
You've now added Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de las 7 Olas.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tayrona National Park vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park takes 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Tayrona National Park are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

2
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San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Get outdoors at La Piscinita and Hoyo Soplador. Get a sense of the local culture at Primera Iglesia Bautista and Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de San Luis, appreciate the history behind Plaza Canon de Morgan, explore the fascinating underground world of Morgan's Cave, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Charquitos.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Andres Island trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tayrona National Park to San Andres Island. When traveling from Tayrona National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Andres Island: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Salento.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Cayo El Acuario ©
Cayo El Acuario
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

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Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Visiting Bosques de Cocora and Horseback Riding Tours will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose and Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Carmen are in your itinerary. Step out of Salento to go to Filandia and see Maderitas Jugueteria, which is approximately 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and appreciate the views at Valle del Cocora.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Salento trip maker tool .

Getting from San Andres Island to Salento by combination of flight and bus takes about 6.5 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in August, expect little chillier with lows of 20°C in Salento. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose, Maderitas Jugueteria
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Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Valle del Cocora ©
Valle del Cocora

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