26 days in Colombia Itinerary

26 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
Fly:  28 h
1
San Andres Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Cartagena
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
3
Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Santa Marta
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3 h
5
Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h 15 min
6
Salento
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h
7
Medellin
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  3 h 15 min
8
San Gil
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  36 h
End: Sydney

4
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: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, see the vivid underwater world at West View, and Head underground at Morgan's Cave.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island online road trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to San Andres Island is an approximately 29- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Colombia Standard Time (COT), which is usually a -15 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Andres Island when traveling from Sydney in February, with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

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

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Cartagena to Isla Baru to see Playa Blanca about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Zenu, deepen your understanding at Plaza Santo Domingo, and step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cartagena vacation builder.

You can fly from San Andres Island to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Cartagena are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Playa Blanca
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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

1
night
Tayrona National Park

Tayrona National Park
On the 12th (Wed), kick back and relax at Cabo San Juan Del Guia.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tayrona National Park trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Cartagena to Tayrona National Park in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Tayrona National Park are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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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.
Step out of Santa Marta with an excursion to Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona in Tayrona National Park--about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Cristal Beach, don't miss a visit to Parque de Los Novios, and stop by Yo Amo Santa Marta.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Marta online trip builder.

You can drive from Tayrona National Park to Santa Marta in 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Santa Marta are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Nature

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

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bogota: Vivero Crisalide (in Chia) and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, and browse for treasures at El Cuchitril Second Hand Shop.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Bogota tour itinerary builder website.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Santa Marta to Bogota takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In February, Bogota is cooler than Santa Marta - with highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Salento.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Classes Fun & Games

Side Trips

Vivero Crisalide, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
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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

2
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the views at Valle del Cocora, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then view the masterpieces at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Salento trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Bogota to Salento takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Bogota in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Salento: highs are around 33°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Nature Tours
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Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Valle del Cocora ©
Valle del Cocora

4
nights
Medellin

Medellin ©
Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Explore Medellin's surroundings by going to Piedra Del Penol (in Guatape) and Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol (in Penol). There's much more to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, get engrossed in the history at Museo de Antioquia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Medellin trip builder website.

Getting from Salento to Medellin by combination of bus and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In February in Medellin, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to San Gil.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Piedra Del Penol, Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol
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Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora
Walking tours
Plaza Botero ©
Plaza Botero

3
nights
San Gil

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): stroll around Parque La Libertad and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional de Chicamocha. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Cascada de Juan Curi and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Gil visit app.

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 February, daily temperatures in San Gil can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Gil

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Parque Nacional de Chicamocha
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Parque La Libertad ©
Parque La Libertad
Parasailing & Paragliding

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