26 days in Colombia Itinerary

26 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sofia
Fly:  15 h 15 min
1
Bogota
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
2
Medellin
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 15 min
3
Montenegro
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Salento
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Cali
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
6
San Andres Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
7
Santa Marta
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
8
Cartagena
— 3 nights
Fly:  17 h
End: Sofia

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra) and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), contemplate the long history of Bolivar Square, stop by Vitrina Guayca, and don't miss a visit to Casa Libreria Wilborada 1047.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bogota tour itinerary planner.

Sofia, Bulgaria to Bogota is an approximately 18.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sofia to Bogota is minus 7 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Bogota can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Laguna de Guatavita, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 27:
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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

3
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.
Medellin is known for parks, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, explore the landscape on two wheels at medellin 2000m DESCENT, look for gifts at Duna Store, and make a trip to Plaza Botero.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Medellin route planning app.

Getting from Bogota to Medellin by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, Medellin is a bit warmer than Bogota - with highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Montenegro.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trip

Parroquia la Nina Maria
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Laguna de Guatape ©
Laguna de Guatape
Walking tours
Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): head outdoors with Globos Colombia, examine the collection at Museo del Oro Quimbaya, and then make a trip to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax in the rural setting at El Paraiso del Bambu y La Guadua and then get in on the family fun at Parque del Cafe.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Montenegro trip site.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Medellin to Montenegro in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Montenegro can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to drive to Salento.

Things to do in Montenegro

Theme Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Museo del Oro Quimbaya, Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 1:
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Globos Colombia ©
Globos Colombia
Parque del Cafe ©
Parque del Cafe
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera) ©
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)

2
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
On the 2nd (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, view the masterpieces at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora. On your second day here, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and then appreciate the views at Valle del Cocora.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Salento trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Montenegro to Salento in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Salento are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Cali.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

3
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, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Museo Aereo Fenix, enjoy some diversion at Estadio Olimpico Pascual Guerrero de Cali, walk around Parque de La Salud, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia La Ermita.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cali online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Salento to Cali takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November in Cali, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cali

Parks Museums Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 6:
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Museo Aereo Fenix ©
Museo Aereo Fenix
Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia ©
Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia
Cristo Rey ©
Cristo Rey

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 Cayo El Acuario, stroll through Playa de San Luis, and explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Andres Island online road trip planner.

Fly from Cali to San Andres Island in 3 hours. Traveling from Cali in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 29°C in San Andres Island. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 10:
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Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Cayo Bolivar ©
Cayo Bolivar

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.
Explore Santa Marta's surroundings by going to Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona (in Tayrona National Park) and Museo Minca - Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada (in Minca). The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Cristal Beach, stroll through Parque de Los Novios, and explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from San Andres Island to Santa Marta in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. November in Santa Marta sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, Museo Minca - Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 13:
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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
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.
Take a break from Cartagena with a short trip to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru, about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, and deepen your understanding at Plaza Santo Domingo.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cartagena visit planner.

You can drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Cartagena are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Playa Blanca
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 16:
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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

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