26 days in Colombia Itinerary

26 days in Colombia Itinerary

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26 days in Colombia Itinerary

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 + shuttle:  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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bogota: Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira) and Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Bogota online trip itinerary planner .

Sofia, Bulgaria to Bogota is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Sofia to Bogota. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

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

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, historic sites, zoos & aquariums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, look for gifts at Duna Store, explore the activities along Laguna de Guatape, and pause for some serene contemplation at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Medellin travel planning app .

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Medellin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in October: high temperatures in Medellin hover around 32°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Montenegro.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Scenic Drive

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): get outside with Globos Colombia, then see the interesting displays at Museo del Oro Quimbaya, and then don't miss a visit to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera). On the next day, relax in the rural setting at El Paraiso del Bambu y La Guadua and then find something for the whole family at Parque del Cafe.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Montenegro online sightseeing planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Medellin to Montenegro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Salento.

Things to do in Montenegro

Theme Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, take in the exciting artwork at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora. On your second day here, push the limits with an extreme tour and then appreciate the views at Valle del Cocora.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Salento trip maker app .

You can drive from Montenegro to Salento in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cali.

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

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, museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museo Aereo Fenix, appreciate the history behind Cristo Rey, enjoy some diversion at Estadio Olimpico Pascual Guerrero de Cali, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia La Ermita.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Cali day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Salento to Cali in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in November, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cali

Parks Museums Wildlife
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Museo Aereo Fenix ©
Museo Aereo Fenix
Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia ©
Zoologico de Cali ©
Zoologico de Cali

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, beaches, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita, Head underground at Morgan's Cave, and kick back and relax at Playa Charquitos.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Andres Island vacation maker site .

Traveling by flight from Cali to San Andres Island takes 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Andres Island when traveling from Cali in November, with lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough 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
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

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.
Go for a jaunt from Santa Marta to Minca to see Memorial Center of the Sierra Nevada about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Yo Amo Santa Marta, and admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Santa Marta tour site .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from San Andres Island to Santa Marta in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

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.
Step out of Cartagena to go to Isla Baru and see Playa Blanca, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, steep yourself in history at Torre del Reloj, don't miss a visit to Plaza Bolivar, and admire the landmark architecture of Las Bovedas.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cartagena road trip app .

Drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in November, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Beaches 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
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

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