22 days in Colombia Itinerary

22 days in Colombia Itinerary

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22 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: London
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  17​h 45​min
1
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Cartagena
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
San Andres Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Cali
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Montenegro
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
6
Medellin
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
7
Bogota
— 6 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: London

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta and then explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Parque de Los Novios, then explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Plan my day in Santa Marta using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

London, UK to Santa Marta is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Santa Marta due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from London in June, with highs in Santa Marta at 39°C and lows at 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Nature Outdoors
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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.
When in Cartagena, make a side trip to see Playa Blanca in Isla Baru, approximately 1h 05 min away. Spend the 26th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, make a trip to Plaza Bolivar, deepen your understanding at Plaza Santo Domingo, and steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cartagena trip planning app .

Getting from Santa Marta to Cartagena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors Historic Sites Wildlife

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

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 wildlife, nature, beaches, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, don't miss a visit to Rocky Cay, look for all kinds of wild species at Cayo El Acuario, and head outdoors with Aquanautas.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island online journey planner .

Fly from Cartagena to San Andres Island in 3.5 hours. In June in San Andres Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cali.

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

2
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.
On the 1st (Mon), see the interesting displays at Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoologico de Cali, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Aereo Fenix. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Coltabaco Cali, take in nature's colorful creations at Bichacue Yath Arte y Naturaleza, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cali itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Cali takes 3 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in June, expect little chillier with lows of 22°C in Cali. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Montenegro.

Things to do in Cali

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Zoologico de Cali ©
Zoologico de Cali
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia ©

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 3rd (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Quimbaya, make a trip to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera), and then head outdoors with Globos Colombia. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Parque del Cafe.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Montenegro route maker website .

Traveling by car from Cali to Montenegro takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Montenegro are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Montenegro

Theme Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Museo del Oro Quimbaya, Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)
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Globos Colombia ©
Globos Colombia
Parque del Cafe ©
Parque del Cafe
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera) ©
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)

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 (Fri): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Parque Explora, stroll through 2000m Descent and more, and then look for gifts at Duna Store. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then make a trip to Plaza Botero, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see more things to do and tourist information, you can read our Medellin tour planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Montenegro to Medellin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Parks Outdoors
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Walking tours
Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora
Parasailing & Paragliding

6
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bogota: Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra) and Catedral de Sal (in Zipaquira). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Monserrate, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and don't miss a visit to Casa Libreria Wilborada 1047.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Bogota trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Bogota takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Medellin in July; daily highs in Bogota reach 21°C and lows reach 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Tours Museums Nature

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

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