15 days in Colombia Itinerary

15 days in Colombia Itinerary

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15 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  19 h
1
Bogota
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h 15 min
2
Salento
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  6 h 15 min
3
San Andres Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
4
Minca
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
5
Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
6
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Cartagena
— 2 nights
Fly:  18 h 45 min
End: Tel Aviv

2
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.
When in Bogota, make a side trip to see Catedral de Sal in Zipaquira, approximately 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, steep yourself in history at Bolivar plaza, and look for gifts at Vitrina Guayca.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Bogota online attractions planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Bogota is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Bogota due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Bogota, with lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Salento.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

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 ©

1
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Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): admire the verdant scenery at Valle del Cocora, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and then identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Salento trip itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Bogota to Salento in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Bogota in January, with highs in Salento at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Nature Tours
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Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Valle del Cocora ©
Valle del Cocora
Coffee & Tea Tours

2
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, make a trip to Blow Hole, appreciate the history behind Plaza Canon de Morgan, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de San Luis.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Salento to San Andres Island takes 6.5 hours. Traveling from Salento in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Andres Island, with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Minca.

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

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night
Minca

Minca ©
A Minca vacation takes you to a small mountain village nestled above Santa Marta in the Sierra Nevada.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): examine the collection at Memorial Center of the Sierra Nevada, then look for all kinds of wild species at El Dorado Bird Reserve, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo del Cacao de Minca.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Minca trip planner .

Getting from San Andres Island to Minca by flight takes about 2.5 hours. While traveling from San Andres Island, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Minca, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Minca

Wildlife Parks Museums
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El Dorado Bird Reserve ©
El Dorado Bird Reserve
Museo del Cacao de Minca ©
Museo del Cacao de Minca

1
night
Tayrona National Park

Tayrona National Park
On the 24th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de las 7 Olas.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tayrona National Park online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Minca to Tayrona National Park in 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Tayrona National Park can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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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 25th (Sat): stop by Yo Amo Santa Marta and then explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then walk around Parque de Los Novios.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Tayrona National Park to Santa Marta takes 1.5 hours. January in Santa Marta sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Nature Outdoors

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, contemplate the long history of Plaza Santo Domingo, and then don't miss a visit to Castillo San Felipe de Barajas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos and more tourist information, refer to the Cartagena trip builder website .

Getting from Santa Marta to Cartagena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors Wildlife Historic Sites
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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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