21 days in Colombia Itinerary

21 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Cartagena
— 2 nights
Bus to Santa Marta, Taxi to Tayrona National Park
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Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Medellin
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Gil
— 2 nights
Drive
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El Cocuy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly
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Nuqui
— 1 night
Drive
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Quibdo
— 1 night
Drive to El Dorado International Airport, Fly to London

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Cartagena — 2 nights

City of Heroes

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 13th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, make a trip to Plaza Santo Domingo, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, contemplate the long history of Torre del Reloj, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Zenu, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Bolivar, and finally contemplate the long history of Las Bovedas.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cartagena trip itinerary maker app.

London, UK to Cartagena is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Cartagena due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in August: highs in Cartagena hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Tayrona National Park.
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Tayrona National Park — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): kick back and relax at Playa de las 7 Olas.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tayrona National Park travel planner.

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Cartagena to Tayrona National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Tayrona National Park are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Medellin.
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Medellin — 3 nights

City of the Eternal Spring

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 sightseeing, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, explore the activities along Laguna de Guatape, tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Arvi, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Parque Explora.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Medellin trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Tayrona National Park to Medellin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, Medellin is little chillier than Tayrona National Park - with highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to fly to San Gil.
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San Gil — 2 nights

Colombia's Adventure Sport Capital

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 19th (Fri): get outside with Bungee Extremo San Gil, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Gallineral and then admire the sheer force of Cascada de Juan Curi.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Gil trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Medellin to San Gil by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August in San Gil, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to El Cocuy.
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El Cocuy — 2 nights

El Cocuy is a town and municipality in the Colombian Department of Boyacá, part of the sub-region of the Gutiérrez Province. Take a break from El Cocuy with a short trip to Sierra Nevada del Cocuy in Guican, about 50 minutes away. Spend the 23rd (Tue) exploring nature at Boyaca Travels S.A.S.. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Pulpito del Diablo and explore the striking landscape of El Cocuy National Natural Park.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the El Cocuy vacation builder app.

Drive from San Gil to El Cocuy in 8 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Bogota.
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Bogota — 3 nights

Athens of South America

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Bogota side-trips: Zipaquira (Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira & Desal), Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra) and Vivero Crisalide (in Chia). On the 27th (Sat), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, contemplate the long history of Bolivar Square, and stroll through Monserrate.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Bogota trip planner.

Getting from El Cocuy to Bogota by car takes about 8.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. On the 27th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Nuqui.
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Nuqui — 1 night

Nuquí is a municipality and town in the Chocó Department, Colombia. On the 28th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Jovi.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nuqui sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Bogota to Nuqui in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Bogota in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Nuqui, with highs around 35°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 35°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Quibdo.
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Quibdo — 1 night

Quibdó is the capital city of Chocó Department, in western Colombia, on the Atrato River. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): stroll around Parque Manuel Mosquera, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral San Francisco de Asis, and then take a leisurely stroll along Malecon de Quibdo.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Quibdo journey tool.

Explore your travel options from Nuqui to Quibdo with the Route module. Traveling from Nuqui in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 27°C in Quibdo. You will leave for home on the 30th (Tue).
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Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Beaches
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.
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