16 days in Colombia Itinerary

16 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia trip itinerary planner

This plan was created by another user. Make it your plan

Route & dates

Start: Orlando, Florida
Fly:  8 h 15 min
1
San Andres Island
— 2 nights
Ferry:  2 h 45 min
2
Providencia Island
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Foot + Fly:  7 h 15 min
3
Cartagena
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Minca
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5 h
7
Barichara
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
8
Villa de Leyva
— 1 night
Bus:  2 h
9
Zipaquira
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
10
Chia
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
11
Bogota
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Orlando, Florida

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): stroll through Playa Charquitos, then kick back and relax at Playa de Spratt Bight, then stop by Esmeraldas Colombianas, and finally identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita. On the next day, head off the coast to Johnny Cay, then look for all kinds of wild species at West View, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Primera Iglesia Bautista.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Andres Island trip itinerary tool.

Orlando, USA to San Andres Island is an approximately 10.5- hour flight. When traveling from Orlando in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Andres Island: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 77°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Providencia Island.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Beaches
Highlights from your plan
West View
West View
Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight

1
night
Providencia Island

Providencia Island ©
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): make a trip to The Peak Forestry Reserve and then head off the coast to Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Providencia Island vacation builder site.

You can ride a ferry from San Andres Island to Providencia Island in 3 hours. In July in Providencia Island, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 80°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo ©
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo
The Peak Forestry Reserve ©
The Peak Forestry Reserve

2
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.
On the 7th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Trinidad, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de San Diego, then don't miss a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Centro de Convenciones Cartagena de Indias, then make a trip to Plaza de La Trinidad, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo, and finally steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cartagena online day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Providencia Island to Cartagena takes 7.5 hours. July in Cartagena sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 78°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Minca.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Iglesia de la Trinidad ©
Iglesia de la Trinidad
Plaza de San Diego ©
Plaza de San Diego

1
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 9th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Museo Minca - Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada, then get engrossed in the history at Museo del Cacao de Minca, and then take in the awesome beauty at Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Minca vacation planner.

You can drive from Cartagena to Minca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Minca, expect temperatures between 93°F during the day and 78°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Minca

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
Museo del Cacao de Minca ©
Museo del Cacao de Minca

1
night
Tayrona National Park

Tayrona National Park
On the 10th (Fri), kick back and relax at Cabo San Juan Del Guia.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tayrona National Park road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Minca to Tayrona National Park takes 1.5 hours. In July in Tayrona National Park, expect temperatures between 93°F during the day and 78°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Beaches Outdoors Parks

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 11th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cristal Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then stroll around Parque de Los Novios, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Santa Marta.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Santa Marta trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tayrona National Park to Santa Marta takes 1.5 hours. In July in Santa Marta, expect temperatures between 93°F during the day and 78°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Barichara.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Parque de Los Novios ©
Parque de Los Novios
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

1
night
Barichara

Barichara ©
A charming town of just over 7,000 people, Barichara displays rustic, dusty orange-colored architecture, protected by the Colombian People's Heritage Network.
On the 13th (Mon), stroll the grounds of Cementerio Barichara, get great views at Mirador Barichara 1, then take some stellar pictures from Salto Del Mico, then admire the masterpieces at Casa de la Cultura Emiliano Pradilla Gonzalez, and finally make a trip to Capilla de Santa Barbara.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Barichara trip itinerary app.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Santa Marta to Barichara takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Santa Marta in July: high temperatures in Barichara hover around 80°F and lows are around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in Barichara

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Casa de la Cultura Emiliano Pradilla Gonzalez ©
Capilla de Santa Barbara ©
Capilla de Santa Barbara
Salto Del Mico ©
Salto Del Mico

1
night
Villa de Leyva

Villa de Leyva ©
Positioned away from major trade routes and exploitable resources, the colonial town of Villa de Leyva has been largely left alone--leaving a window into the 16th century that has become one of Colombia's most popular attractions.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Monasterio Del Santo Eccehomo, engage your brain at Centro de Investigaciones Paleontologicas - CIP, then see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Antonio Narino, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Rosario, and finally make a trip to Hotel Plaza Mayor Villa de Leyva.

Plan my trip to Villa de Leyva with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Barichara to Villa de Leyva in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Zipaquira.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Rosario ©
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Rosario
Centro de Investigaciones Paleontologicas - CIP ©
Hotel Plaza Mayor Villa de Leyva ©
Hotel Plaza Mayor Villa de Leyva

1
night
Zipaquira

Zipaquira ©
A tour of Zipaquira, the salt-mining capital of Colombia, remains one of the best day-trip ideas from Bogota.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Diocesana, and then admire nature's extreme beauty at Desierto de la Tatacoita.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Zipaquira trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by bus from Villa de Leyva to Zipaquira takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Chia.

Things to do in Zipaquira

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Catedral Diocesana ©
Catedral Diocesana
Desierto de la Tatacoita ©
Desierto de la Tatacoita

1
night
Chia

Chia ©
A city of 200,000 people, Chia lies just 2.7 km (1.6 mi) from the nation's capital, Bogota.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): find something for the whole family at Parque Jaime Duque, then take in the views from Puente del Comun, and then make a trip to Capilla Valvanera.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Chia trip planner.

You can drive from Zipaquira to Chia in an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bogota.

Things to do in Chia

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Parque Jaime Duque
Highlights from your plan
Parque Jaime Duque ©
Parque Jaime Duque
Capilla Valvanera ©
Capilla Valvanera
Puente del Comun ©
Puente del Comun

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monserrate, see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), then stroll around Parque de Usaquen, and finally don't miss a visit to Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Ciclovia de Bogota and then admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Bogota tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Chia to Bogota in an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Bogota can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Museums Trails
Highlights from your plan
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

Similar Plans

18 days in Colombia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: July, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 20 days in Colombia BY A USER FROM BELGIUM October, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife, hidden gems Preferences: October, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 60 days in Colombia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems Preferences: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 14 days in Colombia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: July, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 39 days in Colombia BY A USER FROM ITALY September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, museums, wildlife, slow & easy, popular sights Preferences: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Slow & easy 14 days in South America & Mexico BY A USER FROM INDONESIA October, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular sights Preferences: October, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Slow & easy 33 days in South America BY A USER FROM CANADA October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems Preferences: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Fast-paced 17 days in Colombia BY A USER FROM GERMANY December, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: December, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 19 days in Bogota, Cali & Medellin BY A USER FROM PUERTO RICO March, culture, outdoors, historic sites, hidden gems Preferences: March, culture, outdoors, historic sites Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 37 days in Colombia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: July, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 22 days in Colombia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife, fast-paced, hidden gems Preferences: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Fast-paced 60 days in Canada, Central America & South America BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium
See more plans