16 days in Colombia Itinerary

16 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia journey planner

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Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly
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Minca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Taganga
— 3 nights
Taxi
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Santa Marta
— 6 nights
Fly

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bogota: Zipaquira (Esensal, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, &more). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), don't miss a visit to Bolivar Square, wander the streets of Barrio La Candelaria, and take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bogota road trip planning app.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiport is El Dorado International Airport. In March in Bogota, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Minca.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Minca

— 2 nights
A Minca vacation takes you to a small mountain village nestled above Santa Marta in the Sierra Nevada.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): examine the collection at Museo Minca - Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Marinka and then look for all kinds of wild species at El Dorado Bird Reserve.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Minca road trip planning site.

You can fly from Bogota to Minca in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Bogota in March, things will get much hotter in Minca: highs are around 39°C and lows about 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Taganga.

Things to do in Minca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Taganga

— 3 nights
Known as a nightlife and scuba diving spot, Taganga became a major destination for backpackers and weekend revelers about a decade ago.
Taganga is known for wildlife, beaches, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Grande, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Taganga.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Taganga online holiday maker.

Getting from Minca to Taganga by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. March in Taganga sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Taganga

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Santa Marta

— 6 nights

America's Pearl

Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
Santa Marta is known for beaches, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Outdoor Activities, kick back and relax at Cristal Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bahia Concha, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Santa Marta.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Marta itinerary builder site.

Santa Marta is very close to Taganga. In March, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
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.