16 days in Colombia Itinerary

16 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia sightseeing planner

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Train to Amsterdam Schiphol, Fly to Cartagena
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Cartagena
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly to Bogota, Bus to Villa de Leyva
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Villa de Leyva
— 1 night
Drive
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Bogota
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ipiales
— 1 night
Fly
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Cali
— 1 night
Drive
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Salento
— 1 night
Drive
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Manizales
— 1 night
Fly
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Medellin
— 2 nights
Fly

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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Oceanario in Islas de Rosario (about 1h 35 min away). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Zenu, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, and look for gifts at La Casa del Joyero.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cartagena trip itinerary planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Cartagena is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to Cartagena is minus 6 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Brussels in September, with highs in Cartagena at 38°C and lows at 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

San Andres Island

— 3 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
San Andres Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, examine the collection at Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de San Luis, and identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our San Andres Island online attractions planner.

You can fly from Cartagena to San Andres Island in 3.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Villa de Leyva

— 1 night
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.
On the 6th (Tue), examine the collection at Casa Museo Antonio Narino, stop by Joyeria MORPHILIA, then browse the fresh offerings at Plaza De Mercado De Villa De Leyva, then see the interesting displays at Museo Paleontológico, and finally admire the striking features of Casa Terracota.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Villa de Leyva trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Andres Island to Villa de Leyva takes 8.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bogota.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Museums · Shopping

Bogota

— 2 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.
On the 7th (Wed), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and then steep yourself in history at Bolivar Square. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and then stop by Vitrina Guayca.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Bogota road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Villa de Leyva to Bogota in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Bogota, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Ipiales.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Tours · Parks · Nature

Ipiales

— 1 night

City of the Green Clouds

Situated on a plateau 2,950 m (9,678 ft) above sea level, the city of Ipiales enjoys a subtropical highland climate and the title of highest major city in Colombia.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Gran Plaza and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Las Lajas Sanctuary.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ipiales travel itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bogota to Ipiales. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Bogota in October: highs in Ipiales hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cali.

Things to do in Ipiales

Historic Sites · Shopping
Highlights from your trip

Cali

— 1 night

Salsa Capital of the World

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): see the interesting displays at MUSA Museo Arqueologico, then examine the collection at Museo Aereo Fenix, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia La Ermita, and finally examine the collection at Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cali day trip planning site.

Explore your travel options from Ipiales to Cali with the Route module. Traveling from Ipiales in October, things will get warmer in Cali: highs are around 35°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Salento.

Things to do in Cali

Museums · Historic Sites

Salento

— 1 night

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, then experience rural life at Las Acacias Coffee Farm, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Salento online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Cali to Salento takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Salento can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Manizales.

Things to do in Salento

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Manizales

— 1 night
A major center of education and commerce, Manizales also serves as one of the hubs of coffee production in Colombia.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): relax in the rural setting at Orchids & Birds Finca Romelia, then experience rural life at Cafe Tio Conejo, and then get your bearings at Libelula Libros.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Manizales day trip planner.

You can drive from Salento to Manizales in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Salento in October: high temperatures in Manizales hover around 22°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Medellin.

Medellin

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: let the kids burn off some steam at Parque Lleras, test your team's savvy at Enigma Escape Room Medellin - Envigado, then kick your exploration up a notch at Ecoventure, and finally look for gifts at Makeno Tienda.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Medellin sightseeing planning website.

Traveling by flight from Manizales to Medellin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Manizales in October; daily highs in Medellin reach 32°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Museums

Side Trip

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.