16 days in Colombia Itinerary

16 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia holiday planner

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Medellin
— 1 night
Fly to Bucaramanga, Bus to Barichara
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Barichara
— 1 night
Taxi to Bucaramanga, Fly to Barranquilla
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Barranquilla
— 1 night
Bus
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Cartagena
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Andres Island
— 2 nights
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Cali
— 2 nights
Fly
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Bogota
— 5 nights
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Medellin

— 1 night

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 19th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Museo de Antioquia, then stop by Duna Store, and then buy something for everyone on your list at El Tesoro Parque Comercial. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the local highlights with Walking tours and then browse the different shops at Mayorca Mega Plaza.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Medellin itinerary planner.

Willemstad, Curacao to Medellin is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Traveling from Willemstad to Medellin, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Willemstad in June; daily highs in Medellin reach 33°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Barichara.

Things to do in Medellin

Shopping · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Barichara

— 1 night
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 21st (Fri), stroll the grounds of Cementerio Barichara, take in the exciting artwork at Fundacion San Lorenzo De Barichara, get engrossed in the history at Casa de la Cultura Emiliano Pradilla Gonzalez, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion, then look for gifts at Tierrarte, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Punto Amarillo Barichara.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Barichara road trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Medellin to Barichara in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Barichara, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Barranquilla.

Things to do in Barichara

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Barranquilla

— 1 night

Golden Gate of Colombia

An industrial port city on Colombia's Caribbean coast, Barranquilla represents the fourth-most populous city in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): buy something for everyone on your list at Viva Centro Comercial, buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Carnaval, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia Nuestra Senora del Rosario, then look for gifts at Todomono, and finally explore the galleries of Bojanini Art Gallery.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Barranquilla trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Barichara to Barranquilla in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Barichara in June; daily highs in Barranquilla reach 39°C and lows reach 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to catch the bus to Cartagena.

Things to do in Barranquilla

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cartagena

— 3 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.
You'll explore and learn at NH Galeria and Arte Getsemani. Do your shopping at Dantas Store and San Lazaro Distrito de Artes. There's much more to do: make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, contemplate the long history of Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, take in the exciting artwork at Nara Antique Decoraciones, and browse for treasures at Anticuario El Arcon.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cartagena journey planner.

You can take a bus from Barranquilla to Cartagena in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In June in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can fly to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

San Andres Island

— 2 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): head off the coast to Johnny Cay, take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador, then take a stroll around Banco de la Republica, then stop by Esmeraldas Colombianas, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Charquitos. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de San Luis, look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Andres Island trip planner.

Getting from Cartagena to San Andres Island by flight takes about 3 hours. In June, daytime highs in San Andres Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to fly to Cali.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Cali

— 2 nights

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 28th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia La Ermita, examine the collection at Museo Aereo Fenix, then buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Jardin Plaza, and finally browse the different shops at Pacific Mall. Here are some ideas for day two: pick up some local products at Galeria Alameda.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cali day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Cali takes 4 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in June, plan for little chillier nights in Cali, with lows around 22°C. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Bogota.

Things to do in Cali

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Bogota

— 5 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.
Visit Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira and Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores for their historical value. Appreciate the collections at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and DIBS by Culture Shock Colombia. Get out of town with these interesting Bogota side-trips: Chia (Centro Comercial Cento Chia & Vinos Express). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, make a trip to Bolivar Square, view the masterpieces at Galeria La Cometa, and get a taste of the local shopping with Barrio La Candelaria.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Bogota online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Cali to Bogota by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Cali in June, you will find days in Bogota are cooler (22°C), and nights are a bit cooler (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.