18 days in Colombia Itinerary

18 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Bogota
— 3 nights
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Villa de Leyva
— 2 nights
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Medellin
— 2 nights
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Guatape
— 1 night
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Santa Marta
— 1 night
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Cartagena
— 3 nights
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Cali
— 3 nights
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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.
Take a break from Bogota with a short trip to Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira in Zipaquira, about 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, make a trip to Bolivar Square, and look for gifts at Centro comercial el retiro.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bogota trip itinerary planner.

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to Bogota is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Santo Domingo to Bogota is minus 1 hour. January in Bogota sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Villa de Leyva

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): explore the activities along Laguna de Iguaque, then see the interesting displays at Museo Paleontológico, then make a trip to Hotel Plaza Mayor Villa de Leyva, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Rosario. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Granja de Avestruces, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Terracota, then contemplate the waterfront views at Pozos Azules, and finally explore the engaging exhibits at Museo del Chocolate Villa de Leyva.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Villa de Leyva travel planner.

Traveling by car from Bogota to Villa de Leyva takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Medellin.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
Medellin is known for parks, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Medellin, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parque Explora, and contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Guatape.

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Drive from Villa de Leyva to Medellin in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In January in Medellin, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Guatape.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Nature · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums

Guatape

— 1 night
On the shores of a large artificial lake, Guatape ensures a pleasant experience in a quiet little town known for its friendly residents and attractive architecture.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen, learn something new at Esencia del Sol, then head outdoors with ALTITUDE, and finally explore the striking landscape at Piedra Del Penol.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Guatape attractions planner.

Getting from Medellin to Guatape by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Medellin in January, expect Guatape to be little chillier, temps between 25°C and 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Guatape

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Santa Marta

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Paseo El Camellon, admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, and then explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then walk around Parque de Los Novios.

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Fly from Guatape to Santa Marta in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Guatape in January, plan for warmer days in Santa Marta, with highs around 39°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

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.
Go for a jaunt from Cartagena to Isla Baru to see Playa Blanca about 1h 5 min away. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, don't miss a visit to Torre del Reloj, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

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Drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Cartagena are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Cali.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Cali

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoologico de Cali, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia La Ermita, then look for gifts at Centro Comercial Chipichape, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Aereo Fenix. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): admire the striking features of El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada), make a trip to Mirador Sebastian Belalcazar, then look for all kinds of wild species at Andoke, then appreciate the history behind Cristo Rey, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de San Antonio.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cali planning website.

You can fly from Cartagena to Cali in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Cali when traveling from Cartagena in February, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cali

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Outdoors

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.