18 days in Colombia Itinerary

18 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia travel route planner

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Zipaquira
— 1 night
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Guatavita
— 1 night
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Villa de Leyva
— 3 nights
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Raquira
— 1 night
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Chiquinquira
— 1 night
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Tunja
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Paipa
— 3 nights
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Tota
— 1 night
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Duitama
— 1 night
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San Gil
— 2 nights
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Barichara
— 1 day
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San Gil
— 2 nights
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Bucaramanga
— 1 night
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Zipaquira

— 1 night
A tour of Zipaquira, the salt-mining capital of Colombia, remains one of the best day-trip ideas from Bogota.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Casa Museo Quevedo Zornoza, Catedral Diocesana and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Diocesana.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Zipaquira trip itinerary builder site.

Medellin to Zipaquira is an approximately 7.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Medellin in June, expect nights in Zipaquira to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are much colder, around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Guatavita.

Things to do in Zipaquira

Historic Sites · Museums

Guatavita

— 1 night
Guatavita is a municipality and town of Colombia in the Guavio Province of the department of Cundinamarca. Your day by day itinerary now includes Laguna de Guatavita.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Guatavita sightseeing planning website.

Getting from Zipaquira to Guatavita by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in June, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in Guatavita

Parks · Beaches · Nature · Outdoors

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Villa de Leyva

— 3 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Museo El Fosil, Casa Museo Antonio Narino, Laguna de Iguaque, and other attractions. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Antonio Narino and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pozos Azules.

For ratings and more tourist information, go to the Villa de Leyva tour app.

Drive from Guatavita to Villa de Leyva in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Raquira.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Parks · Nature · Museums

Raquira

— 1 night
Ráquira, is a municipality and town in Boyacá Department, Colombia, part of the subregion of the Ricaurte Province. Your day by day itinerary now includes EFECTY RAQUIRA PLAZA DE MERCADO as well as Iglesia De Raquira. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Raquira and then make a trip to EFECTY RAQUIRA PLAZA DE MERCADO.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Raquira trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Villa de Leyva to Raquira takes an hour. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Chiquinquira.

Things to do in Raquira

Historic Sites

Chiquinquira

— 1 night
Chiquinquirá is a town and municipality in the Colombian Department of Boyacá, part of the subregion of the Western Boyacá Province. You've now added Piedra Colgada to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Plaza de Bolivar, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Renovacion, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Piedra Colgada.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Chiquinquira trip tool.

Traveling by car from Raquira to Chiquinquira takes an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tunja.

Things to do in Chiquinquira

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

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Tunja

Sitting on the eastern range of the Colombian Andes, the city of Tunja was founded by the Spanish in the first half of the 16th century.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Pueblito Boyacense, Puente de Boyaca and Plaza de Bolivar. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): make a trip to Plaza de Bolivar, then appreciate the history behind Puente de Boyaca, and then don't miss a visit to Pueblito Boyacense.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tunja day trip planner.

You can drive from Chiquinquira to Tunja in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Paipa.

Paipa

— 3 nights
Established in 1602, the lakeside town of Paipa has emerged as one of the main tourist centers in the region, with a good infrastructure and plenty of accommodations.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Paipa, pause for some photo ops at Vargas Swamp Lancers, and then admire the sheer force of Cascadas el Manto de la Virgen.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Paipa trip planner.

You can drive from Tunja to Paipa in an hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tota.

Things to do in Paipa

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tota

— 1 night
Tota is a town and municipality in the department of Boyacá, Colombia, part of the Sugamuxi Province. On the 2nd (Tue), kick back and relax at Playa Blanca and then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna De Tota.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tota vacation planner.

You can drive from Paipa to Tota in 1.5 hours. July in Tota sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Duitama.

Things to do in Tota

Parks · Beaches · Nature · Outdoors

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Duitama

— 1 night
Duitama is a city and municipality in the department of Boyacá. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): contemplate the long history of Tibasosa and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Lawrence Cathedral.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, refer to the Duitama online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tota to Duitama takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Gil.

Things to do in Duitama

Historic Sites

Side Trip

San Gil

— 2 nights

Colombia's Adventure Sport Capital

Providing some of the region's best opportunities for paragliding, rappelling, white-water rafting, kayaking, hiking, and caving, San Gil appeals to adventure seekers and nature lovers wishing to escape overcrowded Bogota, located several hours' drive to the south.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Quebrada las Gachas, River Rafting & Tubing and Bungee Extremo San Gil. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): get outside with Bungee Extremo San Gil and then take in the dramatic natural features at Quebrada las Gachas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Juan Curi.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Gil trip planner.

Traveling by car from Duitama to San Gil takes 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in July, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Barichara.

Things to do in San Gil

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trip

Barichara

— 1 day
A charming town of just over 7,000 people, Barichara displays rustic, dusty orange-colored architecture, protected by the Colombian People's Heritage Network.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mirador Barichara 1 as well as Parque Para Las Artes. On the 6th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Camino Real, then take in nature's colorful creations at Parque Para Las Artes, and finally don't miss a visit to Mirador Barichara 1.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Barichara itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from San Gil to Barichara in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in July, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Gil.

Things to do in Barichara

Historic Sites · Parks

San Gil

— 2 nights

Colombia's Adventure Sport Capital

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read San Gil trip planning tool.

You can drive from Barichara to San Gil in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to Bucaramanga.

Things to do in San Gil

Parks · Nature

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Bucaramanga

— 1 night

City of Parks

A tour of Bucaramanga may yield little evidence that it dates back as far as 1622.
For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Bucaramanga trip maker.

You can take a bus from San Gil to Bucaramanga in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. July in Bucaramanga sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 21°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 9th (Tue).

Things to do in Bucaramanga

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping

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.