18 days in Colombia Itinerary

18 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia route planner

Make it your trip
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Bogota
— 1 day
Fly
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Cali
— 2 nights
Fly
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Medellin
— 1 night
Drive
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Bahia Solano
— 3 nights
Drive
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Medellin
— 1 night
Fly
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San Gil
— 1 night
Drive
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Barichara
— 2 nights
Taxi to Bucaramanga, Fly to San Andres Island
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San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly to Providencia, Taxi to Providencia Island
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Providencia Island
— 3 nights
Ferry to San Andrés, Fly to Bogota

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Bogota

— 1 day

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 26th (Thu), browse for treasures at El Cuchitril Second Hand Shop, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bogota travel site.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiport is El Dorado International Airport. In September, daytime highs in Bogota are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to fly to Cali.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Spas · Shopping

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.
On the 27th (Fri), examine the collection at MUSA Museo Arqueologico, appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de San Antonio, take in the pleasant sights at Barrio San Antonio, then see the interesting displays at Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia, and finally stop by Centro Comercial UNICENTRO.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cali road trip app.

You can fly from Bogota to Cali in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Bogota in September, plan for much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Cali: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Medellin.

Things to do in Cali

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.
On the 28th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then browse the different shops at El Tesoro Parque Comercial.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Medellin trip planner.

You can fly from Cali to Medellin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cali in September, you will find days in Medellin are little chillier (32°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bahia Solano.

Things to do in Medellin

Spas · Shopping · Museums

Bahia Solano

— 3 nights
Bahía Solano is a municipality and town in the Chocó Department, Colombia. Get in touch with nature at Avistamiento de Ballenas Jorobadas and Jardin Botanico del Pacifico. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parque Nacional Natural Utria and Playa El Almejal.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Bahia Solano trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Medellin to Bahia Solano. Traveling from Medellin in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Bahia Solano, with lows around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bahia Solano

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

Side Trip

Medellin

— 1 night

City of the Eternal Spring

Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): explore the galleries of Arte Loft Galeria and then browse the different shops at Centro Comercial Santafé. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Parque Arvi, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then see the sky in a new way at Planetario de Medellin.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Medellin road trip planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bahia Solano to Medellin. Traveling from Bahia Solano in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Medellin, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to fly to San Gil.

Things to do in Medellin

Shopping · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

San Gil

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Gallineral and then stroll around Parque La Libertad.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Gil vacation planner.

You can fly from Medellin to San Gil in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in October, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Barichara.

Things to do in San Gil

Parks · Wildlife
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Barichara

— 2 nights
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 5th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Punto Amarillo Barichara, look for gifts at Tierrarte, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion, take an in-depth tour of Casa de la Cultura Emiliano Pradilla Gonzalez, then explore the galleries of Fundacion San Lorenzo De Barichara, and finally stroll the grounds of Cementerio Barichara. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Monumento al Buey, make a trip to Capilla de Santa Barbara, get great views at Salto Del Mico, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de Santa Lucia de Guane, and finally take a stroll through Guane.

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Drive from San Gil to Barichara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Barichara

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

San Andres Island

— 3 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Step off the beaten path and head to West View and Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana. You'll get in some beach time at Playa de San Luis and Playa Charquitos. There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, step off the mainland to explore Cayo Acuario, Head underground at Morgan's Cave, and examine the collection at Island House Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Andres Island online visit planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Barichara to San Andres Island in 9 hours. In October, San Andres Island is a bit warmer than Barichara - with highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Providencia Island

— 3 nights
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo. Step off the beaten path and head to The Peak Forestry Reserve and Santa Catalina. Spend the 11th (Fri) exploring nature at McBean Lagoon National Natural Park. It doesn't end there: snap pictures at Lover’s Lane and catch some excitement at Lighthouse Providence.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Providencia Island sightseeing planning website.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from San Andres Island to Providencia Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. October in Providencia Island sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

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.