19 days in Colombia Itinerary

19 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Fly
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Bogota
— 2 nights
Bus
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Villa de Leyva
— 2 nights
Taxi to Santana, Bus to Bucaramanga
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Bucaramanga
— 6 nights
Bus
4
Santa Marta
— 1 night
Bus
5
Barranquilla
— 1 night
Bus
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Cartagena
— 1 night
Bus
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Medellin
— 2 nights
Bus
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Cali
— 1 night
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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 your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ciclovia de Bogota, see the interesting displays at Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica, then make a trip to Teatro Colon Bogota, and finally stroll around Parque Metropolitano Simon Bolivar.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bogota trip builder.

Cairo, Egypt to Bogota is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Cairo to Bogota. Traveling from Cairo in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Bogota, with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Museums · Trails · Outdoors

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.
On the 10th (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Casa Terracota, then get engrossed in the history at Casa Museo Capitan Antonio Ricaurte, then make a trip to Hotel Plaza Mayor Villa de Leyva, and finally see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Luis Alberto Acuna. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Museo El Fosil, make a trip to FIBAS DESERT GARDEN, then contemplate the waterfront views at Pozos Azules, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia del Carmen.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Villa de Leyva online travel planner.

Getting from Bogota to Villa de Leyva by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bucaramanga.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Bucaramanga

— 6 nights

City of Parks

A tour of Bucaramanga may yield little evidence that it dates back as far as 1622.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cathedral of the Holy Family and La Casa del Libro Total. The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Ecoparque Cerro del Santisimo, walk around Parque Garcia Rovira, don't miss a visit to Universidad Industrial de Santander - UIS, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Moderno de Bucaramanga.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bucaramanga journey planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Villa de Leyva to Bucaramanga in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In February, daily temperatures in Bucaramanga can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Bucaramanga

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

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 18th (Thu): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Marine World Aquarium.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Marta trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Bucaramanga to Santa Marta by bus takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive; or take a bus. In February, Santa Marta is a bit warmer than Bucaramanga - with highs of 39°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Barranquilla.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

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.
For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Barranquilla trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by bus from Santa Marta to Barranquilla takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, daily temperatures in Barranquilla can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. You'll set off for Cartagena on the 20th (Sat).

Things to do in Barranquilla

Historic Sites · Shopping · Nightlife · Parks

Cartagena

— 1 night

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.
On the 20th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de La Trinidad, then pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and finally make a trip to Plaza de San Pedro Claver.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cartagena journey tool.

Take a bus from Barranquilla to Cartagena in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, daytime highs in Cartagena are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Medellin.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites

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.
On the 22nd (Mon), surround yourself with nature on Alma del Bosque, make a trip to Escaleras Electricas De La Comuna 13, and then let little ones run wild at Parque Lleras.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Medellin day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Medellin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cartagena in February: high temperatures in Medellin hover around 32°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Cali.

Things to do in Medellin

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
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 23rd (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Colonial y Religioso La Merced and then get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de San Antonio.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cali attractions site.

You can fly from Medellin to Cali in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Medellin, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cali, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 22°C. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Cali

Historic Sites · Museums

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.