19 days in Colombia Itinerary

19 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia trip itinerary planner

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Bogota
— 1 night
Fly
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Santa Marta
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cartagena
— 4 nights
Fly
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Medellin
— 3 nights
Fly
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Cali
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Agustin
— 3 nights
Fly
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Bogota
— 2 nights

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Bogota

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El lugar de Su Presencia.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bogota trip planner.

If you are flying in from Spain, the closest major aiport is El Dorado International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in January, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Bogota

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Santa Marta

— 3 nights

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.
Catedral de Santa Marta and Iglesia San Jeronimo will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and Parroquia de Nuestra Senora de la Medalla Milagrosa. Step out of Santa Marta with an excursion to Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona in Tayrona National Park--about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta, meet the residents at Marine World Aquarium, and don't miss a visit to Paseo El Camellon.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Santa Marta road trip site.

You can fly from Bogota to Santa Marta in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Bogota in January, with highs in Santa Marta at 39°C and lows at 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Cartagena

— 4 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Plaza Fernandez Madrid. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria and La Gorda Gertrudis. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Santo Toribio, steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ermita Nuestra Senora De La Candelaria, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Santo Domingo.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cartagena trip planner.

Getting from Santa Marta to Cartagena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. January in Cartagena sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Medellin.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Medellin

— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen and Medellin Museum of Modern Art. Get some cultural insight at Catedral Basilica Metropolitana de Medellin and Pueblito Paisa. Take a break from Medellin with a short trip to Esencia del Sol in Guatape, about 1h 50 min away. Make the 9th (Wed) a stimulating day with a coffee and tea tour. And it doesn't end there: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, look and learn at Planetario de Medellin, buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Santafé, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Parque Explora.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Medellin journey planner.

Getting from Cartagena to Medellin by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cartagena in January, expect Medellin to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Cali.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

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 13th (Sun), get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de San Antonio, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoologico de Cali, then see the interesting displays at Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Francisco.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cali trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Cali takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Cali sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Agustin.

Things to do in Cali

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Museums

San Agustin

— 3 nights
San Agustin remains best known for its archaeological sites, which include the World Heritage-listed San Agustin Archaeological Park.
Get some historical perspective at San Agustin Archaeological Park and Iglesia de San Agustin. Explore hidden gems such as La Chaquira and El Purutal. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Agustin: Isnos (Salto de Bordones, Alto de Las Piedras Archaeological Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Lourdes, explore the activities along Estrecho Del Magdalena, take in the dramatic scenery at El Salto del Mortino, and make a trip to Obando Archaeological Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Agustin trip app.

Traveling by car from Cali to San Agustin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cali in January: highs in San Agustin hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Bogota.

Things to do in San Agustin

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Bogota

— 2 nights

Athens of South America

Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and then steep yourself in history at Bolivar Square. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira and then walk around Parque de Usaquen.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bogota tour planning site.

Traveling by flight from San Agustin to Bogota takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Agustin in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be colder in Bogota, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

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.