19 days in Colombia Itinerary

19 days in Colombia Itinerary

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19 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
Bogota
— 3 nights
fly:  5 h 30 min
2
Neiva
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
3
Villavieja
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9 h 30 min
4
Medellin
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
5
Cartagena
— 3 nights
fly:  3 h 30 min
6
Santa Marta
— 5 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3 h
7
Bogota
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Toronto

3
nights
Bogota

Bogota ©
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 1st (Sat), see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Colombia, then explore the world behind art at Museo Santa Clara, and then explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar, see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), then see the interesting displays at Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Catedral Primada.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Bogota day trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to Bogota is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Toronto in January, things will get much warmer in Bogota: highs are around 23°C and lows about 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Neiva.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Nacional de Colombia ©
Museo Nacional de Colombia
Museo Santa Clara ©
Museo Santa Clara

few
hours
Neiva

Neiva ©
Neiva is the capital of the Department of Huila. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Neiva and then examine the collection at Museo Arqueologico Regional del Huila.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Neiva journey builder tool .

You can drive from Bogota to Neiva in 5.5 hours. In February, Neiva is much hotter than Bogota - with highs of 38°C and lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Villavieja.

Things to do in Neiva

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Museo Arqueologico Regional del Huila ©

2
nights
Villavieja

Villavieja ©
Clinging to the banks of the Magdalena River, Villavieja serves as a gateway to the Tatacoa Desert.
You've now added Desierto de la Tatacoa to your itinerary. On the 4th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Casa del Totumo, then identify plant and animal life at Desierto de la Tatacoa, and then stroll around Parque Valle de la Tatacoa.

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Drive from Neiva to Villavieja in an hour. In February, daily temperatures in Villavieja can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. On the 5th (Wed), you'll travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Villavieja

Parks Wildlife Museums
Highlights from your plan
Desierto de la Tatacoa ©
Desierto de la Tatacoa
Casa del Totumo ©
Casa del Totumo
Parque Valle de la Tatacoa ©
Parque Valle de la Tatacoa

3
nights
Medellin

Medellin ©
Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
On the 6th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno, cruise along 2000m Descent and more, and then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, see the interesting displays at Museo Casa de la Memoria, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Medellin visit planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Villavieja to Medellin. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Villavieja in February, with highs in Medellin at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
medellin 2000m DESCENT ©
medellin 2000m DESCENT
Museo Casa de la Memoria ©
Museo Casa de la Memoria
Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin ©
Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin

3
nights
Cartagena

Cartagena ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Aviario Nacional de Colombia and Castillo de Salgar. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Barrio Getsemani and Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. Take a break from Cartagena with a short trip to Playa Puntilla in Isla Baru, about 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Centro Historico, examine the collection at Casa Museo Rafael Nunez, admire the striking features of St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cartagena road trip tool .

You can fly from Medellin to Cartagena in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Medellin in February: high temperatures in Cartagena hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Isla Baru, Castillo de Salgar
Highlights from your plan
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Barrio Getsemani ©
Barrio Getsemani
Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo

5
nights
Santa Marta

Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
Ciudad Perdida has been added to your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana and Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada. You'll get in some beach time at Playa Neguanje and Ensenada de Chengue. Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, make a trip to El Amanuense Libros & Cafe, and stop by Yo Amo Santa Marta.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Marta tour itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Bogota to Santa Marta in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Bogota in February, expect Santa Marta to be much hotter, temps between 39°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Museo Minca - Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Ciudad Perdida ©
Ciudad Perdida

1
night
Bogota

Bogota ©
On the 16th (Sun), admire the architecture and history at Iglesia Santa Beatriz.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Bogota attractions planning website .

Getting from Santa Marta to Bogota by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In February, Bogota is much colder than Santa Marta - with highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Outdoors Trails Wildlife

Side Trip

Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros
Highlights from your plan
Alameda de Quebrada Vieja ©
Alameda de Quebrada Vieja
Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros ©
Parque El Virrey ©
Parque El Virrey

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