19 days in Colombia Itinerary

19 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Bogota
— 4 nights
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Barranquilla
— 1 night
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Santa Marta
— 2 nights
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Minca
— 1 night
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Cali
— 2 nights
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Medellin
— 2 nights
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Jardin
— 1 night
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Guatape
— 2 nights
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Popayan
— 3 nights

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Bogota

Bogota ©

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.
You'll explore and learn at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica. Discover out-of-the-way places like Laguna de Guatavita and Parque Natural Chicaque. Step out of Bogota with an excursion to Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira in Zipaquira--about 54 minutes away. There's more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Bogota online visit planner.

Monterrey, Mexico to Bogota is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Colombia Standard Time (COT) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in December, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Barranquilla.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Parque Natural Chicaque ©
Parque Natural Chicaque

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Barranquilla

Barranquilla ©

Golden Gate of Colombia

An industrial port city on Colombia's Caribbean coast, Barranquilla represents the fourth-most populous city in the country.
On the 29th (Sat), contemplate the long history of El Prado, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana Maria Reina, see the interesting displays at Museo del Caribe, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Nicolas de Tolentino, then get to know the fascinating history of Plaza San Nicolas, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Hotel El Prado.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Barranquilla online holiday planner.

You can fly from Bogota to Barranquilla in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Bogota in December, with highs in Barranquilla at 38°C and lows at 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Barranquilla

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Highlights from your plan
El Prado ©
El Prado
Museo del Caribe ©
Museo del Caribe
Catedral Metropolitana Maria Reina ©
Catedral Metropolitana Maria Reina

2
nights
Santa Marta

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Paseo El Camellon, examine the collection at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de Nuestra Senora de la Medalla Milagrosa, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Santa Marta. On the 31st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Jeronimo, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Neguanje, and finally browse the different shops at Centro Comercial Zazue Plaza.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Santa Marta route planner.

You can drive from Barranquilla to Santa Marta in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Santa Marta are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Minca.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino
Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana ©
Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana

1
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Minca

Minca ©
A Minca vacation takes you to a small mountain village nestled above Santa Marta in the Sierra Nevada.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): head outdoors with Pozo Azul, then identify plant and animal life at El Dorado Bird Reserve, and then take an in-depth tour of Museo del Cacao de Minca.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Minca online road trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Marta to Minca in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Minca sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Cali.

Things to do in Minca

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Pozo Azul ©
Pozo Azul
Museo del Cacao de Minca ©
Museo del Cacao de Minca
El Dorado Bird Reserve ©
El Dorado Bird Reserve

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Cali

Cali ©

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 2nd (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de San Antonio, go for a walk through Barrio San Antonio, then examine the collection at Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia, then pause for some photo ops at Cristo Rey, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Aereo Fenix. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Francisco, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia La Ermita, examine the collection at Museo del Oro Calima, then see the interesting displays at MUSA Museo Arqueologico, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Colonial y Religioso La Merced, and finally admire the striking features of Iglesia La Merced.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Cali using our trip planner.

You can fly from Minca to Cali in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Minca in January, things will get slightly colder in Cali: highs are around 36°C and lows about 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Cali

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Museo Aereo Fenix ©
Museo Aereo Fenix
Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia ©
Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia
Iglesia de San Antonio ©
Iglesia de San Antonio

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Medellin

Medellin ©

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 4th (Fri), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, get a dose of the wild on Alma del Bosque, then make a trip to Plaza Botero, and finally see the sky in a new way at Planetario de Medellin. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Museo de Antioquia, admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica, then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and finally steep yourself in history at Pueblito Paisa.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Medellin road trip website.

You can fly from Cali to Medellin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Cali in January: highs in Medellin hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Jardin.

Things to do in Medellin

Highlights from your plan
Museo de Antioquia ©
Museo de Antioquia
Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin ©
Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin
Planetario de Medellin ©
Planetario de Medellin

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Jardin

Jardin ©
El Jardín, often simply referred to as Jardín, is a town and municipality in the southwest region of Antioquia, Colombia. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva del Esplendor, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de la Inmaculada Concepcion, then identify plant and animal life at Gallito de Roca Preserve, then don't miss a visit to Centro Historico de Jardin, and finally take an in-depth tour of Casa Museo Clara Rojas Pelaez.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Jardin trip planner.

Traveling by car from Medellin to Jardin takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Guatape.

Things to do in Jardin

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cueva del Esplendor ©
Cueva del Esplendor
Basilica de la Inmaculada Concepcion ©
Basilica de la Inmaculada Concepcion
Centro Historico de Jardin ©
Centro Historico de Jardin

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Guatape

Guatape ©
On the shores of a large artificial lake, Guatape ensures a pleasant experience in a quiet little town known for its friendly residents and attractive architecture.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen, explore the striking landscape at Piedra Del Penol, and then contemplate the long history of Tunel de la Quiebra - El Limon. Here are some ideas for day two: get out on two wheels at Guatape Motos, pick up some new knowledge with Esencia del Sol, make a trip to Parque de Marinilla, then make a trip to Capilla Siglo IXX, and finally don't miss a visit to Calle peatonal 3 KM.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Guatape trip planner.

Drive from Jardin to Guatape in 5.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Jardin in January; daily highs in Guatape reach 25°C and lows reach 14°C. On the 9th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Popayan.

Things to do in Guatape

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Piedra Del Penol ©
Piedra Del Penol
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen ©
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen
Tunel de la Quiebra - El Limon ©
Tunel de la Quiebra - El Limon

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Popayan

Popayan ©

White City

Popayan vacations hold plenty of appeal for international and domestic visitors, as the city represent one of the most entertaining and culturally enriching urban centers on the continent.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): make a trip to Kirche Santo Domingo, take a stroll through Pueblito Patojo, get great views at Morro del Tulcan, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional Guillermo Valencia, then make a trip to Parque Caldas, and finally explore the galleries of Museo Negret.

Discover how to plan a Popayan trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Guatape to Popayan takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Guatape in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Popayan, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Popayan

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia de San Jose ©
Iglesia de San Jose
Iglesia de San Francisco ©
Iglesia de San Francisco
Museo Nacional Guillermo Valencia ©
Museo Nacional Guillermo Valencia

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