20 days in Colombia Itinerary

20 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Start: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fly:  6 h
1
Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
2
Medellin
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 15 min
3
Barichara
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  7 h
4
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5 h 15 min
5
San Andres Island
— 2 nights
Ferry:  3 h 30 min
6
Providencia Island
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Foot + Fly:  7 h 45 min
7
Cartagena
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Rolombia Trips. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Bolivar Square. Escape the urban bustle at Laguna de Guatavita and Monserrate. Take a break from Bogota with a short trip to Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira in Zipaquira, about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, get a taste of the local shopping with Parque 93, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Mercado de Paloquemao, and stroll around Parque de Usaquen.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Bogota trip planning app.

Fort Lauderdale, USA to Bogota is an approximately 7.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Fort Lauderdale in July: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 65°F and lows are around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, Laguna de Guatavita
Highlights from your plan
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Green Bike Tour Medellin, LaZotea Rooftop Bar and Rio Claro Valley. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Rio Claro Valley, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then see the interesting displays at El Castillo Museo y Jardines. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of local nightlife at LaZotea Rooftop Bar, then see the top attractions with Green Bike Tour Medellin, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica, and finally identify plant and animal life at Mariposario Selva Viva.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Medellin trip app.

Getting from Bogota to Medellin by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Bogota in July; daily highs in Medellin reach 84°F and lows reach 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Barichara.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Wildlife Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Mariposario Selva Viva ©
Mariposario Selva Viva
El Castillo Museo y Jardines ©
El Castillo Museo y Jardines
Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica ©
Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica

1
night
Barichara

Barichara ©
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 21st (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion, explore the galleries of Taller de Ceramica Terracota, then take in the exciting artwork at Fundacion San Lorenzo De Barichara, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de Santa Lucia de Guane, and finally take a stroll through Guane.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Barichara trip planner.

Getting from Medellin to Barichara by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Barichara

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Guane
Highlights from your plan
Guane ©
Guane
Iglesia de Santa Lucia de Guane ©
Iglesia de Santa Lucia de Guane
Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion ©
Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion

2
nights
Santa Marta

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Paseo El Camellon and Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis. Visiting Cristal Beach and Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Buenavista.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Marta trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Barichara to Santa Marta takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Barichara in July: high temperatures in Santa Marta hover around 93°F and lows are around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

2
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Get outdoors at Playa de Spratt Bight and Hoyo Soplador. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Primera Iglesia Bautista and Plaza Canon de Morgan. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita, discover the deep blue sea with Aquanautas, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de San Luis, and examine the collection at Island House Museum.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island tour itinerary maker tool.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Santa Marta to San Andres Island in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Santa Marta in July: highs in San Andres Island hover around 86°F, while lows dip to 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Providencia Island.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Aquanautas ©
Aquanautas

2
nights
Providencia Island

Providencia Island ©
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of McBean Lagoon National Natural Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Morgan's Head, then visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse Providence, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Providencia Island trip planner.

Ride a ferry from San Andres Island to Providencia Island in 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Providencia Island are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
McBean Lagoon National Natural Park ©
McBean Lagoon National Natural Park
Scuba & Snorkeling
Morgan's Head ©
Morgan's Head

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.
Visit Walled City of Cartagena and Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas for their historical value. Get in touch with nature at Aviario Nacional de Colombia and Playa Blanca. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo, browse for treasures at Anticuario El Arcon, admire the masterpieces at Arte Moderno Museo de Arte Moderno de Cartagena, and get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Zenu.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cartagena road trip tool.

Getting from Providencia Island to Cartagena by combination of ferry and flight takes about 7.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Cartagena are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Isla Baru
Highlights from your plan
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas

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