20 days in Colombia Itinerary

20 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia trip itinerary planner

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Santa Marta
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cartagena
— 3 nights
Fly
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Guatape
— 1 day
Drive
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Filandia
— 1 day
Drive
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Salento
— 1 night
Fly
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Medellin
— 2 nights
Fly to Bucaramanga, Bus to Barichara
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Barichara
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bogota
— 5 nights
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and Yo Amo Santa Marta. Visiting Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Cristal Beach and stroll through Playa Grande.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Marta trip itinerary planning tool.

Santiago, Chile to Santa Marta is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Santiago to Santa Marta, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Cartagena

— 3 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.
Get some cultural insight at Plaza de San Diego and Walled City of Cartagena. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Plaza de la Aduana and Boats4U. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo, see the interesting displays at Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Trinidad.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cartagena online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Cartagena are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Guatape.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Transportation · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Guatape

— 1 day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): cruise around with Guatape Motos, then pick up some new knowledge with Esencia del Sol, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Piedra Del Penol.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Guatape trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Cartagena to Guatape in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cartagena in January, expect nights in Guatape to be much colder, around 14°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Filandia.

Things to do in Guatape

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Trails

Filandia

— 1 day
On the 22nd (Tue), identify plant and animal life at El Palacio del Barbas, look for gifts at Maderitas Jugueteria, and then experience rural life at Hacienda La Mesa.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Filandia trip planner.

Traveling by car from Guatape to Filandia takes 8 hours. Traveling from Guatape in January, expect Filandia to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Salento.

Things to do in Filandia

Nightlife · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Salento

— 1 night

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
On the 23rd (Wed), admire the verdant scenery at Valle del Cocora, savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Salento journey tool.

Getting from Filandia to Salento by car takes about an hour. In January in Salento, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Tours · Wildlife

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica, and finally examine the collection at El Castillo Museo y Jardines. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno and then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Guatape.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Medellin travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Salento to Medellin takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Medellin sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Barichara.

Things to do in Medellin

Nature · Museums · Parks · Tours

Barichara

— 3 nights
A charming town of just over 7,000 people, Barichara displays rustic, dusty orange-colored architecture, protected by the Colombian People's Heritage Network.
Visiting Cascada de Juan Curi and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Camino Real and Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion. Change things up with a short trip to Capilla Inmaculada Concepcion, El Socorro in Socorro (about 1h 5 min away). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Capilla de Santa Barbara, take a stroll through Guane, appreciate the history behind Monumento al Buey, and relax in the rural setting at Cafe Alfania.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Barichara trip planner.

Getting from Medellin to Barichara by combination of flight and bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January in Barichara, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bogota.

Things to do in Barichara

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bogota

— 5 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.
Get outdoors at Laguna de Guatavita and Monserrate. Explore hidden gems such as Parque 93 and Iglesia de San Francisco. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bogota: Zipaquira (Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira & Plaza del Minero). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), don't miss a visit to Bolivar Square, take an in-depth tour of Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar, and stroll around Parque de Usaquen.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Bogota sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Barichara to Bogota in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Barichara, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Bogota, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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.