20 days in Colombia Itinerary

20 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia travel route planner

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Fly to El Dorado International Airport, Drive to Girardot
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Girardot
— 1 night
Drive
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Bogota
— 4 nights
Foot to Bogota, Fly to Ibague
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Ibague
— 1 night
Bus
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Armenia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manizales
— 1 night
Bus
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Pereira
— 1 night
Fly
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Medellin
— 4 nights
Drive
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Fusagasuga
— 2 nights
Drive to El Dorado International Airport, Fly to Cairo

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Girardot

— 1 night
Just a two-hour drive from Bogota, the town of Girardot enjoys a tropical climate at odds with the cold, rainy weather in the nation's capital, making it a popular spot for weekenders from the city and international travelers alike.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): make a trip to Plaza Principal de Girardot and then stop by Centro Comercial Unicentro.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Girardot trip planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Girardot is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Cairo to Girardot due to the time zone difference. In January, Girardot is warmer than Cairo - with highs of 36°C and lows of 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Bogota.

Things to do in Girardot

Shopping

Bogota

— 4 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Museo Santa Clara. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Museo Nacional de Colombia and Zona G Bogota. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, look for gifts at Republica Del Cacao - Zona T, see the interesting displays at Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica, and get engrossed in the history at Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bogota online visit planner.

You can drive from Girardot to Bogota in 3 hours. Traveling from Girardot in January, expect nights in Bogota to be colder, around 7°C, while days are little chillier, around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ibague.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Ibague

— 1 night

Musical City of Colombia

In a country so tied to its rhythms and melodies, Ibague proudly bears the title of "Musical City of Colombia." And it's earned it, too, with folk music festivals, bars with live traditional music, concert halls, and some of the most prestigious musical education institutions on the continent.
On the 21st (Thu), take in breathtaking views at Combeima Canyon, head outdoors with Aventuras Positivas, and then browse the different shops at La Estacion Centro Comercial.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Ibague day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Ibague takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Bogota in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Ibague, with highs around 34°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can take a bus to Armenia.

Things to do in Ibague

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Shopping

Armenia

— 3 nights

Miracle City

The capital city of Quindio Department, Armenia was founded in 1889 by Jesus Maria Ocampo as he sought a hideout in the Quindio mountains.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo del Oro Quimbaya and Iglesa de Armenia. Head to Region Paisaje / Landscape Region and Maderitas Jugueteriafor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Armenia side-trips: Globos Colombia (in Montenegro) and Salento (Kasaguadua Natural Reserve & Adrenaline & Extreme Tours). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico del Quindio and make a trip to Recuca (Recorrido De La Cultura Cafetera).

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Armenia trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by bus from Ibague to Armenia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. January in Armenia sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Manizales.

Things to do in Armenia

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Manizales

— 1 night
A major center of education and commerce, Manizales also serves as one of the hubs of coffee production in Colombia.
On the 25th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Monumento a los Colonizadores, then pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of the Rosary, then pause for some serene contemplation at Manizales Cathedral, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Fatima.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Manizales trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Armenia to Manizales by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Armenia in January, expect nights in Manizales to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are little chillier, around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to Pereira.

Things to do in Manizales

Historic Sites

Pereira

— 1 night
A center of commerce and trade, the thriving city of Pereira was founded in 1863.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Paroquia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Pereira travel route app.

Traveling by bus from Manizales to Pereira takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Manizales in January, expect nights in Pereira to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to fly to Medellin.

Things to do in Pereira

Historic Sites

Medellin

— 4 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.
You'll explore and learn at Museo de Antioquia and H by HDC. Get some historical perspective at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno and Iglesia De La Veracruz. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at El Castillo Museo y Jardines, buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Santafé, take in the exciting artwork at Arte Loft Galeria, and stroll through Parque Arvi.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Medellin tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Pereira to Medellin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Medellin are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Fusagasuga.

Things to do in Medellin

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Wildlife

Fusagasuga

— 2 nights
Fusagasugá or Fusa is a town and municipality in the department of Cundinamarca, in central Colombia. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hacienda Cafetera California and Iglesia de San Vicente de Paul. For shopping fun, head to Parque de la Cultura or Centro Comercial La Querencia. Venture out of the city with trips to Cerro de Quinini (in Tibacuy) and Parque Natural Chicaque (in Chicaque).

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Traveling by car from Medellin to Fusagasuga takes 8.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Fusagasuga when traveling from Medellin in January, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fusagasuga

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

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.