21 days in Colombia Itinerary

21 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia attractions planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Cartagena
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Medellin
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Gil
— 2 nights
Drive
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El Cocuy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly
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Nuqui
— 1 night
Drive
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Quibdo
— 1 night
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Cartagena

— 2 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.
On the 10th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Santo Domingo, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, steep yourself in history at Torre del Reloj, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, then get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Zenu, then make a trip to Plaza de Bolivar, and finally make a trip to Las Bovedas.

Plan my trip to Cartagena with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

London, UK to Cartagena is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Colombia Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in August: highs in Cartagena hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Museums

Tayrona National Park

— 1 night
On the 12th (Wed), kick back and relax at Playa de las 7 Olas.

Plan my day in Tayrona National Park using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Tayrona National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Tayrona National Park can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Medellin

— 3 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.
Medellin is known for parks, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia, look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Arvi, and enjoy some diversion at Parque Lleras.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Medellin route maker.

Getting from Tayrona National Park to Medellin by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Tayrona National Park in August, things will get a bit cooler in Medellin: highs are around 33°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Gil.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

San Gil

— 2 nights

Colombia's Adventure Sport Capital

Providing some of the region's best opportunities for paragliding, rappelling, white-water rafting, kayaking, hiking, and caving, San Gil appeals to adventure seekers and nature lovers wishing to escape overcrowded Bogota, located several hours' drive to the south.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): head outdoors with Bungee Extremo San Gil, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Parque Gallineral and then admire the sheer force of Cascada de Juan Curi.

For ratings and other tourist information, go to the San Gil trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to San Gil takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to El Cocuy.

Things to do in San Gil

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

El Cocuy

— 2 nights
El Cocuy is a town and municipality in the Colombian Department of Boyacá, part of the sub-region of the Gutiérrez Province. Go for a jaunt from El Cocuy to Guican to see Sierra Nevada del Cocuy about 50 minutes away. Spend the 20th (Thu) exploring nature at Boyaca Travels S.A.S.. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pulpito del Diablo and head outdoors with Parque Nacional Natural El Cocuy.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the El Cocuy trip builder.

Traveling by car from San Gil to El Cocuy takes 8 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in El Cocuy

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Bogota

— 3 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.
Explore Bogota's surroundings by going to Zipaquira (Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira & Esensal), Vivero Crisalide (in Chia) and Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), don't miss a visit to Bolivar Square, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Bogota trip planner.

Getting from El Cocuy to Bogota by car takes about 8.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Bogota can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Nuqui.

Things to do in Bogota

Nature · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Nuqui

— 1 night
Nuquí is a municipality and town in the Chocó Department, Colombia. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): explore the activities along Rio Jovi.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nuqui trip site.

Explore your travel options from Bogota to Nuqui with the Route module. While traveling from Bogota, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Nuqui, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 35°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Quibdo.

Things to do in Nuqui

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Quibdo

— 1 night
Quibdó is the capital city of Chocó Department, in western Colombia, on the Atrato River. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): walk around Parque Manuel Mosquera, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral San Francisco de Asis, and then take in the waterfront at Malecon de Quibdo.

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

The Route module can help you plan travel from Nuqui to Quibdo. Traveling from Nuqui in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Quibdo, with lows around 27°C. On the 27th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Quibdo

Parks · Historic Sites

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.

Choco Department travel guide

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Outdoor Activities · Beaches · Bodies of Water