22 days in Colombia Itinerary

22 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia tour planner

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Bogota
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Girardot
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Ibague
— 1 night
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Armenia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Pereira
— 3 nights
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Manizales
— 3 nights
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Medellin
— 4 nights
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Bogota
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Bogota

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): stop by Garrapata Textil, then see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), then admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and finally take in the architecture and design of Colegio Mayor San Bartolome. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, and then stroll around Parque de Usaquen.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bogota online sightseeing planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Bogota is an approximately 40-hour travel. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Colombia Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Cairo in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Bogota, with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Girardot.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Tours · Parks · Nature

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): cool off at Piscilago Colsubsidio.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Girardot online day trip planner.

Getting from Bogota to Girardot by car takes about 3 hours. When traveling from Bogota in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Girardot, with highs around 36°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ibague.

Things to do in Girardot

Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Highlights from your trip

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 19th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Natural Orquideas del Tolima, then take in breathtaking views at Combeima Canyon, and then make a trip to Plaza de Bolivar.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ibague trip maker tool.

Getting from Girardot to Ibague by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Ibague when traveling from Girardot in January, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Armenia.

Things to do in Ibague

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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.
Explore Armenia's surroundings by going to Parque del Cafe (in Montenegro) and Salento (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours & Bosques de Cocora). It doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Eje Cafetero (Zona Cafetera) and see the interesting displays at Museo del Oro Quimbaya.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Armenia trip simple and quick.

Take a bus from Ibague to Armenia in 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 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Pereira.

Things to do in Armenia

Tours · Theme Parks · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Pereira

— 3 nights
A center of commerce and trade, the thriving city of Pereira was founded in 1863.
Change things up with these side-trips from Pereira: Los Nevados National Park (in La Estrella) and Iglesia de Guadalupe (in Cartago). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza and take in the views from Puente Helicoidal.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, read Pereira travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Armenia to Pereira in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Manizales.

Things to do in Pereira

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Manizales

— 3 nights
A major center of education and commerce, Manizales also serves as one of the hubs of coffee production in Colombia.
Go for a jaunt from Manizales to Chinchina to see Mirador Agroturistico Colina del Sol about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: soothe aching muscles at Yoga Love Colombia, head outdoors with Parque Tematico Laguna Negra, pause for some serene contemplation at Basílica Inmaculada Concepción, and get great views at Corredor Polaco Basilica De Manilzales.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Manizales road trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Pereira to Manizales takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Pereira in January: high temperatures in Manizales hover around 23°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to fly to Medellin.

Things to do in Manizales

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

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.
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, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Guatape, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno, and take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia.

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

Fly from Manizales to Medellin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Manizales in January, expect nights in Medellin to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to fly to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Bogota

— 2 nights

Athens of South America

Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): get the lay of the land with Walking tours and then don't miss a visit to Bolivar Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): take a stroll through Parque 93, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, and then walk around Ospina Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bogota trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Medellin to Bogota by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Medellin in February, expect Bogota to be little chillier, temps between 24°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Tours · Historic Sites · Parks · 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.