22 days in Colombia Itinerary

22 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia tour itinerary planner

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Bogota
— 2 nights
Fly
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Medellin
— 3 nights
Fly to Popayan, Bus to San Agustin
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San Agustin
— 1 night
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Bus to Florencia, Fly to Bucaramanga, Bus to San Gil
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San Gil
— 2 nights
Fly to Barranquilla, Bus to Santa Marta
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Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cartagena
— 4 nights
Fly to San Andres Island, Ferry to Providencia Island
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Providencia Island
— 1 night
Taxi to Providencia, Fly to San Andres Island
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San Andres Island
— 3 nights
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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.
On the 15th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Museo de Trajes, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Museo Santa Clara, then don't miss a visit to Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros, and finally get outside with Parque El Virrey. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores and then contemplate the long history of Plaza de los Comuneros.

To see ratings and more tourist information, use the Bogota day trip planning website.

Santiago, Chile to Bogota is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Bogota due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen and Iglesia De La Veracruz. Do some cultural sightseeing at Catedral Basilica Metropolitana de Medellin and Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol. Step out of Medellin with an excursion to ALTITUDE in Guatape--about 1h 55 min away. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along medellin 2000m DESCENT, pause for some serene contemplation at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno, and engage your brain at Museo del Agua EPM.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Medellin trip planner.

Getting from Bogota to Medellin by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, Medellin is a bit warmer than Bogota - with highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Agustin.

Things to do in Medellin

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Trails

Side Trips

San Agustin

— 1 night
San Agustin remains best known for its archaeological sites, which include the World Heritage-listed San Agustin Archaeological Park.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore the ancient world of El Purutal, get engrossed in the history at Museo Precolombino Villa Real, then take in the dramatic scenery at El Salto del Mortino, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Lourdes.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Agustin tour planner.

Getting from Medellin to San Agustin by combination of flight and bus takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Medellin, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Agustin, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Gil.

Things to do in San Agustin

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Iglesia de Santa Lucia de Guane and Planeta Azul. Get a sense of the local culture at Punto Amarillo Barichara and Catedral Nuestra Senora del Socorro. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Rios y Canoas Colombia, look for gifts at Centro Comercial El Puente, hunt for treasures at Batidos de la Casa de Mercado de San Gil, and stroll around Parque La Libertad.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Gil tour planning website.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from San Agustin to San Gil in 11 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Agustin in January: highs in San Gil hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in San Gil

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Santa Marta

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Paseo El Camellon, then examine the collection at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, and then look for all kinds of wild species at El Dorado Bird Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Museo Minca - Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada, then kick back and relax at Playa Neguanje, and then look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Santa Marta online driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Gil to Santa Marta in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Gil in January, expect Santa Marta to be somewhat warmer, temps between 39°C and 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cartagena

— 4 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.
Visit Barrio Getsemani and Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Castillo de Salgar and Centro Historico. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cartagena: Isla Baru (Aviario Nacional de Colombia & Playa Puntilla). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo, see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Rafael Nunez, contemplate the long history of Baluarte de Santo Domingo, and don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Proclamacion.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Cartagena trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Cartagena takes 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 up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Providencia Island

— 1 night
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): stroll through Fort Bay, take in the dramatic natural features at Morgan's Head, then head off the coast to Santa Catalina, and finally experience the excitement of Lighthouse Providence. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Almond Bay and then explore the striking landscape of McBean Lagoon National Natural Park.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Providencia Island trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Cartagena to Providencia Island by combination of flight and ferry takes about 8 hours. In January, daytime highs in Providencia Island are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

San Andres Island

— 3 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
On the 1st (Sat), kick back and relax at Playa de Spratt Bight, then contemplate the long history of Plaza Canon de Morgan, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally see the interesting displays at Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, examine the collection at Island House Museum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island driving holiday planning site.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Providencia Island to San Andres Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.