22 days in Colombia Itinerary

22 days in Colombia Itinerary

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22 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  17 h 45 min
1
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Cartagena
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  7 h 15 min
3
Providencia Island
— 1 night
Ferry:  2 h 45 min
4
San Andres Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
Medellin
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  3 h 15 min
6
San Gil
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  7 h
7
Leticia
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  8 h 30 min
8
San Agustin
— 1 day
Drive:  6 h
9
Villavieja
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  9 h 15 min
10
Ipiales
— 1 day
Fly + Drive:  4 h 30 min
11
Tocancipa
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: London

2
nights
Santa Marta

Santa Marta ©
Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
On the 19th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, enjoy the sand and surf at Cristal Beach, then see the interesting displays at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, and finally stroll around Parque de Los Novios. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with El Rodadero, kick back and relax at Bahia concha Santa Marta Colombia, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de Nuestra Senora de la Medalla Milagrosa, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Santa Marta.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta trip planner .

London, UK to Santa Marta is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Colombia Time (COT), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from London in October, with highs in Santa Marta at 38°C and lows at 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
El Rodadero ©
El Rodadero

3
nights
Cartagena

Cartagena ©
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 a sense of the local culture at Iglesia de la Trinidad and Centro de Convenciones Cartagena de Indias. Take a break from the city and head to Aviario Nacional de Colombia and Oceanario. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo, don't miss a visit to Plaza de La Trinidad, get to know the fascinating history of Bairro Getsemani, and appreciate the history behind Monumento a Los Zapatos Viejos.

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

Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Oceanario, Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Highlights from your plan
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Barrio Getsemani ©
Barrio Getsemani
Iglesia de la Trinidad ©
Iglesia de la Trinidad

1
night
Providencia Island

Providencia Island ©
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): make a trip to The Peak Forestry Reserve, step off the mainland to explore Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo, then take in the dramatic natural features at Morgan's Head, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse Providencia. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Bay and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Providencia Island attractions planner .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cartagena to Providencia Island in 7.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Providencia Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Fort Bay
Highlights from your plan
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo ©
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo
Scuba & Snorkeling
Morgan's Head ©
Morgan's Head

1
night
San Andres Island

San Andres Island
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then look for all kinds of wild species at West View, then pause for some serene contemplation at Primera Iglesia Bautista, and finally kick back and relax at Playa de Spratt Bight.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Andres Island trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Providencia Island to San Andres Island takes 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in San Andres Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
West View
West View
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight

3
nights
Medellin

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin. Get in touch with nature at Laguna de Guatape and Parque Arvi. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia, don't miss a visit to Escaleras Electricas De La Comuna 13, and savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour.

To find out how to plan a trip to Medellin, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Medellin takes 3.5 hours. In October, Medellin is slightly colder than San Andres Island - with highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Gil.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Museums Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
El Castillo Museo y Jardines ©
El Castillo Museo y Jardines
Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica ©
Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica

2
nights
San Gil

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.
On the 30th (Wed), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then don't miss a visit to Capilla de Santa Barbara, and finally appreciate the history behind Monumento al Buey. On the next day, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then walk around Parque La Libertad, and then admire the sheer force of Cascada de Juan Curi.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Gil day trip planning website .

Getting from Medellin to San Gil by combination of flight and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in San Gil are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Leticia.

Things to do in San Gil

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Barichara
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Parasailing & Paragliding
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
nights
Leticia

Leticia ©
Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico, look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Natural Tanimboca, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de La Paz. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Santander Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Isla de Los Micos, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Leticia journey app .

Getting from San Gil to Leticia by combination of bus and flight takes about 7 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Gil in October: high temperatures in Leticia hover around 38°C and lows are around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to San Agustin.

Things to do in Leticia

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico ©
Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico
Reserva Natural Tanimboca ©
Reserva Natural Tanimboca
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
day
San Agustin

San Agustin ©
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 3rd (Sun): delve into the distant past at San Agustin Archaeological Park, appreciate the history behind La Chaquira, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Estrecho Del Magdalena.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Agustin trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Leticia to San Agustin takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. While traveling from Leticia, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Agustin, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Villavieja.

Things to do in San Agustin

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
San Agustin Archaeological Park ©
San Agustin Archaeological Park
La Chaquira ©
La Chaquira

1
night
Villavieja

Villavieja ©
Clinging to the banks of the Magdalena River, Villavieja serves as a gateway to the Tatacoa Desert.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Casa del Totumo, then look for all kinds of wild species at Desierto de la Tatacoa, and then don't miss a visit to Parque Valle de la Tatacoa.

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Traveling by car from San Agustin to Villavieja takes 6 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Agustin in November: highs in Villavieja hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Ipiales.

Things to do in Villavieja

Parks Wildlife Museums
Highlights from your plan
Desierto de la Tatacoa ©
Desierto de la Tatacoa
Casa del Totumo ©
Casa del Totumo
Parque Valle de la Tatacoa ©
Parque Valle de la Tatacoa

1
day
Ipiales

Ipiales ©
Situated on a plateau 2,950 m (9,678 ft) above sea level, the city of Ipiales enjoys a subtropical highland climate and the title of highest major city in Colombia.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Gran Plaza and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Las Lajas Sanctuary.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ipiales trip website .

Explore your travel options from Villavieja to Ipiales with the Route module. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Villavieja in November; daily highs in Ipiales reach 19°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Tocancipa.

Things to do in Ipiales

Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Las Lajas Sanctuary ©
Las Lajas Sanctuary

2
nights
Tocancipa

Tocancipa ©
You might not realize it, but some of the world's most renowned monuments reside in the Colombian town of Tocancipa.
On the 6th (Wed), sample the tasty concoctions at Bogota Beer Company, enjoy the sand and surf at Laguna de Guatavita, then examine the collection at Museo de la Sal, and finally learn about all things military at Museo Aeroespacial Colombiano. Keep things going the next day: play a few rounds at Club de Golf UMB Universidad Manuela Beltran and then find something for the whole family at Parque Jaime Duque.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Ipiales to Tocancipa. In November in Tocancipa, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tocancipa

Outdoors Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Museo de la Sal, Laguna de Guatavita
Highlights from your plan
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Museo Aeroespacial Colombiano ©
Museo Aeroespacial Colombiano
Museo de la Sal ©
Museo de la Sal

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