26 days in Colombia Itinerary

26 days in Colombia Itinerary

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26 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  9 h 15 min
1
Bogota
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Bus + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
2
Boyaca
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  3 h 45 min
3
Medellin
— 4 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  4 h 15 min
4
Santa Marta
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Cartagena
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  7 h 15 min
6
Providencia Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  25 h
7
La Macarena
— 2 nights
Drive:  25 h 30 min
8
San Jose del Guaviare
— 3 nights
Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Houston

2
nights
Bogota

Bogota ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): steep yourself in history at Bolivar Square, explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and then take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and then look for gifts at Vitrina Guayca.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bogota trip itinerary site.

Houston, USA to Bogota is an approximately 9.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Colombia Time (COT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Houston in April, expect Bogota to be slightly colder, temps between 67°F and 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Boyaca.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©

2
nights
Boyaca

Boyaca ©
A holiday in Boyaca allows visitors to explore the area where the Colombian troops won their independence from Spain in the 19th century--thus, the city's nickname the “Land of Freedom.” Your Boyaca vacation will be enriched by bouncing between nearby colonial towns, which boast pleasant plazas, colorful buildings, and historic churches.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Iglesia Colonial, pause for some photo ops at Puente de Boyaca, and then make a trip to Pueblito Boyacense. On the next day, kick back and relax at Playa Blanca.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Boyaca trip maker app.

Do a combination of taxi and bus from Bogota to Boyaca in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Boyaca

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Pueblito Boyacense ©
Pueblito Boyacense
Puente de Boyaca ©
Puente de Boyaca

4
nights
Medellin

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: observe the fascinating underwater world at Parque Explora, pause for some serene contemplation at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno, stroll around Parques del Rio, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Medellin trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Boyaca to Medellin takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Medellin are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora
Parque Arvi ©
Parque Arvi

3
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.
Bring the kids along to Cristal Beach and Marine World Aquarium. Take a break from Santa Marta with a short trip to Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona in Tayrona National Park, about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Playa Grande, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Blanca, and ponder the world of politics at Alcaldia de Santa Marta.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Santa Marta online road trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Medellin to Santa Marta in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Medellin in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Santa Marta: highs are around 93°F and lows about 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, Playa Grande
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): observe the fascinating underwater world at Oceanario and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Zenu, then make a trip to Plaza Bolivar, then step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and finally make a trip to Las Bovedas.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cartagena online tour planner.

Drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 78°F. On the 15th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Oceanario
Highlights from your plan
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Scuba & Snorkeling
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa ©
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa

3
nights
Providencia Island

Providencia Island ©
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Providencia Island is known for nature, wildlife, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo, kick back and relax at Fort Bay, enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse Providence, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Providencia Island trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cartagena to Providencia Island takes 7.5 hours. April in Providencia Island sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 79°F at night. On the 18th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to La Macarena.

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

2
nights
La Macarena

La Macarena ©
A gateway to one of the world's most fascinating rivers, La Macarena enjoys a special place in the heart of Colombian nature lovers.
You've now added Cano Cristales to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Cano Piedra and then explore the activities along Cano Cristales.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the La Macarena online travel planner.

Explore your travel options from Providencia Island to La Macarena with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Jose del Guaviare.

Things to do in La Macarena

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Cano Cristales ©
Cano Cristales
Cano Piedra ©
Cano Piedra
Iglesia Catolica ©
Iglesia Catolica

3
nights
San Jose del Guaviare

San Jose del Guaviare ©
San José del Guaviare is a town and municipality in Colombia, capital of the department of Guaviare by the Guaviare River. San Jose del Guaviare is known for nature, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Estadero Flintstones & Natural Bridges, contemplate the waterfront views at Balneario Tranquilandia, identify plant and animal life at Reserva Tuneles Naturales, and snap pictures at Puente Nowen.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Jose del Guaviare travel planner.

Drive from La Macarena to San Jose del Guaviare in 25.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose del Guaviare

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Stone Town ©
Stone Town
Reserva Tuneles Naturales ©
Reserva Tuneles Naturales
Puerta de Orion ©
Puerta de Orion

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