23 days in Colombia Itinerary

23 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia trip maker

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Bogota
— 3 nights
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Villa de Leyva
— 3 nights
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San Gil
— 2 nights
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Barichara
— 2 nights
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Bucaramanga
— 2 nights
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Medellin
— 2 nights
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Cartagena
— 5 nights
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Bogota
— 2 nights
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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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Bogota: Zipaquira (Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores, Museo Arqueologico de Zipaquira, &more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), tour the pleasant surroundings at Monserrate, steep yourself in history at Bolivar Square, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bogota road trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Bogota is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Amsterdam to Bogota, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Amsterdam in August: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 22°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Villa de Leyva

— 3 nights
Positioned away from major trade routes and exploitable resources, the colonial town of Villa de Leyva has been largely left alone--leaving a window into the 16th century that has become one of Colombia's most popular attractions.
Villa de Leyva is known for nature, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Museo Paleontológico, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Terracota, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Rosario, and make a trip to Hotel Plaza Mayor Villa de Leyva.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Villa de Leyva trip builder.

Traveling by car from Bogota to Villa de Leyva takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Gil.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Nature

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): get outside with Bungee Extremo San Gil, walk around Parque La Libertad, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Juan Curi. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Parque Gallineral and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Gil tour planner.

You can drive from Villa de Leyva to San Gil in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Barichara.

Things to do in San Gil

Parks · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Barichara

— 2 nights
A charming town of just over 7,000 people, Barichara displays rustic, dusty orange-colored architecture, protected by the Colombian People's Heritage Network.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion, explore the world behind art at Casa de la Cultura Emiliano Pradilla Gonzalez, don't miss a visit to Capilla de Santa Barbara, then stroll around Parque Para Las Artes, and finally take some stellar pictures from Salto Del Mico. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Monumento al Buey, walk around Parque Infantil Mirador, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Barichara, then take in the exciting artwork at Fundacion San Lorenzo De Barichara, and finally make a trip to Mirador Barichara 1.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Barichara tour itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from San Gil to Barichara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Barichara, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Bucaramanga.

Things to do in Barichara

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Bucaramanga

— 2 nights

City of Parks

A tour of Bucaramanga may yield little evidence that it dates back as far as 1622.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Holy Family and then don't miss a visit to Universidad Industrial de Santander - UIS. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at La Casa del Libro Total, then take in the views from Puente del Bicentenario, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Panachi.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bucaramanga online trip builder.

You can drive from Barichara to Bucaramanga in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Bucaramanga can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bucaramanga

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Medellin

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): let the kids burn off some steam at Parque Lleras, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Parque Explora, and then admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Medellin.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Medellin travel app.

Traveling by flight from Bucaramanga to Medellin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

Cartagena

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cartagena: Oceanario (in Islas de Rosario) and Playa Blanca (in Isla Baru). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, contemplate the geological forces at Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cartagena travel planning website.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Cartagena takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Medellin in August, expect Cartagena to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Bogota

— 2 nights

Athens of South America

Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then see the interesting displays at Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica, and then examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Colombia.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Bogota trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Bogota takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Cartagena in August, with highs in Bogota at 22°C and lows at 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Bogota

Tours · Museums · Parks

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.