26 days in Colombia Itinerary

26 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia trip planner

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Santa Marta
— 3 nights
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Isla Baru
— 1 night
Ferry
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Cartagena
— 4 nights
Fly to Alfonso Bonilla Aragon International Airport, Drive to Inza
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Inza
— 1 night
Drive
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Cali
— 2 nights
Drive
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Salento
— 2 nights
Fly
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Leticia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Bogota
— 4 nights
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Medellin
— 6 nights
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Santa Marta

— 3 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and El Dorado Bird Reserve. Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Santa Marta with an excursion to Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona in Tayrona National Park--about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Yo Amo Santa Marta.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Santa Marta road trip planning website.

Milan, Italy to Santa Marta is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Traveling from Milan to Santa Marta, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Milan in February, expect Santa Marta to be much warmer, temps between 39°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Isla Baru.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Isla Baru

— 1 night
Lying south of Cartagena, Isla Baru was connected to the mainland until the construction of the Canal del Dique.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Aviario Nacional de Colombia and then stroll through Playa Blanca.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Isla Baru trip itinerary maker.

You can take a bus from Santa Marta to Isla Baru in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Isla Baru

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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 Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Walled City of Cartagena and Torre del Reloj. There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, see the interesting displays at Museo Historico de Cartagena de Indias, make a trip to Las Bovedas, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ermita Nuestra Senora De La Candelaria.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cartagena itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Isla Baru to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Inza.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Spas · Parks

Inza

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Tierradentro.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Inza tour planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cartagena to Inza. In February, Inza is a bit cooler than Cartagena - with highs of 24°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Cali.

Things to do in Inza

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Cali

— 2 nights

Salsa Capital of the World

Learning how to salsa may be the most popular thing to do in Cali, but this giant city in southwestern Colombia represents more than just the "Salsa Capital of the World." Home to over 2 million people, thriving Cali serves as a major commercial and industrial center in South America, boasting the fastest-growing economy in Colombia.
On the 12th (Fri), get to know the fascinating history of Camino Real and then trek along Picoloro Ecoturismo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Colonial y Religioso La Merced, then examine the collection at MUSA Museo Arqueologico, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de San Antonio, and finally admire the striking features of El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada).

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cali tour itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Inza to Cali in 5 hours. Traveling from Inza in February, you will find days in Cali are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Salento.

Things to do in Cali

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Salento

— 2 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, look for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Salento trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cali to Salento takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cali in February: highs in Salento hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Leticia.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Leticia

— 2 nights
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 16th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then head off the coast to Isla de Los Micos. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Reserva Natural Tanimboca, stroll around Parque Santander, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de La Paz.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Leticia trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Salento to Leticia takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Salento in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Leticia, with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Leticia

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Bogota

— 4 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.
Visiting Monserrate and Quebrada San Francisco o Vicacha will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica. Get out of town with these interesting Bogota side-trips: Zipaquira (Esensal, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, &more). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis, discover the deep blue sea with Dive & Tours, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Primada de Bogota.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bogota road trip planning app.

Getting from Leticia to Bogota by flight takes about 4.5 hours. While traveling from Leticia, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Bogota, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Medellin

— 6 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 Pueblito Paisa and Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno. Museo de Antioquia and Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Medellin to go to Guatape and see Piedra Del Penol, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. And it doesn't end there: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, stop by Evok, stroll around Parque Lleras, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Medellin driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Bogota to Medellin in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in February, expect Medellin to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

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.