27 days in Colombia Itinerary

27 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Cartagena
— 5 nights
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Barranquilla
— 2 nights
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Bogota
— 4 nights
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Leticia
— 2 nights
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Cali
— 3 nights
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Montenegro
— 4 nights
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Medellin
— 5 nights
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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.
Take a break from Cartagena with a short trip to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru, about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, contemplate the long history of Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, contemplate the geological forces at Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano), and observe the fascinating underwater world at Oceanario.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cartagena vacation builder tool.

Durham, USA to Cartagena is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from Durham in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 78°F in Cartagena. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Barranquilla.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Barranquilla

— 2 nights

Golden Gate of Colombia

An industrial port city on Colombia's Caribbean coast, Barranquilla represents the fourth-most populous city in the country.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): examine the collection at Museo del Caribe, get to know the resident critters at Zoologico de Barranquilla, and then look for gifts at Evok. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Museo Mapuka, contemplate the long history of Castillo de Salgar, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Buenavista.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Barranquilla trip website.

You can drive from Cartagena to Barranquilla in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Barranquilla sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 77°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Barranquilla

Museums · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bogota: Zipaquira (Museo Arqueologico de Zipaquira, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, &more), Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros (in Buga) and Ospina Park (in Chia). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia San Francisco de Sales, and take in the architecture and design of Colegio Mayor San Bartolome.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bogota trip planner.

You can fly from Barranquilla to Bogota in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Barranquilla in August, things will get cooler in Bogota: highs are around 66°F and lows about 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Leticia.

Things to do in Bogota

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Leticia

— 2 nights
Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
On the 9th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Natural Tanimboca, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de La Paz, and then walk around Parque Santander. On your second day here, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then head off the coast to Isla de Los Micos.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Leticia trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Leticia takes 4.5 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Bogota in August; daily highs in Leticia reach 89°F and lows reach 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cali.

Things to do in Leticia

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Cali

— 3 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.
Cali is known for zoos & aquariums, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museo Aereo Fenix, view the masterpieces at El Palomar Colombia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Ermita, and get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de San Antonio.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cali trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Leticia to Cali by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Cali when traveling from Leticia in August, with lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Montenegro.

Things to do in Cali

Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trip

Montenegro

— 4 nights
Named after the dark trees covering the area's hills, Montenegro (literally Black Mountain) sits in a verdant zone irrigated by three major rivers.
Get out of town with these interesting Montenegro side-trips: Calarca (Jardin Botanico del Quindio & Recuca (Recorrido De La Cultura Cafetera)) and Salento (Bosques de Cocora, Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, &more). Pack the 14th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Parque del Cafe. There's more to do: head outdoors with Globos Colombia and relax in the rural setting at El Paraiso del Bambu y La Guadua.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Montenegro trip planner.

You can drive from Cali to Montenegro in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Montenegro can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Montenegro

Tours · Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Medellin

— 5 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.
Medellin is known for parks, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, see Off-Road Tours, make a trip to Plaza Botero, and steep yourself in history at Pueblito Paisa.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Medellin travel planner.

You can fly from Montenegro to Medellin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Medellin can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

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.