28 days in Colombia Itinerary

28 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia travel planner

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Cartagena
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly to Providencia, Taxi to Providencia Island
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Providencia Island
— 2 nights
Taxi to Providencia, Fly to Cali
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Cali
— 3 nights
Fly
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Leticia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Medellin
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Gil
— 3 nights
Drive
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Villa de Leyva
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Agustin
— 3 nights
Fly

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Cartagena

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Plaza de San Diego and Centro de Convenciones Cartagena de Indias. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Trinidad, contemplate the long history of Torre del Reloj, learn about all things military at Museo Naval Del Caribe, and get a sense of history and politics at Alcaldia Mayor.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cartagena sightseeing tool.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiports are Rafael Nuñez International Airport and Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport. August in Cartagena sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors · Tours

San Andres Island

— 3 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Playa de Spratt Bight and West View. There's still lots to do: get outside with Aquanautas, examine the collection at Island House Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de San Luis, and pause for some serene contemplation at Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island online visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to San Andres Island takes 3.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Providencia Island

— 2 nights
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at McBean Lagoon National Natural Park. Here are some ideas for day two: catch some excitement at Lighthouse Providence, then get outside with Almond Bay, and then make a trip to The Peak Forestry Reserve.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Providencia Island day trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from San Andres Island to Providencia Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August in Providencia Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Cali.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Fun & Games

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Farallones de Cali. Here are some ideas for day two: deepen your understanding at Universidad del Valle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Ermita, and then make a trip to Plaza San Francisco.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cali online trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Providencia Island to Cali in 6.5 hours. Traveling from Providencia Island in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 22°C in Cali. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Leticia.

Things to do in Cali

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

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 14th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico and then stroll around Parque Santander. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de La Paz and then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Natural Tanimboca.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Leticia road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Cali to Leticia takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Cali in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Leticia, with lows of 26°C. On the 16th (Sun), you'll travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Leticia

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Medellin

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Museo de Antioquia and El Tesoro Parque Comercial. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, browse the different shops at Centro Comercial Santafé, let little ones run wild at Parque Lleras, and look and learn at Planetario de Medellin.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Medellin trip planner.

Fly from Leticia to Medellin in 5.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Leticia in August; daily highs in Medellin reach 33°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Gil.

Things to do in Medellin

Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping · Tours · Museums

San Gil

— 3 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 20th (Thu): walk around Parque La Libertad, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Nuestra Senora del Socorro, then stop by Centro Comercial El Puente, then fly like a bird with Parapente Chicamocha, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia Catedral de Santa Cruz. Keep things going the next day: push the limits with an extreme tour, get outside with Parapente Paravolar Colombia, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Batidos de la Casa de Mercado de San Gil.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Gil online route planner.

Getting from Medellin to San Gil by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daytime highs in San Gil are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in San Gil

Outdoors · Tours · Shopping · Adventure

Side Trip

Villa de Leyva

— 2 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Convento Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Chiquinquirá and Catedral Basilica Metropolitana Santiago de Tunja. Get out of town with these interesting Villa de Leyva side-trips: Iglesia de la Renovacion (in Chiquinquira), EFECTY RAQUIRA PLAZA DE MERCADO (in Raquira) and Templo De Santo Domingo (in Tunja). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia del Carmen, examine the collection at Casa Museo Luis Alberto Acuna, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Iguaque, and do a tasting at Vinedo Umana Dajud.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Villa de Leyva day trip site.

Traveling by car from San Gil to Villa de Leyva takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Bogota.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Iglesia de San Francisco and Parque de Usaquen. Step out of Bogota with an excursion to Parque Jaime Duque in Tocancipa--about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis, make a trip to Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Basilica del Senor de Monserrate, and grab your bike and head to Ciclovia de Bogota.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bogota online trip builder.

You can drive from Villa de Leyva to Bogota in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Bogota can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to San Agustin.

Things to do in Bogota

Theme Parks · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

San Agustin

— 3 nights
San Agustin remains best known for its archaeological sites, which include the World Heritage-listed San Agustin Archaeological Park.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at San Agustin Archaeological Park and La Pelota - Estatuas A Color. When in San Agustin, make a side trip to see Parque Arqueologico Alto de los Idolos in Isnos, approximately Isnos away. The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind La Chaquira, explore the activities along Estrecho Del Magdalena, don't miss a visit to El Tablon, and pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Lourdes.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the San Agustin trip builder website.

Getting from Bogota to San Agustin by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Bogota in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Agustin, with highs around 31°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Agustin

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

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.