29 days in Colombia Itinerary

29 days in Colombia Itinerary

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29 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Barranquilla
Drive:  6 h 30 min
1
Mompos
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
2
Cartagena
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  7 h
3
San Agustin
— 1 day
Drive:  6 h 15 min
4
Ipiales
— 1 day
Fly + Drive:  6 h 30 min
5
Honda
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
6
Villa de Leyva
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Bogota
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  6 h 30 min
8
Providencia Island
— 1 night
Ferry:  2 h 45 min
9
San Andres Island
— 4 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  3 h
10
Santa Marta
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
End: Barranquilla

2
nights
Mompos

Mompos ©
Perched on an island at the confluence of the Magdalena and Cauca rivers, Mompos offers a charming blend of historical architecture and traditional Colombian culture.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): make a trip to Parque de la Libertad and then stroll the grounds of Cementerio de Mompox. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Colegio Nacional Pinillos, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Santo Domingo, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Santo Domingo, don't miss a visit to Centro Historico de Santa Cruz de Mompox, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Barbara Church, and finally make a trip to Escuela Taller Santa Cruz de Mompox.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Mompos trip planner .

Barranquilla to Mompos is an approximately 6-hour car ride. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Mompos

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepcion ©
Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepcion
Santa Barbara Church ©
Santa Barbara Church

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Castillo San Felipe de Barajas and Plaza de San Diego. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Templo de Santo Domingo and Iglesia de Santo Toribio. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Trinidad, admire the landmark architecture of St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral, and make a trip to Plaza de La Trinidad.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cartagena day trip app .

You can drive from Mompos to Cartagena in 6 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in April, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to San Agustin.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo
Iglesia de la Trinidad ©
Iglesia de la Trinidad
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas

1
day
San Agustin

San Agustin ©
San Agustin remains best known for its archaeological sites, which include the World Heritage-listed San Agustin Archaeological Park.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Lourdes, take an in-depth tour of Museo Precolombino Villa Real, delve into the distant past at San Agustin Archaeological Park, then appreciate the history behind La Chaquira, then explore the ancient world of El Purutal, and finally pause for some photo ops at La Pelota - Estatuas A Color.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Agustin trip itinerary website .

Getting from Cartagena to San Agustin by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cartagena in April, you will find days in San Agustin are colder (22°C), and nights are a bit cooler (22°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ipiales.

Things to do in San Agustin

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
San Agustin Archaeological Park ©
San Agustin Archaeological Park
Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Lourdes ©
El Purutal ©
El Purutal

1
day
Ipiales

Ipiales ©
Situated on a plateau 2,950 m (9,678 ft) above sea level, the city of Ipiales enjoys a subtropical highland climate and the title of highest major city in Colombia.
On the 19th (Fri), buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Gran Plaza and then admire the striking features of Las Lajas Sanctuary.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Ipiales tour itinerary builder .

You can drive from San Agustin to Ipiales in 10 hours. While traveling from San Agustin, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Ipiales, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Honda.

Things to do in Ipiales

Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Las Lajas Sanctuary ©
Las Lajas Sanctuary

1
night
Honda

Honda ©
Honda is a town and municipality in the Tolima department of Colombia. On the 20th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Centro Historico, contemplate the long history of Calle de las trampas, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Mercado, and finally see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Alfonso Lopez Pumarejo. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Museo del Rio Magdalena, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Nuestra Senora del Rosario, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Diocesano del Milagroso Senor de la Ermita, then don't miss a visit to Puente Navarro, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Nuestra Senora del Carmen.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Honda trip site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ipiales to Honda. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in Honda

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Santuario Diocesano del Milagroso Senor de la Ermita
Highlights from your plan
Catedral Nuestra Senora del Rosario ©
Catedral Nuestra Senora del Rosario
Museo del Rio Magdalena ©
Museo del Rio Magdalena
Casa Museo Alfonso Lopez Pumarejo ©
Casa Museo Alfonso Lopez Pumarejo

3
nights
Villa de Leyva

Villa de Leyva ©
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Centro de Investigaciones Paleontologicas - CIP and Casa Museo Luis Alberto Acuna. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Convento Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Chiquinquirá and Capilla y Museo de Santa Clara la Real. Venture out of the city with trips to Iglesia de la Renovacion (in Chiquinquira) and Tunja (Iglesia de San Agustin, Iglesia de San Ignacio, & more). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Rosario, examine the collection at Casa Museo Antonio Narino, and don't miss a visit to FIBAS Jardin de Desierto.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Villa de Leyva trip planner .

Traveling by car from Honda to Villa de Leyva takes 6.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bogota.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Tunja, Chiquinquira
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Rosario ©
Casa Museo Antonio Narino ©
Casa Museo Antonio Narino

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at National Museum of Colombia and Catedral Diocesana. Visit Catedral de Sal and Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Las Nieves for their historical value. Explore Bogota's surroundings by going to Zipaquira (Plaza de los Comuneros & Casa Museo Quevedo Zornoza). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), contemplate the long history of Bolivar plaza, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and walk around Parque de Usaquen.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Bogota tour builder tool .

Getting from Villa de Leyva to Bogota by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Zipaquira
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Nacional de Colombia ©
Museo Nacional de Colombia
Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar ©
Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar

1
night
Providencia Island

Providencia Island ©
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
On the 29th (Mon), step off the mainland to explore Santa Catalina and then head off the coast to Crab Cay. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse Providencia, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then make a trip to The Peak Forestry Reserve.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Providencia Island holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Bogota to Providencia Island takes 6.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in April: highs in Providencia Island hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Catalina
Highlights from your plan
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo ©
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo
The Peak Forestry Reserve ©
The Peak Forestry Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Primera Iglesia Bautista and Plaza Canon de Morgan. Explore hidden gems such as West View and Playa Charquitos. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Playa de Spratt Bight, see some colorful creatures with Aquanautas, head off the coast to Cayo Bolivar, and look for all kinds of wild species at Cayo El Acuario.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island road trip planning app .

Traveling by ferry from Providencia Island to San Andres Island takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in April, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
West View
West View
Primera Iglesia Bautista ©
Primera Iglesia Bautista
Plaza Canon de Morgan ©
Plaza Canon de Morgan

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at Iglesia San Jose and Paseo El Camellon. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and Cristal Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Marta: Memorial Center of the Sierra Nevada (in Minca), Taironaka Turismo Ecologico (in Santa Ana) and Casa del Telegrafista (in Aracataca). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, examine the collection at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, stroll around Parque de Los Novios, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Santa Marta vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from San Andres Island to Santa Marta in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Santa Marta can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Aracataca, Scuba & Snorkeling, Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, Taironaka Turismo Ecologico, Museo Minca - Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada
Highlights from your plan
Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

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