29 days in Colombia Itinerary

29 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia trip itinerary planner

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Bogota
— 4 nights
Fly
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San Gil
— 3 nights
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Medellin
— 4 nights
Fly to San Andres Island, Ferry to Providencia Island
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Providencia Island
— 2 nights
Taxi to Providencia, Fly to San Andres Island
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San Andres Island
— 4 nights
Fly
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Santa Marta
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cartagena
— 7 nights
Fly to Amsterdam Schiphol, Train to Paris

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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.
Do your shopping at Parque 93 and Mercado de las Pulgas de Usaquen. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Laguna de Guatavita and Centro Internacional de Negocios y Exposiciones. Venture out of the city with trips to Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira) and Vinos Express (in Chia). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), take a stroll through Barrio La Candelaria, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Primada de Bogota, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Bogota tour itinerary planning site.

Paris, France to Bogota is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Paris to Bogota, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in April; daily highs in Bogota reach 22°C and lows reach 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to San Gil.

Things to do in Bogota

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Parque Nacional de Chicamocha and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Parasailing & Paragliding and River Rafting & Tubing. Get out of town with these interesting San Gil side-trips: Barichara (Tierrarte & Fundacion San Lorenzo De Barichara). There's still lots to do: get outside with Bungee Extremo San Gil.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Gil trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to San Gil takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Bogota in April, with highs in San Gil at 30°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to fly to Medellin.

Things to do in San Gil

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

Medellin

— 4 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.
Museo de Antioquia and Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at medellin 2000m DESCENT and Parque Arvi. There's still lots to do: buy something for everyone on your list at El Tesoro Parque Comercial, admire the masterpieces at H by HDC, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take in the exciting artwork at Arte Loft Galeria.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Medellin trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from San Gil to Medellin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, daytime highs in Medellin are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Shopping · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Providencia Island

— 2 nights
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Escape the urban bustle at Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo and Morgan's Head. Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and The Peak Forestry Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Lover’s Lane and experience the excitement of Lighthouse Providence.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Providencia Island online tour builder.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Medellin to Providencia Island in 8 hours. Traveling from Medellin in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Providencia Island, with lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

San Andres Island

— 4 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana and Island House Museum. Visit Playa de Spratt Bight and Playa de San Luis for some beach relaxation. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at West View, head off the coast to Johnny Cay, take a stroll around Banco de la Republica, and explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Andres Island vacation planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Providencia Island to San Andres Island in 3 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In April, daily temperatures in San Andres Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Santa Marta.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana. Get in touch with nature at Cristal Beach and Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Yo Amo Santa Marta, and walk around Parque de Los Novios.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta trip planner.

You can fly from San Andres Island to Santa Marta in 6.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Andres Island in April: highs in Santa Marta hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Cartagena

— 7 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Speed Boats Tours and Templo de Santo Domingo. Shop till you drop at Dantas Store and NH Galeria. Explore Cartagena's surroundings by going to Isla Baru (Aviario Nacional de Colombia & Playa Blanca). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Barrio Getsemani, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria, don't miss a visit to Plaza de San Diego, and step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cartagena tour itinerary planning website.

Drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · 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.