30 days in Colombia Itinerary

30 days in Colombia Itinerary

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30 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Medellin
1
Medellin
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  3 h 15 min
2
San Gil
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
3
Bucaramanga
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Cartagena
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  7 h 15 min
6
Providencia Island
— 1 night
Ferry:  2 h 45 min
7
San Andres Island
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 30 min
8
Bogota
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
9
Leticia
— 2 nights
Drive:  14 h 30 min
10
La Macarena
— 1 day
Drive:  14 h 30 min
11
San Agustin
— 1 day
Drive:  10 h 15 min
12
Ipiales
— 1 day
Fly:  3 h 45 min
13
Cali
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
14
Salento
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h
End: Medellin

3
nights
Medellin

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Step out of the city life by going to Parque Arvi and Laguna de Guatape. Step off the beaten path and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Museo de Antioquia. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Medellin: Cementerio Jardines Montesacro (in Itagui) and Centro Historico Santa Fe de Antioquia (in Santa Fe de Antioquia). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at El Castillo Museo y Jardines, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Antonio, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and walk around Parque San Antonio.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Medellin road trip planning website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Medellin. In September in Medellin, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Gil.

Things to do in Medellin

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trips

Cementerio Jardines Montesacro, Centro Historico Santa Fe de Antioquia
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Parque Arvi ©
Parque Arvi
Museo de Antioquia ©
Museo de Antioquia

2
nights
San Gil

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.
On the 8th (Sun), get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Juan Curi, and then make a trip to Capilla de Santa Barbara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then identify plant and animal life at Parque Gallineral, and finally walk around Parque La Libertad.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Gil trip maker tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Medellin to San Gil in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Bucaramanga.

Things to do in San Gil

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Capilla de Santa Barbara
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Parasailing & Paragliding
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
nights
Bucaramanga

Bucaramanga ©
A tour of Bucaramanga may yield little evidence that it dates back as far as 1622.
On the 10th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Holy Family and then explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional de Chicamocha. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Panachi, then savor the flavors at Plaza de Mercado Guarin, and then get great views at Ecoparque Cerro del Santisimo.

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You can take a bus from San Gil to Bucaramanga in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Bucaramanga, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Bucaramanga

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ecoparque Cerro del Santisimo
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional de Chicamocha ©
Parque Nacional de Chicamocha
Panachi ©
Panachi
Ecoparque Cerro del Santisimo ©
Ecoparque Cerro del Santisimo

2
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.
On the 12th (Thu), stroll around Parque de Los Novios, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Santa Marta, then admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Cristal Beach. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, then contemplate the long history of Alcaldia de Santa Marta, then get outside with El Rodadero, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Bahia concha Santa Marta Colombia.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Bucaramanga to Santa Marta takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In September, Santa Marta is somewhat warmer than Bucaramanga - with highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Iglesia de la Trinidad and Aviario Nacional de Colombia. Visit Templo de Santo Domingo and Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to Castillo de Salgar in Puerto Colombia (about 1h 55 min away). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Plaza de San Diego, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, wander the streets of Bairro Getsemani, and appreciate the history behind La Gorda Gertrudis.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, go to the Cartagena trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Cartagena are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Oceanario, Castillo de Salgar, Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Highlights from your plan
Barrio Getsemani ©
Barrio Getsemani
Iglesia de la Trinidad ©
Iglesia de la Trinidad
Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo

1
night
Providencia Island

Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): snap pictures at Lover’s Lane, step off the mainland to explore Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo, then take in the dramatic natural features at Morgan's Head, and finally enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse Providencia. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Almond Bay, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then make a trip to The Peak Forestry Reserve.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Providencia Island trip app .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cartagena to Providencia Island in 7.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo ©
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo
Morgan's Head ©
Morgan's Head

1
night
San Andres Island

San Andres Island
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, identify plant and animal life at West View, then pause for some serene contemplation at Primera Iglesia Bautista, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Spratt Bight.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Andres Island journey maker tool .

Getting from Providencia Island to San Andres Island by ferry takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
West View
West View
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight

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.
Visit Iglesia de San Francisco and Museo Santa Clara for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Laguna de Guatavita and Ciclovia de Bogota. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bogota: Parque Natural Chicaque (in Chicaque) and Mina de Sal de Nemocon (in Nemocon). The adventure continues: examine the collection at National Museum of Colombia, walk around Parque Metropolitano Simon Bolivar, make a trip to Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santodomingo, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis.

Plan trip to Bogota with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Bogota takes 2.5 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from San Andres Island in September, with highs in Bogota at 22°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Leticia.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Mina de Sal de Nemocon, Laguna de Guatavita, Parque Natural Chicaque
Highlights from your plan
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Ciclovia de Bogota ©
Ciclovia de Bogota
Iglesia de San Francisco ©
Iglesia de San Francisco

2
nights
Leticia

Leticia ©
Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico and then get outside with La Ruta de Eware. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Reserva Natural Tanimboca, step off the mainland to explore Isla de Los Micos, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Leticia travel route builder app .

You can fly from Bogota to Leticia in 2.5 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in September: high temperatures in Leticia hover around 38°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to La Macarena.

Things to do in Leticia

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Isla de Los Micos ©
Isla de Los Micos
Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico ©
Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
day
La Macarena

La Macarena ©
A gateway to one of the world's most fascinating rivers, La Macarena enjoys a special place in the heart of Colombian nature lovers.
On the 27th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica and then explore the activities along Cano Cristales.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the La Macarena trip builder app .

Explore your travel options from Leticia to La Macarena with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to San Agustin.

Things to do in La Macarena

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cano Cristales ©
Cano Cristales
Iglesia Catolica ©
Iglesia Catolica

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the ancient world of San Agustin Archaeological Park, pause for some photo ops at La Chaquira, then steep yourself in history at Obando Archaeological Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Precolombino Villa Real.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Agustin online road trip planner .

Drive from La Macarena to San Agustin in 14.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in San Agustin can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) 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
Museo Precolombino Villa Real ©
Museo Precolombino Villa Real
La Chaquira ©
La Chaquira

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 29th (Sun), browse the different shops at Centro Comercial Gran Plaza and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Las Lajas Sanctuary.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Ipiales trip simple and quick.

You can drive from San Agustin to Ipiales in 10.5 hours. When traveling from San Agustin in September, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Ipiales: temperatures range from 18°C by day to 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cali.

Things to do in Ipiales

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

2
nights
Cali

Cali ©
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 30th (Mon), appreciate the history behind Cristo Rey, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoologico de Cali, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia La Ermita, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de San Antonio, then don't miss a visit to Mirador Sebastian Belalcazar, and finally admire the striking features of El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada). On the next day, examine the collection at Museo Aereo Fenix, stroll around Parque de la Factoria, then examine the collection at Museo de la Cana de Azucar, then take a stroll through Barrio San Antonio, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Camino Real.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cali travel route planner .

Explore your travel options from Ipiales to Cali with the Route module. Traveling from Ipiales in September, expect Cali to be much hotter, temps between 37°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Salento.

Things to do in Cali

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Parque de la Factoria, Camino Real
Highlights from your plan
Museo Aereo Fenix ©
Museo Aereo Fenix
Camino Real ©
Camino Real
Iglesia de San Antonio ©
Iglesia de San Antonio

2
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Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): trot along with a tour on horseback, push the limits with an extreme tour, then indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, and finally look for gifts at Pietra Joyeros. On your second day here, admire the verdant scenery at Valle del Cocora, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Carmen, then identify plant and animal life at Barbas Bremen Nature Reserve, and finally don't miss a visit to Mirador Colina Iluminada.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Salento trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Cali to Salento takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Salento are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Salento

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Filandia
Highlights from your plan
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Valle del Cocora ©
Valle del Cocora
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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