30 days in Colombia Itinerary

30 days in Colombia Itinerary

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30 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Bogota
1
Bogota
— 7 nights
Drive:  8 h 15 min
2
Neiva
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 30 min
3
Salento
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Cali
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  2 h 15 min
5
Bogota
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
6
Medellin
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
7
Cartagena
— 4 nights
Drive:  7 h 45 min
8
Palomino
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
9
Santa Marta
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3 h
End: Bogota

7
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.
Popular historic sites such as Catedral de Sal and Bolivar plaza are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bogota: Catedral Diocesana (in Zipaquira), Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar) and Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra). Spend the 2nd (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Monserrate, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Colombia, get a taste of the local shopping with Barrio La Candelaria, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Bogota travel itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Bogota. In December, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Neiva.

Things to do in Bogota

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Centro de Memoria El Cuartico, Laguna de Guatavita
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira

1
night
Neiva

Neiva ©
Neiva is the capital of the Department of Huila. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Colonial, try to win big at Sur Andino Casino, then don't miss a visit to Diocesi di Neiva, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia del Espiritu Santo. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Neiva, get a sense of history and politics at Gobernación de Huila, then appreciate the history behind Monumento Cuarto Centenario, then take in the pleasant sights at Malecon del Rio Magdalena, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Edificio Nacional.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Neiva trip app .

You can drive from Bogota to Neiva in 5.5 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Bogota in January; daily highs in Neiva reach 38°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Salento.

Things to do in Neiva

Historic Sites Fun & Games Casinos
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia Colonial ©
Iglesia Colonial
Sur Andino Casino ©
Sur Andino Casino
Iglesia del Espiritu Santo ©
Iglesia del Espiritu Santo

2
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
On the 6th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Bosques de Cocora. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, push the limits with an extreme tour, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Carmen.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Salento trip planner .

Traveling by car from Neiva to Salento takes 6.5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Neiva in January: high temperatures in Salento hover around 32°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Cali.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as Camino Real and Iglesia La Ermita are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Zoologico de Cali. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Museo Aereo Fenix, appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de San Antonio, wander the streets of Barrio San Antonio, and admire the striking features of Edificio Otero.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cali travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Salento to Cali takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Cali are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cali

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Camino Real
Highlights from your plan
Museo Aereo Fenix ©
Museo Aereo Fenix
Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia ©
Camino Real ©
Camino Real

2
nights
Bogota

Bogota ©
On the 11th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar, examine the collection at Museo Internacional De La Esmeralda, then grab your bike and head to Ciclovia de Bogota, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Basilica del Senor de Monserrate, examine the collection at Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica, pause for some serene contemplation at La Catedral Primada, admire the masterpieces at Museo Santa Clara, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de la Tercera Orden, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bogota route website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Cali to Bogota in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Cali in January, expect nights in Bogota to be cooler, around 7°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Historic Sites Museums Trails
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia de San Francisco ©
Iglesia de San Francisco
Museo Santa Clara ©
Museo Santa Clara
Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar ©
Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar

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.
Museo de Antioquia and Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at KJ - Art, Shop & Coffee and Pueblito Paisa. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Parque Arvi, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Parque Explora, take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Medellin sightseeing planning app .

You can fly from Bogota to Medellin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Bogota in January; daily highs in Medellin reach 32°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Museo de Antioquia ©
Museo de Antioquia
Parque Arvi ©
Parque Arvi

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Castillo San Felipe de Barajas and Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano). Museum-lovers will appreciate Caribe Jewelry and Emerald Museum and Museo Historico de Cartagena de Indias. Spend the 18th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, and don't miss a visit to Torre del Reloj.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cartagena trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Medellin to Cartagena by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In January, Cartagena is somewhat warmer than Medellin - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Palomino.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa ©
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa

3
nights
Palomino

Palomino ©
On your second day here, examine the collection at Taironaka Turismo Ecologico and then kick back and relax at Playas de Palomino.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Palomino travel planning tool .

You can drive from Cartagena to Palomino in 5.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Palomino are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. You'll set off for Santa Marta on the 23rd (Thu).

Things to do in Palomino

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Taironaka Turismo Ecologico
Highlights from your plan
Tubing in Palomino River ©
Tubing in Palomino River
Taironaka Turismo Ecologico ©
Taironaka Turismo Ecologico

3
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.
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as Catedral de Santa Marta and Paseo El Camellon are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, ponder the world of politics at Alcaldia de Santa Marta, stop by Yo Amo Santa Marta, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Grande.

Before you visit Santa Marta, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Palomino to Santa Marta takes 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, Playa Grande
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

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