30 days in Colombia Itinerary

30 days in Colombia Itinerary

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30 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: La Paz
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
San Andres Island
— 4 nights
Ferry:  2​h 45​min
2
Providencia Island
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Foot + Fly:  7​h 15​min
3
Cartagena
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Santa Marta
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  5​h 15​min
5
San Gil
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  7​h
6
Leticia
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  8​h 30​min
7
San Agustin
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h
8
Villavieja
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
9
Bogota
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: La Paz

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.
Take a break from the city and head to West View and La Piscinita. Head to Banco de la Republica and Esmeraldas Colombianasfor plenty of shopping. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Playa de Spratt Bight, Head underground at Morgan's Cave, identify plant and animal life at Cayo El Acuario, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Andres Island travel planner.

La Paz, Bolivia to San Andres Island is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from La Paz to San Andres Island is minus 1 hour. In September, San Andres Island is warmer than La Paz - with highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Providencia Island.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
Scuba & Snorkeling
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita

2
nights
Providencia Island

Providencia Island ©
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
On the 6th (Sun), don't miss a visit to The Peak Forestry Reserve and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Bay, then step off the mainland to explore Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo, and then enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse Providencia.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Providencia Island planning website .

Getting from San Andres Island to Providencia Island by ferry takes about 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Providencia Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

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

5
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Iglesia de la Trinidad and Walled City of Cartagena. Take a break from the city and head to Aviario Nacional de Colombia and Playa Blanca. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo, look for gifts at Dantas Store, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Rafael Nunez.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cartagena trip maker site .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Providencia Island to Cartagena takes 7.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Cartagena are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Isla Baru
Highlights from your plan
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Iglesia de la Trinidad ©
Iglesia de la Trinidad
Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Centro Comercial Buenavista and Centro Comercial Zazue Plaza. Step out of the city life by going to Cristal Beach and Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, stroll through Parque de Los Novios, stop by Yo Amo Santa Marta, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Discover how to plan a Santa Marta trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Santa Marta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Gil.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Centro Comercial Buenavista
Highlights from your plan
Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as Catedral Nuestra Senora del Socorro and Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion are in your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Parque Nacional de Chicamocha and River Rafting & Tubing. Explore San Gil's surroundings by going to Barichara (Fundacion San Lorenzo De Barichara & Capilla de Santa Barbara). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Outdoor Activities and stroll around Parque La Libertad.

Make your San Gil itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Santa Marta to San Gil takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Santa Marta in September, with highs in San Gil at 31°C and lows at 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Leticia.

Things to do in San Gil

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Barichara, Catedral Nuestra Senora del Socorro, Parque Nacional de Chicamocha
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Parque Nacional de Chicamocha ©
Parque Nacional de Chicamocha
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
nights
Leticia

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 21st (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Isla de Los Micos and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Natural Tanimboca and then look for all kinds of wild species at Amazon Maguta Jungle Lodge.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Leticia attractions planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from San Gil to Leticia in 7 hours. Traveling from San Gil in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Leticia: highs are around 38°C and lows about 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to San Agustin.

Things to do in Leticia

Wildlife Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Reserva Natural Tanimboca ©
Reserva Natural Tanimboca
Isla de Los Micos ©
Isla de Los Micos

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 23rd (Wed): delve into the distant past at El Purutal, then explore the ancient world of San Agustin Archaeological Park, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Precolombino Villa Real.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Agustin road trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Leticia to San Agustin takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Leticia in September, you will find days in San Agustin are little chillier (28°C), and nights are about the same (27°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Villavieja.

Things to do in San Agustin

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
San Agustin Archaeological Park ©
San Agustin Archaeological Park
El Purutal ©
El Purutal
Museo Precolombino Villa Real ©
Museo Precolombino Villa Real

1
night
Villavieja

Villavieja ©
Clinging to the banks of the Magdalena River, Villavieja serves as a gateway to the Tatacoa Desert.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Casa del Totumo, identify plant and animal life at Desierto de la Tatacoa, and then walk around Parque Valle de la Tatacoa.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Villavieja trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Agustin to Villavieja takes 6 hours. Traveling from San Agustin in September, you will find days in Villavieja are a bit warmer (41°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Villavieja

Parks Wildlife Museums
Highlights from your plan
Desierto de la Tatacoa ©
Desierto de la Tatacoa
Casa del Totumo ©
Casa del Totumo
Parque Valle de la Tatacoa ©
Parque Valle de la Tatacoa

6
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.
Shop till you drop at Mercado de las Pulgas de Usaquen and Parque 93. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Laguna de Guatavita and Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bogota: Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira) and Vinos Express (in Chia). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), browse the exhibits of Galeria La Cometa, browse the different shops at Multiplaza Bogota, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Bogota holiday maker site .

You can drive from Villavieja to Bogota in 6.5 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Villavieja in September: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 22°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

Vinos Express, Laguna de Guatavita, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Highlights from your plan
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

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