30 days in Colombia Itinerary

30 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia trip itinerary maker

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Bogota
— 4 nights
Bus
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San Agustin
— 1 day
Drive
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Cali
— 2 nights
Fly to Providencia, Taxi 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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Cartagena
— 5 nights
Drive
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Santa Marta
— 4 nights
Fly
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Medellin
— 3 nights
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Villa de Leyva
— 3 nights
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Laguna de Guatavita and Museo Arqueologico de Zipaquira. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bogota: Esensal (in Zipaquira), Plaza Sesquile (in Sesquile) and Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, look for gifts at Vitrina Guayca, take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, and take in the history at Iglesia Santa Beatriz.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Bogota holiday planner.

Rabat, Morocco to Bogota is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time to Colombia Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. When traveling from Rabat in September, plan for little chillier days in Bogota, with highs around 22°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to San Agustin.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Nature · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

San Agustin

— 1 day
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 6th (Mon): admire the sheer force of El Salto del Mortino, then explore the ancient world of San Agustin Archaeological Park, then pause for some photo ops at El Purutal, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Precolombino Villa Real.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Agustin itinerary site.

You can fly from Bogota to San Agustin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Bogota in September, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in San Agustin: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cali.

Things to do in San Agustin

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Cali

— 2 nights

Salsa Capital of the World

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): examine the collection at Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia, then get to know the resident critters at Zoologico de Cali, and then get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de San Antonio. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia La Ermita, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Aereo Fenix.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cali online travel planner.

You can drive from San Agustin to Cali in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Agustin in September, expect nights in Cali to be little chillier, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 37°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Cali

Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Providencia Island

— 2 nights
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
On the 9th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Bay, then step off the mainland to explore Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo, and then experience the excitement of Lighthouse Providence. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to The Peak Forestry Reserve and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Providencia Island trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Cali to Providencia Island takes 6 hours. Traveling from Cali in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Providencia Island, with lows of 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

San Andres Island

— 4 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa de Spratt Bight and Scuba San Andres Dive Shop. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa de San Luis and Bahia del Cove. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Piscinita, relax and rejuvenate at Fish Spa Island, and kick back and relax at Bahia Cocoplum.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Andres Island day trip planning app.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Providencia Island to San Andres Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. September in San Andres Island sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Cartagena

— 5 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Barrio Getsemani and Centro Historico. Visit Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Iglesia de la Trinidad for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Plaza de San Diego, contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cartagena trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Cartagena takes 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Outdoors

Santa Marta

— 4 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. Relax by the water at Playa Cristal and Playa Blanca. Explore Santa Marta's surroundings by going to Tayrona National Park (Playa de las 7 Olas & Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona). The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll around Parque de Los Novios, meet the residents at Marine World Aquarium, and stop by Yo Amo Santa Marta.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Santa Marta trip planner.

You can drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Santa Marta can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Medellin.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Medellin

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Museo de Antioquia and Laguna de Guatape. Get a sense of the local culture at El Castillo Museo y Jardines and Catedral Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes. There's lots more to do: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

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Getting from Santa Marta to Medellin by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Marta in September, expect Medellin to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Villa de Leyva

— 3 nights
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.
On the 27th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monasterio Del Santo Eccehomo, learn about winemaking at Viñedo Ain Karim, then engage your brain at Centro de Investigaciones Paleontologicas - CIP, and finally see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Antonio Narino. On your second day here, examine the collection at Museo Paleontológico, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Rosario, and then don't miss a visit to Hotel Plaza Mayor Villa de Leyva.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Villa de Leyva trip itinerary website.

Drive from Medellin to Villa de Leyva in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Wineries

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.