30 days in Colombia Itinerary

30 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia itinerary planner

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Train to Amsterdam Schiphol, Fly to Cartagena
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Cartagena
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Isla Baru
— 2 nights
Fly
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Medellin
— 3 nights
Fly
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Salento
— 3 nights
Drive
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Belalcazar
— 1 night
Drive
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Jardin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bahia Solano
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mongui
— 2 nights
Drive
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Raquira
— 2 nights
Drive
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Barichara
— 3 nights
Taxi to Bucaramanga, Fly to Riohacha
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Riohacha
— 1 night
Drive
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Palomino
— 1 night
Drive
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Minca
— 2 nights
Drive to Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport, Fly to Brussels

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Cartagena

— 3 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.
Kids will enjoy Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, admire the landmark architecture of Las Bovedas, don't miss a visit to Torre del Reloj, and take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Zenu.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Cartagena trip app.

Brussels, Belgium to Cartagena is an approximately 15-hour combination of train and flight. Traveling from Brussels to Cartagena, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Brussels, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Cartagena, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Isla Baru.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Isla Baru

— 2 nights
Lying south of Cartagena, Isla Baru was connected to the mainland until the construction of the Canal del Dique.
On the 5th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Aviario Nacional de Colombia and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Puntilla.

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Traveling by ferry from Cartagena to Isla Baru takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow time for the flight to Medellin.

Things to do in Isla Baru

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.
Bring the kids along to Walking tours and Parque Explora. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take a memorable drive along medellin 2000m DESCENT, and look for gifts at Duna Store.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Medellin trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Isla Baru to Medellin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Medellin are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to fly to Salento.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Salento

— 3 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Salento: Los Nevados National Park (in La Estrella) and Mirador Colina Iluminada (in Filandia). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Bosques de Cocora, appreciate the views at Valle del Cocora, stroll through Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, and browse the exhibits of Region Paisaje / Landscape Region.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Salento holiday builder tool.

Fly from Medellin to Salento in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Belalcazar.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Belalcazar

— 1 night
Belalcázar is a town and municipality in the Colombian Department of Caldas. On the 13th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Monumento a Cristo Rey and then pause for some photo ops at Monumento a Cristo Rey.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Belalcazar online travel planner.

You can drive from Salento to Belalcazar in 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Belalcazar can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Jardin.

Jardin

— 2 nights
El Jardín, often simply referred to as Jardín, is a town and municipality in the southwest region of Antioquia, Colombia. On the 14th (Tue), explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva del Esplendor and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Gallito de Roca Preserve. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Mi Jardin Encantado, then don't miss a visit to Centro Historico de Jardin, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de la Inmaculada Concepcion, and finally take an in-depth tour of Casa Museo Clara Rojas Pelaez.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Jardin driving holiday app.

Drive from Belalcazar to Jardin in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Bahia Solano.

Things to do in Jardin

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Bahia Solano

— 2 nights
Bahía Solano is a municipality and town in the Chocó Department, Colombia. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take a peaceful walk through Jardin Botanico del Pacifico and then kick back and relax at Playa El Almejal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Avistamiento de Ballenas Jorobadas.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bahia Solano trip planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Jardin to Bahia Solano. Expect warmer evenings in Bahia Solano when traveling from Jardin in July, with lows around 35°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Mongui.

Things to do in Bahia Solano

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Mongui

— 2 nights
Monguí is a town and municipality in Boyacá Department, Colombia, part of the Sugamuxi Province a subregion of Boyaca. Bring the kids along to Reserva Natural Pueblito Antiguo and Tibasosa. Get out of town with these interesting Mongui side-trips: Vargas Swamp Lancers (in Paipa), Biopark Guatika (in Tibasosa) and St. Lawrence Cathedral (in Duitama). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Pueblito Boyacense, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Mongui, snap pictures at Puente Real De Calicanto, and look for gifts at Artes Con Amor.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Mongui road trip app.

Explore your travel options from Bahia Solano to Mongui with the Route module. Traveling from Bahia Solano in July, expect Mongui to be slightly colder, temps between 29°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Raquira.

Things to do in Mongui

Parks · Theme Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Raquira

— 2 nights
Ráquira, is a municipality and town in Boyacá Department, Colombia, part of the subregion of the Ricaurte Province. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Monasterio de la Candelaria, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Renovacion, then pause for some serene contemplation at Convento Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Chiquinquirá, and finally make a trip to EFECTY RAQUIRA PLAZA DE MERCADO. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Bolivar, hike along Agencia Nativa, Turismo Cultural, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Raquira.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Raquira itinerary planner.

You can drive from Mongui to Raquira in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Barichara.

Things to do in Raquira

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Barichara

— 3 nights
A charming town of just over 7,000 people, Barichara displays rustic, dusty orange-colored architecture, protected by the Colombian People's Heritage Network.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Barichara: Socorro (Iglesia Nuestra Senora de Chiquinquira El Socorro & Capilla Inmaculada Concepcion, El Socorro) and San Gil (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, River Rafting & Tubing, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Barichara, take some stellar pictures from Salto Del Mico, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion.

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Traveling by car from Raquira to Barichara takes 5 hours. In July in Barichara, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Riohacha.

Things to do in Barichara

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Riohacha

— 1 night
Lying where the Rancheria River flows into the Caribbean Sea, Riohacha serves as a gateway to the desert region of La Guajira Peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): head outdoors with Santuario de fauna y flora los flamencos, don't miss a visit to Camellon de Riohacha, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Nuestra Senora de los Remedios.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Riohacha day trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Barichara to Riohacha in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Barichara in July; daily highs in Riohacha reach 41°C and lows reach 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Palomino.

Things to do in Riohacha

Outdoors · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Palomino

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playas de Palomino and then let the river carry you with Tubing in Palomino River.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Palomino road trip website.

Traveling by car from Riohacha to Palomino takes 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Palomino can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Minca.

Things to do in Palomino

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
Highlights from your trip

Minca

— 2 nights
A Minca vacation takes you to a small mountain village nestled above Santa Marta in the Sierra Nevada.
On the 28th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at El Dorado Bird Reserve, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Cacao de Minca, and then examine the collection at Museo Minca - Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Plaza Centenario and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Parque Nacional Natural Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

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You can drive from Palomino to Minca in 2 hours. July in Minca sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Minca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

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.

La Guajira Department travel guide

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Beaches · River Rafting & Tubing · Outdoor Activities