30 days in Colombia Itinerary

30 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia tour planner

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Medellin
— 2 nights
Fly
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Bucaramanga
— 2 nights
Bus
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San Gil
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bogota
— 4 nights
Fly
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Leticia
— 3 nights
Fly to San Andres Island, Ferry 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
— 5 nights
Fly
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Cartagena
— 5 nights
Drive
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Santa Marta
— 3 nights
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Medellin

— 2 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parque Arvi and Parasailing & Paragliding. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo de Antioquia and Iglesia De La Veracruz. The adventure continues: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia la Nina Maria, and look for all kinds of wild species at Las Tangaras Bird Reserve.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Medellin day trip planner.

Milan, Italy to Medellin is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Colombia Standard Time (COT), which is usually a -6 hour difference. July in Medellin sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bucaramanga.

Things to do in Medellin

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Bucaramanga

— 2 nights

City of Parks

A tour of Bucaramanga may yield little evidence that it dates back as far as 1622.
On the 4th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional de Chicamocha. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Panachi.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Bucaramanga trip app.

You can fly from Medellin to Bucaramanga in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in July, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to San Gil.

Things to do in Bucaramanga

Nature · Parks

San Gil

— 2 nights

Colombia's Adventure Sport Capital

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Parroquia Catedral de Santa Cruz, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Nuestra Senora del Socorro, explore the different monuments and memorials at Capilla Inmaculada Concepcion, El Socorro, and then admire the sheer force of Cascada de Juan Curi.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Gil online vacation planner.

You can take a bus from Bucaramanga to San Gil in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in July, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bogota.

Things to do in San Gil

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trip

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Laguna de Guatavita and La Catedral Primada. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira and Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Fatima. Take a break from Bogota with a short trip to Catedral Diocesana in Zipaquira, about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), steep yourself in history at Bolivar Square, stroll around Parque de Usaquen, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Bogota attractions planner.

Getting from San Gil to Bogota by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Gil in July, things will get a bit cooler in Bogota: highs are around 21°C and lows about 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Leticia.

Things to do in Bogota

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Leticia

— 3 nights
Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
On the 12th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico and then stroll around Parque Santander. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Natural Tanimboca, then step off the mainland to explore Isla de Los Micos, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Bioparque Etuena.

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Fly from Bogota to Leticia in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Bogota in July, expect Leticia to be much hotter, temps between 36°C and 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Leticia

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Providencia Island

— 2 nights
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): don't miss a visit to The Peak Forestry Reserve and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Santa Catalina, head off the coast to Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo, and then enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse Providence.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Providencia Island trip itinerary planning app.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Leticia to Providencia Island in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi. Traveling from Leticia in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Providencia Island, with lows of 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Nature · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

San Andres Island

— 5 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Step off the beaten path and head to West View and Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres. Your inner history buff will appreciate Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana and Plaza Canon de Morgan. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Spratt Bight, stroll through Cocoplum Bay, Head underground at Morgan's Cave, and head off the coast to Johnny Cay.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our San Andres Island online attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Providencia Island to San Andres Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July, daytime highs in San Andres Island are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Centro Historico and Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. Explore hidden gems such as Aviario Nacional de Colombia and Barrio Getsemani. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Plaza Fernandez Madrid, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Trinidad.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cartagena route planning site.

Getting from San Andres Island to Cartagena by flight takes about 3.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Santa Marta

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Marine World Aquarium. Kids will appreciate attractions like Cristal Beach and Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, walk around Parque de Los Novios, look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta, and get a sense of history and politics at Alcaldia de Santa Marta.

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Traveling by car from Cartagena to Santa Marta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Santa Marta, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

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.