32 days in Colombia Itinerary

32 days in Colombia Itinerary

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32 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Bogota
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  3 h 30 min
2
San Gil
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  3 h 15 min
3
Medellin
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  7 h 30 min
4
Providencia Island
— 2 nights
Ferry:  2 h 45 min
5
San Andres Island
— 5 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  3 h
6
Santa Marta
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Cartagena
— 5 nights
Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Paris

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Laguna de Guatavita and Parque de Usaquen. Change things up with a short trip to Catedral de Sal in Zipaquira (about 54 minutes away). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), make a trip to Bolivar plaza, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Monserrate, and get engrossed in the history at Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Bogota online sightseeing planner .

Paris, France to Bogota is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Paris to Bogota due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Paris in January, plan for much hotter days in Bogota, with highs around 23°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to San Gil.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Laguna de Guatavita, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

5
nights
San Gil

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parque Nacional de Chicamocha and Bungee Extremo San Gil. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Gil: Barichara (Cementerio Barichara, Parque Infantil Mirador, & more). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Outdoor Activities, walk around Parque La Libertad, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia Catedral de Santa Cruz, and take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Juan Curi.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, read San Gil travel itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Bogota to San Gil in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Bogota in January, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in San Gil: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in San Gil

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Barichara, Parque Nacional de Chicamocha
Highlights from your plan
Parque Para Las Artes ©
Parque Para Las Artes
River Rafting & Tubing
Parasailing & Paragliding

5
nights
Medellin

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Step off the beaten path and head to Laguna de Guatape and Parque Arvi. Make the 14th (Tue) a stimulating day with a coffee and tea tour. And it doesn't end there: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, make a trip to Plaza Botero, examine the collection at Casa Museo Pedro Nel Gomez, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Medellin online vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from San Gil to Medellin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Laguna de Guatape ©
Laguna de Guatape
Museo de Antioquia ©
Museo de Antioquia

2
nights
Providencia Island

Providencia Island ©
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Crab Cay and The Peak Forestry Reserve. Spend the 18th (Sat) exploring nature at McBean Lagoon National Natural Park. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse Providencia, and take in the views from Lover’s Lane.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Providencia Island trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Medellin to Providencia Island in 7.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Providencia Island when traveling from Medellin in January, with lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo ©
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo
The Peak Forestry Reserve ©
The Peak Forestry Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to West View and Aquanautas. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Cayo El Acuario, and kick back and relax at Playa de Spratt Bight.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Andres Island online trip itinerary planner .

You can ride a ferry from Providencia Island to San Andres Island in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
West View
West View
Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cristal Beach and Parque de Los Novios. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de Nuestra Senora de la Medalla Milagrosa, steep yourself in history at Paseo El Camellon, and examine the collection at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Santa Marta trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from San Andres Island to Santa Marta takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Andres Island in January, you will find days in Santa Marta are somewhat warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (27°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino
Parque de Los Novios ©
Parque de Los Novios

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Plaza de San Diego and Templo de Santo Domingo. When in Cartagena, make a side trip to see Aviario Nacional de Colombia in Isla Baru, approximately 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, steep yourself in history at Plaza Santo Domingo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Trinidad, and take a stroll through Bairro Getsemani.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cartagena sightseeing planner.

Getting from Santa Marta to Cartagena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trip

Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Highlights from your plan
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Plaza de San Diego ©
Plaza de San Diego

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