33 days in Colombia Itinerary

33 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Bogota
— 3 nights
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Sogamoso
— 1 night
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San Gil
— 1 night
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Bucaramanga
— 1 night
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Giron
— 1 night
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Ocana
— 1 night
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Cienaga
— 1 night
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Santa Marta
— 1 night
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Barranquilla
— 3 nights
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Cartagena
— 2 nights
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Sincelejo
— 1 night
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Medellin
— 5 nights
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Pereira
— 3 nights
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Cali
— 3 nights
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Popayan
— 1 night
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Pitalito
— 1 night
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Neiva
— 1 night
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Fusagasuga
— 1 night
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Bogota
— 1 night

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Bogota

— 3 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.
Bogota is known for museums, nature, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of Monserrate, contemplate the long history of Bolivar Square, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Colombia.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Bogota travel planning tool.

If you are flying in from Malta, the closest major aiport is El Dorado International Airport. In July in Bogota, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Sogamoso.

Things to do in Bogota

Tours · Parks · Museums · Nature

Sogamoso

— 1 night
Sogamoso is a city in the department of Boyacá of Colombia. Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Biopark Guatika and then steep yourself in history at Tibasosa.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sogamoso trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Bogota to Sogamoso in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Bogota in July, expect nights in Sogamoso to be much hotter, around 28°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 29°C. On the 30th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Gil.

Things to do in Sogamoso

Spas · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

San Gil

— 1 night

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.
To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Gil trip website.

You can drive from Sogamoso to San Gil in 5 hours. Traveling from Sogamoso in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in San Gil, with lows of 21°C. On the 31st (Sat), you'll travel to Bucaramanga.

Things to do in San Gil

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

Bucaramanga

— 1 night

City of Parks

A tour of Bucaramanga may yield little evidence that it dates back as far as 1622.
On the 31st (Sat), make a trip to Universidad Industrial de Santander - UIS and then get great views at Ecoparque Cerro del Santisimo. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Panachi.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Bucaramanga travel route planning website.

You can take a bus from San Gil to Bucaramanga in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daytime highs in Bucaramanga are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Giron.

Things to do in Bucaramanga

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Giron

— 1 night
San Juan de Girón is a municipality of the Santander Department in northeastern Colombia. On the 2nd (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica San Juan Bautista, then walk around Parque Gallineral de Giron, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capilla Nuestra Senora de las Nieves.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Giron online trip itinerary maker.

Giron is very close to Bucaramanga. In August, daily temperatures in Giron can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Ocana.

Things to do in Giron

Historic Sites · Parks

Ocana

— 1 night
Ocaña is a town and municipality in the Colombian Department of Norte de Santander. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): stroll around 29 de Mayo Park and then stroll through Area Natural Unica Los Estoraques.

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

Traveling by car from Giron to Ocana takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Giron to Ocana, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Cienaga.

Things to do in Ocana

Parks · Wildlife

Cienaga

— 1 night
Ciénaga is a municipality and a town in the Magdalena Department, Colombia, the second largest population center in this department, after the city of Santa Marta. For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cienaga planner.

Drive from Ocana to Cienaga in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Venezuela Time to Colombia Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In August in Cienaga, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. On the 4th (Wed), you'll travel to Santa Marta.

Santa Marta

— 1 night

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.
On the 4th (Wed), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marine World Aquarium and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Parque de Los Novios, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca, and then get outside with El Rodadero.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Cienaga to Santa Marta takes an hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Barranquilla.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Barranquilla

— 3 nights

Golden Gate of Colombia

An industrial port city on Colombia's Caribbean coast, Barranquilla represents the fourth-most populous city in the country.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): examine the collection at Museo del Caribe, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoologico de Barranquilla, and then stop by Todomono. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Villa Country, then contemplate the long history of Castillo de Salgar, and then browse the different shops at Centro Comercial Buenavista.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Barranquilla trip planning website.

Take a bus from Santa Marta to Barranquilla in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the bus to Cartagena.

Things to do in Barranquilla

Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Cartagena

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): make a trip to Plaza de La Trinidad, contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, get outside with Outdoor Activities, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and finally admire the striking features of Las Bovedas.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cartagena sightseeing planning site.

Getting from Barranquilla to Cartagena by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. August in Cartagena sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sincelejo.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Sincelejo

— 1 night
Sincelejo is the capital and largest city in the Colombian department of Sucre. To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sincelejo trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Cartagena to Sincelejo in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. You will leave for Medellin on the 11th (Wed).

Things to do in Sincelejo

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Nightlife

Medellin

— 5 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.
Medellin is known for parks, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, stroll through Parque Arvi, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Parque Explora, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Medellin.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Medellin itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sincelejo to Medellin takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sincelejo in August; daily highs in Medellin reach 33°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can fly to Pereira.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Pereira

— 3 nights
A center of commerce and trade, the thriving city of Pereira was founded in 1863.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza, make a trip to Plaza de Bolivar, and then savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza, then make a trip to Mirador Colina Iluminada, and then stop by Crafts Colombia.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Pereira attractions planner.

You can fly from Medellin to Pereira in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Pereira, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Cali.

Things to do in Pereira

Tours · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Cali

— 3 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.
Cali is known for zoos & aquariums, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museo Aereo Fenix, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoologico de Cali, admire the landmark architecture of El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada), and get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de San Antonio.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cali trip tool.

Getting from Pereira to Cali by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Pereira in August: highs in Cali hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Popayan.

Things to do in Cali

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Popayan

— 1 night

White City

Popayan vacations hold plenty of appeal for international and domestic visitors, as the city represent one of the most entertaining and culturally enriching urban centers on the continent.
On the 22nd (Sun), make a trip to Torre del Reloj and then don't miss a visit to Puente del Humilladero.

Plan trip to Popayan with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Cali to Popayan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Cali, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Popayan, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for travel to Pitalito.

Things to do in Popayan

Historic Sites

Pitalito

— 1 night
Pitalito is a Colombian town and municipality located to the south of the Department of Huila, Colombia over the Valley of the Rio Grande de la Magdalena, 188 km from Huila's capital, Neiva. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): buy something for everyone on your list at Gran Plaza San Antonio and then get a sense of history and politics at Alcaldia de Pitalito.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Pitalito using our trip planner.

You can drive from Popayan to Pitalito in 5 hours. In August in Pitalito, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 33°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Neiva.

Things to do in Pitalito

Shopping

Neiva

— 1 night
Neiva is the capital of the Department of Huila. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Neiva using our trip planner.

Getting from Pitalito to Neiva by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from Pitalito in August, expect nights in Neiva to be a bit cooler, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 39°C. You will leave for Fusagasuga on the 25th (Wed).

Things to do in Neiva

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Tours · Parks

Fusagasuga

— 1 night
Fusagasugá or Fusa is a town and municipality in the department of Cundinamarca, in central Colombia. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial La Querencia and then relax in the rural setting at Hacienda Coloma.

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You can drive from Neiva to Fusagasuga in 4 hours. Traveling from Neiva in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Fusagasuga, with lows of 36°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bogota.

Things to do in Fusagasuga

Shopping

Bogota

— 1 night

Athens of South America

Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): stop by Bta Capital, then examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), then explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and finally examine the collection at Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Bogota trip planner.

You can drive from Fusagasuga to Bogota in 2.5 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Fusagasuga in August: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 22°C and lows are around 9°C.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Parks · Shopping

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.

Antioquia Department travel guide

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Landmarks · Aquariums · Historic Sites

Cauca Department travel guide

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Landmarks · Architectural Buildings · Ruins