35 days in Colombia Itinerary

35 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia trip itinerary maker

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Cartagena
— 1 night
Drive
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Tayrona National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Gil
— 2 nights
Drive
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Barichara
— 2 nights
Taxi to Bucaramanga, Fly to Cali
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Cali
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manizales
— 3 nights
Fly
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Medellin
— 3 nights
Fly to San Andres Island, Ferry to Providencia Island
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Providencia Island
— 3 nights
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Taxi to Providencia, Fly to Bogota, Bus to Villa de Leyva
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Villa de Leyva
— 3 nights
Drive
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La Macarena
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Agustin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Villavieja
— 2 nights
Drive
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Inza
— 2 nights
Drive to Alfonso Bonilla Aragon International Airport, Fly to Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport

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Cartagena

— 1 night

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 day by day itinerary now includes Museo Historico de Cartagena de Indias as well as Walled City of Cartagena. On the 21st (Sat), see the interesting displays at Museo Historico de Cartagena de Indias and then step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cartagena online trip itinerary builder.

Athens, Greece to Cartagena is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Athens to Cartagena due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Athens in December: high temperatures in Cartagena hover around 37°C and lows are around 28°C. On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Museums

Tayrona National Park

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Cabo San Juan Del Guia.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Tayrona National Park vacation maker tool.

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Tayrona National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. You will leave for San Gil on the 24th (Tue).

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Parque Gallineral as well as Cascada de Juan Curi. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Juan Curi and then push the limits with an extreme tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then identify plant and animal life at Parque Gallineral.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Gil road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Tayrona National Park to San Gil takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Tayrona National Park in December, expect San Gil to be little chillier, temps between 30°C and 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Barichara.

Things to do in San Gil

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Barichara

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion, then experience rural life at Cafe Alfania, then admire the natural beauty at Parque Para Las Artes, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de Santa Lucia de Guane. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Punto Amarillo Barichara, examine the collection at Museo Isaias Ardila Diaz, then get great views at Mirador Barichara 1, and finally explore the galleries of Fundacion San Lorenzo De Barichara.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Barichara itinerary maker website.

You can drive from San Gil to Barichara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Barichara can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Cali.

Things to do in Barichara

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

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.
You've now added Iglesia La Merced to your itinerary. On the 29th (Sun), examine the collection at Museo Aereo Fenix, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia La Ermita, then admire the striking features of Iglesia La Merced, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Barrio San Antonio. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Pance River, make a trip to Mirador Sebastian Belalcazar, then pause for some photo ops at Cristo Rey, and finally admire the striking features of El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada).

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cali day trip site.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Barichara to Cali in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Barichara in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cali: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Manizales.

Things to do in Cali

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Manizales

— 3 nights
A major center of education and commerce, Manizales also serves as one of the hubs of coffee production in Colombia.
Manizales Cathedral has been added to your itinerary. On the 31st (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Manizales Cathedral, make a trip to Torre de El Cable, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Bolivar, then relax in the rural setting at Coffee Tour Hacienda Venecia, and finally relax in the rural setting at Hacienda Guayabal. Keep things going the next day: get advice or help at Libelula Libros, enjoy some diversion at Termales Otono, and then experience rural life at Cafe Tio Conejo.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Manizales trip planner.

You can drive from Cali to Manizales in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cali in December; daily highs in Manizales reach 22°C and lows reach 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Manizales

Fun & Games · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Museo de Antioquia, Escaleras Electricas De La Comuna 13 and Museo Casa de la Memoria. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Parque Arvi, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Parque Explora, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Guatape.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Medellin trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Manizales to Medellin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Manizales, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Medellin, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Providencia Island

— 3 nights
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
On the 6th (Mon), make a trip to The Peak Forestry Reserve.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Providencia Island vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Medellin to Providencia Island in 9 hours. Traveling from Medellin in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 29°C in Providencia Island. You will leave for Villa de Leyva on the 8th (Wed).
Highlights from your 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Hotel Plaza Mayor Villa de Leyva. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): have fun and explore at Museo del Chocolate Villa de Leyva, learn about winemaking at Vinedo Umana Dajud, then pause for some photo ops at Puente de Boyaca, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza de Bolivar. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Museo Paleontológico, then get in on the family fun at Parque Gondava, and then explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site El Infiernito.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Villa de Leyva journey builder.

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Providencia Island to Villa de Leyva in 10.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for travel to La Macarena.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

La Macarena

— 2 nights
A gateway to one of the world's most fascinating rivers, La Macarena enjoys a special place in the heart of Colombian nature lovers.
La Macarena is known for nature, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Cano Piedra, contemplate the waterfront views at Cano Cristales, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica.

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Traveling by car from Villa de Leyva to La Macarena takes 20.5 hours. You'll set off for San Agustin on the 14th (Tue).

Things to do in La Macarena

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

San Agustin

— 2 nights
San Agustin remains best known for its archaeological sites, which include the World Heritage-listed San Agustin Archaeological Park.
Explore San Agustin's surroundings by going to Isnos (Alto de Las Piedras Archaeological Park, Parque Arqueologico Alto de los Idolos, &more). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at San Agustin Archaeological Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Lourdes, pause for some photo ops at El Tablon, and admire the sheer force of El Salto del Mortino.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Agustin trip planner.

Getting from La Macarena to San Agustin by car takes about 11.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in San Agustin can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. On the 17th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Villavieja.

Things to do in San Agustin

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Villavieja

— 2 nights
Clinging to the banks of the Magdalena River, Villavieja serves as a gateway to the Tatacoa Desert.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Desierto de la Tatacoa.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Villavieja sightseeing planner.

Getting from San Agustin to Villavieja by car takes about 5.5 hours. When traveling from San Agustin in January, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Villavieja: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 26°C at night. On the 20th (Mon), you'll travel to Inza.

Things to do in Villavieja

Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Inza

— 2 nights
You've now added Tierradentro to your itinerary. On the 21st (Tue), explore the ancient world of Tierradentro.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Inza road trip planning website.

You can drive from Villavieja to Inza in 4.5 hours. While traveling from Villavieja, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in Inza, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 22°C. On the 22nd (Wed), you're off to home.

Things to do in Inza

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Highlights from your 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.