35 days in Colombia Itinerary

35 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia trip planner

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Cartagena
— 6 nights
Drive
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Santa Marta
— 5 nights
Bus to Barranquilla, Fly to Bucaramanga
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San Gil
— 3 nights
Bus to Bucaramanga, Fly to Leticia
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Leticia
— 3 nights
Fly to El Dorado International Airport, Drive to Tocancipa
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Tocancipa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Villavieja
— 1 night
Drive
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Salento
— 1 night
Fly
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Medellin
— 5 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
— 3 nights
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Cartagena

— 6 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Aviario Nacional de Colombia and Playa Puntilla. Step off the beaten path and head to Speed Boats Tours and Templo de Santo Domingo. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Barrio Getsemani, don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Aduana, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cartagena trip itinerary planning website.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Cartagena is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Cartagena, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Cartagena: highs are around 37°C and lows about 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Santa Marta

— 5 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.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Grande and Playa de las 7 Olas. Step off the beaten path and head to El Rodadero and Catedral Metropolitana Maria Reina de Barranquilla. Venture out of the city with trips to Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (in Minca) and Barranquilla (Museo del Caribe & Parque del Sol). Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, head outdoors with Rio Don Diego, enjoy the sand and surf at Bahia Concha, and stroll around Parque de Los Novios.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Santa Marta day trip planner.

You can drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in April, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to San Gil.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

San Gil

— 3 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Cascada de Juan Curi and River Rafting & Tubing. Step off the beaten path and head to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Iglesia de Santa Lucia de Guane. Explore San Gil's surroundings by going to Barichara (Monumento al Buey, Capilla de Santa Barbara, &more) and Parque Nacional de Chicamocha (in Bucaramanga). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Parque Gallineral and contemplate the waterfront views at Pozo Azul.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Gil trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Santa Marta to San Gil in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Santa Marta in April, with highs in San Gil at 30°C and lows at 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Leticia.

Things to do in San Gil

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico and Parque Santander. Step out of the city life by going to Reserva Natural Tanimboca and Balneario Arbelaez. There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, observe the fascinating underwater world at Bioparque Etuena, examine the collection at Museo Etnografico, and take in nature's colorful creations at El Jardin de la Victoria Regia.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Leticia trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from San Gil to Leticia by combination of bus and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Gil in April: high temperatures in Leticia hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tocancipa.

Things to do in Leticia

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Tocancipa

— 2 nights
You might not realize it, but some of the world's most renowned monuments reside in the Colombian town of Tocancipa.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Museo de la Sal, kick back and relax at Laguna de Guatavita, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Bogota Beer Company. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia del Divino Salvador, then look for all kinds of wild species at Aves Internacionales Colombia, and then learn about all things military at Museo Aeroespacial Colombiano.

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

The Route module can help you plan travel from Leticia to Tocancipa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Villavieja.

Things to do in Tocancipa

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Villavieja

— 1 night
Clinging to the banks of the Magdalena River, Villavieja serves as a gateway to the Tatacoa Desert.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Casa del Totumo, identify plant and animal life at Desierto de la Tatacoa, and then stroll around Parque Valle de la Tatacoa.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Villavieja trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Tocancipa to Villavieja in 7 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Salento.

Things to do in Villavieja

Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Salento

— 1 night

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): trot along with a tour on horseback, appreciate the views at Valle del Cocora, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and finally identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Barbas Bremen Nature Reserve and then savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Salento itinerary planner.

Drive from Villavieja to Salento in 7 hours. Traveling from Villavieja in April, expect Salento to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Salento

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
Get outdoors at Parasailing & Paragliding and Off-Road Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like Laguna de Guatape and Spas. Change things up with these side-trips from Medellin: Parque Comfama Rionegro (in Rionegro), Cementerio Jardines Montesacro (in Itagui) and Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen (in Guatape). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at El Castillo Museo y Jardines, look for gifts at Monstera, look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Arvi, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Medellin itinerary planning tool.

Fly from Salento to Medellin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Providencia Island

— 2 nights
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-Cayo Cangrejo and Scuba & Snorkeling. Escape the urban bustle at Almond Bay and Cayo Tres Hermanos. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to The Peak Forestry Reserve, explore the striking landscape at Morgan's Head, head off the coast to Santa Catalina, and snap pictures at Lover’s Lane.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Providencia Island trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Medellin to Providencia Island takes 9 hours. Traveling from Medellin in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Providencia Island, with lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

San Andres Island

— 3 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 Playa de Spratt Bight and El Totumo Volcon. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bahia del Cove and Playa Charquitos. And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Playa de San Luis, try your luck at Casino Arena, and identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island day trip planning website.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Providencia Island to San Andres Island in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In April, daytime highs in San Andres Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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.