36 days in Colombia Itinerary

36 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Fly to El Dorado International Airport, Drive to Villa de Leyva
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Villa de Leyva
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bogota
— 6 nights
Fly
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Santa Marta
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cartagena
— 6 nights
Ferry
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Isla Baru
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Andres Island
— 6 nights
Fly
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Medellin
— 5 nights
Fly
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Cali
— 4 nights
Drive to Alfonso Bonilla Aragon International Airport, Fly to Valletta

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Villa de Leyva

— 2 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.
Visit Monasterio Del Santo Eccehomo and Iglesia del Carmen for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo Paleontológico and Viñedo Ain Karim. Next up on the itinerary: indulge your thirst for a good beer at BBC Bodega Villa de Leyva, walk around Parque El Carmen, explore the activities along Laguna de Iguaque, and make a trip to Hotel Plaza Mayor Villa de Leyva.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Villa de Leyva trip itinerary planner.

Valletta, Malta to Villa de Leyva is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Colombia Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bogota.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Historic Sites · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Nature

Bogota

— 6 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira. Bolivar Square and Catedral Primada de Bogota will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Zipaquira (Plaza de la Independecia, Esensal, &more), Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar) and Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, browse for treasures at El Cuchitril Second Hand Shop, and pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia Santa Helena.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Bogota travel planner.

Drive from Villa de Leyva to Bogota in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Bogota can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trips

Santa Marta

— 4 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana. Visit Playa Blanca and Playa Bello Horizonte for some beach relaxation. Change things up with a short trip to Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona in Tayrona National Park (about 1h 10 min away). There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, observe the fascinating underwater world at Marine World Aquarium, soothe aching muscles at La Basilica Yoga Studio & Boutique, and stroll through Playa Grande.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Santa Marta tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Bogota to Santa Marta by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in February: high temperatures in Santa Marta hover around 39°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver. Get a sense of the local culture at Walled City of Cartagena and Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa. There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Zenu, wander the streets of Centro Historico, and see the interesting displays at Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory.

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You can drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Santa Marta in February, expect nights in Cartagena to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can ride a ferry to Isla Baru.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Outdoors

Isla Baru

— 2 nights
Lying south of Cartagena, Isla Baru was connected to the mainland until the construction of the Canal del Dique.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Blanca. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Playa Puntilla and then stroll through Aviario Nacional de Colombia.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Isla Baru sightseeing planner.

Ride a ferry from Cartagena to Isla Baru in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Isla Baru

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

San Andres Island

— 6 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana and Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa de San Luis and Playa de Spratt Bight. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Bahia Cocoplum, get outside with Banda Dive Shop, head off the coast to Johnny Cay, and stroll through La Piscinita.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Andres Island planner.

Traveling by flight from Isla Baru to San Andres Island takes 3.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Medellin.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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.
Catedral Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes and Parroquia la Nina Maria will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Museo de Antioquia and El Castillo Museo y Jardines. There's much more to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, admire the architecture and history at Parroquia Sta Ana Santuario de Maria Auxiliadora .Sabaneta, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

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Fly from San Andres Island to Medellin in 3.5 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Medellin, with lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Cali.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Cali

— 4 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.
Get some historical perspective at Iglesia de San Antonio and Parroquia Catedral San Pedro de Buga. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Barrio San Antonio and Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros. There's lots more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Picoloro Ecoturismo, and examine the collection at Museo Aereo Fenix.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cali visit planner.

You can fly from Medellin to Cali in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in March, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cali

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

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.