37 days in Colombia Itinerary

37 days in Colombia Itinerary

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37 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Orlando, Florida
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Bogota
— 7 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  3​h
2
Santa Marta
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Cartagena
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  7​h 15​min
4
Providencia Island
— 2 nights
Ferry:  2​h 45​min
5
San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Medellin
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Cali
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  6​h
8
Villa de Leyva
— 3 nights
Bus:  2​h
9
Zipaquira
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h
End: Orlando, Florida

7
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.
Attractions like Bioparque La Reserva and Laguna el Tabacal make great kid-friendly stops. Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and National Museum of Colombia will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bogota: Parque Natural Chicaque (in Chicaque) and Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, examine the collection at Gabriel García Márquez Cultural Center, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, and admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Bogota trip maker site .

Orlando, USA to Bogota is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. In July, Bogota is much colder than Orlando - with highs of 65°F and lows of 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Bioparque La Reserva, Centro de Memoria El Cuartico, Laguna el Tabacal, Parque Natural Chicaque
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Parque Natural Chicaque ©
Parque Natural Chicaque
Museo Nacional de Colombia ©
Museo Nacional de Colombia

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 get in some beach time at Playa Blanca and Playa Neguanje. Appreciate the collections at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Marta: Minca (Memorial Center of the Sierra Nevada & El Dorado Bird Reserve). And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, contemplate the long history of Paseo El Camellon, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Jeronimo.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Santa Marta trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Bogota to Santa Marta takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Bogota in July; daily highs in Santa Marta reach 93°F and lows reach 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Minca
Highlights from your plan
Playa Neguanje ©
Playa Neguanje
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

4
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.
You'll explore and learn at Museo del Oro Zenu and Museo Del Cacao. Take a break from the city and head to Aviario Nacional de Colombia and Playa Puntilla. Step out of Cartagena with an excursion to Castillo de Salgar in Puerto Colombia--about 1h 55 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo, steep yourself in history at Centro Historico, make a trip to Plaza de La Trinidad, and see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Rafael Nunez.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cartagena day trip planning tool .

Drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 78°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Isla Baru, Castillo de Salgar
Highlights from your plan
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas

2
nights
Providencia Island

Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Morgan's Head and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Santa Catalina, visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse Providencia, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fort Bay.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Providencia Island travel planner .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Cartagena to Providencia Island in 7.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Fort Bay, Santa Catalina
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Morgan's Head ©
Morgan's Head
Santa Catalina
Santa Catalina

3
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa de Spratt Bight and Hoyo Soplador. Primera Iglesia Bautista and Plaza Canon de Morgan will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Playa de San Luis, look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, and examine the collection at Island House Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Andres Island trip itinerary maker tool .

You can ride a ferry from Providencia Island to San Andres Island in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for travel to Medellin.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
Scuba & Snorkeling
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita

6
nights
Medellin

Medellin ©
Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Escape the urban bustle at Parque Arvi and ALTITUDE. Get some historical perspective at Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica and Pueblito Paisa. Change things up with these side-trips from Medellin: Guatape (Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen & Guatape Dam). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museo Casa de la Memoria, find something for the whole family at Parque Norte, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San José del Poblado, and cruise along 2000m Descent and more.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Medellin day trip tool .

Fly from San Andres Island to Medellin in 3.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Medellin when traveling from San Andres Island in July, with lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Cali.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Guatape
Highlights from your plan
Parque Arvi ©
Parque Arvi
Museo Casa de la Memoria ©
Museo Casa de la Memoria
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen ©
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen

5
nights
Cali

Cali ©
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 Parroquia Catedral San Pedro de Buga and Catedral de Nuestra Senora del Rosario del Palmar. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zoologico de Cali and Cristo Rey. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cali: Reserva Natural Nirvana (in Palmira) and Choro Trail (in La Cumbre). There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Farallones de Cali, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El Templete, examine the collection at Museo del Oro Calima, and admire the landmark architecture of Edificio Otero.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cali trip itinerary builder website .

Fly from Medellin to Cali in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Cali are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in Cali

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Palmira, Parroquia Catedral San Pedro de Buga, El Choro Trail, Casa Del Virrey
Highlights from your plan
Zoologico de Cali ©
Zoologico de Cali
Parroquia Catedral San Pedro de Buga ©
Reserva Natural Nirvana ©
Reserva Natural Nirvana

3
nights
Villa de Leyva

Villa de Leyva ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): have fun and explore at Museo del Chocolate Villa de Leyva, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Renovacion, then pause for some serene contemplation at Convento Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Chiquinquirá, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Monasterio de la Candelaria. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museo El Fosil, get curious at Centro de Investigaciones Paleontologicas - CIP, identify plant and animal life at Granja de Avestruces, then take a peaceful walk through Mayoral Park, and finally examine the collection at Casa Museo Luis Alberto Acuna.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Villa de Leyva route planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cali to Villa de Leyva takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. On the 5th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Zipaquira.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Chiquinquira, Templo De Santo Domingo, Museo del Chocolate Villa de Leyva, Monasterio de la Candelaria
Highlights from your plan

3
nights
Zipaquira

Zipaquira ©
A tour of Zipaquira, the salt-mining capital of Colombia, remains one of the best day-trip ideas from Bogota.
Step off the beaten path and head to Laguna de Guatavita and Museo de la Sal. Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira and Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Zipaquira's surroundings by going to Ermita de Santa Barbara (in Tabio) and Reserva Natural El Chochal de Siecha (in Guasca). It doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Casa Museo Quevedo Zornoza.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Zipaquira itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Villa de Leyva to Zipaquira in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Zipaquira sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 58°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Zipaquira

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Museo de la Sal, Reserva Natural El Chochal de Siecha, Laguna de Guatavita, Ermita de Santa Barbara
Highlights from your plan
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira

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