38 days in Madrid & Colombia Itinerary

38 days in Madrid & Colombia Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 1 day
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Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Villa de Leyva, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Barichara, Colombia
— 1 night
Bus to Bucaramanga, Fly to Cartagena
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 5 nights
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Barranquilla, Colombia
— 5 nights
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Santa Marta, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Medellin, Colombia
— 6 nights
Fly to Popayan, Bus to San Agustin
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San Agustin, Colombia
— 1 night
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Cali, Colombia
— 6 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
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Madrid, Spain

— 1 day

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Museo Cerralbo and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

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Valletta, Malta to Madrid is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, bus, and train. Traveling from Valletta in February, expect Madrid to be little chillier, temps between 13°C and 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to fly to Bogota.

Things to do in Madrid

Tours · Wineries · Museums · Historic Sites

Bogota, Colombia

— 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.
Get some cultural insight at Museo Nacional de Colombia and Iglesia de San Francisco. Museo Santa Clara and Catedral Primada de Bogota will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), stop by Zona G Bogota, walk around Parque de Usaquen, and wander the streets of Parque 93.

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Fly from Madrid to Bogota in 13 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Madrid to Bogota. Traveling from Madrid in February, expect Bogota to be a bit warmer, temps between 24°C and 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites

Villa de Leyva, Colombia

— 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Iglesia de la Renovacion and Convento Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Chiquinquirá. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hotel Plaza Mayor Villa de Leyva and Casa Museo Capitan Antonio Ricaurte. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site El Infiernito, learn about winemaking at Vinedo Umana Dajud, examine the collection at Observatoire des indiens muiscas, and contemplate the long history of Casa del Primer Congreso de las Provincias Unidas.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Villa de Leyva journey site.

Traveling by car from Bogota to Villa de Leyva takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Barichara.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Side Trip

Barichara, Colombia

— 1 night
A charming town of just over 7,000 people, Barichara displays rustic, dusty orange-colored architecture, protected by the Colombian People's Heritage Network.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Casa de la Cultura Emiliano Pradilla Gonzalez, make a trip to Capilla de Santa Barbara, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de Santa Lucia de Guane, and finally wander the streets of Guane. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Punto Amarillo Barichara, get to know the fascinating history of Camino Real, and then view the masterpieces at Fundacion San Lorenzo De Barichara.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Barichara travel planner.

Traveling by car from Villa de Leyva to Barichara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Barichara can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Barichara

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Cartagena, Colombia

— 5 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa and Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria. Get a sense of the local culture at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver and Iglesia de la Trinidad. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, don't miss a visit to Plaza Fernandez Madrid, wander the streets of Centro Historico, and visit Barrio Getsemani.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cartagena holiday maker tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Barichara to Cartagena takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Traveling from Barichara in February, things will get a bit warmer in Cartagena: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can catch the bus to Barranquilla.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Museums

Barranquilla, Colombia

— 5 nights

Golden Gate of Colombia

An industrial port city on Colombia's Caribbean coast, Barranquilla represents the fourth-most populous city in the country.
Visit Plaza San Nicolas and Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepcion for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Sala del carnaval Elsa Caridi and Castillo de Salgar. When in Barranquilla, make a side trip to see Playas de Santa Veronica in Juan de Acosta, approximately Juan de Acosta away. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of El Prado, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Espiritu Santo, stop by Todomono, and view the masterpieces at Bojanini Art Gallery.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Barranquilla trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Cartagena to Barranquilla takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. February in Barranquilla sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Barranquilla

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Marta, Colombia

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa Blanca and then kick back and relax at Playa Neguanje. Here are some ideas for day two: ponder the world of politics at Alcaldia de Santa Marta, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Cacao de Minca, then examine the collection at Museo Minca - Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada, and finally contemplate the long history of Paseo El Camellon.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Marta tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Barranquilla to Santa Marta takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. March in Santa Marta sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Medellin.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Medellin, Colombia

— 6 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Parasailing & Paragliding and Pueblito Paisa. Get a sense of the local culture at Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol and Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen. Change things up with these side-trips from Medellin: Museo Historico Casa de la Convencion de Rionegro (in Rionegro) and Basilica Menor de Nuestra Senora del Rosario de Chiquinquira (in La Estrella). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia Nuestra Senora del Rosario de La Piedra, admire the striking features of Catedral Basilica Metropolitana de Medellin, admire the masterpieces at Medellin Museum of Modern Art, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San José del Poblado.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Medellin sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Santa Marta to Medellin in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Santa Marta in March; daily highs in Medellin reach 32°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Agustin.

Things to do in Medellin

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Spas

Side Trips

San Agustin, Colombia

— 1 night
San Agustin remains best known for its archaeological sites, which include the World Heritage-listed San Agustin Archaeological Park.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): admire the sheer force of El Salto del Mortino, pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Lourdes, then explore the ancient world of San Agustin Archaeological Park, and finally pause for some photo ops at El Purutal.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Agustin journey planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Medellin to San Agustin takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Medellin in March, plan for slightly colder days in San Agustin, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cali.

Things to do in San Agustin

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Cali, Colombia

— 6 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Iglesia de San Antonio and Iglesia de San Bartolome. Discover out-of-the-way places like El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada) and Museo de Arte Colonial y Religioso La Merced. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cali: Parroquia Catedral San Pedro de Buga (in Buga) and Catedral de Nuestra Senora del Rosario del Palmar (in Palmira). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Francisco, admire the striking features of Iglesia La Merced, hike along Picoloro Ecoturismo, and take a stroll through Barrio San Antonio.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cali travel route planning tool.

Traveling by car from San Agustin to Cali takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Agustin in March, expect nights in Cali to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. On the 18th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Madrid.

Things to do in Cali

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Madrid, Spain

— 1 night

Cultural Capital of Spain

Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum of Spain, steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, then admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Royal Chapel of St. Anthony of La Florida, and then take in the exciting artwork at Cava Baja Gallery.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Madrid trip planner.

Getting from Cali to Madrid by flight takes about 13.5 hours. Traveling from Cali to Madrid, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Cali in March, with highs in Madrid at 17°C and lows at 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · 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.