40 days in Colombia Itinerary

40 days in Colombia Itinerary

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40 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Bogota
Fly:  2 h 30 min
1
Leticia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
2
Manizales
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
3
Pereira
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
4
Cali
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Salento
— 2 nights
+4
Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly:  6 h
6
Cartagena
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h
7
Isla Baru
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h 45 min
8
Barranquilla
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
9
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
10
Tayrona National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h
11
Taganga
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5 h 15 min
12
San Andres Island
— 2 nights
Ferry:  3 h 30 min
13
Providencia Island
— 2 nights
+5
Ferry + Foot + Bus + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  9 h 45 min
14
Boyaca
— 11 nights
+2
Taxi + Bus + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
End: Bogota

3
nights
Leticia

Leticia ©
Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
Visiting Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico and Reserva Natural Tanimboca will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Isla de Los Micos, examine the collection at Museo Etnografico, stroll through Santander Park, and meet the residents at Bioparque Etuena.

To find out how to plan a trip to Leticia, use our trip itinerary maker.

Bogota to Leticia is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. Traveling from Bogota in July, expect Leticia to be warmer, temps between 36°C and 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Manizales.

Things to do in Leticia

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Isla de Los Micos ©
Isla de Los Micos
Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico ©
Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico
Reserva Natural Tanimboca ©
Reserva Natural Tanimboca

2
nights
Manizales

Manizales ©
A major center of education and commerce, Manizales also serves as one of the hubs of coffee production in Colombia.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): relax in the rural setting at Coffee Tour Hacienda Venecia, then appreciate the history behind Monumento a los Colonizadores, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Manizales. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basílica Inmaculada Concepción, then buy something for everyone on your list at Fundadores Centro Comercial, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Ecologica Rio Blanco.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Manizales trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Leticia to Manizales takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Leticia in July, things will get little chillier in Manizales: highs are around 24°C and lows about 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Pereira.

Things to do in Manizales

Parks Wildlife Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Fundadores Centro Comercial ©
Fundadores Centro Comercial
Manizales Cathedral ©
Manizales Cathedral
Basílica Inmaculada Concepción ©
Basílica Inmaculada Concepción

1
night
Pereira

A center of commerce and trade, the thriving city of Pereira was founded in 1863.
On the 1st (Wed), stop by Parque Arboleda, then indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, and then admire the striking features of Palacio de Rentas Departamentales. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady of Poverty Pereira and then look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Regional Natural Ucumari.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Pereira online travel planner .

Getting from Manizales to Pereira by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Traveling from Manizales in August, you will find days in Pereira are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cali.

Things to do in Pereira

Tours Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Coffee & Tea Tours
Parque Arboleda ©
Parque Arboleda

2
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.
On the 3rd (Fri), don't miss a visit to Mirador Sebastian Belalcazar, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoologico de Cali, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia La Ermita, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Aereo Fenix. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Centro Comercial Chipichape, get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de San Antonio, then don't miss a visit to Barrio San Antonio, and finally look for gifts at Centro Comercial UNICENTRO.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cali day trip website .

Drive from Pereira to Cali in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Pereira in August, expect nights in Cali to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 37°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Salento.

Things to do in Cali

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Museo Aereo Fenix ©
Museo Aereo Fenix
Iglesia de San Antonio ©
Iglesia de San Antonio
Iglesia La Ermita ©
Iglesia La Ermita

2
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
On the 5th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Carmen, then savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour, and then identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Salento visit app .

You can drive from Cali to Salento in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Salento can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Coffee & Tea Tours

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like San Felipe de Barajas Castle and Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa. You'll explore and learn at Museo del Oro Zenu and Museo Historico de Cartagena de Indias. Spend the 9th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, stroll through Playa De Punta Arena, and don't miss a visit to La Popa Monastery.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cartagena online journey planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Salento to Cartagena in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Salento in August, expect Cartagena to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Isla Baru.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Isla Baru

Isla Baru ©
Lying south of Cartagena, Isla Baru was connected to the mainland until the construction of the Canal del Dique.
On the 11th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Puntilla and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Aviario Nacional de Colombia.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Isla Baru trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Isla Baru takes an hour. In August in Isla Baru, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Barranquilla.

Things to do in Isla Baru

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia

2
nights
Barranquilla

Barranquilla ©
An industrial port city on Colombia's Caribbean coast, Barranquilla represents the fourth-most populous city in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): stroll through Playas de Santa Veronica and then steep yourself in history at Castillo de Salgar. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Zoologico de Barranquilla, then examine the collection at Museo del Caribe, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Gran Plaza del Sol.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Barranquilla trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Isla Baru to Barranquilla in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In August, daytime highs in Barranquilla are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Barranquilla

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Playas de Santa Veronica, Castillo de Salgar, Gran Plaza del Sol
Highlights from your plan
Playas de Santa Veronica ©
Playas de Santa Veronica
Castillo de Salgar ©
Castillo de Salgar
Museo del Caribe ©
Museo del Caribe

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Santa Marta, explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Barranquilla to Santa Marta takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

1
day
Tayrona National Park

Tayrona National Park
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de las 7 Olas.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Tayrona National Park route planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park takes 1.5 hours. August in Tayrona National Park sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Taganga.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Beaches Parks Outdoors

2
nights
Taganga

Taganga ©
Known as a nightlife and scuba diving spot, Taganga became a major destination for backpackers and weekend revelers about a decade ago.
On the 18th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Grande and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Taganga. Keep things going the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then kick back and relax at Playaca.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Taganga trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Tayrona National Park to Taganga takes 1.5 hours. August in Taganga sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Taganga

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Playa Grande ©
Playa Grande
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Taganga ©
Playa Taganga

2
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
On the 20th (Mon), kick back and relax at Playa de San Luis, look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, and then see the interesting displays at Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres. On your second day here, head off the coast to Johnny Cay, then kick back and relax at Playa de Spratt Bight, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Primera Iglesia Bautista.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island planning site .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Taganga to San Andres Island in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Taganga in August, expect nights in San Andres Island to be about the same, around 30°C, while days are little chillier, around 36°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Providencia Island.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight

2
nights
Providencia Island

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 22nd (Wed): don't miss a visit to The Peak Forestry Reserve, take in the dramatic natural features at Morgan's Head, and then step off the mainland to explore Crab Cay. Here are some ideas for day two: visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse Providencia and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Providencia Island holiday tool .

Getting from San Andres Island to Providencia Island by ferry takes about 3.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Boyaca.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo ©
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo
Scuba & Snorkeling
Morgan's Head ©
Morgan's Head

11
nights
Boyaca

Boyaca ©
A holiday in Boyaca allows visitors to explore the area where the Colombian troops won their independence from Spain in the 19th century--thus, the city's nickname the “Land of Freedom.” Your Boyaca vacation will be enriched by bouncing between nearby colonial towns, which boast pleasant plazas, colorful buildings, and historic churches.
Take a break from the city and head to Parque Zoologico Guatika and Paso del Angel. Tibasosa and Marques de Puntalarga are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Boyaca: St. Lawrence Cathedral (in Duitama), Paipa (Pantano de Vargas Monumento a los 14 lanceros, Catedral de Paipa, & more) and Tunja (Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Milagro del Topo, Templo De Santo Domingo, & more). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Puente de Boyaca, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Santa Barbara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de San Ignacio, and see the sky in a new way at Zaquencipa Astronomical Observatory.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Boyaca day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of ferry, flight, bus, and taxi from Providencia Island to Boyaca takes 10 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Boyaca

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Tunja, Paipa, Chiquinquira, St. Lawrence Cathedral, Basilica del Santo Cristo de Ubate
Highlights from your plan
Tibasosa ©
Tibasosa
Basilica del Santo Cristo de Ubate ©
Basilica del Santo Cristo de Ubate

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