45 days in Colombia Itinerary

45 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia trip planner

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Valledupar
— 5 nights
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Riohacha
— 4 nights
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Santa Marta
— 7 nights
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Barranquilla
— 6 nights
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Isla Baru
— 2 nights
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Cartagena
— 11 nights
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San Onofre
— 3 nights
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Covenas
— 3 nights
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Monteria
— 3 nights
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Valledupar

— 5 nights

City of the Holy Kings of Valledupar

Between the mountains of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and the Serrania del Perija, Valledupar has become known as the home of Vallenato music, a distinctive style of song performed with an accordion, caja (a small drum), and a guacharaca (a percussive, scraping instrument).
Valledupar is known for parks, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get your bearings at Biblioteca Departamental Valledupar, head outdoors with Rio Guatapuri, stroll through Balneario Hurtado, and stop by Centro Artesanal Calle Grande.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Valledupar trip itinerary maker site.

Medellin to Valledupar is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Medellin in December, things will get a bit warmer in Valledupar: highs are around 40°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Riohacha.

Things to do in Valledupar

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Riohacha

— 4 nights
Lying where the Rancheria River flows into the Caribbean Sea, Riohacha serves as a gateway to the desert region of La Guajira Peninsula.
Step out of Riohacha to go to Uribia and see Punta Gallinas, which is approximately 6 hours away. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Santuario de fauna y flora los flamencos, don't miss a visit to Camellon de Riohacha, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Nuestra Senora de los Remedios, and browse the fresh offerings at El Mercado Nuevo.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Riohacha trip planner.

You can drive from Valledupar to Riohacha in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Riohacha, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Riohacha

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Santa Marta

— 7 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Marta: Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona (in Tayrona National Park) and Parque Nacional Natural Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (in Minca). Spend the 6th (Sun) exploring nature at Nabusimake. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, don't miss a visit to Paseo El Camellon, kick back and relax at Playa Grande, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Santa Marta.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Marta vacation planning app.

Getting from Riohacha to Santa Marta by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Barranquilla.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Barranquilla

— 6 nights

Golden Gate of Colombia

An industrial port city on Colombia's Caribbean coast, Barranquilla represents the fourth-most populous city in the country.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Barranquilla: Puerto Colombia (Castillo de Salgar & Playas de Puerto Colombia), Megua Parque Biotematico (in Galapa) and Playas de Santa Veronica (in Juan de Acosta). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Museo del Caribe, admire the landmark architecture of Antiguo Edificio de la Aduana, make a trip to Plaza de la Paz - John Paul II, and buy something for everyone on your list at Viva Centro Comercial.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Barranquilla online driving holiday planner.

Take a bus from Santa Marta to Barranquilla in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. January in Barranquilla sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Isla Baru.

Things to do in Barranquilla

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Isla Baru

— 2 nights
Lying south of Cartagena, Isla Baru was connected to the mainland until the construction of the Canal del Dique.
On the 13th (Sun), stroll through Playa Puntilla and then look for all kinds of wild species at Afronautica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Aviario Nacional de Colombia and then kick back and relax at Playa Blanca.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Isla Baru trip planner.

You can take a bus from Barranquilla to Isla Baru in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Cartagena.

Things to do in Isla Baru

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Cartagena

— 11 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.
Explore Cartagena's surroundings by going to Playa de Punta Arena (in Isla Tierra Bomba) and Oceanario (in Islas de Rosario). Spend the 18th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 23rd (Wed), spend a cool day on the water with Veleros Colombia. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, and contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cartagena trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Isla Baru to Cartagena takes 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to San Onofre.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors · Tours · Transportation · Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Onofre

— 3 nights
Basking in the sun of Colombia's northern coast, San Onofre offers a handful of beautifully preserved historical sites.
San Onofre is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Natural Sanguare, head off the coast to Isla Mucura, kick back and relax at Playas Rincon del Mar, and take a memorable drive along Balsillas.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Onofre trip maker tool.

You can drive from Cartagena to San Onofre in 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Covenas.

Things to do in San Onofre

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Covenas

— 3 nights
CoveƱas is a town and municipality located in the Sucre Department, northern Colombia. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Covenas: Orla de Tolu (in Santiago de Tolu) and Iglesia de Lorica (in Lorica). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cienaga la Caimanera, examine the collection at Parque Museo De Infanteria De Marina, step off the mainland to explore Archipelago Of San Bernardo, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa la Coquerita.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Covenas trip planning tool.

Getting from San Onofre to Covenas by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Monteria.

Things to do in Covenas

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Monteria

— 3 nights

City of the Swallows

The capital of the Department of Cordoba, Monteria benefits from an eclectic cultural heritage, with indigenous peoples, African descendants, colonial Spanish descendants, and Arab immigrants among the populace of 1 million.
Monteria is known for shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take a tour by water with La Lorenza, let little ones run wild at Monumento al Porro " Maria Varilla", stop by Centro Comercial Buenavista, and walk around Parque Simon bolivar.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Monteria trip itinerary website.

Drive from Covenas to Monteria in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. On the 3rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Monteria

Tours · Outdoors · Shopping · Parks

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.

La Guajira Department travel guide

4.1
Beaches · River Rafting & Tubing · Outdoor Activities

Magdalena Department travel guide

3.8
National Parks · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling

Atlantico Department travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Shopping Malls

Bolivar Department travel guide

3.9
Historic Sites · Castles · Landmarks
Northwestern Colombia may be known for its production of livestock, sugarcane, and coffee, but tourism in Bolivar Department thrives largely thanks to the area's short but lively Caribbean coastline. Regional capital Cartagena serves as the starting point of many Bolivar Department tours, drawing history and architecture buffs with its World Heritage-listed old town. The gateway for exploring the rest of the country, charming Cartagena is also an ideal place for discovering the modern side of Colombia, complete with hip cafes, innovative restaurants, and luxury residential blocks. Away from this urban center, holidays in Bolivar Department allow tourists to discover a series of smaller settlements, tiny time capsules of South America's colonial past.

Sucre Department travel guide

4.4
Scuba & Snorkeling · Islands · Nature & Parks

Cordoba Department travel guide

4.3
Shopping Malls · Churches · Gift & Specialty Shops