45 days in Colombia Itinerary

45 days in Colombia Itinerary

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45 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Bejaia
Fly:  24​h
1
Bogota
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Villa de Leyva
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Barichara
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Bucaramanga
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
Medellin
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
6
Montenegro
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Salento
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Cali
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
9
San Andres Island
— 5 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h
10
Santa Marta
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
11
Cartagena
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Bejaia

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra) and Zipaquira (Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira & Esensal). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, walk around Parque de Usaquen, and contemplate the long history of Bolivar plaza.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Bogota journey planner.

Bejaia, Algeria to Bogota is an approximately 24-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Bejaia to Bogota due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Bogota are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Laguna de Guatavita
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tunja (Capilla y Museo de Santa Clara la Real & Iglesia de San Ignacio). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Museo Paleontológico, get curious at Centro de Investigaciones Paleontologicas - CIP, make a trip to Hotel Plaza Mayor Villa de Leyva, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at BBC Bodega Villa de Leyva.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Villa de Leyva tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bogota to Villa de Leyva takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Barichara.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tunja, Museo del Chocolate Villa de Leyva
Highlights from your plan
Museo Paleontológico ©
Museo Paleontológico
BBC Bodega Villa de Leyva ©
BBC Bodega Villa de Leyva
Hotel Plaza Mayor Villa de Leyva ©

3
nights
Barichara

A charming town of just over 7,000 people, Barichara displays rustic, dusty orange-colored architecture, protected by the Colombian People's Heritage Network.
Venture out of the city with trips to Capilla Inmaculada Concepcion, El Socorro (in Socorro) and River Rafting & Tubing (in San Gil). And it doesn't end there: experience rural life at Cafe Alfania, take a stroll through Guane, take in the exciting artwork at Fundacion San Lorenzo De Barichara, and get great views at Salto Del Mico.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Barichara sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Villa de Leyva to Barichara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Barichara sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bucaramanga.

Things to do in Barichara

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Guane, River Rafting & Tubing, Capilla Inmaculada Concepcion, El Socorro
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Bioparque Moncora ©
Bioparque Moncora
Salto Del Mico ©
Salto Del Mico

3
nights
Bucaramanga

Bucaramanga ©
A tour of Bucaramanga may yield little evidence that it dates back as far as 1622.
Spend the 11th (Sat) exploring nature at Parque Nacional de Chicamocha. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Club Campestre Bucaramanga, walk around Parque Gallineral de Giron, take in the views from Puente del Bicentenario, and explore the striking landscape at Canon Del Chicamocha.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bucaramanga trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Barichara to Bucaramanga takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Bucaramanga, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bucaramanga

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Giron, Canon Del Chicamocha
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional de Chicamocha ©
Parque Nacional de Chicamocha
Club Campestre Bucaramanga ©
Club Campestre Bucaramanga
Parque Gallineral de Giron ©
Parque Gallineral de Giron

5
nights
Medellin

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Medellin is known for parks, museums, zoos & aquariums, historic sites, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, get your game on at Tejo In Medellin (tour), observe the fascinating underwater world at Parque Explora, and take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Medellin online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Bucaramanga to Medellin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Medellin can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Montenegro.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Envigado
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Walking tours
Laguna de Guatape ©
Laguna de Guatape

4
nights
Montenegro

Montenegro ©
Named after the dark trees covering the area's hills, Montenegro (literally Black Mountain) sits in a verdant zone irrigated by three major rivers.
Get out of town with these interesting Montenegro side-trips: Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza (in Pereira), Iglesia de Guadalupe (in Cartago) and Los Nevados National Park (in La Estrella). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Parque del Cafe, get outside with Globos Colombia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose, and don't miss a visit to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Montenegro trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Medellin to Montenegro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. January in Montenegro sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Salento.

Things to do in Montenegro

Theme Parks Nature Parks

Side Trips

Quimbaya, Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza, Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera), Iglesia de Guadalupe, Los Nevados National Park
Highlights from your plan
Parque del Cafe ©
Parque del Cafe
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera) ©
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)
Panaca ©
Panaca

3
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Go for a jaunt from Salento to Filandia to see El Palacio del Barbas about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Bosques de Cocora, indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, view the masterpieces at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, and identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Salento trip planner .

You can drive from Montenegro to Salento in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Salento can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cali.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

El Palacio del Barbas
Highlights from your plan
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

4
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.
Cali is known for zoos & aquariums, historic sites, museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Museo Aereo Fenix, identify plant and animal life at Bichacue Yath Arte y Naturaleza, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoologico de Cali, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Colonial y Religioso La Merced.

Planning Cali trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can drive from Salento to Cali in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Cali are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cali

Parks Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Museo Aereo Fenix ©
Museo Aereo Fenix
Zoologico de Cali ©
Zoologico de Cali
Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia ©

5
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
San Andres Island is known for nature, wildlife, beaches, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, stroll through Playa de San Luis, see the vivid underwater world at West View, and explore the fascinating underground world of Morgan's Cave.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Andres Island trip planner .

You can fly from Cali to San Andres Island in 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Andres Island when traveling from Cali in January, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

4
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.
Explore Santa Marta's surroundings by going to Minca (Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada & El Dorado Bird Reserve). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, stop by Yo Amo Santa Marta, admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Blanca.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Marta trip itinerary planning app .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from San Andres Island to Santa Marta in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Andres Island in February, expect nights in Santa Marta to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 39°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Minca
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
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.
Take a break from Cartagena with a short trip to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru, about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Zenu, and make a trip to Plaza Bolivar.

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

Drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Marta in February, expect nights in Cartagena to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are slightly colder, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Blanca
Highlights from your plan
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

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