45 days in Colombia Itinerary

45 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Cartagena
— 7 nights
Drive
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Santa Marta
— 1 night
Drive
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Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
Fly to San Andres Island, Ferry to Providencia Island
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Providencia Island
— 3 nights
Ferry to San Andrés, Fly to Medellin Jose Marie Cordova
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Medellin
— 5 nights
Drive
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Zapatoca
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manizales
— 4 nights
Drive
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Filandia
— 1 night
Drive
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Salento
— 3 nights
Fly to Bogota, Bus to Zipaquira
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Zipaquira
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bogota
— 4 nights
Fly
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San Agustin
— 4 nights
Bus to Florencia, Fly to Leticia
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Leticia
— 2 nights
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Cartagena

— 7 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 day by day itinerary now includes Lucy Jewelry, Milenio Joyeria, Walled City of Cartagena, and other attractions you added. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Templo de Santo Domingo. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Blanca and Playa Puntilla. Change things up with these side-trips from Cartagena: Aviario Nacional de Colombia (in Isla Baru) and Castillo de Salgar (in Puerto Colombia). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Centro Historico, contemplate the long history of Baluarte de Santo Domingo, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Zenu, and don't miss a visit to Plaza de La Trinidad.

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Canaima National Park, Venezuela to Cartagena is an approximately 19.5-hour car ride. March in Cartagena sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 77°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Santa Marta

— 1 night

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.
On the 8th (Sun), examine the collection at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Ensenada de Chengue, then look for all kinds of wild species at El Dorado Bird Reserve, and then look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta.

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You can drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 93°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Tayrona National Park

— 1 night
For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tayrona National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park takes 1.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Tayrona National Park can reach 93°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. You will leave for Providencia Island on the 10th (Tue).

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Providencia Island

— 3 nights
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
You've now added McBean Lagoon National Natural Park to your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo and Morgan's Head. Attractions like Fort Bay and Santa Catalina make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse Providence.

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Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Tayrona National Park to Providencia Island takes 11 hours. Traveling from Tayrona National Park in March, expect nights in Providencia Island to be about the same, around 77°F, while days are slightly colder, around 85°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Medellin

— 5 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Parque Arvi, Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica, Ecoventure, and other attractions you added. Discover out-of-the-way places like medellin 2000m DESCENT and Mayorca Mega Plaza. Appreciate the collections at Planetario de Medellin and H by HDC. There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at Arte Loft Galeria and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

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Do a combination of ferry and flight from Providencia Island to Medellin in 9 hours. Traveling from Providencia Island in March, expect little chillier with lows of 65°F in Medellin. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Zapatoca.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Zapatoca

— 3 nights
Zapatoca is a town and municipality in the Santander Department in northeastern Colombia. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Salto de la India and Museo La Casa del Quijote. Get in touch with nature at Cueva de los Aviones and Cueva del Nitro. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Mirador Los Guanes.

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Traveling by car from Medellin to Zapatoca takes 9 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Zapatoca can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll travel to Manizales.

Things to do in Zapatoca

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Manizales

— 4 nights
A major center of education and commerce, Manizales also serves as one of the hubs of coffee production in Colombia.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Nevado del Ruiz, Reserva Ecologica Rio Blanco and Manizales Cathedral. Bring the kids along to Basílica Inmaculada Concepción and Our Lady of the Rosary. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basílica menor de la Inmaculada Concepción and Casa de la Cultura. Go for a jaunt from Manizales to Santa Rosa de Cabal to see Chorros de Don Lolo about 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Monumento El Bolivar Condor.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Manizales itinerary planner.

Drive from Zapatoca to Manizales in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In March, Manizales is a bit cooler than Zapatoca - with highs of 69°F and lows of 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Filandia.

Things to do in Manizales

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Filandia

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): find something for the whole family at Panaca. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Plazoleta de los Toldos and then don't miss a visit to Mirador Colina Iluminada.

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You can drive from Manizales to Filandia in 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Manizales in March: highs in Filandia hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Salento.

Things to do in Filandia

Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Salento

— 3 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Bosques de Cocora, Cascadas de Cocora and Polimetria. On the next day, look for gifts at Polimetria, look for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Cocora.

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Traveling by car from Filandia to Salento takes an hour. In March, daily temperatures in Salento can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. You will leave for Zipaquira on the 30th (Mon).

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Wildlife

Zipaquira

— 3 nights
A tour of Zipaquira, the salt-mining capital of Colombia, remains one of the best day-trip ideas from Bogota.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Parque Jaime Duque. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira and Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Basilica del Santo Cristo de Ubate and Reserva Natural El Chochal de Siecha.

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You can do a combination of flight and bus from Salento to Zipaquira in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Salento in March, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Zipaquira: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bogota.

Things to do in Zipaquira

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Bogota

— 4 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.
You've added Bamba Regalos & Diseno, Bioparque La Reserva, Plaza de Mercado de Paloquemao, and other attractions to your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Museo Nacional de Colombia. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Museo Santa Clara.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Bogota online travel planner.

You can drive from Zipaquira to Bogota in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Agustin.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

San Agustin

— 4 nights
San Agustin remains best known for its archaeological sites, which include the World Heritage-listed San Agustin Archaeological Park.
Your day by day itinerary now includes El Purutal, La Chaquira and Alto de Las Piedras Archaeological Park. Visiting Estrecho Del Magdalena and Salto de Bordones will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to San Agustin Archaeological Park and El Salto del Mortino.

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You can fly from Bogota to San Agustin in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Agustin, with lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Leticia.

Things to do in San Agustin

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Leticia

— 2 nights
Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
Kids will enjoy Isla de Los Micos and Parque Santander. Get in touch with nature at Reserva Natural Tanimboca and Amazon Maguta Jungle Lodge. There's more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Bioparque Etuena.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Leticia road trip website.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from San Agustin to Leticia in 9.5 hours. When traveling from San Agustin in April, plan for warmer days in Leticia, with highs around 87°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Leticia

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

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.