46 days in Colombia Itinerary

46 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia trip itinerary planner

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Bogota
— 11 nights
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Medellin
— 9 nights
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Barichara
— 11 nights
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Santa Marta
— 12 nights
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Bogota

— 11 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica. Visiting Laguna de Guatavita and Cascada La Chorrera will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Parque Natural Chicaque (in Chicaque), Museo Indigena Guatavita (in Guatavita) and Mina de Sal de Nemocon (in Nemocon). Spend the 14th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Monserrate, take a stroll through Barrio La Candelaria, get a taste of the local shopping with Parque 93, and see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Colombia.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Bogota trip itinerary website.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Bogota. In January in Bogota, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Medellin

— 9 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Parque Arvi and Mariposario Selva Viva. Museo de Antioquia and Pueblito Paisa are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Medellin: Guatape (Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen, Esencia del Sol, &more). There's still lots to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, identify plant and animal life at Cerro El Volador, make a trip to Plaza Botero, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de San Ignacio de Loyola.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Medellin tour builder tool.

You can fly from Bogota to Medellin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Bogota in January, with highs in Medellin at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Barichara.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Barichara

— 11 nights
A charming town of just over 7,000 people, Barichara displays rustic, dusty orange-colored architecture, protected by the Colombian People's Heritage Network.
Take a break from the city and head to Parque Gallineral and Parasailing & Paragliding. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Camino Real and Casa de la Cultura Emiliano Pradilla Gonzalez. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Barichara: Cueva Del Indio (in Paramo), San Gil (Cascada de Juan Curi, Parque La Libertad, &more) and Catedral Nuestra Senora del Socorro (in Socorro). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion, appreciate the extensive heritage of Punto Amarillo Barichara, take in the exciting artwork at Taller de Ceramica Terracota, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Barichara.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Barichara itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Medellin to Barichara takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Barichara

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Marta

— 12 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona and Playa Blanca. Get a sense of the local culture at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Marta side-trips: Minca (Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta & Pozo Azul) and Cabo San Juan Del Guia (in Tayrona National Park). Spend the 14th (Thu) exploring nature at Nabusimake. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Outdoor Activities, kick back and relax at Playa Grande, stroll through Cristal Beach, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Marine World Aquarium.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Santa Marta trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Barichara to Santa Marta in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Barichara in February, with highs in Santa Marta at 39°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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.