47 days in Colombia Itinerary

47 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia visit planner

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Cartagena
— 6 nights
Drive
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Santa Marta
— 5 nights
Bus to Barranquilla, Fly to Bucaramanga
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Bucaramanga
— 4 nights
Drive
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Villa de Leyva
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bogota
— 6 nights
Fly
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Medellin
— 6 nights
Fly
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Montenegro
— 4 nights
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Cali
— 4 nights
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San Andres Island
— 6 nights
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Cartagena

— 6 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.
Take a break from Cartagena with a short trip to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru, about 1h 5 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and see the interesting displays at Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Cartagena trip itinerary planner.

Kingsport, USA to Cartagena is an approximately 15-hour flight. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kingsport in October: highs in Cartagena hover around 90°F, while lows dip to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Marta

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Marta: Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona (in Tayrona National Park), Minca (El Dorado Bird Reserve & Museo Minca - Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada) and Barranquilla (Museo Mapuka, Monumento Ventana Al Mundo, &more). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, don't miss a visit to El Amanuense Libros & Cafe, examine the collection at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cristal Beach.

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You can drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Santa Marta sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 77°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bucaramanga.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Bucaramanga

— 4 nights

City of Parks

A tour of Bucaramanga may yield little evidence that it dates back as far as 1622.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bucaramanga: San Gil (Bungee Extremo San Gil, River Rafting & Tubing, &more) and Barichara (Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion & Salto Del Mico). Spend the 29th (Tue) exploring nature at Parque Nacional de Chicamocha. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Universidad Industrial de Santander - UIS, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Moderno de Bucaramanga, snap pictures at Puente del Bicentenario, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica San Juan Bautista.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bucaramanga journey maker app.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Santa Marta to Bucaramanga in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Santa Marta in October; daily highs in Bucaramanga reach 79°F and lows reach 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in Bucaramanga

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Villa de Leyva

— 4 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Villa de Leyva: Sendero Ecologico la Zarza (in Duitama), Capilla y Museo de Santa Clara la Real (in Tunja) and Iglesia de la Renovacion (in Chiquinquira). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museo Paleontológico, get curious at Centro de Investigaciones Paleontologicas - CIP, look for gifts at Joyeria MORPHILIA, and take in the exciting artwork at Guadalupe Arte & Diseno.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Villa de Leyva road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Bucaramanga to Villa de Leyva takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bogota.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Bogota

— 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bogota: Zipaquira (Esensal & Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira), Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra) and Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Whee Institute - Learn Spanish in Bogota, steep yourself in history at Bolivar Square, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Monserrate.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bogota trip maker tool.

Drive from Villa de Leyva to Bogota in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Medellin

— 6 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.
Take a break from Medellin with a short trip to Piedra Del Penol in Guatape, about 1h 50 min away. There's still lots to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Guatape, indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Medellin trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Bogota to Medellin in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Bogota in November, with highs in Medellin at 80°F and lows at 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Montenegro.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Montenegro

— 4 nights
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: Museo del Oro Quimbaya (in Armenia) and Salento (Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, Bosques de Cocora, &more). There's much more to do: get outside with Globos Colombia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose, find something for the whole family at Parque del Cafe, and relax in the rural setting at El Paraiso del Bambu y La Guadua.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Montenegro trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Medellin to Montenegro in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, daytime highs in Montenegro are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cali.

Things to do in Montenegro

Parks · Nature · Tours · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Cali

— 4 nights

Salsa Capital of the World

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.
Step out of Cali with an excursion to Sendero Ecologico Las Brumas in Calima--about 1h 50 min away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Aereo Fenix, meet the residents at Zoologico de Cali, don't miss a visit to Bichacue Yath Arte y Naturaleza, and stroll around Parque de La Salud.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cali day trip tool.

You can drive from Montenegro to Cali in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Cali can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can fly to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cali

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trip

San Andres Island

— 6 nights
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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador, tour the pleasant surroundings at West View, and don't miss a visit to Cayo Rocoso.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read San Andres Island sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Cali to San Andres Island in 4 hours. Traveling from Cali in November, San Andres Island is a bit warmer at night with lows of 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

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.