50 days in Colombia Itinerary

50 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia trip planner

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San Andres Island
— 6 nights
Fly
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Cali
— 5 nights
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Salento
— 4 nights
Drive
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Montenegro
— 4 nights
Fly
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Medellin
— 5 nights
Fly
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Bogota
— 6 nights
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Villa de Leyva
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bucaramanga
— 4 nights
Fly to Barranquilla, Bus to Santa Marta
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Santa Marta
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cartagena
— 6 nights
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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, Head underground at Morgan's Cave, take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador, and admire the natural beauty at Hill Botanical Gardens San Andrés.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Andres Island journey maker tool.

Toronto, Canada to San Andres Island is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. In August, San Andres Island is somewhat warmer than Toronto - with highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to fly to Cali.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Cali

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cali: El Derrumbado (in Buga) and El Choro Trail (in La Paz). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museo Aereo Fenix, don't miss a visit to Bichacue Yath Arte y Naturaleza, admire the landmark architecture of El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada), and have fun at Estadio Olimpico Pascual Guerrero de Cali.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cali travel route planner.

You can fly from San Andres Island to Cali in 4 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Cali, with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Salento.

Things to do in Cali

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Salento

— 4 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Step out of Salento with an excursion to Parque Nacional Natural Los Nevados in Manizales--about 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora, browse the exhibits of Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, and appreciate the views at Valle del Cocora.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Salento trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Cali to Salento by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August in Salento, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Montenegro.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

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: Los Nevados National Park (in La Estrella) and Pereira (Iglesia El Claret & Nevado Santa Isabel). There's much more to do: head outdoors with Globos Colombia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose, get in on the family fun at Parque del Cafe, and experience rural life at El Paraiso del Bambu y La Guadua.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Montenegro trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Salento to Montenegro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Montenegro, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Medellin.

Things to do in Montenegro

Parks · Nature · Tours · Theme Parks

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.
Medellin is known for parks, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll through Parque Arvi, and admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Medellin.

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Traveling by flight from Montenegro to Medellin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Medellin can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra), Observatorio de Colibries (in La Calera) and Ospina Park (in Chia). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), learn and have fun at Whee Institute - Learn Spanish in Bogota, don't miss a visit to Casa Libreria Wilborada 1047, and explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bogota trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Medellin to Bogota by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Medellin in September, things will get slightly colder in Bogota: highs are around 22°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Museums · Tours · 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Villa de Leyva: Piedra Colgada (in Susa), Sendero Ecologico la Zarza (in Duitama) and Capilla y Museo de Santa Clara la Real (in Tunja). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Museo Paleontológico, admire the striking features of Casa Terracota, make a trip to Hotel Plaza Mayor Villa de Leyva, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Iguaque National Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Villa de Leyva trip planner.

Getting from Bogota to Villa de Leyva by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bucaramanga.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Bucaramanga

— 4 nights

City of Parks

A tour of Bucaramanga may yield little evidence that it dates back as far as 1622.
Spend the 22nd (Sun) exploring nature at Parque Nacional de Chicamocha. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica San Juan Bautista, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Holy Family, buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Cacique, and don't miss a visit to Club del Comercio.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Bucaramanga trip builder website.

Drive from Villa de Leyva to Bucaramanga in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Bucaramanga

Shopping · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Marta: Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona (in Tayrona National Park) and Minca (El Dorado Bird Reserve & Museo Minca - Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada). There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Playa Blanca, enjoy the sand and surf at Cristal Beach, and don't miss a visit to Paseo El Camellon.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta day trip planning site.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Bucaramanga to Santa Marta in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bucaramanga in September: high temperatures in Santa Marta hover around 39°C and lows are around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
When in Cartagena, make a side trip to see Playa Blanca in Isla Baru, approximately Isla Baru away. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, make a trip to Plaza de San Diego, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cartagena holiday planner.

You can drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. On the 6th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

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.