50 days in Colombia Itinerary

50 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia trip planner

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Santa Marta
— 7 nights
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Tayrona National Park
— 3 nights
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Minca
— 2 nights
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Bogota
— 8 nights
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Guatape
— 5 nights
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Medellin
— 15 nights
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Jardin
— 4 nights
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Salento
— 5 nights
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Santa Marta

— 7 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 Santa Marta's surroundings by going to Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona (in Tayrona National Park) and Barranquilla (Gran Malecon del Rio - Sector Puerta de Oro, Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepcion, &more). There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, don't miss a visit to El Amanuense Libros & Cafe, see the interesting displays at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, and meet the residents at Marine World Aquarium.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta trip builder.

Cartagena to Santa Marta is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Santa Marta are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tayrona National Park

— 3 nights
Step out of Tayrona National Park with an excursion to Taironaka Turismo Ecologico in Santa Ana--about 1h 15 min away.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Tayrona National Park trip planning tool.

You can drive from Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. You will leave for Minca on the 31st (Thu).

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Minca

— 2 nights
A Minca vacation takes you to a small mountain village nestled above Santa Marta in the Sierra Nevada.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): stroll through El Dorado Bird Reserve, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Cacao de Minca, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Minca - Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): get outside with Pozo Azul and then take in the awesome beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Minca day trip app.

You can drive from Tayrona National Park to Minca in 1.5 hours. In December in Minca, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Bogota.

Things to do in Minca

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Bogota

— 8 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 Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar), Chia (Ospina Park & Vivero Crisalide) and Zipaquira (Esensal, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, &more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, don't miss a visit to Monserrate, and steep yourself in history at Bolivar Square.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Bogota online travel route planner.

You can fly from Minca to Bogota in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Minca in January, with highs in Bogota at 23°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Guatape.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Guatape

— 5 nights
On the shores of a large artificial lake, Guatape ensures a pleasant experience in a quiet little town known for its friendly residents and attractive architecture.
Get out of town with these interesting Guatape side-trips: Parque de Marinilla (in Marinilla), Ceramicas Esmaltarte (in Carmen de Viboral) and Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion (in Sopetran). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Piedra Del Penol, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monasterio benedictino Santa Maria de la Epifania, get to know the fascinating history of Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol, and find something for the whole family at Parque Comfama.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Guatape vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Guatape takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Bogota in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 14°C in Guatape. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Medellin.

Things to do in Guatape

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Medellin

— 15 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Medellin side-trips: Cafe de la Cima (in Fredonia), Santa Fe de Antioquia (Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Chiquinquira & Centro Historico Santa Fe de Antioquia) and Plaza de Mercado (in La Ceja). There's much more to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Arvi, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and see Off-Road Tours.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Medellin visit site.

Traveling by car from Guatape to Medellin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Guatape in January, expect Medellin to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can go by car to Jardin.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Jardin

— 4 nights
El Jardín, often simply referred to as Jardín, is a town and municipality in the southwest region of Antioquia, Colombia. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jardin: Tamesis (Principal Park & Cerro Cristo Rey), Parque Principal (in Hispania) and Cerro Las Nubes (in Jerico). Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Cueva del Esplendor, take in nature's colorful creations at Mi Jardin Encantado, stroll through Gallito de Roca Preserve, and take an in-depth tour of Casa Museo Clara Rojas Pelaez.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Jardin trip website.

Traveling by car from Medellin to Jardin takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Salento.

Things to do in Jardin

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Salento

— 5 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Get out of town with these interesting Salento side-trips: Los Nevados National Park (in La Estrella) and Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose (in Quimbaya). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Bosques de Cocora, appreciate the views at Valle del Cocora, explore the galleries of Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, and relax in the rural setting at Las Acacias Coffee Farm.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Salento trip planner.

You can drive from Jardin to Salento in 5 hours. February in Salento sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

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.