50 days in Colombia Itinerary

50 days in Colombia Itinerary

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Marta: Barranquilla (Gran Malecon del Rio - Sector Puerta de Oro, Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepcion, &more) and Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona (in Tayrona National Park). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Blanca, walk around Parque de Los Novios, and stop by Yo Amo Santa Marta.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Santa Marta vacation builder app.

Cartagena to Santa Marta is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Santa Marta can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Tayrona National Park

— 3 nights
Go for a jaunt from Tayrona National Park to Santa Ana to see Taironaka Turismo Ecologico about 1h 15 min away.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tayrona National Park trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park takes 1.5 hours. In February in Tayrona National Park, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 28°C at night. You'll set off for Minca on the 2nd (Mon).

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · 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.
On the 3rd (Tue), 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. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Pozo Azul and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Parque Nacional Natural Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Minca trip maker app.

Drive from Tayrona National Park to Minca in 1.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Minca can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to fly to Bogota.

Things to do in Minca

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bogota: Chia (Ospina Park & Vivero Crisalide), Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar) and Zipaquira (Esensal, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, &more). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, contemplate the long history of Bolivar Square, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Bogota driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Minca to Bogota in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Minca in March; daily highs in Bogota reach 23°C and lows reach 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Guatape: Parque de Marinilla (in Marinilla), Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion (in Sopetran) and Ceramicas Esmaltarte (in Carmen de Viboral). 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 great views at Guatape Dam, and take in the dramatic scenery at Balneario La Cazuela.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Guatape road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Guatape takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Bogota in March since evenings lows in Guatape dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Medellin: Santa Fe de Antioquia (Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Chiquinquira & Centro Historico Santa Fe de Antioquia), Cafe de la Cima (in Fredonia) and Plaza de Mercado (in La Ceja). There's much more to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, stroll through Parque Arvi, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Medellin, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Medellin trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Guatape to Medellin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, Medellin is somewhat warmer than Guatape - with highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to 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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jardin: Tamesis (Principal Park & Cerro Cristo Rey), Parque Principal (in Hispania) and Cerro Las Nubes (in Jerico). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Centro Historico de Jardin, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gallito de Roca Preserve, explore the fascinating underground world of La Cueva de los Guacharos, and admire the natural beauty at Mi Jardin Encantado.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Jardin visit planner.

Getting from Medellin to Jardin by car takes about 3.5 hours. In April in Jardin, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Salento.

Things to do in Jardin

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Salento

— 5 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Explore Salento's surroundings by going to Los Nevados National Park (in La Estrella) and Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose (in Quimbaya). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora, experience rural life at Las Acacias Coffee Farm, savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

Plan a Salento trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Jardin to Salento in 5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Salento are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) 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.