51 days in Colombia Itinerary

51 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Santa Marta
— 5 nights
2
San Andres Island
— 6 nights
3
Providencia Island
— 2 nights
4
Cartagena
— 6 nights
5
Bucaramanga
— 4 nights
6
San Gil
— 4 nights
7
Bogota
— 6 nights
8
Leticia
— 3 nights
9
San Agustin
— 3 nights
10
Salento
— 4 nights
11
Medellin
— 6 nights

5
nights
Santa Marta

Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Cristal Beach will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cascada de Marinka and Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Take a break from Santa Marta with a short trip to Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona in Tayrona National Park, about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, stroll around Parque de Los Novios, don't miss a visit to El Amanuense Libros & Cafe, and head outdoors with El Rodadero.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Santa Marta travel route planning tool.

Rome, Italy to Santa Marta is an approximately 20-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Rome to Santa Marta due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Rome in December; daily highs in Santa Marta reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Minca, Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

6
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Get in touch with nature at West View and Cayo El Acuario. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Bahia Suroeste. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Spratt Bight, stroll through Bahia del Cove, explore the striking landscape of Manglares de Old Point National Park, and look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita.

Make your San Andres Island itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Santa Marta to San Andres Island in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Santa Marta in December, you will find days in San Andres Island are slightly colder (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Providencia Island.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
West View
West View
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight

2
nights
Providencia Island

Providencia Island ©
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Morgan's Head and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Providencia Island trip maker site.

Ride a ferry from San Andres Island to Providencia Island in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in January, and nighttime lows around °C. On the 6th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo ©
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo
Scuba & Snorkeling
Morgan's Head ©
Morgan's Head

6
nights
Cartagena

Cartagena ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Aviario Nacional de Colombia and Barrio Getsemani. Visit Iglesia de la Trinidad and Templo de Santo Domingo for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Cartagena to Isla Baru to see Playa Puntilla about 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: race across the water with a speed boat tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, admire the striking features of Cathedral Basilica of St. Catherine of Alexandria, and see the interesting displays at Choco Museo.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cartagena tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Providencia Island to Cartagena in 7.5 hours. In January in Cartagena, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bucaramanga.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Isla Baru, Oceanario
Highlights from your plan
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Iglesia de la Trinidad ©
Iglesia de la Trinidad

4
nights
Bucaramanga

Bucaramanga ©
A tour of Bucaramanga may yield little evidence that it dates back as far as 1622.
Get outdoors at Parque Nacional de Chicamocha and Panachi. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedral of the Holy Family and Basilica San Juan Bautista. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ecoparque Cerro del Santisimo, explore the striking landscape at Canon Del Chicamocha, admire the striking features of Capilla Nuestra Senora de las Nieves, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Pedro Claver.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Bucaramanga trip planner.

You can fly from Cartagena to Bucaramanga in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. In January, Bucaramanga is a bit cooler than Cartagena - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can take a bus to San Gil.

Things to do in Bucaramanga

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Giron, Canon Del Chicamocha, Ecoparque Cerro del Santisimo
Highlights from your plan
Panachi ©
Panachi
Cathedral of the Holy Family ©
Cathedral of the Holy Family
Ecoparque Cerro del Santisimo ©
Ecoparque Cerro del Santisimo

4
nights
San Gil

Providing some of the region's best opportunities for paragliding, rappelling, white-water rafting, kayaking, hiking, and caving, San Gil appeals to adventure seekers and nature lovers wishing to escape overcrowded Bogota, located several hours' drive to the south.
Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Get some historical perspective at Capilla Inmaculada Concepcion, El Socorro and Catedral Nuestra Senora del Socorro. Venture out of the city with trips to Barichara (Cementerio Barichara, Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Juan Curi, stroll around Parque La Libertad, and get outside with Rios y Canoas Colombia.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Gil itinerary builder website.

You can take a bus from Bucaramanga to San Gil in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bogota.

Things to do in San Gil

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Barichara, Socorro
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Cementerio  Barichara ©
Cementerio Barichara

6
nights
Bogota

Bogota ©
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Laguna de Guatavita and Plaza de los Comuneros. Get in touch with nature at Mina de Sal de Nemocon and Ciclovia de Bogota. Explore Bogota's surroundings by going to Vivero Crisalide (in Chia) and Zipaquira (Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, &more). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia Santa Helena, admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and don't miss a visit to Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Bogota route planner.

You can drive from San Gil to Bogota in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from San Gil in January: highs in Bogota hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Leticia.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Mina de Sal de Nemocon, Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros, Vivero Crisalide, Laguna de Guatavita
Highlights from your plan
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Mina de Sal de Nemocon ©
Mina de Sal de Nemocon
Ciclovia de Bogota ©
Ciclovia de Bogota

3
nights
Leticia

Leticia ©
Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Reserva Natural Tanimboca and Parque Santander. Get outdoors at Isla de Los Micos and Amazon Maguta Jungle Lodge. It doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and get outside with Balneario Arbelaez.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Leticia itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Leticia takes 4 hours. When traveling from Bogota in January, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Leticia: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for travel to San Agustin.

Things to do in Leticia

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Reserva Natural Tanimboca ©
Reserva Natural Tanimboca
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Isla de Los Micos ©
Isla de Los Micos

3
nights
San Agustin

San Agustin ©
San Agustin remains best known for its archaeological sites, which include the World Heritage-listed San Agustin Archaeological Park.
Step off the beaten path and head to San Agustin Archaeological Park and Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Lourdes. Take a break from the city and head to Estrecho Del Magdalena and El Salto del Mortino. Get out of town with these interesting San Agustin side-trips: Isnos (Parque Arqueologico Alto de los Idolos & Alto de Las Piedras Archaeological Park). There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind La Chaquira, see the interesting displays at Museo Precolombino Villa Real, explore the ancient world of Alto de las Chinas, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Agustin.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Agustin trip itinerary app.

Fly from Leticia to San Agustin in 9.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Leticia in January; daily highs in San Agustin reach °C and lows reach °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Salento.

Things to do in San Agustin

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Isnos
Highlights from your plan
San Agustin Archaeological Park ©
San Agustin Archaeological Park
Iglesia de San Agustin ©
Iglesia de San Agustin
Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Lourdes ©
Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Lourdes

4
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Valle del Cocora and Kasaguadua Natural Reserve. Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose and Basilica Menor de Nuestra Senora del Rosario de Chiquinquira will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Salento with a short trip to Los Nevados National Park in La Estrella, about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, experience rural life at Las Acacias Coffee Farm, and admire the sheer force of Cascadas de Cocora.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Salento trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from San Agustin to Salento takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Agustin in February: highs in Salento hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

La Estrella, Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose
Highlights from your plan
Valle del Cocora ©
Valle del Cocora
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

6
nights
Medellin

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Parque Arvi and Parasailing & Paragliding. Your inner history buff will appreciate Catedral Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes and Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno. Change things up with a short trip to Piedra Del Penol in Guatape (about 1h 50 min away). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Guatape, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and identify plant and animal life at Las Tangaras Bird Reserve.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Medellin trip builder tool.

Getting from Salento to Medellin by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Medellin are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Catedral Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes, Piedra Del Penol
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Parque Arvi ©
Parque Arvi
Off-Road Tours

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