53 days in Colombia Itinerary

53 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia travel route planner

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Medellin
— 5 nights
Fly
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Bogota
— 6 nights
Drive
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Villa de Leyva
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Gil
— 3 nights
Bus
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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
— 8 nights
Fly to San Andres Island, Ferry to Providencia Island
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Providencia Island
— 2 nights
Taxi to Providencia, Fly to San Andres Island
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San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly
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Cali
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Agustin
— 3 nights
Drive
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Villavieja
— 1 night
Drive to El Dorado International Airport, Fly to Alfredo Vásquez Cobo International Airport
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Leticia
— 3 nights
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Museo de Antioquia and El Castillo Museo y Jardines. Step out of the city life by going to Parque Arvi and Parasailing & Paragliding. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Medellin: Cementerio Jardines Montesacro (in Itagui) and Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen (in Guatape). There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, browse the different shops at Centro Comercial Santafé, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Guatape, and admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica.

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The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Medellin. In February in Medellin, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Tours

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.
Let the collections at Museo Nacional de Colombia and Planetarium of Bogota capture your imagination. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Laguna de Guatavita and Museo Santa Clara. Venture out of the city with trips to Museo Indigena Guatavita (in Guatavita), Plaza Sesquile (in Sesquile) and Parque Natural Chicaque (in Chicaque). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Basilica del Senor de Monserrate, and grab your bike and head to Ciclovia de Bogota.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Bogota route maker app.

Getting from Medellin to Bogota by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Medellin in February; daily highs in Bogota reach 24°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Villa de Leyva

— 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Centro de Investigaciones Paleontologicas - CIP and Casa Museo Antonio Narino. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Monasterio Del Santo Eccehomo and Casa del Primer Congreso de las Provincias Unidas. Take a break from Villa de Leyva with a short trip to Puente de Boyaca in Boyaca, about 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Rosario, identify plant and animal life at Granja de Avestruces, make a trip to Hotel Plaza Mayor Villa de Leyva, and explore the engaging exhibits at Museo del Chocolate Villa de Leyva.

Make your Villa de Leyva itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Bogota to Villa de Leyva takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Gil.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trip

San Gil

— 3 nights

Colombia's Adventure Sport Capital

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 some cultural insight at Capilla Inmaculada Concepcion, El Socorro and Catedral Nuestra Senora del Socorro. Step off the beaten path and head to Cascada de Juan Curi and Parasailing & Paragliding. Get out of town with these interesting San Gil side-trips: Cueva Del Indio (in Paramo) and Barichara (Monumento al Buey, Capilla de Santa Barbara, &more). The adventure continues: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, explore the activities along Pozo Azul, stroll around Parque La Libertad, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Gil trip site.

Traveling by car from Villa de Leyva to San Gil takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In February in San Gil, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to Bucaramanga.

Things to do in San Gil

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bucaramanga

— 4 nights

City of Parks

A tour of Bucaramanga may yield little evidence that it dates back as far as 1622.
Visit Cathedral of the Holy Family and Ecoparque Cerro del Santisimo for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at La Casa del Libro Total and Museo Casa de Bolivar. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bucaramanga: Delacuesta Centro Comercial (in Piedecuesta) and Los Santos (La Mesa de los Santos & Mercado Campesino de Acuarela). There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional de Chicamocha, browse the different shops at La Florida Centro Comercial, and walk around Parque Morrorico.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Bucaramanga trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from San Gil to Bucaramanga by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In March in Bucaramanga, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Bucaramanga

Parks · Nature · Shopping · 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.
Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana and Museo Mapuka will appeal to museum buffs. Museo del Caribe and Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Marta side-trips: Playa de las 7 Olas (in Tayrona National Park), Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (in Minca) and Centro Comercial Buenavista (in Barranquilla). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take in the waterfront activity at Marina Santa Marta, kick back and relax at Buritaca, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Marine World Aquarium.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Santa Marta road trip planner.

Getting from Bucaramanga to Santa Marta by combination of flight and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bucaramanga in March, things will get a bit warmer in Santa Marta: highs are around 39°C and lows about 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Cartagena

— 8 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.
Barrio Getsemani and Iglesia de la Trinidad will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore and learn at Choco Museo and Museo Naval Del Caribe. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cartagena: Isla Baru (Aviario Nacional de Colombia & Playa Puntilla). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Centro Historico, don't miss a visit to Centro de Convenciones Cartagena de Indias, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of St. Catherine of Alexandria.

For photos and tourist information, refer to the Cartagena online attractions planner.

You can drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Providencia Island

— 2 nights
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo and The Peak Forestry Reserve. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Morgan's Head. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Fort Bay, head off the coast to Santa Catalina, head outdoors with Almond Bay, and snap pictures at Lover’s Lane.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Providencia Island trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cartagena to Providencia Island takes 8 hours. In March in Providencia Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

San Andres Island

— 3 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Step off the beaten path and head to West View and Playa de Spratt Bight. We've included these beaches for you: Bahia del Cove and Playa de San Luis. Take a break from San Andres Island with a short trip to El Totumo Volcon in Santa Catalina Island, about 16 hours away. There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, pause for some serene contemplation at Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana, appreciate the history behind La Barracuda, and look for gifts at Esmeraldas Colombianas.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island online travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Providencia Island to San Andres Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cali.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
Museo de la Cana de Azucar and Museo Aereo Fenix will appeal to museum buffs. Do your shopping at San Andresito Del Sur Centro Comercial and Centro Comercial La Pasarela. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cali: Parque de la Factoria (in Palmira) and Hacienda El Paraiso (in El Cerrito). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Camino Real, appreciate the history behind Cristo Rey, go for a walk through Barrio San Antonio, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia La Ermita.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, use the Cali trip builder site.

Getting from San Andres Island to Cali by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in March, plan for little chillier nights in Cali, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Agustin.

Things to do in Cali

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Agustin

— 3 nights
San Agustin remains best known for its archaeological sites, which include the World Heritage-listed San Agustin Archaeological Park.
Step out of the city life by going to Estrecho Del Magdalena and El Salto del Mortino. Step off the beaten path and head to San Agustin Archaeological Park and El Purutal. When in San Agustin, make a side trip to see Alcaldia de Pitalito in Pitalito, approximately Pitalito away. There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind La Chaquira, pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Lourdes, don't miss a visit to El Tablon, and steep yourself in history at Obando Archaeological Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read San Agustin trip planner.

You can drive from Cali to San Agustin in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. When traveling from Cali in March, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Agustin: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Villavieja.

Things to do in San Agustin

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Villavieja

— 1 night
Clinging to the banks of the Magdalena River, Villavieja serves as a gateway to the Tatacoa Desert.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): examine the collection at Casa del Totumo, identify plant and animal life at Desierto de la Tatacoa, and then stroll around Parque Valle de la Tatacoa.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Villavieja trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from San Agustin to Villavieja takes 5.5 hours. When traveling from San Agustin in April, plan for warmer days in Villavieja, with highs around 38°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Leticia.

Things to do in Villavieja

Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Leticia

— 3 nights
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 Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico and Isla de Los Micos. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Amazon Maguta Jungle Lodge. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Natural Tanimboca, admire the natural beauty at El Jardin de la Victoria Regia, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Bioparque Etuena, and get outside with La Ruta de Eware.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Leticia online route planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Villavieja to Leticia. April in Leticia sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Leticia

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

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.