56 days in Colombia Itinerary

56 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia vacation planner

Make it your trip
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San Andres Island
— 7 nights
Fly to Providencia, Taxi to Providencia Island
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Providencia Island
— 3 nights
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Taxi to Providencia, Fly to Bogota, Bus to Villa de Leyva
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Villa de Leyva
— 4 nights
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Bogota
— 6 nights
Fly
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Cali
— 5 nights
Drive
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Armenia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Salento
— 4 nights
Drive
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Manizales
— 3 nights
Fly
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Medellin
— 6 nights
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Isla Baru
— 1 night
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Santa Marta
— 4 nights
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Islas de Rosario
— 2 nights
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Cartagena
— 7 nights
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San Andres Island

— 7 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 beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with Banda Dive Shop, kick back and relax at Playa de Spratt Bight, head off the coast to Johnny Cay, and explore the fascinating underground world of Morgan's Cave.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the San Andres Island trip itinerary builder app.

New York City, USA to San Andres Island is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from New York City in February, expect San Andres Island to be much warmer, temps between 85°F and 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Providencia Island

— 3 nights
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
On the 13th (Sat), step off the mainland to explore Santa Catalina, head off the coast to Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo, and then visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse Providence. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of McBean Lagoon National Natural Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Providencia Island trip maker site.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from San Andres Island to Providencia Island in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In February in Providencia Island, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 77°F at night. On the 15th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Villa de Leyva: Parque Central y Feria Dulce de Iza (in Iza) and Tunja (Iglesia de San Ignacio & Capilla y Museo de Santa Clara la Real). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museo Paleontológico, look for gifts at Joyeria MORPHILIA, pick up some local products at Plaza De Mercado De Villa De Leyva, and get curious at Centro de Investigaciones Paleontologicas - CIP.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Villa de Leyva trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Providencia Island to Villa de Leyva in 10.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bogota.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Nature

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Bogota side-trips: Zipaquira (Casa Museo Quevedo Zornoza, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, &more) and Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), make a trip to Bolivar Square, walk around Parque Metropolitano Simon Bolivar, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Bogota trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Villa de Leyva to Bogota by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in February, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cali.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Spend the 1st (Mon) exploring nature at Farallones de Cali. Next up on the itinerary: tour in harmony with nature at Picoloro Ecoturismo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Camino Real, examine the collection at Museo Aereo Fenix, and get to know the resident critters at Zoologico de Cali.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cali trip planner.

You can fly from Bogota to Cali in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Bogota in February, things will get a bit warmer in Cali: highs are around 88°F and lows about 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Armenia.

Things to do in Cali

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Armenia

— 3 nights

Miracle City

The capital city of Quindio Department, Armenia was founded in 1889 by Jesus Maria Ocampo as he sought a hideout in the Quindio mountains.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Armenia: Montenegro (El Paraiso del Bambu y La Guadua, Globos Colombia, &more). The adventure continues: make a trip to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera), see the interesting displays at Museo del Oro Quimbaya, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico del Quindio, and head outdoors with Canopy Los Caracolies.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Armenia trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Cali to Armenia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. While traveling from Cali, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Armenia, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Salento.

Things to do in Armenia

Tours · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Salento

— 4 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Spend the 6th (Sat) exploring nature at Bosques de Cocora. There's much more to do: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Cocora, take in the exciting artwork at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, and appreciate the views at Valle del Cocora.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Salento tour itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Armenia to Salento in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Salento are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Manizales.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Manizales

— 3 nights
A major center of education and commerce, Manizales also serves as one of the hubs of coffee production in Colombia.
Manizales is known for historic sites, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the geological forces at Nevado del Ruiz, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Manizales Cathedral, get great views at Corredor Polaco Basilica De Manilzales, and relax and rejuvenate at Yoga Love Colombia.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Manizales trip maker website.

You can drive from Salento to Manizales in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Salento in March, plan for a bit cooler days in Manizales, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Manizales

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Spas

Medellin

— 6 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.
When in Medellin, make a side trip to see Piedra Del Penol in Guatape, approximately Guatape away. The adventure continues: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Medellin, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Medellin planner.

Fly from Manizales to Medellin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Manizales, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Medellin, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Isla Baru.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Isla Baru

— 1 night
Lying south of Cartagena, Isla Baru was connected to the mainland until the construction of the Canal del Dique.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Aviario Nacional de Colombia and then kick back and relax at Playa Blanca.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Isla Baru using our trip planner.

You can fly from Medellin to Isla Baru in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Isla Baru

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Santa Marta

— 4 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 Minca (El Dorado Bird Reserve & Museo del Cacao de Minca). Spend the 20th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, kick back and relax at Playa Blanca, examine the collection at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, and walk around Parque de Los Novios.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Santa Marta tour planner.

Traveling by bus from Isla Baru to Santa Marta takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 93°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Islas de Rosario.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Islas de Rosario

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): head outdoors with IslaBela. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): head outdoors with Bora Bora Cartagena Beach Club and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oceanario.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Islas de Rosario trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Santa Marta to Islas de Rosario takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In March, daytime highs in Islas de Rosario are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Islas de Rosario

Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Cartagena

— 7 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.
Cartagena is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, contemplate the long history of Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, don't miss a visit to Torre del Reloj, and admire the striking features of Las Bovedas.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cartagena trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Islas de Rosario to Cartagena by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Cartagena are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. On the 1st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Spas

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.