57 days in Colombia Itinerary

57 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia planner

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Cartagena
— 8 nights
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Santa Marta
— 7 nights
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Bus to Cartagena, Fly to San Andres Island, Ferry to Providencia Island
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Providencia Island
— 3 nights
Taxi to Providencia, Fly to San Andres Island
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San Andres Island
— 5 nights
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Cali
— 6 nights
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Villavieja
— 1 day
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San Agustin
— 1 night
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Ipiales
— 1 day
Fly to El Dorado International Airport, Drive to Tocancipa
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Tocancipa
— 2 nights
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Villa de Leyva
— 6 nights
Bus to Aeropuero Int. El Dora, Fly to Leticia
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Leticia
— 4 nights
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Medellin
— 7 nights
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Barrio Getsemani and Speed Boats Tours. Get a sense of the local culture at Plaza de San Diego and Iglesia de la Trinidad. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cartagena: Aviario Nacional de Colombia (in Isla Baru) and Oceanario (in Islas de Rosario). There's much more to do: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, get a sense of history and politics at Alcaldia Mayor, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo, and pause for some photo ops at La Gorda Gertrudis.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cartagena journey app.

Stockholm, Sweden to Cartagena is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Stockholm to Cartagena is minus 6 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Stockholm in December; daily highs in Cartagena reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana and Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bahia Concha and Cristal Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Marta: Casa del Telegrafista (in Aracataca), Playa de las 7 Olas (in Tayrona National Park) and Parque Nacional Natural Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (in Minca). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Playa Grande, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Santa Marta, contemplate the long history of Centro Historico de Santa Marta, and admire the landmark architecture of Alcaldia de Santa Marta.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Santa Marta visit planner.

Getting from Cartagena to Santa Marta by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Providencia Island

— 3 nights
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Lighthouse Providence. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo, explore the striking landscape at Morgan's Head, don't miss a visit to The Peak Forestry Reserve, and get outside with Almond Bay.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Providencia Island vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and ferry from Santa Marta to Providencia Island takes 12 hours. When traveling from Santa Marta in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Providencia Island: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Wildlife

San Andres Island

— 5 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana and Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres. You'll get in some beach time at Playa de Spratt Bight and Bahia del Cove. Step out of San Andres Island to go to Santa Catalina Island and see El Totumo Volcon, which is approximately 16 hours away. Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with Aquanautas, contemplate the long history of Plaza Canon de Morgan, kick back and relax at Playa de San Luis, and don't miss a visit to La Barracuda.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island tour planning website.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Providencia Island to San Andres Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In January, daytime highs in San Andres Island are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Cali.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Cali

— 6 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo Aereo Fenix and Iglesia La Ermita. Step off the beaten path and head to Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros and Camino Real. Change things up with these side-trips from Cali: Catedral de Buenaventura (in Buenaventura) and Palmira (Parque de la Factoria & Parque de los Bomberos). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo de la Cana de Azucar, appreciate the history behind Cristo Rey, admire the landmark architecture of El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada), and explore the activities along Pance River.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cali tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Cali takes 4 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in January, plan for little chillier nights in Cali, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Villavieja.

Things to do in Cali

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Villavieja

— 1 day
Clinging to the banks of the Magdalena River, Villavieja serves as a gateway to the Tatacoa Desert.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): examine the collection at Casa del Totumo, identify plant and animal life at Desierto de la Tatacoa, and then stroll through Parque Valle de la Tatacoa.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Villavieja trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Cali to Villavieja by car takes about 9.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Cali in January since evenings lows in Villavieja dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to San Agustin.

Things to do in Villavieja

Parks · Wildlife · Museums

San Agustin

— 1 night
San Agustin remains best known for its archaeological sites, which include the World Heritage-listed San Agustin Archaeological Park.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): explore the ancient world of San Agustin Archaeological Park, then appreciate the history behind La Chaquira, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Estrecho Del Magdalena. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at La Pelota - Estatuas A Color, appreciate the history behind El Purutal, make a trip to Obando Archaeological Park, then appreciate the history behind El Tablon, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Precolombino Villa Real, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Lourdes.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Agustin itinerary tool.

Getting from Villavieja to San Agustin by car takes about 5.5 hours. Traveling from Villavieja in January, expect nights in San Agustin to be a bit cooler, around 22°C, while days are cooler, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Ipiales.

Things to do in San Agustin

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Ipiales

— 1 day

City of the Green Clouds

Situated on a plateau 2,950 m (9,678 ft) above sea level, the city of Ipiales enjoys a subtropical highland climate and the title of highest major city in Colombia.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Gran Plaza and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Las Lajas Sanctuary.

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

Getting from San Agustin to Ipiales by car takes about 10.5 hours. While traveling from San Agustin, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Ipiales, ranging from highs of 18°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tocancipa.

Things to do in Ipiales

Shopping · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Tocancipa

— 2 nights
You might not realize it, but some of the world's most renowned monuments reside in the Colombian town of Tocancipa.
On the 25th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia del Divino Salvador and then kick back and relax at Laguna de Guatavita. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Parque Jaime Duque.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tocancipa trip itinerary maker site.

Explore your travel options from Ipiales to Tocancipa with the Route module. Traveling from Ipiales in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 13°C in Tocancipa. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in Tocancipa

Theme Parks · Nature · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Villa de Leyva

— 6 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Rosario and Museo El Fosil. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Centro de Investigaciones Paleontologicas - CIP and Hotel Plaza Mayor Villa de Leyva. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Villa de Leyva: Palacio de la Cultura Romulo Rozo Antigua Estacion Del Tren (in Chiquinquira), Vargas Swamp Lancers (in Paipa) and Puente de Boyaca (in Boyaca). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Antonio Narino, have fun and explore at Museo del Chocolate Villa de Leyva, explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site El Infiernito, and identify plant and animal life at Granja de Avestruces.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Villa de Leyva holiday builder.

Drive from Tocancipa to Villa de Leyva in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Leticia.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Parks · Museums · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Leticia

— 4 nights
Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Catedral de Nuestra Senora de La Paz and Museo Etnografico. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico and Parque Santander. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Natural Tanimboca, get outside with Balneario Arbelaez, take in nature's colorful creations at El Jardin de la Victoria Regia, and step off the mainland to explore Isla de Los Micos.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Leticia online attractions planner.

Getting from Villa de Leyva to Leticia by combination of bus and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Medellin.

Things to do in Leticia

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Medellin

— 7 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Laguna de Guatape and Parasailing & Paragliding. Get a sense of the local culture at El Castillo Museo y Jardines and Planetario de Medellin. Go for a jaunt from Medellin to Santa Fe de Antioquia to see Centro Historico Santa Fe de Antioquia about 1h 20 min away. Make the 10th (Mon) a stimulating day with a coffee and tea tour. There's much more to do: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Arvi, buy something for everyone on your list at El Tesoro Parque Comercial, and admire the masterpieces at Medellin Museum of Modern Art.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Medellin vacation builder app.

Fly from Leticia to Medellin in 6 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Leticia in February: high temperatures in Medellin hover around 32°C and lows are around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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.