59 days in Colombia Itinerary

59 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia tour itinerary planner

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San Andres Island
— 8 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
— 5 nights
Drive
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Bogota
— 7 nights
Fly
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Cali
— 6 nights
Drive
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Salento
— 4 nights
Drive
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Armenia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Medellin
— 6 nights
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Isla Baru
— 2 nights
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Santa Marta
— 5 nights
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Islas de Rosario
— 2 nights
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Cartagena
— 8 nights
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San Andres Island

— 8 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: take a tour by water with Banda Dive Shop, Head underground at Morgan's Cave, kick back and relax at Playa de Spratt Bight, and head off the coast to Johnny Cay.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Andres Island online visit planner.

New York City, USA to San Andres Island is an approximately 11-hour flight. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from New York City in February: high temperatures in San Andres Island hover around 85°F and lows are around 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) 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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of McBean Lagoon National Natural Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Morgan's Head, then head off the coast to Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo, and then visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse Providence.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Providencia Island online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from San Andres Island to Providencia Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. February in Providencia Island sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 77°F at night. On the 16th (Tue), 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

Villa de Leyva

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Villa de Leyva: Tunja (Capilla y Museo de Santa Clara la Real, Casa Museo Don Juan de Vargas, &more) and Parque Central y Feria Dulce de Iza (in Iza). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Museo Paleontológico, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monasterio Del Santo Eccehomo, stop by Joyeria MORPHILIA, and explore the activities along Laguna de Iguaque.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Villa de Leyva road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Providencia Island to Villa de Leyva takes 10.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bogota.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bogota

— 7 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: Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar), Club de Golf UMB Universidad Manuela Beltran (in Tocancipa) and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), steep yourself in history at Bolivar Square, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate.

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

Getting from Villa de Leyva to Bogota by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Cali.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Spend the 4th (Thu) exploring nature at Farallones de Cali. There's much more to do: trek along with Picoloro Ecoturismo, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, admire the striking features of El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada), and get up close to creatures of the deep with Trip Trip.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Cali journey planning website.

You can fly from Bogota to Cali in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in February: high temperatures in Cali hover around 88°F and lows are around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Salento.

Things to do in Cali

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Salento

— 4 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Spend the 7th (Sun) exploring nature at Bosques de Cocora. Next up on the itinerary: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, experience rural life at Las Acacias Coffee Farm, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and go for a walk through Ecoparque the Mirador Alto De La Cruz.

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Getting from Cali to Salento by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Cali in March: highs in Salento hover around 82°F, while lows dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Armenia.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Armenia

— 2 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.
On the 11th (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico del Quindio, then get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Quimbaya, and then make a trip to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera). On the next day, get outside with Canopy Los Caracolies, experience rural life at El Paraiso del Bambu y La Guadua, and then head outdoors with Globos Colombia.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Armenia trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Salento to Armenia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in March, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Armenia

Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Medellin is known for parks, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, observe the fascinating underwater world at Parque Explora, explore the activities along Laguna de Guatape, and take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Medellin travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Armenia to Medellin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Isla Baru.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Isla Baru

— 2 nights
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): kick back and relax at Playa Blanca. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Puntilla and then look for all kinds of wild species at Aviario Nacional de Colombia.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Isla Baru road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Isla Baru takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Isla Baru

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Santa Marta side-trips: Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona (in Tayrona National Park), Plaza Centenario (in Cienaga) and Minca (El Dorado Bird Reserve & Museo del Cacao de Minca). Spend the 21st (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, relax and rejuvenate at La Basilica Yoga Studio & Boutique, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marine World Aquarium, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Santa Marta trip itinerary app.

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. March in Santa Marta sees daily highs of 93°F and lows of 77°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Islas de Rosario.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Islas de Rosario

— 2 nights
On the 26th (Fri), head outdoors with IslaBela. On your second day here, get outside with Bora Bora Cartagena Beach Club and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oceanario.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Islas de Rosario driving holiday planner.

Take a bus from Santa Marta to Islas de Rosario in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In March in Islas de Rosario, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 77°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Islas de Rosario

Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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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.
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, don't miss a visit to Plaza Santo Domingo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, and steep yourself in history at Torre del Reloj.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cartagena online trip maker.

Traveling by ferry from Islas de Rosario to Cartagena takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in March, and nighttime lows around 77°F. On the 4th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Neighborhoods

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.