59 days in Colombia Itinerary

59 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia trip planner

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Fly to Bogota, Bus to Villa de Leyva
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Villa de Leyva
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Gil
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bogota
— 6 nights
Fly
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Leticia
— 3 nights
Fly to Florencia, Bus to San Agustin
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San Agustin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cali
— 6 nights
Drive
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Salento
— 4 nights
Fly
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Medellin
— 7 nights
Fly
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Santa Marta
— 4 nights
Fly
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San Andres Island
— 8 nights
Fly to Providencia, Taxi to Providencia Island
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Providencia Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to San Andrés, Fly to Cartagena
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Cartagena
— 8 nights
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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 hidden gems such as Puente de Boyaca and Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Rosario. Venture out of the city with trips to Vargas Swamp Lancers (in Paipa) and Parque Central y Feria Dulce de Iza (in Iza). There's still lots to do: get curious at Centro de Investigaciones Paleontologicas - CIP, pause for some serene contemplation at Monasterio Del Santo Eccehomo, examine the collection at Museo Paleontológico, and do a tasting at Viñedo Ain Karim.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Villa de Leyva visit planner.

Izmir, Turkey to Villa de Leyva is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Colombia Standard Time (COT) is minus 8 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Gil.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parque Nacional de Chicamocha and Kayaking & Canoeing. Change things up with these side-trips from San Gil: Barichara (Capilla de Santa Barbara & Fundacion San Lorenzo De Barichara). It doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Juan Curi and get outside with Rios y Canoas Colombia.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Gil trip planning tool.

You can drive from Villa de Leyva to San Gil in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bogota.

Things to do in San Gil

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Laguna de Guatavita and Parque de Usaquen. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bogota: Mina de Sal de Nemocon (in Nemocon), Ospina Park (in Chia) and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and look for gifts at Cesar Giraldo, Taller Manual Del Cuero.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bogota online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from San Gil to Bogota takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Gil in January: highs in Bogota hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Leticia.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Nature · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Leticia

— 3 nights
Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Isla de Los Micos and Nature & Wildlife Tours. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Reserva Natural Tanimboca, walk around Parque Santander, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Bioparque Etuena, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de La Paz.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Leticia driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Leticia takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Bogota in January, you will find days in Leticia are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are much hotter (27°C). On the 17th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to San Agustin.

Things to do in Leticia

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

San Agustin

— 2 nights
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 18th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Agustin, then delve into the distant past at San Agustin Archaeological Park, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Precolombino Villa Real. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind El Purutal, then contemplate the waterfront views at Estrecho Del Magdalena, and then appreciate the history behind La Chaquira.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Agustin trip planner.

Getting from Leticia to San Agustin by combination of flight and bus takes about 9.5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Leticia in January: high temperatures in San Agustin hover around 24°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cali.

Things to do in San Agustin

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Iglesia La Ermita and Museo Aereo Fenix. Go for a jaunt from Cali to Palmira to see Parque de la Factoria about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Barrio San Antonio, pause for some photo ops at Cristo Rey, hike along Picoloro Ecoturismo, and get to know the resident critters at Zoologico de Cali.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cali journey planning tool.

Drive from San Agustin to Cali in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from San Agustin, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cali, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Salento.

Things to do in Cali

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Salento

— 4 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Valle del Cocora and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Spend the 29th (Fri) exploring nature at Bosques de Cocora. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, take in the exciting artwork at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, experience rural life at Las Acacias Coffee Farm, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Salento day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Cali to Salento takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Cali in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Salento: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Tours · Nature · Outdoors

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 Museo de Antioquia. On the 2nd (Tue), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Outdoor Activities, stroll around Parques del Rio, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Parque Explora.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Medellin online visit planner.

You can fly from Salento to Medellin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Medellin, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and Scuba & Snorkeling. Change things up with a short trip to Cascada de Marinka in Minca (about 1 hour away). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque de Los Novios, kick back and relax at Cristal Beach, see the interesting displays at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, and don't miss a visit to El Amanuense Libros & Cafe.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Medellin to Santa Marta in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Medellin in February, things will get a bit warmer in Santa Marta: highs are around 39°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

San Andres Island

— 8 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 Scuba & Snorkeling and West View. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Spratt Bight, see the interesting displays at Island House Museum, make a trip to Rocky Cay, and explore the fascinating underground world of Morgan's Cave.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Andres Island day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Santa Marta to San Andres Island takes 6.5 hours. When traveling from Santa Marta in February, plan for a bit cooler days in San Andres Island, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Providencia Island

— 2 nights
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse Providence. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): head off the coast to Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Providencia Island 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 34°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Food Tours and Barrio Getsemani. Venture out of the city with trips to Isla Baru (Aviario Nacional de Colombia & Playa Puntilla). The adventure continues: make a trip to Plaza de San Diego, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria, step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cartagena road trip website.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Providencia Island to Cartagena in 8 hours. In February in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.