60 days in Colombia & Ushuaia Itinerary

60 days in Colombia & Ushuaia Itinerary

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Santa Marta, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly
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San Andres Island, Colombia
— 7 nights
Fly to Bogota, Bus to Villa de Leyva
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Villa de Leyva, Colombia
— 5 nights
Drive
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Bogota, Colombia
— 6 nights
Fly
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Ushuaia, Argentina
— 7 nights
Fly
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Cali, Colombia
— 5 nights
Drive
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Salento, Colombia
— 5 nights
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Montenegro, Colombia
— 4 nights
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Medellin, Colombia
— 6 nights
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Isla Baru, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 6 nights

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Santa Marta, Colombia

— 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Marta: El Dorado Bird Reserve (in Minca), Barranquilla (Gran Malecon del Rio - Sector Puerta de Oro & Parque Paseo de la Castellana) and Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona (in Tayrona National Park). And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stop by Yo Amo Santa Marta, see the interesting displays at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, and stroll through Cristal Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Santa Marta trip planning site.

Cartagena to Santa Marta is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In April in Santa Marta, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to fly to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

San Andres Island, Colombia

— 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: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador, make a trip to Cayo Rocoso, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Spratt Bight.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Santa Marta to San Andres Island takes 6.5 hours. While traveling from Santa Marta, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Andres Island, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Villa de Leyva, Colombia

— 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Villa de Leyva: Tunja (Catedral Basilica Metropolitana Santiago de Tunja & Plaza de Bolivar), Chiquinquira (Iglesia de la Renovacion & Convento Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Chiquinquirá) and Raquira (EFECTY RAQUIRA PLAZA DE MERCADO, Iglesia De Raquira, &more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Museo Paleontológico, do a tasting at Vinedo Umana Dajud, get curious at Centro de Investigaciones Paleontologicas - CIP, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia del Carmen.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Villa de Leyva day trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Andres Island to Villa de Leyva takes 9 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bogota.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Bogota, Colombia

— 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bogota: Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar), Zipaquira (Esensal, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, &more) and Ospina Park (in Chia). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and steep yourself in history at Bolivar Square.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Bogota route planning site.

You can drive from Villa de Leyva to Bogota in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. April in Bogota sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can fly to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Ushuaia, Argentina

— 7 nights

End of the World

Often called the "End of the World" because of its position on the southernmost tip of South America, the expanding city of Ushuaia serves as both a busy commercial port and attractive tourist hub.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ushuaia: Tierra del Fuego National Park (Lago Roca & Unidad Postal Del Fin Mundo) and Cerro Jeujepen (in Tolhuin). And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tierra del Fuego National Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Bahia Lapataia, view the masterpieces at Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ushuaia trip planner.

Fly from Bogota to Ushuaia in 19 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bogota to Ushuaia. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Bogota in April: high temperatures in Ushuaia hover around 10°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Cali.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Cali, Colombia

— 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Camino Real in Barichara (about 12 hours away). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Picoloro Ecoturismo, see the interesting displays at Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoologico de Cali, and admire the striking features of El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada).

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cali online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Ushuaia to Cali in 22.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Ushuaia to Cali. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Ushuaia in May; daily highs in Cali reach 35°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Salento.

Things to do in Cali

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Salento, Colombia

— 5 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Venture out of the city with trips to Manizales (Parque Nacional Natural Los Nevados & Parque Tematico Laguna Negra). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, explore the striking landscape of Bosques de Cocora, and take in the exciting artwork at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Salento online itinerary planner.

Drive from Cali to Salento in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Cali in May, expect nights in Salento to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are slightly colder, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Montenegro.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Montenegro, Colombia

— 4 nights
Named after the dark trees covering the area's hills, Montenegro (literally Black Mountain) sits in a verdant zone irrigated by three major rivers.
Change things up with these side-trips from Montenegro: Los Nevados National Park (in La Estrella), Plaza de Bolivar (in Calarca) and Museo del Oro Quimbaya (in Armenia). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Eje Cafetero (Zona Cafetera), savor the flavors at Food & Drink, head outdoors with Canopy Los Caracolies, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Montenegro vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Salento to Montenegro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Montenegro, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Medellin.

Things to do in Montenegro

Tours · Nature · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Medellin, Colombia

— 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.
Take a break from Medellin with a short trip to Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol in Penol, about 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, identify plant and animal life at Parque Arvi, get the adrenaline pumping with medellin 2000m DESCENT, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Medellin trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Montenegro to Medellin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daytime highs in Medellin are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to fly to Isla Baru.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Isla Baru, Colombia

— 2 nights
Lying south of Cartagena, Isla Baru was connected to the mainland until the construction of the Canal del Dique.
On the 23rd (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Aviario Nacional de Colombia and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Puntilla. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Isla Baru sightseeing planning app.

You can fly from Medellin to Isla Baru in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Cartagena.

Things to do in Isla Baru

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Cartagena, Colombia

— 6 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: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, make a trip to Plaza de Bolivar, contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Cartagena tour itinerary maker website.

You can ride a ferry from Isla Baru to Cartagena in 2.5 hours. In May in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

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.