60 days in Colombia Itinerary

60 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia trip planner

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Bogota, Bus to Villa de Leyva
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Villa de Leyva
— 5 nights
Drive
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Bogota
— 6 nights
Fly
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Cali
— 6 nights
Drive
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Armenia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Salento
— 4 nights
Drive
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Manizales
— 4 nights
Fly
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Medellin
— 6 nights
Fly
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Santa Marta
— 5 nights
Bus
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Isla Baru
— 2 nights
Fly to San Andres Island, Ferry to Providencia Island
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Providencia Island
— 2 nights
Taxi to Providencia, Fly to San Andres Island
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San Andres Island
— 7 nights
Fly
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Islas de Rosario
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Cartagena
— 7 nights
Fly

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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 (Iglesia de San Agustin, Capilla y Museo de Santa Clara la Real, &more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Paleontológico, look for gifts at Joyeria MORPHILIA, don't miss a visit to Hotel Plaza Mayor Villa de Leyva, and admire the landmark architecture of Casa Terracota.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Villa de Leyva trip planner.

Exeter, UK to Villa de Leyva is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Exeter to Villa de Leyva due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bogota.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Nature

Side Trip

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bogota: Zipaquira (Museo Arqueologico de Zipaquira, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, &more) and Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis, take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, and make a trip to Casa Libreria Wilborada 1047.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Bogota vacation planner.

Getting from Villa de Leyva to Bogota by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. February in Bogota sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cali.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Tours · Museums · 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 16th (Tue) exploring nature at Farallones de Cali. There's much more to do: trek along Picoloro Ecoturismo, admire the landmark architecture of El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoologico de Cali, and see the interesting displays at Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cali trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Cali takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Bogota in February, with highs in Cali at 36°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Armenia.

Things to do in Cali

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

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 19th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico del Quindio, examine the collection at Museo del Oro Quimbaya, and then don't miss a visit to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera). Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Canopy Los Caracolies, then relax in the rural setting at El Paraiso del Bambu y La Guadua, and then head outdoors with Globos Colombia.

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

You can drive from Cali to Armenia in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Cali in February, expect nights in Armenia to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are slightly colder, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Salento.

Things to do in Armenia

Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Salento

— 4 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Go for a jaunt from Salento to Filandia to see El Palacio del Barbas about 48 minutes away. Spend the 21st (Sun) exploring nature at Bosques de Cocora. There's still lots to do: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, identify plant and animal life at Reserva La Rivera, relax in the rural setting at El Recuerdo Finca Cafetera Tradicional, and view the masterpieces at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region.

To plan Salento vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Armenia to Salento by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In February in Salento, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Manizales.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Manizales

— 4 nights
A major center of education and commerce, Manizales also serves as one of the hubs of coffee production in Colombia.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hacienda Guayabal (in Chinchina) and Coffee & Tea Tours (in Pereira). Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Nevado del Ruiz, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of the Rosary, take in the spiritual surroundings of Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Fatima, and relax in the rural setting at Cafe Tio Conejo.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Manizales tour planner.

You can drive from Salento to Manizales in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Salento in February, expect nights in Manizales to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Manizales

Tours · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

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: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia, and head outdoors with Alma del Bosque.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Medellin trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Manizales to Medellin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Manizales in February, you will find days in Medellin are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona (in Tayrona National Park) and El Dorado Bird Reserve (in Minca). Spend the 7th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca, look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta, and see the interesting displays at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Santa Marta online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Santa Marta takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Medellin in March; daily highs in Santa Marta reach 39°C and lows reach 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Isla Baru.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

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.
On the 12th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa Puntilla and then look for all kinds of wild species at Aviario Nacional de Colombia.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Isla Baru trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Santa Marta to Isla Baru takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Isla Baru

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Providencia Island

— 2 nights
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
On the 14th (Sun), head outdoors with Almond Bay and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Santa Catalina, then step off the mainland to explore Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo, and then visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse Providence.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Providencia Island trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Isla Baru to Providencia Island takes 8 hours. In March, daytime highs in Providencia Island are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Nature · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

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: identify plant and animal life at Banda Dive Shop, step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, Head underground at Morgan's Cave, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de San Luis.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our San Andres Island tour itinerary builder app.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Providencia Island to San Andres Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In March, daily temperatures in San Andres Island can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to fly to Islas de Rosario.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Islas de Rosario

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): head outdoors with IslaBela. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Bora Bora Cartagena Beach Club and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Oceanario.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Islas de Rosario trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Islas de Rosario takes 4 hours. In March, daytime highs in Islas de Rosario are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Islas de Rosario

Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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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 Torre del Reloj, pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and make a trip to Las Bovedas.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cartagena vacation planner.

You can ride a ferry from Islas de Rosario to Cartagena in 2.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Spas

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.