60 days in Colombia Itinerary

60 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Cartagena
— 5 nights
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Santa Marta
— 5 nights
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Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
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Bucaramanga
— 5 nights
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Villa de Leyva
— 5 nights
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Bogota
— 5 nights
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Medellin
— 5 nights
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Manizales
— 5 nights
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Salento
— 4 nights
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Montenegro
— 5 nights
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Cali
— 5 nights
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San Andres Island
— 8 nights
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Cartagena

— 5 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 find plenty of places to visit near Cartagena: Oceanario (in Islas de Rosario) and Playa Blanca (in Isla Baru). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Bolivar, contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cartagena trip planning app.

Zurich, Switzerland to Cartagena is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Colombia Standard Time is minus 6 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in July: high temperatures in Cartagena hover around 38°C and lows are around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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 Plaza Centenario (in Cienaga), Barranquilla (Gran Malecon del Rio - Sector Puerta de Oro, Museo Mapuka, &more) and Minca (Museo Minca - Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada & El Dorado Bird Reserve). And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, meet the residents at Marine World Aquarium, explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, and stroll through Cristal Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Marta trip site.

You can drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Santa Marta sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Tayrona National Park

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

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Getting from Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. July in Tayrona National Park sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bucaramanga.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Nature · Parks
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Bucaramanga

— 5 nights

City of Parks

A tour of Bucaramanga may yield little evidence that it dates back as far as 1622.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bucaramanga: San Gil (Parque La Libertad & River Rafting & Tubing) and Barichara (Casa de la Cultura Emiliano Pradilla Gonzalez, Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion, &more). Spend the 13th (Mon) exploring nature at Parque Nacional de Chicamocha. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica San Juan Bautista, don't miss a visit to Club del Comercio, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Moderno de Bucaramanga, and contemplate the long history of Capilla Nuestra Senora de las Nieves.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Bucaramanga tour itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Tayrona National Park to Bucaramanga takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tayrona National Park in July; daily highs in Bucaramanga reach 31°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in Bucaramanga

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Adventure

Side Trips

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.
Explore Villa de Leyva's surroundings by going to Tunja (Iglesia de San Ignacio, Capilla y Museo de Santa Clara la Real, &more), Sendero Ecologico la Zarza (in Duitama) and Chiquinquira (Convento Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Chiquinquirá & Iglesia de la Renovacion). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Museo Paleontológico, stop by Joyeria MORPHILIA, don't miss a visit to Hotel Plaza Mayor Villa de Leyva, and savor the flavors at Plaza De Mercado De Villa De Leyva.

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You can drive from Bucaramanga to Villa de Leyva in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Bogota.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Bogota

— 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bogota: Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar), Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra) and Zipaquira (Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira & Esensal). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), make a trip to Casa Libreria Wilborada 1047, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and take in nature's colorful creations at Piero Jardinero.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bogota trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Villa de Leyva to Bogota takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Bogota sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Nature · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Medellin

— 5 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.
Step out of Medellin with an excursion to Museo Historico Casa de la Convencion de Rionegro in Rionegro--about 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, get engrossed in the history at Museo de Antioquia, look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Arvi, and explore the activities along Laguna de Guatape.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Medellin journey website.

You can fly from Bogota to Medellin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Medellin: highs are around 34°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Manizales.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Manizales

— 5 nights
A major center of education and commerce, Manizales also serves as one of the hubs of coffee production in Colombia.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manizales: Santa Rosa de Cabal (Monumento al Machete & Finca Del Cafe) and Coffee & Tea Tours (in Pereira). Spend the 4th (Tue) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Natural Los Nevados. There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Nevado del Ruiz, pause for some serene contemplation at Manizales Cathedral, take in nature's colorful creations at Recinto del Pensamiento, and make a trip to Antigua Estacion Del Ferrocarril.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Manizales visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Manizales takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Medellin in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Manizales: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Salento.

Things to do in Manizales

Parks · Nature · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Salento

— 4 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Step out of Salento with an excursion to El Palacio del Barbas in Filandia--about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, pedal to the sights with Bike Tours, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and relax in the rural setting at Las Acacias Coffee Farm.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Salento online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Manizales to Salento takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Manizales in August: highs in Salento hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Montenegro.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Montenegro

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Jardin Botanico del Quindio (in Calarca), Pereira (Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza & Nevado Santa Isabel) and Museo del Oro Quimbaya (in Armenia). There's much more to do: head outdoors with Globos Colombia, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Los Nevados National Park, find something for the whole family at Parque del Cafe, and make a trip to Eje Cafetero (Zona Cafetera).

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Montenegro trip planner.

Drive from Salento to Montenegro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Montenegro can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Cali.

Things to do in Montenegro

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Cali

— 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 Centro Comercial ALfaguara in Jamundi (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: hike along Picoloro Ecoturismo, examine the collection at Museo Aereo Fenix, steep yourself in history at Hacienda Canasgordas, and get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de San Antonio.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cali trip planner.

Drive from Montenegro to Cali in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Cali can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cali

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Spratt Bight, take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador, and stroll through Playa de San Luis.

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You can fly from Cali to San Andres Island in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Cali in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Andres Island, with lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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.