60 days in Colombia Itinerary

60 days in Colombia Itinerary

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60 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  13 h 15 min
1
Villa de Leyva
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Bogota
— 6 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
3
Popayan
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Cali
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Montenegro
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Manizales
— 5 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
7
Medellin
— 6 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  2 h 15 min
8
Bucaramanga
— 5 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  4 h 15 min
9
Santa Marta
— 5 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3 h
10
San Andres Island
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
11
Cartagena
— 6 nights
Fly:  11 h 45 min
End: Newark

4
nights
Villa de Leyva

Villa de Leyva ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Villa de Leyva side-trips: Chiquinquira (Iglesia de la Renovacion & Convento Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Chiquinquirá), Paso del Angel (in Boyaca) and Tunja (Catedral Basilica Metropolitana Santiago de Tunja, Iglesia de San Ignacio, & more). Spend the 1st (Mon) exploring nature at Iguaque National Park. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Paleontológico, look for gifts at Morphilia Joyeria, admire the striking features of Casa Terracota, and explore the activities along Pozos Azules.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Villa de Leyva road trip planner.

Newark, USA to Villa de Leyva is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bogota.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tunja, Chiquinquira, Paso del Angel
Highlights from your plan
Iguaque National Park ©
Iguaque National Park
Museo Paleontológico ©
Museo Paleontológico
BBC Bodega Villa de Leyva ©
BBC Bodega Villa de Leyva

6
nights
Bogota

Bogota ©
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: Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra) and Catedral de Sal (in Zipaquira). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, explore the landscape on two wheels at Ciclovia de Bogota, and don't miss a visit to Casa Libreria Wilborada 1047.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bogota travel planner.

Getting from Villa de Leyva to Bogota by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July in Bogota, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Popayan.

Things to do in Bogota

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trips

Laguna de Guatavita, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©

4
nights
Popayan

Popayan ©
Popayan vacations hold plenty of appeal for international and domestic visitors, as the city represent one of the most entertaining and culturally enriching urban centers on the continent.
Change things up with a short trip to Lago El Bolson in Cajibio (about 1h 05 min away). Spend the 12th (Fri) exploring nature at Parque Natural de Purace. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Nuestra Senora de la Encarnacion, don't miss a visit to Parque Caldas, take in the exciting artwork at Museo Negret, and admire the landmark architecture of Paraninfo Caldas.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Popayan trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Popayan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Plan for much hotter nights when traveling from Bogota in July since evenings lows in Popayan dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cali.

Things to do in Popayan

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lago El Bolson, Purace National Natural Park
Highlights from your plan
Purace National Natural Park ©
Purace National Natural Park
Kirche Santo Domingo ©
Kirche Santo Domingo
Parque Caldas ©
Parque Caldas

6
nights
Cali

Cali ©
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 still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Aereo Fenix, walk around Ecoparque de las Garzas, get to know the resident critters at Zoologico de Cali, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cali day trip website .

You can drive from Popayan to Cali in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. While traveling from Popayan, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cali, ranging from highs of 88°F to lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Montenegro.

Things to do in Cali

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Camino Real
Highlights from your plan
Museo Aereo Fenix ©
Museo Aereo Fenix
Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia ©
Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia
Zoologico de Cali ©
Zoologico de Cali

5
nights
Montenegro

Montenegro ©
Named after the dark trees covering the area's hills, Montenegro (literally Black Mountain) sits in a verdant zone irrigated by three major rivers.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Montenegro: Salento (Bosques de Cocora, Valle del Cocora, & more), Museo del Oro Quimbaya (in Armenia) and Los Nevados National Park (in La Estrella). Pack the 21st (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Parque del Cafe. There's more to do: head outdoors with Globos Colombia and don't miss a visit to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera).

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Montenegro trip planner .

You can drive from Cali to Montenegro in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in July, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Manizales.

Things to do in Montenegro

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Salento, Museo del Oro Quimbaya, Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera), Los Nevados National Park
Highlights from your plan
Globos Colombia ©
Globos Colombia
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Parque del Cafe ©
Parque del Cafe

5
nights
Manizales

Manizales ©
A major center of education and commerce, Manizales also serves as one of the hubs of coffee production in Colombia.
Get out of town with these interesting Manizales side-trips: Chinchina (Mirador Agroturistico Colina del Sol & Hacienda Guayabal). There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Nevado del Ruiz, buy something for everyone on your list at Fundadores Centro Comercial, get great views at Corredor Polaco Basilica De Manilzales, and head outdoors with Parque Tematico Laguna Negra.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Manizales planning site .

Getting from Montenegro to Manizales by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Montenegro in July: highs in Manizales hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Manizales

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Chinchina
Highlights from your plan
Nevado del Ruiz ©
Nevado del Ruiz
Manizales Cathedral ©
Manizales Cathedral
Cafe Tio Conejo ©
Cafe Tio Conejo

6
nights
Medellin

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Make the 3rd (Sat) a stimulating day with a coffee and tea tour. There's still lots to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, observe the fascinating underwater world at Parque Explora, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Guatape, and make a trip to Plaza Botero.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Medellin visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Manizales to Medellin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Manizales in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Medellin: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bucaramanga.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Walking tours
medellin 2000m DESCENT ©
medellin 2000m DESCENT

5
nights
Bucaramanga

Bucaramanga ©
A tour of Bucaramanga may yield little evidence that it dates back as far as 1622.
Spend the 4th (Sun) exploring nature at Parque Nacional de Chicamocha. Spend the 8th (Thu) exploring nature at Panachi. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica San Juan Bautista, steep yourself in history at Capilla Nuestra Senora de las Nieves, buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Cacique, and take in the views from Puente del Bicentenario.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Bucaramanga tour builder app .

Getting from Medellin to Bucaramanga by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In August in Bucaramanga, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Bucaramanga

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Giron, Parque Caracoli
Highlights from your plan
Panachi ©
Panachi
Club del Comercio ©
Club del Comercio

5
nights
Santa Marta

Santa Marta ©
Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Marta: Minca (El Dorado Bird Reserve & Memorial Center of the Sierra Nevada) and Gabriel Garcia Marquez Museum (in Aracataca). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta, go for a stroll along the water at Marina Santa Marta, and kick back and relax at Cristal Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Marta trip planning website .

Getting from Bucaramanga to Santa Marta by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Bucaramanga in August, with highs in Santa Marta at 92°F and lows at 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Minca, Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, Casa Museo Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

6
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
San Andres Island is known for wildlife, nature, beaches, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, kick back and relax at Playa de Spratt Bight, identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita, and make a trip to Rocky Cay.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Santa Marta to San Andres Island in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Santa Marta in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Andres Island: temperatures range from 87°F by day to 79°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

6
nights
Cartagena

Cartagena ©
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.
Spend the 22nd (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and gain insight at Plaza Santo Domingo.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Cartagena trip tool .

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. In August in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 78°F at night. You'll set off for home on the 25th (Sun).

Things to do in Cartagena

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

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