60 days in Colombia Itinerary

60 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia tour planner

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Train to Paris CDG, Fly to Santa Marta
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Santa Marta
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Valledupar
— 5 nights
Fly to Bogota, Bus to Villa de Leyva
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Villa de Leyva
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bogota
— 7 nights
Fly
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Medellin
— 6 nights
Fly
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Pereira
— 4 nights
Drive
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Salento
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cali
— 6 nights
Fly to Providencia, Taxi 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
— 8 nights
Fly
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Islas de Rosario
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Cartagena
— 7 nights
Fly to Amsterdam Schiphol, Train to Brussels

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Marta: Minca (El Dorado Bird Reserve & Museo Minca - Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada). There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Santa Marta, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cristal Beach.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta trip itinerary planning tool.

Brussels, Belgium to Santa Marta is an approximately 18-hour combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Brussels to Santa Marta. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Brussels in May, with highs in Santa Marta at 39°C and lows at 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Tayrona National Park

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona and then kick back and relax at Playa de las 7 Olas.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tayrona National Park online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park takes 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to fly to Valledupar.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Valledupar

— 5 nights

City of the Holy Kings of Valledupar

Between the mountains of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and the Serrania del Perija, Valledupar has become known as the home of Vallenato music, a distinctive style of song performed with an accordion, caja (a small drum), and a guacharaca (a percussive, scraping instrument).
Valledupar is known for wildlife, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Parque de la Leyenda Vallenata, admire the landmark architecture of Colegio Nacional Loperena, pause for some photo ops at Mi Pedazo de Acordeon, and head outdoors with Balneario La Mina Valledupar.

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Traveling by flight from Tayrona National Park to Valledupar takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in May, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in Valledupar

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Villa de Leyva

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Antonio Narino, look for gifts at Joyeria MORPHILIA, browse the fresh offerings at Plaza De Mercado De Villa De Leyva, then walk around Parque El Carmen, then see the interesting displays at Museo Paleontológico, and finally have fun and explore at Museo del Chocolate Villa de Leyva. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Vinedo Umana Dajud, then get engrossed in the history at Capilla y Museo de Santa Clara la Real, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Agustin.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Villa de Leyva trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Valledupar to Villa de Leyva in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bogota.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Wineries

Side Trips

Bogota

— 7 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Zipaquira (Museo Arqueologico de Zipaquira, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, &more), Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra) and Ospina Park (in Chia). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, take a stroll through Parque 93, and take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bogota road trip planner.

You can drive from Villa de Leyva to Bogota in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Bogota, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Parks · Tours · Nature

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: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, don't miss a visit to Escaleras Electricas De La Comuna 13, and take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Medellin trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Bogota to Medellin in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Bogota in June; daily highs in Medellin reach 33°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Pereira.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Pereira

— 4 nights
A center of commerce and trade, the thriving city of Pereira was founded in 1863.
Explore Pereira's surroundings by going to Los Nevados National Park (in La Estrella), Plazoleta de los Toldos (in Filandia) and Museo del Oro Quimbaya (in Armenia). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Eje Cafetero (Zona Cafetera), relax in the rural setting at El Paraiso del Bambu y La Guadua, admire the sheer force of Chorros de Don Lolo, and head outdoors with Globos Colombia.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Pereira trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Pereira takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Pereira, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Salento.

Things to do in Pereira

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Salento

— 4 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Spend the 15th (Tue) exploring nature at Bosques de Cocora. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, push the limits with an extreme tour, admire the verdant scenery at Valle del Cocora, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Salento itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Pereira to Salento in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cali.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

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.
Cali is known for zoos & aquariums, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Picoloro Ecoturismo, examine the collection at Museo Aereo Fenix, take in the pleasant sights at Barrio San Antonio, and stroll around Parque de La Salud.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cali trip planner.

Traveling by car from Salento to Cali takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Cali sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Cali

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Providencia Island

— 2 nights
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Santa Catalina, then head off the coast to Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo, and then experience the excitement of Lighthouse Providence. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): don't miss a visit to The Peak Forestry Reserve and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Providencia Island trip itinerary planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Cali to Providencia Island in 6 hours. Traveling from Cali in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Providencia Island, with lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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: discover the deep blue sea with Caribe Extremo, identify plant and animal life at West View, head off the coast to Johnny Cay, and take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Andres Island trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Providencia Island to San Andres Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In June, daily temperatures in San Andres Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Islas de Rosario.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Islas de Rosario

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): observe the fascinating underwater world at Oceanario and then head outdoors with Bora Bora Cartagena Beach Club. On the next day, head outdoors with IslaBela.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Islas de Rosario trip planning tool.

Fly from San Andres Island to Islas de Rosario in 4.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Cartagena.

Things to do in Islas de Rosario

Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cartagena: Isla Baru (Playa Puntilla & Playa Blanca). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cartagena trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Islas de Rosario to Cartagena in 2 hours. In July in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

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.