60 days in Colombia Itinerary

60 days in Colombia Itinerary

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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
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Villa de Leyva side-trips: Tunja (Iglesia de San Agustin, Capilla y Museo de Santa Clara la Real, &more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museo Paleontológico, get curious at Centro de Investigaciones Paleontologicas - CIP, pause for some serene contemplation at Monasterio Del Santo Eccehomo, and sample the tasty concoctions at BBC Bodega Villa de Leyva.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Villa de Leyva trip planner.

Exeter, UK to Villa de Leyva is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of train, flight, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Exeter to Villa de Leyva. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bogota.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Bogota side-trips: Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar) and Zipaquira (Museo Arqueologico de Zipaquira, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, &more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), steep yourself in history at Bolivar Square, make a trip to Teatro Colon Bogota, and explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Bogota route maker tool.

You can drive from Villa de Leyva to Bogota in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. October in Bogota sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time 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 10th (Wed) exploring nature at Farallones de Cali. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Aereo Fenix, hike along Picoloro Ecoturismo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, and see majestic marine mammals with Trip Trip.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cali itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Bogota to Cali in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Bogota in November, things will get a bit warmer in Cali: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Armenia.

Things to do in Cali

Parks · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): 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). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): head outdoors with Canopy Los Caracolies, relax in the rural setting at El Paraiso del Bambu y La Guadua, and then get outside with Globos Colombia.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Armenia trip planner.

Getting from Cali to Armenia by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Armenia are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can 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.
When in Salento, make a side trip to see El Palacio del Barbas in Filandia, approximately Filandia away. Spend the 15th (Mon) exploring nature at Bosques de Cocora. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, appreciate the views at Valle del Cocora, relax in the rural setting at Las Acacias Coffee Farm, and take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Cocora.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Salento trip planning website.

You can drive from Armenia to Salento in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. November in Salento sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Manizales.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manizales: Coffee & Tea Tours (in Pereira) and Hacienda Guayabal (in Chinchina). And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Nevado del Ruiz, relax and rejuvenate at Yoga Love Colombia, experience rural life at Cafe Tio Conejo, and make a trip to Manizales Cathedral.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Manizales road trip tool.

Getting from Salento to Manizales by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Salento in November: highs in Manizales hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time 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: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, observe the fascinating underwater world at Parque Explora, look for all kinds of wild species at Las Tangaras Bird Reserve, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Medellin trip planner.

You can fly from Manizales to Medellin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Manizales in November, you will find days in Medellin are somewhat warmer (31°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Marta: El Dorado Bird Reserve (in Minca) and Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona (in Tayrona National Park). Spend the 29th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Santa Marta, soothe aching muscles at La Basilica Yoga Studio & Boutique, and kick back and relax at Playa Blanca.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Marta online tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Santa Marta takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Medellin in November, expect Santa Marta to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can 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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Puntilla and then look for all kinds of wild species at Aviario Nacional de Colombia.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Isla Baru vacation builder site.

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 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Isla Baru

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Providencia Island

— 2 nights
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
On the 6th (Mon), head outdoors with Almond Bay and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Santa Catalina, head off the coast to Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo, and then enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse Providence.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Providencia Island trip planner.

Getting from Isla Baru to Providencia Island by combination of flight and ferry takes about 8 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Outdoors · Nature · 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: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador, make a trip to Rocky Cay, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Dream Island Spa.

To plan San Andres Island vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Providencia Island to San Andres Island in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In December in San Andres Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can fly to Islas de Rosario.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Islas de Rosario

— 2 nights
On the 15th (Wed), get outside with IslaBela. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Bora Bora Cartagena Beach Club and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oceanario.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Islas de Rosario online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Islas de Rosario takes 4 hours. In December in Islas de Rosario, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Islas de Rosario

Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Highlights from your trip

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: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, see the interesting displays at Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cartagena online journey planner.

Traveling by ferry from Islas de Rosario to Cartagena takes 2.5 hours. In December in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

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.