60 days in Colombia Itinerary

60 days in Colombia Itinerary

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San Andres Island
— 7 nights
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Cali
— 6 nights
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Montenegro
— 4 nights
Drive
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Salento
— 4 nights
Drive
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Manizales
— 5 nights
Fly
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Medellin
— 6 nights
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Bogota
— 6 nights
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Villa de Leyva
— 5 nights
Bus to Aeropuero Int. El Dora, Fly to Santa Marta
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Santa Marta
— 5 nights
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Barranquilla
— 5 nights
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Cartagena
— 5 nights
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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 parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, explore the fascinating underground world of Morgan's Cave, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Piscinita, and explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Andres Island road trip planning app.

Bergen, Norway to San Andres Island is an approximately 23-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Bergen to San Andres Island. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Bergen in September; daily highs in San Andres Island reach 36°C and lows reach 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Cali.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cali side-trips: El Derrumbado (in Buga) and El Choro Trail (in La Paz). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Museo Aereo Fenix, appreciate the history behind Cristo Rey, admire the striking features of El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada), and get to know the resident critters at Zoologico de Cali.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cali driving holiday site.

You can fly from San Andres Island to Cali in 4 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in September, Cali is little chillier at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Montenegro.

Things to do in Cali

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Montenegro

— 4 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 Los Nevados National Park (in La Estrella) and Pereira (Iglesia El Claret, Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza, &more). There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Globos Colombia, relax in the rural setting at El Paraiso del Bambu y La Guadua, don't miss a visit to Eje Cafetero (Zona Cafetera), and get in on the family fun at Parque del Cafe.

For where to stay and more tourist information, use the Montenegro day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cali to Montenegro takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Cali, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Montenegro, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Salento.

Things to do in Montenegro

Parks · Nature · Tours · Theme Parks

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 to go to Filandia and see El Palacio del Barbas, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: stroll through Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, experience rural life at Las Acacias Coffee Farm, appreciate the views at Valle del Cocora, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Carmen.

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Traveling by car from Montenegro to Salento takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Salento, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Manizales.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Manizales

— 5 nights
A major center of education and commerce, Manizales also serves as one of the hubs of coffee production in Colombia.
Change things up with these side-trips from Manizales: Mirador Agroturistico Colina del Sol (in Chinchina) and Finca Del Cafe (in Santa Rosa de Cabal). Spend the 25th (Wed) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Natural Los Nevados. There's still lots to do: experience rural life at Cafe Tio Conejo, get outside with Parque Tematico Laguna Negra, pause for some serene contemplation at Manizales Cathedral, and get great views at Corredor Polaco Basilica De Manilzales.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Manizales driving holiday website.

Traveling by car from Salento to Manizales takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Salento in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Manizales: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Medellin.

Things to do in Manizales

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · 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.
Go for a jaunt from Medellin to Guatape to see Piedra Del Penol about 1h 50 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, cruise along medellin 2000m DESCENT, make a trip to Plaza Botero, and explore the activities along Laguna de Guatape.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Medellin tour itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Manizales to Medellin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Manizales in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Medellin, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bogota: Zipaquira (Esensal & Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira), Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra) and Club de Golf UMB Universidad Manuela Beltran (in Tocancipa). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Bogota day trip tool.

You can fly from Medellin to Bogota in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Medellin in October, things will get a bit cooler in Bogota: highs are around 22°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Villa de Leyva side-trips: Piedra Colgada (in Susa), Sendero Ecologico la Zarza (in Duitama) and Iglesia de la Renovacion (in Chiquinquira). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museo Paleontológico, don't miss a visit to Hotel Plaza Mayor Villa de Leyva, indulge your thirst for a good beer at BBC Bodega Villa de Leyva, and get curious at Centro de Investigaciones Paleontologicas - CIP.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Villa de Leyva tour itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Bogota to Villa de Leyva in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Marta: Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona (in Tayrona National Park) and Minca (El Dorado Bird Reserve & Museo Minca - Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada). Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll around Parque de Los Novios, don't miss a visit to El Amanuense Libros & Cafe, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cristal Beach.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta online trip builder.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Villa de Leyva to Santa Marta takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October in Santa Marta, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to catch the bus to Barranquilla.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Barranquilla

— 5 nights

Golden Gate of Colombia

An industrial port city on Colombia's Caribbean coast, Barranquilla represents the fourth-most populous city in the country.
Venture out of the city with trips to Megua Parque Biotematico (in Galapa) and Usiacuri (Inmueble Patrimonial Mixto Poeta Julio Florez & Iglesia de Santo Domingo de Guzman). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepcion, walk around Parque Paseo de la Castellana, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia Nuestra Senora del Rosario, and browse the different shops at Centro Comercial Buenavista.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Barranquilla trip builder site.

You can take a bus from Santa Marta to Barranquilla in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In October, daytime highs in Barranquilla are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Cartagena.

Things to do in Barranquilla

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru (about 1h 5 min away). 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, admire the striking features of Las Bovedas, and steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cartagena trip itinerary website.

Traveling by bus from Barranquilla to Cartagena takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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.