60 days in Colombia Itinerary

60 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia trip planner

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Cartagena
— 6 nights
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Isla Baru
— 1 night
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Medellin
— 7 nights
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Manizales
— 4 nights
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Salento
— 3 nights
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Cali
— 6 nights
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Bogota
— 7 nights
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Villa de Leyva
— 4 nights
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Bucaramanga
— 2 nights
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Barranquilla
— 4 nights
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Santa Marta
— 5 nights
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— 8 nights
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Cartagena

— 6 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Dantas Store and Anticuario El Arcon. Do some cultural sightseeing at Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and NH Galeria. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, take a stroll through Centro Historico, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cartagena journey planner.

Newark, USA to Cartagena is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Newark in June; daily highs in Cartagena reach 91°F and lows reach 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Isla Baru.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

Isla Baru

— 1 night
Lying south of Cartagena, Isla Baru was connected to the mainland until the construction of the Canal del Dique.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Aviario Nacional de Colombia and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Isla Baru road trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Cartagena to Isla Baru takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to fly to Medellin.

Things to do in Isla Baru

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Medellin

— 7 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.
You'll explore and learn at Museo de Antioquia and KJ Art shop & Coffee. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Arte Loft Galeria and H by HDC. Change things up with these side-trips from Medellin: Mall Indiana (in Envigado), Mayorca Mega Plaza (in Sabaneta) and Plaza de Mercado (in La Ceja). Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at medellin 2000m DESCENT, browse the different shops at Centro Comercial La Central, look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Arvi, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Medellin holiday maker tool.

Getting from Isla Baru to Medellin by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in July, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Manizales.

Things to do in Medellin

Shopping · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Manizales

— 4 nights
A major center of education and commerce, Manizales also serves as one of the hubs of coffee production in Colombia.
Shop till you drop at Polimetria and Fundadores Centro Comercial. Get a sense of the local culture at Manizales Cathedral and Our Lady of the Rosary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manizales: Santa Rosa de Cabal (Monumento al Machete & Thermal Spas) and Pereira (Gran Casino Victoria & Jardin Botanico Universidad Tecnologica de Pereira). The adventure continues: explore the wide array of goods at Cable Plaza Centro Comercial, get outside with Parque Tematico Laguna Negra, identify plant and animal life at Reserva Ecologica Rio Blanco, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basílica Inmaculada Concepción.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Manizales online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Manizales takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Medellin in July, things will get a bit cooler in Manizales: highs are around 69°F and lows about 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Salento.

Things to do in Manizales

Shopping · Parks · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trips

Salento

— 3 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
For shopping fun, head to Plazoleta de los Toldos or Region Paisaje / Landscape Region. Step out of Salento to go to Filandia and see El Palacio del Barbas, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Spend the 18th (Thu) exploring nature at Bosques de Cocora. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve and savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Salento tour builder website.

You can drive from Manizales to Salento in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Manizales in July, expect nights in Salento to be about the same, around 63°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 84°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cali.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

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.
Let the collections at Museo Aereo Fenix and Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Barrio San Antonio and Iglesia La Merced. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cali: Camino Real (in Barichara), Centro Comercial ALfaguara (in Jamundi) and Unicentro Palmira (in Palmira). There's lots more to do: indulge your taste buds at Galeria Alameda, browse the different shops at Pacific Mall, look for all kinds of wild species at Bichacue Yath Arte y Naturaleza, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cali trip planner.

Traveling by car from Salento to Cali takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 66°F. On the 25th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Bogota.

Things to do in Cali

Shopping · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

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.
Let the collections at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Barrio La Candelaria and Parque 93. Get out of town with these interesting Bogota side-trips: Zipaquira (Esensal & Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira), Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra) and Chia (Vinos Express & Centro Comercial Cento Chia). Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at DIBS by Culture Shock Colombia, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arquitectura Leopoldo Rother, take a stroll around Centro Internacional de Negocios y Exposiciones, and browse the exhibits of Galeria La Cometa.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Bogota trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Cali to Bogota takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Cali in July, expect nights in Bogota to be slightly colder, around 48°F, while days are colder, around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in Bogota

Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Villa de Leyva

— 4 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.
Do your shopping at Plaza De Mercado De Villa De Leyva and Joyeria MORPHILIA. Do some cultural sightseeing at Guadalupe Arte & Diseno and Vinedo Umana Dajud. Go for a jaunt from Villa de Leyva to Tunja to see Casa Museo Don Juan de Vargas about 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: sample the tasty concoctions at BBC Bodega Villa de Leyva, examine the collection at Museo Paleontológico, walk around Parque El Carmen, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia del Carmen.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Villa de Leyva trip planner.

Getting from Bogota to Villa de Leyva by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Bucaramanga.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Bucaramanga

— 2 nights

City of Parks

A tour of Bucaramanga may yield little evidence that it dates back as far as 1622.
On the 6th (Tue), browse the different shops at Megamall Centro Comercial, then get into the urban bustle at Centro Cultural del Oriente, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Parque Caracoli. Keep things going the next day: savor the flavors at Plaza de Mercado Guarin, buy something for everyone on your list at Cacique el Centro Comercial, then browse the different shops at Centro Comercial Cacique, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica San Juan Bautista.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bucaramanga trip builder website.

Getting from Villa de Leyva to Bucaramanga by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in August, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to fly to Barranquilla.

Things to do in Bucaramanga

Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Barranquilla

— 4 nights

Golden Gate of Colombia

An industrial port city on Colombia's Caribbean coast, Barranquilla represents the fourth-most populous city in the country.
Bojanini Art Gallery and Museo del Caribe will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at El Prado and Iglesia de Santo Domingo de Guzman. Step out of Barranquilla with an excursion to Inmueble Patrimonial de Conservacion Historica que Pertenecio al Poeta Colombiano Julio Florez in Usiacuri--about 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: browse the different shops at Centro Comercial Carnaval, take a stroll around Centro de Convenciones Puerta de Oro, look for gifts at Todomono, and don't miss a visit to Universidad del Atlantico.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Barranquilla journey planning website.

Traveling by flight from Bucaramanga to Barranquilla takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, Barranquilla is a bit warmer than Bucaramanga - with highs of 92°F and lows of 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Barranquilla

Shopping · Museums · Fun & Games · Casinos

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.
Get some cultural insight at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Centro Comercial Zazue Plaza and Yo Amo Santa Marta. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Marta: Casa Museo Gabriel Garcia Marquez (in Aracataca), Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona (in Tayrona National Park) and El Dorado Bird Reserve (in Minca). Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Buenavista, steep yourself in history at Paseo El Camellon, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cristal Beach.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Santa Marta holiday builder website.

You can take a bus from Barranquilla to Santa Marta in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daily temperatures in Santa Marta can reach 92°F, while at night they dip to 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

San Andres Island

— 8 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres and Plaza Canon de Morgan. Do your shopping at Banco de la Republica and Esmeraldas Colombianas. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bahia del Cove, kick back and relax at Playa Charquitos, and step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Andres Island road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Santa Marta to San Andres Island takes 6.5 hours. Traveling from Santa Marta in August, you will find days in San Andres Island are slightly colder (87°F), and nights are about the same (79°F). On the 24th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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.