60 days in Colombia Itinerary

60 days in Colombia Itinerary

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60 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  11 h 45 min
1
Cartagena
— 6 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Isla Baru
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
3
Medellin
— 7 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
4
Manizales
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Salento
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Cali
— 6 nights
Bus + Fly:  2 h 15 min
7
Bogota
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Villa de Leyva
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h
9
Bucaramanga
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  4 h 15 min
10
Barranquilla
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
11
Santa Marta
— 5 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3 h
12
San Andres Island
— 8 nights
Fly:  14 h
End: Newark

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.
Let the collections at NH Galeria and Caribe Jewelry and Emerald Museum capture your imagination. For shopping fun, head to Dantas Store or Arte Getsemani. Spend the 30th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate the long history of Plaza Santo Domingo, and contemplate the geological forces at Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano).

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Cartagena online sightseeing planner .

Newark, USA to Cartagena is an approximately 12-hour flight. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Newark in June: high temperatures in Cartagena hover around 91°F and lows are around 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Isla Baru.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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

1
night
Isla Baru

Isla Baru ©
Lying south of Cartagena, Isla Baru was connected to the mainland until the construction of the Canal del Dique.
On the 5th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Aviario Nacional de Colombia and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Isla Baru visit website .

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Cartagena to Isla Baru in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Isla Baru

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia

7
nights
Medellin

Medellin ©
Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Museum-lovers will appreciate KJ - Art, Shop & Coffee and Museo de Antioquia. Head to Mayorca Mega Plaza and Duna Storefor plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting Medellin side-trips: Mall Indiana (in Envigado) and Plaza de Mercado (in La Ceja). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Arvi, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and browse the different shops at Centro Comercial La Central.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Medellin online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Isla Baru to Medellin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Medellin are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Manizales.

Things to do in Medellin

Shopping Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Envigado, Mayorca Mega Plaza, Plaza de Mercado
Highlights from your plan
Mayorca Mega Plaza ©
Mayorca Mega Plaza
Museo de Antioquia ©
Museo de Antioquia
Parque Arvi ©
Parque Arvi

4
nights
Manizales

Manizales ©
A major center of education and commerce, Manizales also serves as one of the hubs of coffee production in Colombia.
Head to Fundadores Centro Comercial and Cable Plaza Centro Comercialfor some retail therapy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Catedral de Manizales and Basílica Inmaculada Concepción. Get out of town with these interesting Manizales side-trips: Santa Rosa de Cabal (Monumento al Machete, Polimetria, & more) and Pereira (Gran Casino Victoria & Jardin Botanico Universidad Tecnologica de Pereira). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Ecologica Rio Blanco, get outside with Parque Tematico Laguna Negra, and pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of the Rosary.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Manizales tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Manizales takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and 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 your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Salento.

Things to do in Manizales

Shopping Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Rosa de Cabal, Pereira, Polimetria
Highlights from your plan
Fundadores Centro Comercial ©
Fundadores Centro Comercial
Polimetria ©
Polimetria
Manizales Cathedral ©
Manizales Cathedral

3
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
For shopping fun, head to Region Paisaje / Landscape Region or Plazoleta de los Toldos. Step out of Salento with an excursion to El Palacio del Barbas in Filandia--about 34 minutes away. Spend the 18th (Thu) exploring nature at Bosques de Cocora. It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve and savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Salento tour planner .

You can drive from Manizales to Salento in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Manizales in July: highs in Salento hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cali.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Filandia
Highlights from your plan
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Region Paisaje / Landscape Region ©
Region Paisaje / Landscape Region
Reserva La Rivera ©
Reserva La Rivera

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.
Museo Aereo Fenix and MUSA Museo Arqueologico will appeal to museum buffs. Shop till you drop at Centro Comercial ALfaguara and Unicentro Palmira. Step out of Cali with an excursion to Llanogrande Plaza Shopping Center in Palmira--about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Barrio San Antonio, browse the different shops at Palmetto Plaza, examine the collection at Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia, and admire the natural beauty at Bichacue Yath Arte y Naturaleza.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cali road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Salento to Cali takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Cali are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cali

Shopping Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palmira, Camino Real, Reserva Natural Kantu, Centro Comercial ALfaguara
Highlights from your plan
Museo Aereo Fenix ©
Museo Aereo Fenix
Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia ©
Camino Real ©
Camino Real

7
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica. Shop till you drop at Barrio La Candelaria and 93 Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Zipaquira (Esensal & Catedral de Sal), Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra) and Chia (Vinos Express & Centro Comercial Cento Chia). There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at DIBS by Culture Shock Colombia, hunt for treasures at Pasaje Rivas, explore the galleries of Galeria La Cometa, and buy something for everyone on your list at Multiplaza Bogota.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Bogota trip itinerary site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Cali to Bogota in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. When traveling from Cali in July, plan for much colder days in Bogota, with highs around 65°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in Bogota

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

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

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.
Appreciate the collections at Museo Paleontológico and Guadalupe Arte & Diseno. For shopping fun, head to Morphilia Joyeria or Alcaldia Villa de Leyva. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Villa de Leyva: Casa Museo Don Juan de Vargas (in Tunja) and Boyaca (Iglesia Colonial & Golf Club Briceno). And it doesn't end there: sample the tasty concoctions at BBC Bodega Villa de Leyva, skim along the rocks with Vertical Trip, learn about winemaking at Vinedo Umana Dajud, and walk around Parque El Carmen.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Villa de Leyva trip planner .

Drive from Bogota to Villa de Leyva in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bucaramanga.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Outdoors Tours Shopping

Side Trips

Boyaca, Casa Museo Don Juan de Vargas
Highlights from your plan
Vertical Trip ©
Vertical Trip
Museo Paleontológico ©
Museo Paleontológico
Casa Museo Don Juan de Vargas ©
Casa Museo Don Juan de Vargas

2
nights
Bucaramanga

Bucaramanga ©
A tour of Bucaramanga may yield little evidence that it dates back as far as 1622.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): buy something for everyone on your list at Megamall Centro Comercial, then get into the urban bustle at Centro Cultural del Oriente, and then browse the different shops at Parque Caracoli. On your second day here, browse the fresh offerings at Plaza de Mercado Guarin, then buy something for everyone on your list at Cacique el Centro Comercial, then buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Cacique, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica San Juan Bautista.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bucaramanga journey planning tool .

Drive from Villa de Leyva to Bucaramanga in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August in Bucaramanga, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Barranquilla.

Things to do in Bucaramanga

Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Parque Caracoli, Basilica San Juan Bautista
Highlights from your plan
Parque Caracoli ©
Parque Caracoli
Centro Comercial Cacique ©
Centro Comercial Cacique
Cacique el Centro Comercial ©
Cacique el Centro Comercial

4
nights
Barranquilla

Barranquilla ©
An industrial port city on Colombia's Caribbean coast, Barranquilla represents the fourth-most populous city in the country.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Bojanini Art Gallery and Museo Mapuka. El Prado and Cauca Viejo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Usiacuri (Iglesia de Santo Domingo de Guzman & Casa Museo Poeta Julio Florez). There's lots more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Carnaval, stop by Todomono, try your luck at Gran Casino Buenavista, and don't miss a visit to Universidad del Atlantico.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Barranquilla trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Bucaramanga to Barranquilla by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bucaramanga in August: high temperatures in Barranquilla hover around 92°F and lows are around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Barranquilla

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Usiacuri, Cauca Viejo, Centro Comercial Carnaval
Highlights from your plan
Bojanini Art Gallery ©
Bojanini Art Gallery
Casa Museo Poeta Julio Florez ©
Casa Museo Poeta Julio Florez
Museo Mapuka ©
Museo Mapuka

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and Paseo El Camellon. Let the collections at Gabriel Garcia Marquez Museum and Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana capture your imagination. Go for a jaunt from Santa Marta to Minca to see El Dorado Bird Reserve about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Zazue Plaza, stop by Yo Amo Santa Marta, and stroll through Playa Blanca.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Santa Marta route planner .

Traveling by car from Barranquilla to Santa Marta takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Santa Marta sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 78°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, El Dorado Bird Reserve, 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

8
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Island House Museum and Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres. Do your shopping at Esmeraldas Colombianas and Banco de la Republica. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Charquitos, explore the gorgeous colors at Aquanautas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de San Luis.

Make your San Andres Island itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Santa Marta to San Andres Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Santa Marta in August: highs in San Andres Island hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 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 Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Cayo El Acuario ©
Cayo El Acuario
West View
West View

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