60 days in Colombia Itinerary

60 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Cartagena
— 7 nights
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Santa Marta
— 6 nights
Drive
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Riohacha
— 3 nights
Drive
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Valledupar
— 4 nights
Fly
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Medellin
— 6 nights
Fly to Bucaramanga, Bus to Barichara
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Barichara
— 4 nights
Drive
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Villa de Leyva
— 6 nights
Drive
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Bogota
— 7 nights
Fly
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San Agustin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pasto
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Andres Island
— 4 nights
Fly to Providencia, Taxi to Providencia Island
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Providencia Island
— 4 nights
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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.
Shop till you drop at NH Galeria and Mall Plaza El Castillo. Let the collections at Choco Museo and Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory capture your imagination. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, make a trip to Plaza Santo Domingo, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Santo Toribio, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cartagena trip itinerary planner.

Houston, USA to Cartagena is an approximately 11-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Houston to Cartagena due to the time zone difference. In January, Cartagena is warmer than Houston - with highs of 88°F and lows of 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games

Santa Marta

— 6 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.
Relax by the water at Cristal Beach and Playa Grande. Discover out-of-the-way places like Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and Parque de Los Novios. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Marta: Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona (in Tayrona National Park), Casa Museo Gabriel Garcia Marquez (in Aracataca) and Coffee and Cacao Farm, Minca (in Minca). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, make a trip to Paseo El Camellon, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and get outside with El Rodadero.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Marta online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Santa Marta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February in Santa Marta, expect temperatures between 93°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Riohacha.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors · Parks · Shopping · Beaches

Side Trips

Riohacha

— 3 nights
Lying where the Rancheria River flows into the Caribbean Sea, Riohacha serves as a gateway to the desert region of La Guajira Peninsula.
Head to Centro Comercial Viva and El Mercado Nuevofor plenty of shopping. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Punta Gallinas and Camellon de Riohacha. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Playas de Mayapo, browse the different shops at Centro Comercial Suchiimma, make a trip to Plaza Padilla, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Nuestra Senora de los Remedios.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Riohacha road trip planner.

Getting from Santa Marta to Riohacha by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in February, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Valledupar.

Things to do in Riohacha

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Valledupar

— 4 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).
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Iglesia de San Juan Bautista and Plaza Alfonso Lopez Valledupar. Do some cultural sightseeing at Casa Beto Murgas and Nabusimake. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Concepcion, look for gifts at Centro Artesanal Calle Grande, make a trip to Parque de la Leyenda Vallenata, and appreciate the history behind Monumento a la Pilonera Mayor.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Valledupar travel planner.

Drive from Riohacha to Valledupar in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Riohacha in February, you will find days in Valledupar are somewhat warmer (97°F), and nights are about the same (75°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Valledupar

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
Shop till you drop at Centro Comercial Santafé and Mayorca Mega Plaza. Visit Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica and Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Observatorio Agroecologico El Cafetal (in Envigado), Guatape (Esencia del Sol & Piedra Del Penol) and Carmen de Viboral (Vivoral Ceramica & Ceramicas Esmaltarte). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia, look for gifts at Artesanias Caballo de Troya, buy something for everyone on your list at El Tesoro Parque Comercial, and take some stellar pictures from Cerro Nutibara.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Medellin trip planner.

You can fly from Valledupar to Medellin in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Valledupar in February, things will get slightly colder in Medellin: highs are around 82°F and lows about 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Barichara.

Things to do in Medellin

Shopping · Tours · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Barichara

— 4 nights
A charming town of just over 7,000 people, Barichara displays rustic, dusty orange-colored architecture, protected by the Colombian People's Heritage Network.
Head to Taller de Ceramica Terracota and Tierrartefor plenty of shopping. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Camino Real and Capilla Inmaculada Concepcion, El Socorro. Explore Barichara's surroundings by going to San Gil (Bungee Extremo San Gil, River Rafting & Tubing, &more) and Iglesia Nuestra Senora de Chiquinquira El Socorro (in Socorro). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Capilla de Santa Barbara, stroll the grounds of Cementerio Barichara, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion, and relax in the rural setting at Cafe Alfania.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Barichara trip builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Medellin to Barichara takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. February in Barichara sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 66°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in Barichara

Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Villa de Leyva

— 6 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Rosario and Convento Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Chiquinquirá. Do some cultural sightseeing at Monasterio Del Santo Eccehomo and Museo El Fosil. Explore Villa de Leyva's surroundings by going to Iglesia de la Renovacion (in Chiquinquira) and Tunja (Capilla y Museo de Santa Clara la Real, Iglesia de San Ignacio, &more). The adventure continues: engage your brain at Centro de Investigaciones Paleontologicas - CIP, make a trip to Hotel Plaza Mayor Villa de Leyva, see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Antonio Narino, and get the lay of the land with Sol Muisca.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Villa de Leyva trip planner.

Getting from Barichara to Villa de Leyva by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bogota.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

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.
Head to Parque 93 and Mercado de las Pulgas de Usaquenfor some retail therapy. Museum-lovers will appreciate Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Museo Nacional de Colombia. Get out of town with these interesting Bogota side-trips: Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra), Cafe & Guitarra (in Tabio) and Chia (Centro Comercial Cento Chia, Ospina Park, &more). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, take a stroll through Barrio La Candelaria, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Bogota trip planner.

You can drive from Villa de Leyva to Bogota in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March in Bogota, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to San Agustin.

Things to do in Bogota

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

San Agustin

— 2 nights
San Agustin remains best known for its archaeological sites, which include the World Heritage-listed San Agustin Archaeological Park.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): delve into the distant past at San Agustin Archaeological Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Lourdes, then don't miss a visit to Parque Arqueologico Alto de los Idolos, then take in the pleasant sights at Alto de Las Piedras Archaeological Park, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at El Salto del Mortino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Estrecho Del Magdalena, then explore the ancient world of El Purutal, then make a trip to La Chaquira, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Agustin.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Agustin holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to San Agustin takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Bogota in March since evenings lows in San Agustin dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Pasto.

Things to do in San Agustin

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Pasto

— 2 nights

Surprise City

Pasto sits in the Andes mountain range at an altitude of 2,527 m (8,290 ft) above sea level.
Get some cultural insight at Las Lajas Sanctuary and Templo de San Felipe. Get some historical perspective at Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Rosario and Iglesia de Fatima. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at La Laguna de la Cocha, ponder the world of politics at Edificio de la Gobernacion de Narino, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Pasto, and have fun at Estadio Departamental Libertad.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Pasto trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from San Agustin to Pasto by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from San Agustin in March, expect nights in Pasto to be colder, around 45°F, while days are slightly colder, around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Pasto

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

San Andres Island

— 4 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa de Spratt Bight and Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Island House Museum and Plaza Canon de Morgan. There's lots more to do: explore the gorgeous colors at West View, get into the urban bustle at Banco de la Republica, head off the coast to Cayo Bolivar, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Charquitos.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island online trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Pasto to San Andres Island in 7.5 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Pasto in March, with highs in San Andres Island at 85°F and lows at 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Providencia Island

— 4 nights
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Step off the beaten path and head to Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo and McBean Lagoon National Natural Park. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to The Peak Forestry Reserve, get outside with Almond Bay, snap pictures at Lover’s Lane, and explore the striking landscape at Morgan's Head.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Providencia Island itinerary planning website.

Getting from San Andres Island to Providencia Island by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. March in Providencia Island sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 77°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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.