7 days in Colombia Itinerary

7 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tayrona National Park
— 1 day
Drive
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Riohacha
— 1 night
Drive
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Valledupar
— 1 night
Fly
4
Barranquilla
— 1 night
Bus
5
Cartagena
— 1 night
Drive
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San Onofre
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteria
— 1 night
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Tayrona National Park

— 1 day
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tayrona National Park trip itinerary website.

Medellin to Tayrona National Park is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Medellin in January; daily highs in Tayrona National Park reach 39°C and lows reach 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Riohacha.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Riohacha

— 1 night
Lying where the Rancheria River flows into the Caribbean Sea, Riohacha serves as a gateway to the desert region of La Guajira Peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): make a trip to Camellon de Riohacha, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Spa Holistico Riohacha, and then make a trip to Muelle de Riohacha.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Riohacha road trip planning app.

You can drive from Tayrona National Park to Riohacha in 3.5 hours. In January in Riohacha, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Valledupar.

Things to do in Riohacha

Spas
Highlights from your trip

Valledupar

— 1 night

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).
On the 6th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Plaza Alfonso Lopez Valledupar, then appreciate the history behind Monumento a la Pilonera Mayor, then see the interesting displays at Casa Beto Murgas, and finally stop by Centro Artesanal Calle Grande.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Valledupar trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Riohacha to Valledupar takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can fly to Barranquilla.

Things to do in Valledupar

Shopping · Museums

Barranquilla

— 1 night

Golden Gate of Colombia

An industrial port city on Colombia's Caribbean coast, Barranquilla represents the fourth-most populous city in the country.
On the 7th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia Nuestra Senora del Rosario, see the interesting displays at Museo del Caribe, and then stop by Todomono.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Barranquilla trip itinerary site.

Fly from Valledupar to Barranquilla in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Valledupar in January: highs in Barranquilla hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Cartagena.

Things to do in Barranquilla

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Cartagena

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): make a trip to Plaza de La Trinidad, explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, then steep yourself in history at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Santo Domingo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cartagena online road trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Barranquilla to Cartagena takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daytime highs in Cartagena are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to San Onofre.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites

San Onofre

— 1 night
Basking in the sun of Colombia's northern coast, San Onofre offers a handful of beautifully preserved historical sites.
On the 9th (Sat), admire all the interesting features of Balsillas and then see some colorful creatures with Rincon Dive Center.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Onofre attractions planning website.

You can drive from Cartagena to San Onofre in 2.5 hours. January in San Onofre sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Monteria.

Things to do in San Onofre

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Scenic Drive

Monteria

— 1 night

City of the Swallows

The capital of the Department of Cordoba, Monteria benefits from an eclectic cultural heritage, with indigenous peoples, African descendants, colonial Spanish descendants, and Arab immigrants among the populace of 1 million.
On the 10th (Sun), make a trip to Plaza Cultural del sinu and then head outdoors with Ronda Del Sinu.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Monteria route website.

Drive from San Onofre to Monteria in 3 hours. January in Monteria sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Monteria

Outdoors

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.

La Guajira Department travel guide

4.1
Beaches · River Rafting & Tubing · Outdoor Activities

Cesar Department travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums

Atlantico Department travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Shopping Malls

Bolivar Department travel guide

3.9
Historic Sites · Castles · Landmarks
Northwestern Colombia may be known for its production of livestock, sugarcane, and coffee, but tourism in Bolivar Department thrives largely thanks to the area's short but lively Caribbean coastline. Regional capital Cartagena serves as the starting point of many Bolivar Department tours, drawing history and architecture buffs with its World Heritage-listed old town. The gateway for exploring the rest of the country, charming Cartagena is also an ideal place for discovering the modern side of Colombia, complete with hip cafes, innovative restaurants, and luxury residential blocks. Away from this urban center, holidays in Bolivar Department allow tourists to discover a series of smaller settlements, tiny time capsules of South America's colonial past.

Sucre Department travel guide

4.4
Scuba & Snorkeling · Islands · Nature & Parks

Cordoba Department travel guide

4.4
Outdoor Activities · Shopping Malls · Churches