12 days in Colombia Itinerary

12 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia Trip Planner

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Fly to El Dorado International Airport, Drive to Villavicencio
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Villavicencio
— 3 nights
Bus
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Bogota
— 1 night
Drive
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Zipaquira
— 1 night
Drive
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Villa de Leyva
— 1 night
Drive
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Iza
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bogota
— 3 nights
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Villavicencio

— 3 nights

Villavo

In the foothills of the Andes, Villavicencio vacations focus primarily on the surrounding natural wonders.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Parque Fundadores and Parque Nacional. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Nuestra Senora del Carmen, stroll around Parque Banderas, and don't miss a visit to Plaza los Libertadores.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Villavicencio trip builder.

Panama City, Panama to Villavicencio is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Panama City in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Villavicencio, with lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Bogota.

Things to do in Villavicencio

Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bogota

— 1 night

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.
On the 26th (Sat), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and then get your bearings at Luis Angel Arango Library.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Bogota planning site.

Getting from Villavicencio to Bogota by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Villavicencio in November: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 67°F and lows are around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Zipaquira.

Things to do in Bogota

Nature · Parks · Museums

Zipaquira

— 1 night
A tour of Zipaquira, the salt-mining capital of Colombia, remains one of the best day-trip ideas from Bogota.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Diocesana.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Zipaquira trip app.

Traveling by car from Bogota to Zipaquira takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November in Zipaquira, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in Zipaquira

Historic Sites

Villa de Leyva

— 1 night
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.
On the 28th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Rosario, then explore the activities along Pozos Azules, then engage your brain at Centro de Investigaciones Paleontologicas - CIP, and finally admire the striking features of Casa Terracota.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Villa de Leyva visit planner.

Drive from Zipaquira to Villa de Leyva in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Iza.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Nature · Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums

Iza

— 2 nights
Iza is a town and municipality in Boyacá Department, Colombia. Step off the beaten path and head to Pueblito Boyacense and Parque Central y Feria Dulce de Iza. Venture out of the city with trips to Laguna De Tota (in Tota), Playa Blanca (in Boyaca) and SocialTour (in Mongui).

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Iza visit planning app.

You can drive from Villa de Leyva to Iza in 3 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Iza can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Iza

Parks · Neighborhoods · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Bogota

— 3 nights

Athens of South America

Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): walk around Parque de Usaquen and then enjoy the sand and surf at Laguna de Guatavita. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and then get advice or help at Luis Angel Arango Library.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Bogota trip planner.

You can drive from Iza to Bogota in 4 hours. Traveling from Iza in December, expect nights in Bogota to be cooler, around 46°F, while days are little chillier, around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Churches
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.