23 days in Colombia Itinerary

23 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Bogota
— 3 nights
2
Villa de Leyva
— 3 nights
3
San Gil
— 2 nights
4
Barichara
— 2 nights
5
Bucaramanga
— 2 nights
6
Medellin
— 2 nights
7
Cartagena
— 5 nights
8
Bogota
— 2 nights

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bogota: Zipaquira (Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores, Museo Arqueologico de Zipaquira, &more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), tour the pleasant surroundings at Monserrate, steep yourself in history at Bolivar Square, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bogota road trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Bogota is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Bogota, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Amsterdam in August: high temperatures in Bogota hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Zipaquira
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica

3
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.
Villa de Leyva is known for nature, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Museo Paleontológico, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Terracota, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Rosario, and make a trip to Hotel Plaza Mayor Villa de Leyva.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Villa de Leyva trip builder.

Traveling by car from Bogota to Villa de Leyva takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Gil.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Museo del Chocolate Villa de Leyva
Highlights from your plan
Museo El Fosil ©
Museo El Fosil
Museo Paleontológico ©
Museo Paleontológico

2
nights
San Gil

San Gil ©
Providing some of the region's best opportunities for paragliding, rappelling, white-water rafting, kayaking, hiking, and caving, San Gil appeals to adventure seekers and nature lovers wishing to escape overcrowded Bogota, located several hours' drive to the south.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): get outside with Bungee Extremo San Gil, walk around Parque La Libertad, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Juan Curi. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Parque Gallineral and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Gil tour planner.

You can drive from Villa de Leyva to San Gil in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Barichara.

Things to do in San Gil

Parks Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Parque La Libertad ©
Parque La Libertad
River Rafting & Tubing
Bungee Extremo San Gil ©
Bungee Extremo San Gil

2
nights
Barichara

Barichara ©
A charming town of just over 7,000 people, Barichara displays rustic, dusty orange-colored architecture, protected by the Colombian People's Heritage Network.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion, explore the world behind art at Casa de la Cultura Emiliano Pradilla Gonzalez, don't miss a visit to Capilla de Santa Barbara, thenstroll around Parque Para Las Artes, and finally take some stellar pictures from Salto Del Mico. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Monumento al Buey, walk around Parque Infantil Mirador, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Barichara, thentake in the exciting artwork at Fundacion San Lorenzo De Barichara, and finally make a trip to Mirador Barichara 1.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Barichara tour itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from San Gil to Barichara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Barichara, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Bucaramanga.

Things to do in Barichara

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Parque Para Las Artes ©
Parque Para Las Artes
Salto Del Mico ©
Salto Del Mico
Mirador Barichara 1 ©
Mirador Barichara 1

2
nights
Bucaramanga

Bucaramanga ©
A tour of Bucaramanga may yield little evidence that it dates back as far as 1622.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Holy Family and then don't miss a visit to Universidad Industrial de Santander - UIS. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at La Casa del Libro Total, thentake in the views from Puente del Bicentenario, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Panachi.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bucaramanga online trip builder.

You can drive from Barichara to Bucaramanga in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Bucaramanga can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bucaramanga

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Panachi ©
Panachi
Universidad Industrial de Santander - UIS ©
La Casa del Libro Total ©
La Casa del Libro Total

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): let the kids burn off some steam at Parque Lleras, thenobserve the fascinating underwater world at Parque Explora, and then admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Medellin.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Medellin travel app.

Traveling by flight from Bucaramanga to Medellin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora
Walking tours
Plaza Botero ©
Plaza Botero

5
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.
When in Cartagena, make a side trip to see Playa Blanca in Isla Baru, approximately Isla Baru away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, and steep yourself in history at Plaza Santo Domingo.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cartagena online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Cartagena takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Medellin in August, things will get a bit warmer in Cartagena: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa Blanca, Oceanario
Highlights from your plan
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Boat Tours & Water Sports

2
nights
Bogota

Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, thensee the interesting displays at Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica, and then examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Colombia.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Bogota trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Bogota takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Cartagena in August, with highs in Bogota at °C and lows at °C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Bogota

Tours Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Museo Nacional de Colombia ©
Museo Nacional de Colombia
Parque de Usaquen ©
Parque de Usaquen

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