26 days in Colombia Itinerary

26 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Bogota
— 2 nights
2
La Macarena
— 2 nights
3
Villa de Leyva
— 2 nights
4
Neiva
— 2 nights
5
Salento
— 4 nights
6
Medellin
— 5 nights
7
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
8
Cartagena
— 5 nights
9
Bogota
— Few hours

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): make a trip to Bolivar Square, then see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Bogota holiday maker app.

London, UK to Bogota is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Colombia Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from London in August; daily highs in Bogota reach 22°C and lows reach 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to La Macarena.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Food Tours
Bolivar Square ©
Bolivar Square

2
nights
La Macarena

La Macarena ©
A gateway to one of the world's most fascinating rivers, La Macarena enjoys a special place in the heart of Colombian nature lovers.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Raudales Rio Guayabero. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Cano Piedra and then contemplate the waterfront views at Cano Cristales.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the La Macarena trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Bogota to La Macarena takes 19.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in La Macarena

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cano Cristales ©
Cano Cristales
Cano Piedra ©
Cano Piedra
Iglesia Catolica ©
Iglesia Catolica

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Pozos Azules, then admire the striking features of Casa Terracota, and then don't miss a visit to Hotel Plaza Mayor Villa de Leyva.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Villa de Leyva trip itinerary app.

Drive from La Macarena to Villa de Leyva in 22.5 hours. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Neiva.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Nature · Parks · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Pozos Azules ©
Pozos Azules
Hotel Plaza Mayor Villa de Leyva ©
Hotel Plaza Mayor Villa de Leyva
Casa Terracota ©
Casa Terracota

2
nights
Neiva

Neiva ©
Neiva is the capital of the Department of Huila. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Neiva and then go for a walk through Malecon del Rio Magdalena.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Neiva trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Villa de Leyva to Neiva in 8.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In August in Neiva, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Salento.

Things to do in Neiva

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Malecon del Rio Magdalena ©
Malecon del Rio Magdalena

4
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Step out of Salento to go to Filandia and see Mirador Colina Iluminada, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Bosques de Cocora, relax in the rural setting at Las Acacias Coffee Farm, appreciate the views at Valle del Cocora, and take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Cocora.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Salento day trip planner.

You can drive from Neiva to Salento in 7 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Neiva in August, with highs in Salento at 34°C and lows at 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Medellin.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Mirador Colina Iluminada
Highlights from your plan
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Valle del Cocora ©
Valle del Cocora

5
nights
Medellin

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Medellin is known for parks, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Arvi, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Medellin.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Medellin tour planner.

Getting from Salento to Medellin by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Envigado
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Walking tours
Off-Road Tours

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): stop by Yo Amo Santa Marta and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Parque de Los Novios, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Marine World Aquarium.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Marta tour itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Medellin to Santa Marta by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Medellin in September, with highs in Santa Marta at 39°C and lows at 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Parque de Los Novios ©
Parque de Los Novios

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.
Cartagena is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, steep yourself in history at Torre del Reloj, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and admire the landmark architecture of Las Bovedas.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cartagena trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Cartagena sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

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
Boat Tours & Water Sports

few
hours
Bogota

Bogota ©
On the 13th (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, examine the collection at Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Catedral Primada.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Bogota trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Bogota takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, Bogota is much colder than Cartagena - with highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Nature · Parks · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Monserrate ©
Monserrate
La Catedral Primada ©
La Catedral Primada

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