26 days in Colombia Itinerary

26 days in Colombia Itinerary

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26 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  17 h
1
Bogota
— 2 nights
fly:  1 h
2
La Macarena
— 2 nights
fly + drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Villa de Leyva
— 2 nights
Drive:  8 h 30 min
4
Neiva
— 2 nights
Drive:  7 h
5
Salento
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
6
Medellin
— 5 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  4 h 30 min
7
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
8
Cartagena
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
9
Bogota
— Few hours
Fly:  15 h
End: London

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.
On the 21st (Fri), steep yourself in history at Bolivar plaza, see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Bogota tour itinerary builder.

London, UK to Bogota is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from London to Bogota, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in August, things will get little chillier in Bogota: highs are around 22°C and lows about 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

Tours Museums 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): identify plant and animal life at Raudales Rio Guayabero. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Cano Piedra and then explore the activities along Cano Cristales.

Take the guesswork out of planning a La Macarena vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

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 time for 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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): explore the activities along Pozos Azules, admire the striking features of Casa Terracota, and then make a trip to Hotel Plaza Mayor Villa de Leyva.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Villa de Leyva trip maker tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from La Macarena to Villa de Leyva. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Neiva.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Parks Nature 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. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Neiva and then take in the pleasant sights at Malecon del Rio Magdalena.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Neiva route planning site .

You can drive from Villa de Leyva to Neiva in 8.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow 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.
When in Salento, make a side trip to see Mirador Colina Iluminada in Filandia, approximately Filandia away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Bosques de Cocora, admire the verdant scenery at Valle del Cocora, relax in the rural setting at Las Acacias Coffee Farm, and identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Salento trip planner.

Traveling by car from Neiva to Salento takes 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 Wildlife

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, identify plant and animal life at Parque Arvi, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and get engrossed in the history at Museo de Antioquia.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Medellin visit planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Salento to Medellin in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daytime highs in Medellin are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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.
On the 7th (Mon), stop by Yo Amo Santa Marta and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Parque de Los Novios, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Mundo Marino.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Marta online travel planner .

You can fly from Medellin to Santa Marta in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Medellin in September; daily highs in Santa Marta reach 39°C and lows reach 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Nature Wildlife

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: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, contemplate the long history of Torre del Reloj, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cartagena trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Cartagena are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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 ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, then examine the collection at Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of La Catedral Primada.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Bogota journey planner.

You can fly from Cartagena to Bogota in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. 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

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

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