30 days in Colombia Itinerary

30 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia trip maker

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Bogota
— 4 nights
Bus
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San Agustin
— 1 day
Drive
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Cali
— 2 nights
Fly to Providencia, Taxi to Providencia Island
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Providencia Island
— 2 nights
Taxi to Providencia, Fly to San Andres Island
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San Andres Island
— 4 nights
Fly
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Cartagena
— 5 nights
Drive
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Santa Marta
— 4 nights
Fly
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Medellin
— 3 nights
Drive
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Villa de Leyva
— 3 nights
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Bogota

— 4 nights

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Laguna de Guatavita and Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica. Get a sense of the local culture at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira. Change things up with these side-trips from Bogota: Plaza Sesquile (in Sesquile), Zipaquira (Esensal & Museo Arqueologico de Zipaquira) and Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and take in the history at Iglesia Santa Beatriz.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bogota travel route tool.

Rabat, Morocco to Bogota is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Rabat to Bogota, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rabat in August, expect much colder with lows of 9°C in Bogota. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to fly to San Agustin.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

San Agustin

— 1 day
San Agustin remains best known for its archaeological sites, which include the World Heritage-listed San Agustin Archaeological Park.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): admire the sheer force of El Salto del Mortino, delve into the distant past at San Agustin Archaeological Park, then appreciate the history behind El Purutal, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Precolombino Villa Real.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Agustin trip builder site.

Getting from Bogota to San Agustin by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Bogota, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in San Agustin, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cali.

Things to do in San Agustin

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Cali

— 2 nights

Salsa Capital of the World

Learning how to salsa may be the most popular thing to do in Cali, but this giant city in southwestern Colombia represents more than just the "Salsa Capital of the World." Home to over 2 million people, thriving Cali serves as a major commercial and industrial center in South America, boasting the fastest-growing economy in Colombia.
On the 19th (Thu), examine the collection at Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoologico de Cali, and then get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de San Antonio. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia La Ermita, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Aereo Fenix.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cali trip planner.

Drive from San Agustin to Cali in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from San Agustin in August, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Cali: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Cali

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Providencia Island

— 2 nights
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): kick back and relax at Fort Bay, step off the mainland to explore Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo, and then catch some excitement at Lighthouse Providence. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to The Peak Forestry Reserve and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Providencia Island attractions tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Cali to Providencia Island takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Cali in August, Providencia Island is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to fly to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

San Andres Island

— 4 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Playa de Spratt Bight and Scuba San Andres Dive Shop. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa de San Luis and Bahia del Cove. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, appreciate the history behind La Barracuda, kick back and relax at Bahia Cocoplum, and stroll through La Piscinita.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Andres Island trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Providencia Island to San Andres Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or ride a ferry. In August, daytime highs in San Andres Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Cartagena

— 5 nights

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Centro Historico. Popular historic sites such as Barrio Getsemani and Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Trinidad, make a trip to Centro de Convenciones Cartagena de Indias, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cartagena road trip planning website.

Getting from San Andres Island to Cartagena by flight takes about 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Outdoors

Santa Marta

— 4 nights

America's Pearl

Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa Cristal and Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino. Relax by the water at Playa Blanca and Playa de las 7 Olas. Go for a jaunt from Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park to see Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, examine the collection at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, walk around Parque de Los Novios, and look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Marta trip planner.

You can drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Santa Marta sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Medellin.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Medellin

— 3 nights

City of the Eternal Spring

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo de Antioquia and El Castillo Museo y Jardines. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Laguna de Guatape and Catedral Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes. There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and test the waters at a local thermal spa.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Medellin day trip site.

You can fly from Santa Marta to Medellin in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Santa Marta in September: high temperatures in Medellin hover around 32°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Villa de Leyva

— 3 nights
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 8th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monasterio Del Santo Eccehomo, do a tasting at Viñedo Ain Karim, then get curious at Centro de Investigaciones Paleontologicas - CIP, and finally examine the collection at Casa Museo Antonio Narino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museo Paleontológico, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Rosario, and then don't miss a visit to Hotel Plaza Mayor Villa de Leyva.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Villa de Leyva vacation maker.

You can drive from Medellin to Villa de Leyva in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Wineries

Colombia travel guide

4.1
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.