33 days in Colombia Itinerary

33 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia holiday maker

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Bogota
— 3 nights
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Sogamoso
— 1 night
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San Gil
— 1 night
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Bucaramanga
— 1 night
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Giron
— 1 night
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Ocana
— 1 night
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Cienaga
— 1 night
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Santa Marta
— 1 night
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Barranquilla
— 3 nights
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Cartagena
— 2 nights
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Sincelejo
— 1 night
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Medellin
— 5 nights
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Pereira
— 3 nights
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Cali
— 3 nights
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Popayan
— 1 night
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Pitalito
— 1 night
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Neiva
— 1 night
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Fusagasuga
— 1 night
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Bogota
— 1 night

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Bogota

— 3 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.
Bogota is known for museums, nature, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, stroll around Parque Metropolitano Simon Bolivar, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Bogota trip itinerary builder.

Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sogamoso.

Things to do in Bogota

Tours · Parks · Museums · Nature

Sogamoso

— 1 night
Sogamoso is a city in the department of Boyacá of Colombia. On the 9th (Mon), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Biopark Guatika and then steep yourself in history at Tibasosa.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sogamoso route tool.

Getting from Bogota to Sogamoso by car takes about 3.5 hours. When traveling from Bogota in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Sogamoso: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to San Gil.

Things to do in Sogamoso

Spas · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

San Gil

— 1 night

Colombia's Adventure Sport Capital

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.
To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read San Gil trip maker.

Traveling by car from Sogamoso to San Gil takes 5 hours. Traveling from Sogamoso in August, San Gil is slightly colder at night with lows of 21°C. You will leave for Bucaramanga on the 11th (Wed).

Things to do in San Gil

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

Bucaramanga

— 1 night

City of Parks

A tour of Bucaramanga may yield little evidence that it dates back as far as 1622.
On the 11th (Wed), make a trip to Universidad Industrial de Santander - UIS and then take some stellar pictures from Ecoparque Cerro del Santisimo. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Panachi.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Bucaramanga road trip tool.

Traveling by bus from San Gil to Bucaramanga takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Giron.

Things to do in Bucaramanga

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Giron

— 1 night
San Juan de Girón is a municipality of the Santander Department in northeastern Colombia. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica San Juan Bautista, then stroll around Parque Gallineral de Giron, and then admire the landmark architecture of Capilla Nuestra Senora de las Nieves.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Giron trip itinerary maker app.

Giron is just a short distance from Bucaramanga. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ocana.

Things to do in Giron

Historic Sites · Parks

Ocana

— 1 night
Ocaña is a town and municipality in the Colombian Department of Norte de Santander. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): walk around 29 de Mayo Park and then stroll through Area Natural Unica Los Estoraques.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Ocana day trip planner.

Drive from Giron to Ocana in 4.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Colombia Standard Time (COT) to Venezuela Time (VET) is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cienaga.

Things to do in Ocana

Parks · Wildlife

Cienaga

— 1 night
Ciénaga is a municipality and a town in the Magdalena Department, Colombia, the second largest population center in this department, after the city of Santa Marta. To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cienaga travel route builder.

You can drive from Ocana to Cienaga in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Venezuela Time to Colombia Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In August in Cienaga, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. You will leave for Santa Marta on the 15th (Sun).

Santa Marta

— 1 night

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.
On the 15th (Sun), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marine World Aquarium and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of Parque de Los Novios, then stroll through Playa Blanca, and then get outside with El Rodadero.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Cienaga to Santa Marta takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Barranquilla.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Barranquilla

— 3 nights

Golden Gate of Colombia

An industrial port city on Colombia's Caribbean coast, Barranquilla represents the fourth-most populous city in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Museo del Caribe, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoologico de Barranquilla, and then look for gifts at Todomono. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the different shops at Centro Comercial Villa Country, steep yourself in history at Castillo de Salgar, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Buenavista.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Barranquilla travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Barranquilla takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Barranquilla can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Cartagena.

Things to do in Barranquilla

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Cartagena

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): make a trip to Plaza de La Trinidad, contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and finally don't miss a visit to Las Bovedas.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Cartagena day trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Barranquilla to Cartagena takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sincelejo.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Sincelejo

— 1 night
Sincelejo is the capital and largest city in the Colombian department of Sucre. For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Sincelejo day trip planning site.

You can drive from Cartagena to Sincelejo in 3 hours. August in Sincelejo sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Sincelejo

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife

Medellin

— 5 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.
Medellin is known for parks, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parque Explora, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Medellin trip planner.

You can drive from Sincelejo to Medellin in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sincelejo in August, things will get slightly colder in Medellin: highs are around 33°C and lows about 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Pereira.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Pereira

— 3 nights
A center of commerce and trade, the thriving city of Pereira was founded in 1863.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza, then make a trip to Plaza de Bolivar, and then indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza, don't miss a visit to Mirador Colina Iluminada, and then look for gifts at Crafts Colombia.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Pereira attractions planner.

You can fly from Medellin to Pereira in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Pereira can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cali.

Things to do in Pereira

Tours · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Cali

— 3 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.
Cali is known for zoos & aquariums, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museo Aereo Fenix, get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de San Antonio, get to know the resident critters at Zoologico de Cali, and get a dose of the wild on Andoke.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cali online tour planner.

You can drive from Pereira to Cali in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Pereira in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Cali, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Popayan.

Things to do in Cali

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Popayan

— 1 night

White City

Popayan vacations hold plenty of appeal for international and domestic visitors, as the city represent one of the most entertaining and culturally enriching urban centers on the continent.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Torre del Reloj and then make a trip to Puente del Humilladero.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Popayan online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Cali to Popayan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Cali in September: highs in Popayan hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 27°C. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Pitalito.

Things to do in Popayan

Historic Sites

Pitalito

— 1 night
Pitalito is a Colombian town and municipality located to the south of the Department of Huila, Colombia over the Valley of the Rio Grande de la Magdalena, 188 km from Huila's capital, Neiva. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): buy something for everyone on your list at Gran Plaza San Antonio and then ponder the world of politics at Alcaldia de Pitalito.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Pitalito trip planner.

You can drive from Popayan to Pitalito in 5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Popayan in September: high temperatures in Pitalito hover around 39°C and lows are around 39°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Neiva.

Things to do in Pitalito

Shopping

Neiva

— 1 night
Neiva is the capital of the Department of Huila. To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Neiva online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Pitalito to Neiva takes 4 hours. Traveling from Pitalito in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Neiva, with lows of 28°C. You will leave for Fusagasuga on the 5th (Sun).

Things to do in Neiva

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Tours · Museums

Fusagasuga

— 1 night
Fusagasugá or Fusa is a town and municipality in the department of Cundinamarca, in central Colombia. On the 5th (Sun), buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial La Querencia and then experience rural life at Hacienda Coloma.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Fusagasuga trip app.

Drive from Neiva to Fusagasuga in 4 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Neiva in September: highs in Fusagasuga hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 35°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Bogota.

Things to do in Fusagasuga

Shopping

Bogota

— 1 night

Athens of South America

Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): look for gifts at Bta Capital, then see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), then admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and finally examine the collection at Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Bogota holiday planner.

Drive from Fusagasuga to Bogota in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Fusagasuga in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Bogota, with highs around 22°C, while nights are colder with lows around 9°C.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Shopping · Parks

Colombia travel guide

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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.