33 days in Colombia Itinerary

33 days in Colombia Itinerary

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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, examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Colombia, contemplate the long history of Bolivar Square, and stop by Cesar Giraldo, Taller Manual Del Cuero.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Bogota driving holiday tool.

June in Bogota sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough 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. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Biopark Guatika and then steep yourself in history at Tibasosa.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sogamoso itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bogota to Sogamoso in 3.5 hours. When traveling from Bogota in June, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Sogamoso: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 28°C at night. On the 22nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive 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 reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Gil trip maker app.

You can drive from Sogamoso to San Gil in 5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in San Gil when traveling from Sogamoso in June, with lows around 22°C. You will leave for Bucaramanga on the 23rd (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 23rd (Wed), don't miss a visit to Universidad Industrial de Santander - UIS and then take some stellar pictures from Ecoparque Cerro del Santisimo. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Panachi.

Before you visit Bucaramanga, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from San Gil to Bucaramanga by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. June in Bucaramanga sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can 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. On the 25th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica San Juan Bautista, walk around Parque Gallineral de Giron, and then admire the striking features of Capilla Nuestra Senora de las Nieves.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Giron trip itinerary planning app.

Giron is just a stone's throw from Bucaramanga. In June, daily temperatures in Giron can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can 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 26th (Sat): walk around 29 de Mayo Park and then stroll through Area Natural Unica Los Estoraques.

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Traveling by car from Giron to Ocana takes 4.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Giron to Ocana is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough 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. For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cienaga trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Ocana to Cienaga by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Venezuela Time (VET) to Colombia Standard Time (COT) is minus 1 hour. In June in Cienaga, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. On the 27th (Sun), you're off to Santa Marta.

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (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. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Parque de Los Novios, stroll through Playa Blanca, and then head outdoors with El Rodadero.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta online trip planner.

Getting from Cienaga to Santa Marta by car takes about an hour. In June, daily temperatures in Santa Marta can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive 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 29th (Tue): examine the collection at Museo del Caribe, get to know the resident critters 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, contemplate the long history of Castillo de Salgar, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Buenavista.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Barranquilla route builder app.

Drive from Santa Marta to Barranquilla in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Barranquilla sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to take a 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 1st (Thu): don't miss a visit to Plaza de La Trinidad, then steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and finally admire the striking features of Las Bovedas.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cartagena travel route planner.

Traveling by bus from Barranquilla to Cartagena takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (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 where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Sincelejo visit planner.

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Sincelejo takes 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. You'll set off for Medellin on the 4th (Sun).

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: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, make a trip to Plaza Botero, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Medellin.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Medellin road trip planning app.

Drive from Sincelejo to Medellin in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sincelejo in July, things will get slightly colder in Medellin: highs are around 34°C and lows about 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to 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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza, make a trip to Plaza de Bolivar, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza, then make a trip to Mirador Colina Iluminada, and then stop by Crafts Colombia.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Pereira online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Medellin to Pereira by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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, admire the striking features of El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada), appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de San Antonio, and don't miss a visit to Mirador Sebastian Belalcazar.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cali online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Pereira to Cali takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Pereira, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cali, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (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 15th (Thu): make a trip to Torre del Reloj and then make a trip to Puente del Humilladero.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Popayan trip maker tool.

You can drive from Cali to Popayan in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Cali in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Popayan: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to 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. On the 17th (Sat), browse the different shops at Gran Plaza San Antonio and then get a sense of history and politics at Alcaldia de Pitalito.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Pitalito online trip planner.

You can drive from Popayan to Pitalito in 5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Popayan in July; daily highs in Pitalito reach 31°C and lows reach 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Neiva.

Things to do in Pitalito

Shopping

Neiva

— 1 night
Neiva is the capital of the Department of Huila. To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Neiva trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pitalito to Neiva takes 4 hours. When traveling from Pitalito in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Neiva, with highs around 39°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 27°C. You will leave for Fusagasuga on the 18th (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. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial La Querencia and then experience rural life at Hacienda Coloma.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Fusagasuga online road trip planner.

Getting from Neiva to Fusagasuga by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from Neiva in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 35°C in Fusagasuga. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (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 19th (Mon): look for gifts at Bta Capital, see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), then explore the world behind art 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 reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bogota day trip site.

Getting from Fusagasuga to Bogota by car takes about 2.5 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Fusagasuga in July, with highs in Bogota at 21°C and lows at 10°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.