41 days in Colombia Itinerary

41 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Cartagena
— 4 nights
Drive
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Santa Marta
— 4 nights
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Bus to Barranquilla, Fly to Bucaramanga, Taxi to Barichara
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Barichara
— 1 night
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Bucaramanga
— 4 nights
Fly
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Medellin
— 2 nights
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San Andres Island
— 4 nights
Fly to Providencia, Taxi to Providencia Island
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Providencia Island
— 3 nights
Ferry to San Andrés, Fly to Leticia
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Leticia
— 1 night
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Bogota
— 4 nights
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Cali
— 3 nights
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Villavicencio
— 3 nights
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Drive to El Dorado International Airport, Fly to Rafael Nuñez International Airport, Drive to Mompos
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Mompos
— 2 nights
Drive to Rafael Nuñez International Airport, Fly to Berlin Brandenburg Airport

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Cartagena

— 4 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.
You'll explore and learn at Choco Museo and NH Galeria. Visit Iglesia de la Trinidad and Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas for their historical value. Take a break from Cartagena with a short trip to Aviario Nacional de Colombia in Isla Baru, about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo, contemplate the long history of Baluarte de Santo Domingo, stop by Mapale Arte a Mano, and buy something for everyone on your list at Mall Plaza El Castillo.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cartagena trip itinerary builder website.

Berlin, Germany to Cartagena is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Berlin to Cartagena. In December in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and Catedral de Santa Marta. Head to Centro Comercial Zazue Plaza and Centro Comercial Buenavistafor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Marta side-trips: Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona (in Tayrona National Park) and Coffee and Cacao Farm, Minca (in Minca). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Cristal Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Grande.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Santa Marta travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Santa Marta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Santa Marta sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Barichara.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Barichara

— 1 night
A charming town of just over 7,000 people, Barichara displays rustic, dusty orange-colored architecture, protected by the Colombian People's Heritage Network.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stop by Centro Comercial El Puente. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn something new at Taller de Ceramica Terracota, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Barichara, then look for gifts at Tierrarte, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Camino Real.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Barichara online tour planner.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Santa Marta to Barichara in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Santa Marta in December, expect Barichara to be a bit cooler, temps between 30°C and 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bucaramanga.

Things to do in Barichara

Shopping · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Bucaramanga

— 4 nights

City of Parks

A tour of Bucaramanga may yield little evidence that it dates back as far as 1622.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cathedral of the Holy Family and Iglesia San Laureano. Explore hidden gems such as Parque Nacional de Chicamocha and Delacuesta Centro Comercial. There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Parque Caracoli, head outdoors with Club Campestre Bucaramanga, admire the striking features of Centro Cultural del Oriente, and browse the fresh offerings at Plaza de Mercado Guarin.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Bucaramanga online road trip planner.

Getting from Barichara to Bucaramanga by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. January in Bucaramanga sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bucaramanga

Shopping · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Medellin

— 2 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.
On the 6th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Museo de Antioquia, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Basilica Metropolitana de Medellin, then buy something for everyone on your list at El Tesoro Parque Comercial, and finally browse the different shops at Centro Comercial Santafé. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Centro Comercial Oviedo, browse the different shops at Mayorca Mega Plaza, then stop by Mon & Velarde, and finally stop by Makeno Tienda.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Medellin holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Bucaramanga to Medellin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Medellin sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Medellin

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

San Andres Island

— 4 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Get a sense of the local culture at Island House Museum and Plaza Canon de Morgan. Get outdoors at West View and Aquanautas. There's still lots to do: stroll through Playa de Spratt Bight, identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana, and step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island visit planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to San Andres Island takes 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Andres Island when traveling from Medellin in January, with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Providencia Island

— 3 nights
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Get outdoors at Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo and Almond Bay. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Morgan's Head. Spend the 14th (Mon) exploring nature at McBean Lagoon National Natural Park. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to The Peak Forestry Reserve.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Providencia Island vacation website.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from San Andres Island to Providencia Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In January in Providencia Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Leticia.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Leticia

— 1 night
Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de La Paz, and then walk around Parque Santander. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Isla de Los Micos and then identify plant and animal life at Reserva Natural Tanimboca.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Leticia day trip app.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Providencia Island to Leticia in 11 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and flight. In January, daytime highs in Leticia are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Leticia

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Laguna de Guatavita and Monserrate. Let the collections at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica capture your imagination. Change things up with a short trip to Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira in Zipaquira (about 54 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Parque 93, walk around Parque de Usaquen, stop by Centro Comercial Gran Estacion, and hunt for treasures at Mercado de las Pulgas de Usaquen.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bogota trip planner.

Getting from Leticia to Bogota by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Leticia in January: highs in Bogota hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cali.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Colonial y Religioso La Merced, get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de San Antonio, then take in the pleasant sights at Barrio San Antonio, and finally see the interesting displays at Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): examine the collection at Museo Aereo Fenix and then identify plant and animal life at Reserva Natural Nirvana.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Cali holiday planner.

You can fly from Bogota to Cali in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Bogota in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cali, with highs around 36°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time for travel to Villavicencio.

Things to do in Cali

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Villavicencio

— 3 nights

Villavo

In the foothills of the Andes, Villavicencio vacations focus primarily on the surrounding natural wonders.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): walk around Parque las Malocas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catedral Nuestra Senora del Carmen, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Primavera Urbana. Keep things going the next day: get into the urban bustle at Casa de la Cultura Jorge Eliecer Gaitan, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Nuestra Senora del Carmen, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Divino Nino, and finally kick back and relax at Playa baniwa.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Villavicencio tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Cali to Villavicencio takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mompos.

Things to do in Villavicencio

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Mompos

— 2 nights

City of God

Perched on an island at the confluence of the Magdalena and Cauca rivers, Mompos offers a charming blend of historical architecture and traditional Colombian culture.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): stroll the grounds of Cementerio de Mompox, make a trip to Centro Historico de Santa Cruz de Mompox, then admire the striking features of Iglesia de San Juan de Dios, and finally walk around Parque lineal Bosque Santander. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Santo Domingo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Magangue, and then get outside with Parque de las Americas.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Mompos online driving holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Villavicencio to Mompos. On the 29th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mompos

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.