51 days in Colombia Itinerary

51 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Bogota
— 4 nights
Fly
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Bucaramanga
— 3 nights
Fly
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Tayrona National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Marta
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cartagena
— 6 nights
Ferry
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Islas de Rosario
— 2 nights
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Isla Baru
— 2 nights
Fly to San Andres Island, Ferry to Providencia Island
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Providencia Island
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Andres Island
— 7 nights
Fly
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Medellin
— 5 nights
Fly
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Salento
— 4 nights
Drive
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Montenegro
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cali
— 5 nights
Fly

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bogota: Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra) and Zipaquira (Catedral Diocesana & Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Colombia, admire all the interesting features of Monserrate, and don't miss a visit to Bolivar Square.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Bogota trip planning site.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Bogota. In January, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to fly to Bucaramanga.

Things to do in Bogota

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Bucaramanga

— 3 nights

City of Parks

A tour of Bucaramanga may yield little evidence that it dates back as far as 1622.
Spend the 26th (Wed) exploring nature at Parque Nacional de Chicamocha. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica San Juan Bautista, walk around Parque Gallineral de Giron, snap pictures at Puente del Bicentenario, and make a trip to Club del Comercio.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bucaramanga trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Bucaramanga takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Bogota in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Bucaramanga, with highs around 31°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to fly to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Bucaramanga

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tayrona National Park

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): stroll through Cabo San Juan Del Guia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tayrona National Park online route planner.

Fly from Bucaramanga to Tayrona National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Bucaramanga in January, things will get a bit warmer in Tayrona National Park: highs are around 39°C and lows about 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
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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.
Explore Santa Marta's surroundings by going to Minca (El Dorado Bird Reserve & Museo Minca - Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Playa Blanca, stroll through Playa Cristal, and stroll around Parque de Los Novios.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Marta route planner.

Drive from Tayrona National Park to Santa Marta in 1.5 hours. January in Santa Marta sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Cartagena

— 6 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.
Cartagena is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, examine the collection at Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory, contemplate the long history of Torre del Reloj, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cartagena online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Marta in February, expect nights in Cartagena to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are slightly colder, around 36°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Islas de Rosario.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Islas de Rosario

— 2 nights
On the 8th (Tue), get outside with IslaBela. Keep things going the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oceanario and then get outside with Bora Bora Cartagena Beach Club.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Islas de Rosario road trip site.

Ride a ferry from Cartagena to Islas de Rosario in 2 hours. In February, daytime highs in Islas de Rosario are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Isla Baru.

Things to do in Islas de Rosario

Outdoors · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Isla Baru

— 2 nights
Lying south of Cartagena, Isla Baru was connected to the mainland until the construction of the Canal del Dique.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Puntilla and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Blanca. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Aviario Nacional de Colombia.

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Explore your travel options from Islas de Rosario to Isla Baru with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Isla Baru

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

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 12th (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Santa Catalina, explore the striking landscape at Morgan's Head, and then step off the mainland to explore Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of McBean Lagoon National Natural Park.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Providencia Island trip maker.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Isla Baru to Providencia Island in 7 hours. In February in Providencia Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to fly to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

San Andres Island

— 7 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
San Andres Island is known for nature, wildlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, see the vivid underwater world at West View, discover the deep blue sea with Banda Dive Shop, and make a trip to Cayo Rocoso.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island trip planner.

Getting from Providencia Island to San Andres Island by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In February, daytime highs in San Andres Island are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to fly to Medellin.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Medellin side-trips: Off-Road Tours (in Guarne) and Piedra Del Penol (in Guatape). The adventure continues: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, make a trip to Plaza Botero, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Medellin, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Parque Explora.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, use the Medellin trip planner.

Fly from San Andres Island to Medellin in 3.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Medellin when traveling from San Andres Island in February, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Salento.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Nature · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Salento

— 4 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Spend the 27th (Sun) exploring nature at Bosques de Cocora. The adventure continues: appreciate the views at Valle del Cocora, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, take in the exciting artwork at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, and stroll through Reserva La Rivera.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Salento route planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Salento takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February in Salento, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Montenegro.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Tours · Wildlife

Montenegro

— 4 nights
Named after the dark trees covering the area's hills, Montenegro (literally Black Mountain) sits in a verdant zone irrigated by three major rivers.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Montenegro: Calarca (Plaza de Bolivar & Jardin Botanico del Quindio) and Los Nevados National Park (in La Estrella). Pack the 2nd (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Parque del Cafe. There's more to do: make a trip to Eje Cafetero (Zona Cafetera) and head outdoors with Globos Colombia.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Montenegro tour planning tool.

Traveling by car from Salento to Montenegro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Montenegro can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cali.

Things to do in Montenegro

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Cali

— 5 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: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoologico de Cali, steep yourself in history at Hacienda Canasgordas, get up close to creatures of the deep with Trip Trip, and see the interesting displays at Museo Aereo Fenix.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cali trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Montenegro to Cali in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Cali can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Cali

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Churches
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.