60 days in Colombia Itinerary

60 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia vacation planner

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Isla Baru
— 1 night
Fly
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San Andres Island
— 6 nights
Fly to Providencia, Taxi to Providencia Island
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Providencia Island
— 2 nights
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Ferry to San Andrés, Fly to Cartagena, Bus to Santa Marta
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Santa Marta
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Medellin
— 6 nights
Fly
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Manizales
— 4 nights
Drive
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Salento
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cali
— 5 nights
Drive
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San Agustin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Villavieja
— 1 night
Drive
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Bogota
— 5 nights
Drive
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Villa de Leyva
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Gil
— 4 nights
Bus to Bucaramanga, Fly to Leticia
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Leticia
— 3 nights
Drive
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La Macarena
— 2 nights
Taxi to San Jose del Guaviare, Fly to Cartagena
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Cartagena
— 6 nights
Fly to New York JFK, Train to Philadelphia

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Isla Baru

— 1 night
Lying south of Cartagena, Isla Baru was connected to the mainland until the construction of the Canal del Dique.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Blanca, identify plant and animal life at Aviario Nacional de Colombia, and then kick back and relax at Playa Puntilla.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Isla Baru road trip planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Isla Baru is an approximately 80-hour travel. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Isla Baru

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

San Andres Island

— 6 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 Scuba San Andres Dive Shop and Parque Ecologico San Andres. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, see the vivid underwater world at West View, take in nature's colorful creations at Hill Botanical Gardens San Andrés, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de San Luis.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Isla Baru to San Andres Island takes 5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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 15th (Sat): make a trip to The Peak Forestry Reserve, then step off the mainland to explore Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo, then head off the coast to Santa Catalina, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse Providence. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Almond Bay and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Providencia Island day trip app.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from San Andres Island to Providencia Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in August, and nighttime lows around 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Gran Malecon del Rio - Sector Puerta de Oro. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Marta side-trips: Barranquilla (Museo del Caribe & Biblioteca Piloto del Caribe) and Minca (Cascada de Marinka, Museo del Cacao de Minca, &more). And it doesn't end there: walk around Parque de Los Novios, soothe aching muscles at La Basilica Yoga Studio & Boutique, observe the fascinating underwater world at Marine World Aquarium, and explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Santa Marta trip itinerary website.

You can do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus from Providencia Island to Santa Marta in 11.5 hours. August in Santa Marta sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 78°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Tayrona National Park

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): kick back and relax at Cabo San Juan Del Guia and then explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tayrona National Park trip tool.

Drive from Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Tayrona National Park are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
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Medellin

— 6 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Parque Arvi and Parasailing & Paragliding. And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, make a trip to Plaza Mayor, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and browse the different shops at El Tesoro Parque Comercial.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Medellin trip planner.

You can fly from Tayrona National Park to Medellin in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tayrona National Park in August: high temperatures in Medellin hover around 83°F and lows are around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Manizales.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Shopping · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Manizales

— 4 nights
A major center of education and commerce, Manizales also serves as one of the hubs of coffee production in Colombia.
Explore hidden gems such as Manizales Cathedral and Coffee & Tea Tours. Go for a jaunt from Manizales to Pereira to see Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Monumento a los Colonizadores, get great views at Corredor Polaco Basilica De Manilzales, admire the natural beauty at Recinto del Pensamiento, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of the Rosary.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Manizales online visit planner.

You can fly from Medellin to Manizales in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Medellin in August: highs in Manizales hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can drive to Salento.

Things to do in Manizales

Tours · Historic Sites · Parks · Spas

Side Trip

Salento

— 3 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kasaguadua Natural Reserve and Horseback Riding Tours. Spend the 1st (Tue) exploring nature at Bosques de Cocora. There's much more to do: appreciate the views at Valle del Cocora, take a spin around town with Bike Tours, savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour, and experience rural life at Las Acacias Coffee Farm.

For where to stay and other tourist information, go to the Salento trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Manizales to Salento takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Manizales in August, you will find days in Salento are somewhat warmer (85°F), and nights are about the same (63°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Cali.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Tours · Nature · Outdoors

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Zoologico de Cali and El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Museo Aereo Fenix, pause for some photo ops at Cristo Rey, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Ermita, and don't miss a visit to Mirador Sebastian Belalcazar.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cali driving holiday planner.

Getting from Salento to Cali by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to San Agustin.

Things to do in Cali

Parks · Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

San Agustin

— 2 nights
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 9th (Wed): delve into the distant past at El Purutal, don't miss a visit to La Chaquira, get engrossed in the history at Museo Precolombino Villa Real, then explore the ancient world of San Agustin Archaeological Park, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Agustin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Estrecho Del Magdalena, then let the river carry you with Magdalena Rafting, and then make a trip to Parque Arqueologico Alto de los Idolos.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Agustin vacation maker site.

Getting from Cali to San Agustin by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. When traveling from Cali in September, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in San Agustin: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Villavieja.

Things to do in San Agustin

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Villavieja

— 1 night
Clinging to the banks of the Magdalena River, Villavieja serves as a gateway to the Tatacoa Desert.
On the 11th (Fri), walk around Parque Valle de la Tatacoa, then look for all kinds of wild species at Desierto de la Tatacoa, and then examine the collection at Casa del Totumo.

For where to stay and tourist information, you can read our Villavieja trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Agustin to Villavieja takes 5.5 hours. When traveling from San Agustin in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Villavieja, with highs around 95°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 75°F. On the 11th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Villavieja

Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Bogota

— 5 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Mina de Sal de Nemocon and Parque de Usaquen. Get out of town with these interesting Bogota side-trips: Parque La Montana del Oso (in Chia), Zipaquira (Esensal & Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira) and Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), don't miss a visit to Casa Libreria Wilborada 1047, steep yourself in history at Bolivar Square, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bogota trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Villavieja to Bogota in 6.5 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Villavieja in September, with highs in Bogota at 67°F and lows at 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Villa de Leyva

— 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Xplora Villa de Leyva and Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Rosario. Get out of town with these interesting Villa de Leyva side-trips: St. Lawrence Cathedral (in Duitama), Vargas Swamp Lancers (in Paipa) and Parque Central y Feria Dulce de Iza (in Iza). There's lots more to do: appreciate the history behind Puente de Boyaca, see the interesting displays at Museo Paleontológico, make a trip to Hotel Plaza Mayor Villa de Leyva, and take an in-depth tour of Capilla y Museo de Santa Clara la Real.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Villa de Leyva holiday maker tool.

You can drive from Bogota to Villa de Leyva in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Gil.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

San Gil

— 4 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parque Nacional de Chicamocha and Capilla de Santa Barbara. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Gil: Museo del Algodon y el Lienzo de la Tierra (in Charala) and Barichara (Relaja-T, Parque Para Las Artes, &more). There's lots more to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, head outdoors with Rios y Canoas Colombia, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and admire the sheer force of Cascada de Juan Curi.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Gil road trip planner.

Getting from Villa de Leyva to San Gil by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in September, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Leticia.

Things to do in San Gil

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Leticia

— 3 nights
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 25th (Fri): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, step off the mainland to explore Isla de Los Micos, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Natural Tanimboca. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico, then take in nature's colorful creations at El Jardin de la Victoria Regia, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Bioparque Etuena, and finally stroll around Parque Santander.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Leticia holiday builder app.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from San Gil to Leticia in 8.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Gil in September: high temperatures in Leticia hover around 90°F and lows are around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to La Macarena.

Things to do in Leticia

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

La Macarena

— 2 nights
A gateway to one of the world's most fascinating rivers, La Macarena enjoys a special place in the heart of Colombian nature lovers.
On the 28th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica, then explore the activities along Cano Cristales, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cano Piedra. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Raudales Rio Guayabero.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our La Macarena trip itinerary maker tool.

Explore your travel options from Leticia to La Macarena with the Route module. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cartagena.

Things to do in La Macarena

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Plaza de San Diego and Iglesia de la Trinidad. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Centro Historico, make a trip to Centro de Convenciones Cartagena de Indias, steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cartagena road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from La Macarena to Cartagena takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In September in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 78°F at night. On the 5th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

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.