22 days in Colombia Itinerary

22 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia route planner
Make it your trip
— 3 nights
San Gil
— 3 nights
Isla Baru
— 2 nights
Providencia Island
— 2 nights
San Andres Island
— 5 nights
— 5 nights
Fly to Zagreb, Shuttle to Ljubljana


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.
Get outdoors at Monserrate and Dive & Tours. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira and Bolivar Square. Explore Bogota's surroundings by going to Cascada La Chorrera (in Choachi), Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra) and Observatorio de Colibries (in La Calera). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, admire the sheer force of Quebrada San Francisco o Vicacha, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and trek along Alameda de Quebrada Vieja.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Bogota trip tool.

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Bogota is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Ljubljana to Bogota, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, Bogota is slightly colder than Ljubljana - with highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to San Gil.
Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
Side Trips

San Gil — 3 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.
Get some historical perspective at Camino Real and Cementerio Barichara. Visiting Parque Nacional de Chicamocha and Parque Gallineral will get you outdoors. When in San Gil, make a side trip to see Yogasana in Barichara, approximately Barichara away. And it doesn't end there: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, get outside with Parapente Paravolar Colombia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia Catedral de Santa Cruz, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Gil online attractions planner.

Fly from Bogota to San Gil in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Bogota in August, things will get a bit warmer in San Gil: highs are around 31°C and lows about 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Isla Baru.
Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Side Trips

Isla Baru — 2 nights

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 14th (Sun): kick back and relax at Playa Puntilla, stroll through Aviario Nacional de Colombia, and then identify plant and animal life at Afronautica. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Blanca.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Isla Baru trip planner.

You can fly from San Gil to Isla Baru in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Providencia Island.
Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Providencia Island — 2 nights

Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Santa Catalina, then step off the mainland to explore Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo, then take in the dramatic natural features at Morgan's Head, and finally make a trip to The Peak Forestry Reserve. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Almond Bay.

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You can fly from Isla Baru to Providencia Island in 7.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Providencia Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to fly to San Andres Island.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trip

San Andres Island — 5 nights

The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana and Plaza Canon de Morgan are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Scuba San Andres Dive Shop and Johnny Cay. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Piscinita, kick back and relax at Bahia del Cove, explore the gorgeous colors at West View, and head off the coast to Cayo Acuario.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Providencia Island to San Andres Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August in San Andres Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Cartagena.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Cartagena — 5 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Walled City of Cartagena. Scuba & Snorkeling and Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, don't miss a visit to Torre del Reloj, wander the streets of Centro Historico, and steep yourself in history at Las Bovedas.

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Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Cartagena takes 3 hours. August in Cartagena sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Wildlife

Colombia travel guide

Historic Sites · Landmarks · Beaches
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.