22 days in Colombia Itinerary

22 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Bogota
— 2 nights
2
Medellin
— 3 nights
3
San Agustin
— 1 night
4
San Gil
— 2 nights
5
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
6
Cartagena
— 4 nights
7
Providencia Island
— 1 night
8
San Andres Island
— 3 nights

2
nights
Bogota

Bogota ©
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.
On the 15th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Museo de Trajes, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Museo Santa Clara, then don't miss a visit to Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros, and finally get outside with Parque El Virrey. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores and then contemplate the long history of Plaza de los Comuneros.

To see ratings and more tourist information, use the Bogota day trip planning website.

Santiago, Chile to Bogota is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Bogota due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros
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Museo Santa Clara ©
Museo Santa Clara
Plaza de los Comuneros ©
Plaza de los Comuneros
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores ©
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores

3
nights
Medellin

Medellin ©
Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen and Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol. Do some cultural sightseeing at Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica and Iglesia De La Veracruz. Step out of Medellin with an excursion to ALTITUDE in Guatape--about 1h 55 min away. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along medellin 2000m DESCENT, pause for some serene contemplation at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno, and engage your brain at Museo del Agua EPM.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Medellin trip planner.

Getting from Bogota to Medellin by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, Medellin is a bit warmer than Bogota - with highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Agustin.

Things to do in Medellin

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Guatape, Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol
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Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen ©
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen
medellin 2000m DESCENT ©
medellin 2000m DESCENT
Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica ©
Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica

1
night
San Agustin

San Agustin ©
San Agustin remains best known for its archaeological sites, which include the World Heritage-listed San Agustin Archaeological Park.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore the ancient world of El Purutal, get engrossed in the history at Museo Precolombino Villa Real, then take in the dramatic scenery at El Salto del Mortino, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Lourdes.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Agustin tour planner.

Getting from Medellin to San Agustin by combination of flight and bus takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Medellin, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Agustin, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Gil.

Things to do in San Agustin

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

El Salto del Mortino
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El Purutal ©
El Purutal
Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Lourdes ©
Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Lourdes
Museo Precolombino Villa Real ©
Museo Precolombino Villa Real

2
nights
San Gil

San Gil ©
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 Iglesia de Santa Lucia de Guane and Punto Amarillo Barichara. Take a break from the city and head to Rios y Canoas Colombia and Bungee Extremo San Gil. Change things up with a short trip to Catedral Nuestra Senora del Socorro in Socorro (about 32 minutes away). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Planeta Azul, hunt for treasures at Batidos de la Casa de Mercado de San Gil, stop by Centro Comercial El Puente, and walk around Parque La Libertad.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read San Gil trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from San Agustin to San Gil takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Agustin in January, you will find days in San Gil are somewhat warmer (31°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in San Gil

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Barichara, Catedral Nuestra Senora del Socorro
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Bungee Extremo San Gil ©
Bungee Extremo San Gil
Iglesia de Santa Lucia de Guane ©
Iglesia de Santa Lucia de Guane
Catedral Nuestra Senora del Socorro ©
Catedral Nuestra Senora del Socorro

2
nights
Santa Marta

Santa Marta ©
Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Paseo El Camellon, then examine the collection at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, and then look for all kinds of wild species at El Dorado Bird Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Museo Minca - Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada, then kick back and relax at Playa Neguanje, and then look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Santa Marta online driving holiday planner.

You can fly from San Gil to Santa Marta in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from San Gil in January, expect Santa Marta to be somewhat warmer, temps between 39°C and 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Minca
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El Dorado Bird Reserve ©
El Dorado Bird Reserve
Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana ©
Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana
Playa Neguanje ©
Playa Neguanje

4
nights
Cartagena

Cartagena ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Aviario Nacional de Colombia and Templo de Santo Domingo. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Barrio Getsemani and Castillo de Salgar. Step out of Cartagena with an excursion to Playa Puntilla in Isla Baru--about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Centro Historico, pause for some photo ops at Monumento a Los Zapatos Viejos, make a trip to Baluarte de Santo Domingo, and admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral Basilica of St. Catherine of Alexandria.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cartagena travel planner.

Getting from Santa Marta to Cartagena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Isla Baru, Castillo de Salgar
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Barrio Getsemani ©
Barrio Getsemani
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo

1
night
Providencia Island

Providencia Island ©
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Morgan's Head, head off the coast to Santa Catalina, and then visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse Providence. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Almond Bay and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at McBean Lagoon National Natural Park.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Providencia Island online tour builder.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Cartagena to Providencia Island in 8 hours. January in Providencia Island sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Catalina
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Santa Catalina ©
Santa Catalina
McBean Lagoon National Natural Park ©
McBean Lagoon National Natural Park
Morgan's Head ©
Morgan's Head

3
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
On the 1st (Sat), kick back and relax at Playa de Spratt Bight, then contemplate the long history of Plaza Canon de Morgan, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally see the interesting displays at Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, examine the collection at Island House Museum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Primera Iglesia Bautista.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island driving holiday planning site.

Traveling by ferry from Providencia Island to San Andres Island takes 3.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

El Totumo Volcon
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Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
Scuba & Snorkeling
Parasailing & Paragliding

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