22 days in Colombia Itinerary

22 days in Colombia Itinerary

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22 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Santiago
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Bogota
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
2
Medellin
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
3
San Agustin
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  7 h 45 min
4
San Gil
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5 h 15 min
5
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Cartagena
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  7 h 15 min
7
Providencia Island
— 1 night
Ferry:  2 h 45 min
8
San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  9 h 15 min
End: Santiago

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Museo de Trajes Regionales, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Santa Clara, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros, and finally get outside with Parque El Virrey. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores and then contemplate the long history of Plaza de los Comuneros.

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Santiago, Chile to Bogota is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Chile Time to Colombia Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In January, daytime highs in Bogota are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to 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 ©

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like 2000m Descent and more and Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen. Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica and Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Medellin with a short trip to ALTITUDE in Guatape, about 1h 30 min away. It doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno and engage your brain at Museo del Agua EPM.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Medellin online trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Medellin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Bogota in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Medellin: highs are around 32°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Agustin.

Things to do in Medellin

Outdoors Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Guatape, Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol
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medellin 2000m DESCENT ©
medellin 2000m DESCENT
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Alto de las Chinas, explore the ancient world of El Purutal, take an in-depth tour of Museo Precolombino Villa Real, then explore the stunning scenery at El Salto del Mortino, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Lourdes.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Agustin road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Medellin to San Agustin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Medellin in January: highs in San Agustin hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Gil.

Things to do in San Agustin

Historic Sites Trails Museums

Side Trip

El Salto del Mortino
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El Purutal ©
El Purutal
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.
Get some historical perspective at Punto Amarillo Barichara and Iglesia de Santa Lucia de Guane. Get in touch with nature at Rios y Canoas Colombia and Adrenalina. Change things up with a short trip to Catedral Nuestra Senora del Socorro in Socorro (about 32 minutes away). There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Planeta Azul, stroll around Parque La Libertad, hunt for treasures at Batidos de la Casa de Mercado de San Gil, and look for gifts at Centro Comercial El Puente.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Gil trip itinerary site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Agustin to San Gil in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Agustin in January: highs in San Gil hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to 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 ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Paseo El Camellon, see the interesting displays at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, and then identify plant and animal life at El Dorado Bird Reserve. On your second day here, examine the collection at Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada, stroll through Playa Neguanje, and then look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Marta itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from San Gil to Santa Marta in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Gil in January, with highs in Santa Marta at 39°C and lows at 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive 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
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.
Templo de Santo Domingo and Castillo de Salgar are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Aviario Nacional de Colombia and Playa Puntilla. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Barrio Getsemani, steep yourself in history at Baluarte de Santo Domingo, pause for some photo ops at Monumento a Los Zapatos Viejos, and don't miss a visit to Plaza de La Trinidad.

To see photos and more tourist information, read our Cartagena trip builder app .

Getting from Santa Marta to Cartagena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time 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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Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo
Barrio Getsemani ©
Barrio Getsemani

1
night
Providencia Island

Providencia Island
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
On the 30th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Bay, then explore the striking landscape at Morgan's Head, then step off the mainland to explore Santa Catalina, and finally enjoy the sea views from 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.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Providencia Island trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cartagena to Providencia Island in 7.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

3
nights
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 steep yourself in history at Plaza Canon de Morgan, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally examine the collection at Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres. Keep things going the next day: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, see the interesting displays at Island House Museum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Primera Iglesia Bautista.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Andres Island travel planner .

Getting from Providencia Island to San Andres Island by ferry takes about 3 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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Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
Parasailing & Paragliding

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