27 days in Colombia Itinerary

27 days in Colombia Itinerary

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27 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Cartagena
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Bucaramanga
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
4
San Gil
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Medellin
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  3​h
6
Salento
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
7
Villavieja
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h
8
San Agustin
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  8​h 30​min
9
Leticia
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
10
Bogota
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  6​h 30​min
11
Providencia Island
— 1 night
Ferry:  2​h 45​min
12
San Andres Island
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Vancouver

2
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Speed Boats Tours and Barrio Getsemani. Step off the beaten path and head to Aviario Nacional de Colombia and Iglesia de la Trinidad. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Plaza de San Diego, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cartagena trip planner .

Vancouver, Canada to Cartagena is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Cartagena is 3 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Vancouver in December, with highs in Cartagena at 37°C and lows at 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Aviario Nacional de Colombia
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Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Speed Boats Tours
Barrio Getsemani ©
Barrio Getsemani

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.
On the 15th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, kick back and relax at Cristal Beach, and then stop by Yo Amo Santa Marta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Mundo Marino, then explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, and finally make a trip to Parque de Los Novios.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Marta day trip site .

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Santa Marta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bucaramanga.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

2
nights
Bucaramanga

Bucaramanga ©
A tour of Bucaramanga may yield little evidence that it dates back as far as 1622.
On the 17th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capilla Nuestra Senora de las Nieves and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional de Chicamocha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Panachi, then indulge your taste buds at Plaza de Mercado Guarin, and then don't miss a visit to Ecoparque Cerro del Santisimo.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bucaramanga trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Santa Marta to Bucaramanga takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Santa Marta in December, expect Bucaramanga to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can take a bus to San Gil.

Things to do in Bucaramanga

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Capilla Nuestra Senora de las Nieves, Ecoparque Cerro del Santisimo
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Parque Nacional de Chicamocha ©
Parque Nacional de Chicamocha
Panachi ©
Panachi
Ecoparque Cerro del Santisimo ©
Ecoparque Cerro del Santisimo

2
nights
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.
On the 19th (Thu), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then don't miss a visit to Capilla Inmaculada Concepcion, El Socorro. Here are some ideas for day two: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then admire the sheer force of Cascada de Juan Curi, then explore the world behind art at Casa de la Cultura Emiliano Pradilla Gonzalez, and finally make a trip to Capilla de Santa Barbara.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Gil road trip planner.

Take a bus from Bucaramanga to San Gil in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in San Gil can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in San Gil

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Barichara, Capilla Inmaculada Concepcion, El Socorro
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River Rafting & Tubing
Parasailing & Paragliding
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
nights
Medellin

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Parque Arvi, then walk around Parques del Rio, then take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia, and finally take in the history at Parroquia Sta Ana Santuario de Maria Auxiliadora .Sabaneta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then explore the activities along Laguna de Guatape.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Medellin journey app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from San Gil to Medellin in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Salento.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Parroquia Sta Ana Santuario de Maria Auxiliadora .Sabaneta
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Parque Arvi ©
Parque Arvi
Museo de Antioquia ©
Museo de Antioquia

2
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): admire the verdant scenery at Valle del Cocora, take in the exciting artwork at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, pedal to the sights with Bike Tours, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, and finally savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora, trot along with a tour on horseback, and then relax in the rural setting at El Recuerdo Finca Cafetera Tradicional.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Salento road trip tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Medellin to Salento in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. December in Salento sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Villavieja.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Nature Tours
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Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Valle del Cocora ©
Valle del Cocora
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

1
day
Villavieja

Villavieja ©
Clinging to the banks of the Magdalena River, Villavieja serves as a gateway to the Tatacoa Desert.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): walk around Parque Valle de la Tatacoa, look for all kinds of wild species at Desierto de la Tatacoa, and then examine the collection at Casa del Totumo.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Villavieja trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Salento to Villavieja in 7.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Salento in December; daily highs in Villavieja reach 38°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Agustin.

Things to do in Villavieja

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Desierto de la Tatacoa ©
Desierto de la Tatacoa
Casa del Totumo ©
Casa del Totumo
Parque Valle de la Tatacoa ©
Parque Valle de la Tatacoa

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 26th (Thu): explore the stunning scenery at El Salto del Mortino, get engrossed in the history at Museo Precolombino Villa Real, explore the ancient world of San Agustin Archaeological Park, then pause for some photo ops at La Chaquira, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Estrecho Del Magdalena.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Agustin trip maker app .

Getting from Villavieja to San Agustin by car takes about 6 hours. Traveling from Villavieja in December, you will find days in San Agustin are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are about the same (27°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Leticia.

Things to do in San Agustin

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

El Salto del Mortino
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San Agustin Archaeological Park ©
San Agustin Archaeological Park
Museo Precolombino Villa Real ©
Museo Precolombino Villa Real
La Chaquira ©
La Chaquira

1
night
Leticia

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 27th (Fri): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then head off the coast to Isla de Los Micos. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico, identify plant and animal life at Reserva Natural Tanimboca, and then stroll around Parque Santander.

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

Getting from San Agustin to Leticia by combination of bus and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from San Agustin in December, expect nights in Leticia to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Leticia

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico ©
Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico
Reserva Natural Tanimboca ©
Reserva Natural Tanimboca

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Laguna de Guatavita and Parque de Usaquen. Get some cultural insight at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bogota: Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira), Mina de Sal de Nemocon (in Nemocon) and Vivero Crisalide (in Chia). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, steep yourself in history at Bolivar plaza, and stop by Cesar Giraldo, Taller Manual Del Cuero.

To find out how to plan a trip to Bogota, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Leticia to Bogota takes 2.5 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Leticia in December: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 22°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Laguna de Guatavita, Mina de Sal de Nemocon, Vivero Crisalide, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
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Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

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 1st (Wed), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then take in the dramatic natural features at Morgan's Head, and then head off the coast to Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Providencia Island attractions planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Bogota to Providencia Island in 6.5 hours. Traveling from Bogota in December, you will find days in Providencia Island are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are warmer (29°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo ©
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo
Scuba & Snorkeling
Morgan's Head ©
Morgan's Head

5
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa de Spratt Bight and Playa de San Luis. Step off the beaten path and head to West View and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, kick back and relax at Bahia Suroeste, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bahia del Cove, and explore the fascinating underground world of Morgan's Cave.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Andres Island trip planner .

Traveling by ferry from Providencia Island to San Andres Island takes 3 hours. In January, daytime highs in San Andres Island are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. You will leave for home on the 6th (Mon).

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
Scuba & Snorkeling
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita

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