27 days in Colombia Itinerary

27 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Cartagena
— 2 nights
2
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
3
Bucaramanga
— 2 nights
4
San Gil
— 2 nights
5
Medellin
— 2 nights
6
Salento
— 2 nights
7
Villavieja
— 1 day
8
San Agustin
— 1 night
9
Leticia
— 1 night
10
Bogota
— 3 nights
11
Providencia Island
— 1 night
12
San Andres Island
— 5 nights

2
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Speed Boats Tours and Aviario Nacional de Colombia. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Barrio Getsemani and Plaza de San Diego. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Trinidad, take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and don't miss a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cartagena online road trip planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Cartagena is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Colombia Standard Time (COT), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Vancouver in December: high temperatures in Cartagena hover around 37°C and lows are around 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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Speed Boats Tours
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, then kick back and relax at Cristal Beach, and then stop by Yo Amo Santa Marta. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Marine World Aquarium, then admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, and finally stroll around Parque de Los Novios.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Santa Marta trip planning site.

You can drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Santa Marta can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Bucaramanga.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
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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), admire the striking features of Capilla Nuestra Senora de las Nieves and then explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional de Chicamocha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Panachi, then pick up some local products at Plaza de Mercado Guarin, and then take some stellar pictures from Ecoparque Cerro del Santisimo.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Bucaramanga day trip planning site.

Fly from Santa Marta to Bucaramanga in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Santa Marta in December: high temperatures in Bucaramanga hover around 30°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to San Gil.

Things to do in Bucaramanga

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ecoparque Cerro del Santisimo, Capilla Nuestra Senora de las Nieves
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:
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Panachi ©
Panachi
Ecoparque Cerro del Santisimo ©
Ecoparque Cerro del Santisimo
Capilla Nuestra Senora de las Nieves ©
Capilla Nuestra Senora de las Nieves

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then stroll the grounds of Capilla Inmaculada Concepcion, El Socorro. On the next day, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Juan Curi, then admire the masterpieces at Casa de la Cultura Emiliano Pradilla Gonzalez, and finally make a trip to Capilla de Santa Barbara.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Gil trip itinerary app.

Traveling by bus from Bucaramanga to San Gil takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in San Gil, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in San Gil

Outdoors · Tours · 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Parque Arvi, walk around Parques del Rio, then get engrossed in the history at Museo de Antioquia, and finally admire the architecture and history at Parroquia Sta Ana Santuario de Maria Auxiliadora .Sabaneta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere 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 see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Medellin trip builder website.

You can fly from San Gil to Medellin in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and 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) to allow enough time to travel to Salento.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Parroquia Sta Ana Santuario de Maria Auxiliadora .Sabaneta
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
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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.
Kick 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, then pedal to the sights with Bike Tours, then identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, and finally savor the flavors at Food & Drink. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then experience rural life at El Recuerdo Finca Cafetera Tradicional.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Salento road trip site.

Fly from Medellin to Salento in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Villavieja.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:
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Valle del Cocora ©
Valle del Cocora
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

1
day
Villavieja

Villavieja ©
Clinging to the banks of the Magdalena River, Villavieja serves as a gateway to the Tatacoa Desert.
On the 25th (Wed), stroll around Parque Valle de la Tatacoa, then look for all kinds of wild species at Desierto de la Tatacoa, and then see the interesting displays at Casa del Totumo.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Villavieja online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Salento to Villavieja takes 7.5 hours. Expect a bit 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) to allow time to travel to San Agustin.

Things to do in Villavieja

Parks · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:
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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.
On the 26th (Thu), admire the sheer force of 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 reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Agustin visit planner.

Drive from Villavieja to San Agustin in 5.5 hours. When traveling from Villavieja in December, plan for little chillier days in San Agustin, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Leticia.

Things to do in San Agustin

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

El Salto del Mortino
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:
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San Agustin Archaeological Park ©
San Agustin Archaeological Park
Estrecho Del Magdalena ©
Estrecho Del Magdalena
Museo Precolombino Villa Real ©
Museo Precolombino Villa Real

1
night
Leticia

Leticia ©
Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
On the 27th (Fri), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then step off the mainland to explore Isla de Los Micos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico, then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Natural Tanimboca, and then walk around Parque Santander.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Leticia trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from San Agustin to Leticia in 9.5 hours. When traveling from San Agustin in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Leticia: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Leticia

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico ©
Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico
Reserva Natural Tanimboca ©
Reserva Natural Tanimboca
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Laguna de Guatavita and Monserrate. Explore Bogota's surroundings by going to Vivero Crisalide (in Chia) and Mina de Sal de Nemocon (in Nemocon). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, stop by Cesar Giraldo, Taller Manual Del Cuero, contemplate the long history of Bolivar Square, and stroll around Parque de Usaquen.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bogota online journey builder.

Traveling by flight from Leticia to Bogota takes 4.5 hours. In December, Bogota is cooler than Leticia - with highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, Laguna de Guatavita, Vivero Crisalide, Mina de Sal de Nemocon
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:
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Mina de Sal de Nemocon ©
Mina de Sal de Nemocon
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

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night
Providencia Island

Providencia Island ©
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, explore the striking landscape at Morgan's Head, and then step off the mainland to explore Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Providencia Island fast, fun, and easy.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Bogota to Providencia Island in 9 hours. While traveling from Bogota, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Providencia Island, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Nature · Parks · Outdoors
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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.
Visit Playa de Spratt Bight and Bahia Suroeste for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at West View and Cayo El Acuario. Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de San Luis, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bahia del Cove.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island tour builder.

Traveling by ferry from Providencia Island to San Andres Island takes 3.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in San Andres Island can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. You will leave for home on the 6th (Mon).

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 6:
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West View
West View
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight

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