32 days in Colombia & Guarulhos Itinerary

32 days in Colombia & Guarulhos Itinerary

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32 days in Colombia & Guarulhos Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fly:  9 h 15 min
1
Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
Drive:  45 min
2
Zipaquira, Colombia
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h
3
Villa de Leyva, Colombia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
4
Tunja, Colombia
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Barichara, Colombia
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
6
San Gil, Colombia
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
7
Bucaramanga, Colombia
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  2 h 15 min
8
Medellin, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
9
San Andres Island, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  3 h
10
Santa Marta, Colombia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
11
Cartagena, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  12 h 15 min
12
Guarulhos, Brazil
— 1 night
Bus + Subway:  30 min
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil

3
nights
Bogota, Colombia

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.
You'll explore and learn at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Barrio La Candelaria. Visit Bolivar plaza and La Catedral Primada for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Bogota to Cota to see Bioparque La Reserva about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco, identify plant and animal life at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and take in the views from Puente de Guadua.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Bogota trip itinerary planning app .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Bogota is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Sao Paulo to Bogota is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Sao Paulo in November, things will get little chillier in Bogota: highs are around 22°C and lows about 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Zipaquira.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Bioparque La Reserva
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Iglesia de San Francisco ©
Iglesia de San Francisco

2
nights
Zipaquira, Colombia

Zipaquira ©
A tour of Zipaquira, the salt-mining capital of Colombia, remains one of the best day-trip ideas from Bogota.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Encenillos Biological Reserve, stop by Cafe & Guitarra, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Casa Museo Quevedo Zornoza, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Diocesana, then make a trip to Plaza de los Comuneros, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sal, and finally examine the collection at Museo Aeroespacial Colombiano.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Zipaquira travel route planning site .

Traveling by car from Bogota to Zipaquira takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Zipaquira are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in Zipaquira

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Cafe & Guitarra, Encenillos Biological Reserve, Museo Aeroespacial Colombiano
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Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Catedral Diocesana ©
Catedral Diocesana
Plaza de los Comuneros ©
Plaza de los Comuneros

2
nights
Villa de Leyva, Colombia

Villa de Leyva ©
Positioned away from major trade routes and exploitable resources, the colonial town of Villa de Leyva has been largely left alone--leaving a window into the 16th century that has become one of Colombia's most popular attractions.
On the 9th (Sat), examine the collection at Museo Paleontológico, make a trip to Hotel Plaza Mayor Villa de Leyva, examine the collection at Casa Museo Luis Alberto Acuna, then see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Antonio Narino, then look for all kinds of wild species at Granja de Avestruces, and finally stroll through Parque El Carmen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Raquira, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monasterio de la Candelaria, examine the collection at Museo El Fosil, then get curious at Centro de Investigaciones Paleontologicas - CIP, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Rosario, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Casa Museo Capitan Antonio Ricaurte.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Villa de Leyva driving holiday planning website .

Traveling by bus from Zipaquira to Villa de Leyva takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tunja.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Raquira
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Casa Museo Luis Alberto Acuna ©
Casa Museo Luis Alberto Acuna
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Rosario ©
Casa Museo Antonio Narino ©
Casa Museo Antonio Narino

3
nights
Tunja, Colombia

Tunja ©
Sitting on the eastern range of the Colombian Andes, the city of Tunja was founded by the Spanish in the first half of the 16th century.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St. Lawrence Cathedral and Templo De Santo Domingo. Iglesia de San Ignacio and Capilla y Museo de Santa Clara la Real are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Tunja to go to Paipa and see Catedral de Paipa, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Basilica Metropolitana Santiago de Tunja, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pinzon Park, make a trip to Pozo de Donato (Hunzahua), and take an in-depth tour of Casa Museo Don Juan de Vargas.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tunja trip planner .

Getting from Villa de Leyva to Tunja by car takes about an hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Barichara.

Things to do in Tunja

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

St. Lawrence Cathedral, Catedral de Paipa
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Templo De Santo Domingo ©
Templo De Santo Domingo
St. Lawrence Cathedral ©
St. Lawrence Cathedral
Iglesia de San Ignacio ©
Iglesia de San Ignacio

2
nights
Barichara, Colombia

Barichara ©
A charming town of just over 7,000 people, Barichara displays rustic, dusty orange-colored architecture, protected by the Colombian People's Heritage Network.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Capilla de Santa Barbara, get to know the fascinating history of Camino Real, then view the masterpieces at Fundacion San Lorenzo De Barichara, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de Santa Lucia de Guane, and finally wander the streets of Guane. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Punto Amarillo Barichara, explore the world behind art at Casa de la Cultura Emiliano Pradilla Gonzalez, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion, then get great views at Mirador Barichara 1, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Barichara.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Barichara trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Tunja to Barichara takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in November, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Gil.

Things to do in Barichara

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Guane
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Iglesia de Santa Lucia de Guane ©
Iglesia de Santa Lucia de Guane
Camino Real ©
Camino Real
Cementerio  Barichara ©
Cementerio Barichara

2
nights
San Gil, Colombia

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 16th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museo del Algodon y el Lienzo de la Tierra, look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Gallineral, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Curiti. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Nuestra Senora de Chiquinquira El Socorro, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Nuestra Senora del Socorro, look for gifts at Centro Comercial El Puente, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque La Libertad, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia Catedral de Santa Cruz.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Gil tour planner.

San Gil is just a stone's throw from Barichara. In November, daytime highs in San Gil are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Bucaramanga.

Things to do in San Gil

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Socorro, Catedral de Curiti, Museo del Algodon y el Lienzo de la Tierra
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3
nights
Bucaramanga, Colombia

Bucaramanga ©
A tour of Bucaramanga may yield little evidence that it dates back as far as 1622.
Shop till you drop at Parque Caracoli and Cacique el Centro Comercial. Basilica San Juan Bautista and Ecoparque Cerro del Santisimo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Holy Family, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, get engrossed in the history at La Casa del Libro Total, and take in the dramatic natural features at Canon Del Chicamocha.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Bucaramanga online road trip planner .

Take a bus from San Gil to Bucaramanga in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. November in Bucaramanga sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bucaramanga

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Floridablanca, Canon Del Chicamocha, Basilica San Juan Bautista
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Parque Garcia Rovira ©
Parque Garcia Rovira
Ecoparque Cerro del Santisimo ©
Ecoparque Cerro del Santisimo
Cathedral of the Holy Family ©
Cathedral of the Holy Family

3
nights
Medellin, Colombia

Medellin ©
Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Explore hidden gems such as Parque Arvi and Arte Loft Galeria. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo de Antioquia and Planetario de Medellin. The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at El Tesoro Parque Comercial, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin, and steep yourself in history at Pueblito Paisa.

Make your Medellin itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Bucaramanga to Medellin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in November, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Medellin

Shopping Museums Wildlife
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El Tesoro Parque Comercial ©
El Tesoro Parque Comercial
Museo de Antioquia ©
Museo de Antioquia
Parque Arvi ©
Parque Arvi

3
nights
San Andres Island, Colombia

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like West View and Scuba & Snorkeling. Museum-lovers will appreciate Island House Museum and Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres. There's lots more to do: stop by Esmeraldas Colombianas, identify plant and animal life at Cayo El Acuario, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Primera Iglesia Bautista, and step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Andres Island trip itinerary builder website .

Fly from Medellin to San Andres Island in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Medellin in November, things will get a bit warmer in San Andres Island: highs are around 35°C and lows about 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
West View
West View
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Santa Marta, Colombia

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 27th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de Nuestra Senora de la Medalla Milagrosa, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Jeronimo, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Zazue Plaza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Mundo Marino, examine the collection at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally contemplate the long history of Alcaldia de Santa Marta.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Santa Marta travel planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from San Andres Island to Santa Marta takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. In November in Santa Marta, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

4
nights
Cartagena, Colombia

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.
Do your shopping at NH Galeria and Dantas Store. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Arte Getsemani and Aviario Nacional de Colombia. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of San Felipe de Barajas Castle, contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo, and make a trip to Torre del Reloj.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cartagena travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in November, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Guarulhos.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Aviario Nacional de Colombia
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Barrio Getsemani ©
Barrio Getsemani
Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas

1
night
Guarulhos, Brazil

Guarulhos ©
The most populous Brazilian city not to be a state capital, Guarulhos has developed rapidly in recent years, and gained a reputation as a fun, modern, progressive city.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): buy something for everyone on your list at Internacional Shopping Guarulhos, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroquia Nossa Senhora da Penha, then make a trip to Associação Cultural Nossa Senhora de Fátima, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Parque Shopping Maia. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja do Sagrado Coracao de Jesus, look for all kinds of wild species at Pico do Olho d'agua, stop by Expoaflord Aruja, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Igreja Nossa Senhora D'Ajuda, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Matriz Catedral Nossa Senhora da Conceicao.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Guarulhos trip maker website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cartagena to Guarulhos. The time zone difference moving from Colombia Time (COT) to Brasilia Time (BRT) is 2 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cartagena in December: high temperatures in Guarulhos hover around 33°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Guarulhos

Shopping Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Pico do Olho d'agua, Igreja Nossa Senhora D'Ajuda, Igreja do Sagrado Coracao de Jesus, Expoaflord, Paroquia Nossa Senhora da Penha
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Internacional Shopping Guarulhos ©
Internacional Shopping Guarulhos
Paroquia Nossa Senhora da Penha ©
Paroquia Nossa Senhora da Penha
Igreja do Sagrado Coracao de Jesus ©
Igreja do Sagrado Coracao de Jesus

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