32 days in Colombia Itinerary

32 days in Colombia Itinerary

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32 days in Colombia Itinerary

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

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Playa de Spratt Bight and Plaza Canon de Morgan. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Johnny Cay. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Outdoor Activities, look for gifts at Esmeraldas Colombianas, take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador, and identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read San Andres Island travel route planner.

San Jose, Costa Rica to San Andres Island is an approximately 7-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Jose to San Andres Island due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Jose in December, expect San Andres Island to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Providencia Island.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
Scuba & Snorkeling
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
nights
Providencia Island

Providencia Island ©
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
On the 30th (Mon), enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse Providencia, then step off the mainland to explore Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Bay. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Morgan's Head, head off the coast to Santa Catalina, and then take in the views from Lover’s Lane.

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Traveling by ferry from San Andres Island to Providencia Island takes 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Providencia Island are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Fort Bay, Santa Catalina
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Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo ©
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo
Morgan's Head ©
Morgan's Head
Santa Catalina
Santa Catalina

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Laguna de Guatavita and Zona G Bogota. Escape the urban bustle at Mina de Sal de Nemocon and Ciclovia de Bogota. Step out of Bogota with an excursion to Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira in Zipaquira--about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Monserrate, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Basilica del Senor de Monserrate, stroll around Parque de Usaquen, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Santa Clara.

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Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Providencia Island to Bogota takes 6.5 hours. When traveling from Providencia Island in December, plan for little chillier days in Bogota, with highs around 22°C, while nights are colder with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Leticia.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mina de Sal de Nemocon, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, Laguna de Guatavita
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Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Ciclovia de Bogota ©
Ciclovia de Bogota
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira

2
nights
Leticia

Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Isla de Los Micos and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Amazon Maguta Jungle Lodge and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de La Paz.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Leticia trip planner.

Fly from Bogota to Leticia in 2.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in January: highs in Leticia hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Agustin.

Things to do in Leticia

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Isla de Los Micos ©
Isla de Los Micos
Catedral de Nuestra Senora de La Paz ©

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 8th (Wed): delve into the distant past at San Agustin Archaeological Park, take an in-depth tour of Museo Precolombino Villa Real, then appreciate the views at El Salto del Mortino, then delve into the distant past at Alto de Las Piedras Archaeological Park, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Templo de San Antonio. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to La Chaquira, then explore the ancient world of El Purutal, then delve into the distant past at Alto de las Chinas, and finally explore the activities along Estrecho Del Magdalena.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Agustin route website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Leticia to San Agustin takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Leticia in January, with highs in San Agustin at 24°C and lows at 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in San Agustin

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Isnos, Iglesia Templo de San Antonio
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San Agustin Archaeological Park ©
San Agustin Archaeological Park
El Purutal ©
El Purutal

4
nights
Medellin

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Take a break from the city and head to 2000m Descent and more and ALTITUDE. Get some historical perspective at Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol and Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Medellin: Guatape (Guatape Dam & Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen). There's still lots to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia la Nina Maria, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Medellin online trip maker .

You can fly from San Agustin to Medellin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from San Agustin, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Medellin, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Gil.

Things to do in Medellin

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Guatape, Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol, Parroquia la Nina Maria
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Balloon Rides
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen ©
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen
Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol ©

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 14th (Tue): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then take a stroll through Guane. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Punto Amarillo Barichara, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Nuestra Senora del Socorro, and then head outdoors with Rios y Canoas Colombia.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Gil online tour itinerary planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Medellin to San Gil in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in San Gil can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Bucaramanga.

Things to do in San Gil

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Guane, Catedral Nuestra Senora del Socorro, Punto Amarillo Barichara
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River Rafting & Tubing
Catedral Nuestra Senora del Socorro ©
Rios y Canoas Colombia ©
Rios y Canoas Colombia

2
nights
Bucaramanga

Bucaramanga ©
A tour of Bucaramanga may yield little evidence that it dates back as far as 1622.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Canon Del Chicamocha and then get great views at Ecoparque Cerro del Santisimo. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Parque Gallineral de Giron, then pause for some serene contemplation at Divine Child Parish, then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Moderno de Bucaramanga, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Holy Family.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bucaramanga holiday planner.

Traveling by bus from San Gil to Bucaramanga takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Bucaramanga

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Parque Gallineral de Giron, Ecoparque Cerro del Santisimo, Canon Del Chicamocha
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Ecoparque Cerro del Santisimo ©
Ecoparque Cerro del Santisimo
Cathedral of the Holy Family ©
Cathedral of the Holy Family
Divine Child Parish ©
Divine Child Parish

4
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.
Relax by the water at Playa Neguanje and Playa Blanca. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ensenada de Chengue and Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, don't miss a visit to El Amanuense Libros & Cafe, contemplate the long history of Paseo El Camellon, and look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta travel route builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Bucaramanga to Santa Marta takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Bucaramanga in January; daily highs in Santa Marta reach 39°C and lows reach 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada
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Playa Neguanje ©
Playa Neguanje
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

5
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Blanca and Playa Puntilla. Get some historical perspective at Barrio Getsemani and Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cartagena: Castillo de Salgar (in Puerto Colombia) and Aviario Nacional de Colombia (in Isla Baru). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Centro Historico, admire the landmark architecture of Las Bovedas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Cartagena holiday builder site .

Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Isla Baru, Oceanario, Castillo de Salgar
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Barrio Getsemani ©
Barrio Getsemani

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