32 days in Colombia Itinerary

32 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

3
nights
San Andres Island

The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa de Spratt Bight and La Piscinita. We've included these beaches for you: Playa de San Luis and Playa Charquitos. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, appreciate the history behind La Barracuda, look for all kinds of wild species at Cayo El Acuario, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Primera Iglesia Bautista.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island online trip itinerary maker.

San Jose, Costa Rica to San Andres Island is an approximately 8-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Jose to San Andres Island is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from San Jose in December, with highs in San Andres Island at 34°C and lows at 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Providencia Island.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse Providence and then head off the coast to Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Morgan's Head, step off the mainland to explore Santa Catalina, and then snap pictures at Lover’s Lane.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Providencia Island trip builder website.

Traveling by ferry from San Andres Island to Providencia Island takes 3.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Providencia Island can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Laguna de Guatavita and Iglesia Basilica del Senor de Monserrate. Escape the urban bustle at Mina de Sal de Nemocon and Ciclovia de Bogota. When in Bogota, make a side trip to see Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira in Zipaquira, approximately Zipaquira away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Monserrate, explore the world behind art at Museo Santa Clara, stroll around Parque Metropolitano Simon Bolivar, and take in the spiritual surroundings of La Catedral Primada.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, read Bogota journey planning tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Providencia Island to Bogota takes 9 hours. While traveling from Providencia Island, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Bogota, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Leticia.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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): head off the coast to Isla de Los Micos and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Amazon Maguta Jungle Lodge and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de La Paz.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Leticia online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Bogota to Leticia in 4.5 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) so you can travel to San Agustin.

Things to do in Leticia

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Isla de Los Micos ©
Isla de Los Micos
Amazon Maguta Jungle Lodge ©
Amazon Maguta Jungle Lodge

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 8th (Wed), explore the ancient world of San Agustin Archaeological Park, get engrossed in the history at Museo Precolombino Villa Real, then admire the sheer force of El Salto del Mortino, and finally delve into the distant past at Alto de Las Piedras Archaeological Park. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind La Chaquira, then explore the ancient world of El Purutal, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Estrecho Del Magdalena.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Agustin trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Leticia to San Agustin takes 9.5 hours. Traveling from Leticia in January, expect San Agustin to be a bit cooler, temps between 24°C and 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 Trip

Isnos
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San Agustin Archaeological Park ©
San Agustin Archaeological Park
El Purutal ©
El Purutal
Estrecho Del Magdalena ©
Estrecho Del Magdalena

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to medellin 2000m DESCENT and Guatape Dam. Visiting ALTITUDE and Balloon Rides will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Medellin: Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen (in Guatape) and Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol (in Penol). There's still lots to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia la Nina Maria.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Medellin vacation planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from San Agustin to Medellin in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from San Agustin in January, expect nights in Medellin to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to San Gil.

Things to do in Medellin

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Guatape, Parroquia la Nina Maria, Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol
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medellin 2000m DESCENT ©
medellin 2000m DESCENT
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen ©
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen
Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol ©
Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol

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.
On the 14th (Tue), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then wander the streets of Guane. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Punto Amarillo Barichara, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Nuestra Senora del Socorro, and then get outside with Rios y Canoas Colombia.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Gil sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Medellin to San Gil in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daytime highs in San Gil are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Bucaramanga.

Things to do in San Gil

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

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

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): explore the striking landscape at Canon Del Chicamocha and then don't miss a visit to Ecoparque Cerro del Santisimo. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Parque Gallineral de Giron, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Divine Child Parish, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Moderno de Bucaramanga, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Holy Family.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Bucaramanga trip itinerary app.

Take a bus from San Gil to Bucaramanga in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in January, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Bucaramanga

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Canon Del Chicamocha, Ecoparque Cerro del Santisimo, Parque Gallineral de Giron
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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.
Visiting Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona and Ensenada de Chengue will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Playa Neguanje and Paseo El Camellon. Go for a jaunt from Santa Marta to Minca to see Museo Minca - Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Blanca, look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta, explore the striking landscape of Nabusimake, and don't miss a visit to El Amanuense Libros & Cafe.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Santa Marta trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Bucaramanga to Santa Marta takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bucaramanga in January, expect Santa Marta to be somewhat warmer, temps between 39°C and 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, Museo Minca - 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.
Visit Playa Puntilla and Playa Blanca for some beach relaxation. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Barrio Getsemani and Templo de Santo Domingo. Get out of town with these interesting Cartagena side-trips: Aviario Nacional de Colombia (in Isla Baru) and Castillo de Salgar (in Puerto Colombia). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral Basilica of St. Catherine of Alexandria, observe the fascinating underwater world at Oceanario, and steep yourself in history at Centro Historico.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cartagena trip planner.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Isla Baru, Castillo de Salgar, Oceanario
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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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