45 days in Colombia Itinerary

45 days in Colombia Itinerary

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45 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Canaima National Park
Drive:  19 h 30 min
1
Cartagena
— 7 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Santa Marta
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  14 h
4
Providencia Island
— 3 nights
+2
Ferry + Foot + Fly:  7 h 30 min
5
Medellin
— 5 nights
Drive:  9 h
6
Zapatoca
— 3 nights
Drive:  10 h 15 min
7
Manizales
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Filandia
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
9
Salento
— 3 nights
+3
Bus + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  5 h 30 min
10
Zipaquira
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
11
Bogota
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h
12
San Agustin
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  8 h 30 min
13
Leticia
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  19 h 15 min
End: New York City

7
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've added Lucy Jewelry, Milenio Joyeria, Walled City of Cartagena, and other attractions to your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Museo del Oro Zenu and Casa Museo Rafael Nunez. Barrio Getsemani and Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cartagena: Castillo de Salgar (in Puerto Colombia) and Isla Baru (Playa Blanca, Playa Puntilla, &more). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo, contemplate the long history of Baluarte de Santo Domingo, stop by Centro Historico, and stop by La Casa del Joyero.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cartagena online day trip planner .

Canaima National Park, Venezuela to Cartagena is an approximately 19.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in March, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Isla Baru, Castillo de Salgar
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Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Barrio Getsemani ©
Barrio Getsemani
Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo

1
night
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 8th (Sun), examine the collection at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Ensenada de Chengue, look for all kinds of wild species at El Dorado Bird Reserve, and then stop by Yo Amo Santa Marta.

For where to stay, reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta tour itinerary site .

You can drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Santa Marta are 93°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

El Dorado Bird Reserve
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El Dorado Bird Reserve ©
El Dorado Bird Reserve

1
night
Tayrona National Park

Tayrona National Park ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tayrona National Park road trip site .

You can drive from Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park in 1.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Tayrona National Park can reach 93°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

3
nights
Providencia Island

Providencia Island ©
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes McBean Lagoon National Natural Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo and Santa Catalina. Get outdoors at Fort Bay and Morgan's Head. There's more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse Providence.

Before you visit Providencia Island, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tayrona National Park to Providencia Island. While traveling from Tayrona National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Providencia Island, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 77°F. On the 14th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Fort Bay, Santa Catalina
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Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo ©
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo
McBean Lagoon National Natural Park ©
McBean Lagoon National Natural Park
Morgan's Head ©
Morgan's Head

5
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Parque Arvi, Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica, Ecoventure, and other attractions. Take a break from the city and head to 2000m Descent and more and Balloon Rides. For shopping fun, head to Mayorca Mega Plaza or H by HDC. There's more to do: look and learn at Planetario de Medellin and explore the galleries of Arte Loft Galeria.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Medellin sightseeing tool .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Providencia Island to Medellin takes 7.5 hours. Traveling from Providencia Island in March, Medellin is slightly colder at night with lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Zapatoca.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Mayorca Mega Plaza, Enigma Escape Room
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medellin 2000m DESCENT ©
medellin 2000m DESCENT
Ecoventure ©
Ecoventure
Parque Arvi ©
Parque Arvi

3
nights
Zapatoca

Zapatoca ©
Zapatoca is a town and municipality in the Santander Department in northeastern Colombia. You'll discover tucked-away gems like La Casa del Quijote and Cueva del Nitro. Get in touch with nature at Salto de la India and Cueva de los Aviones. There's more to do: get great views at Mirador Los Guanes.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Zapatoca trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Medellin to Zapatoca in 9.5 hours. In March in Zapatoca, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Manizales.

Things to do in Zapatoca

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

San Vicente de Chucuri
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Cueva de los Aviones ©
Cueva de los Aviones
La Casa del Quijote ©
La Casa del Quijote
Cueva del Nitro ©
Cueva del Nitro

4
nights
Manizales

Manizales ©
A major center of education and commerce, Manizales also serves as one of the hubs of coffee production in Colombia.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nevado del Ruiz, Reserva Ecologica Rio Blanco and Catedral de Manizales. Do some cultural sightseeing at Basílica menor de la Inmaculada Concepción and Our Lady of the Rosary. Step off the beaten path and head to Casa de la Cultura and Chorros de Don Lolo. There's more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basílica Inmaculada Concepción and appreciate the history behind Monumento El Bolivar Condor.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Manizales tour planner.

You can drive from Zapatoca to Manizales in 11.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Zapatoca in March: high temperatures in Manizales hover around 69°F and lows are around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Filandia.

Things to do in Manizales

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Casa de la Cultura, Chorros de Don Lolo, Basílica menor de la Inmaculada Concepción
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Chorros de Don Lolo ©
Chorros de Don Lolo
Catedral de Manizales ©
Catedral de Manizales
Nevado del Ruiz ©
Nevado del Ruiz

1
night
Filandia

Filandia ©
Filandia is a town and municipality in the northern part of the department of Quindío, Colombia. On the 26th (Thu), get in on the family fun at Panaca. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): stop by Plazoleta de los Toldos and then don't miss a visit to Mirador Colina Iluminada.

To find photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Filandia trip planner.

You can drive from Manizales to Filandia in 2 hours. Traveling from Manizales in March, you will find days in Filandia are a bit warmer (81°F), and nights are about the same (65°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Salento.

Things to do in Filandia

Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Panaca
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Panaca ©
Panaca
Plazoleta de los Toldos ©
Plazoleta de los Toldos

3
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bosques de Cocora, Cascadas de Cocora and Polimetria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): stop by Polimetria, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, and then admire the sheer force of Cascadas de Cocora.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Salento journey planning site .

You can drive from Filandia to Salento in an hour. In March, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 64°F. On the 30th (Mon), you'll travel to Zipaquira.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Nature Shopping
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Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Cascadas de Cocora ©
Cascadas de Cocora

3
nights
Zipaquira

Zipaquira ©
A tour of Zipaquira, the salt-mining capital of Colombia, remains one of the best day-trip ideas from Bogota.
Parque Jaime Duque has been added to your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira and Basilica del Santo Cristo de Ubate. Step off the beaten path and head to Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores and Reserva Natural El Chochal de Siecha.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Zipaquira road trip app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Salento to Zipaquira in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Salento in March, expect nights in Zipaquira to be about the same, around 64°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bogota.

Things to do in Zipaquira

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Parque Jaime Duque, Basilica del Santo Cristo de Ubate, Reserva Natural El Chochal de Siecha
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Parque Jaime Duque ©
Parque Jaime Duque
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Basilica del Santo Cristo de Ubate ©

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bamba Regalos & Diseno, Bioparque La Reserva, Plaza de Mercado de Paloquemao, and other attractions you added. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Museo Nacional de Colombia. There's more to do: explore the galleries of Museo Santa Clara.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bogota trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Zipaquira to Bogota in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Bogota are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to San Agustin.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Bioparque La Reserva
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Nacional de Colombia ©
Museo Nacional de Colombia
Museo Santa Clara ©
Museo Santa Clara

4
nights
San Agustin

San Agustin ©
San Agustin remains best known for its archaeological sites, which include the World Heritage-listed San Agustin Archaeological Park.
You've added El Purutal, Alto de las Chinas, La Chaquira, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at San Agustin Archaeological Park and Iglesia Templo de San Antonio. Visiting Estrecho Del Magdalena and Salto de Bordones will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at El Salto del Mortino.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Agustin route planner.

You can fly from Bogota to San Agustin in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Agustin when traveling from Bogota in April, with lows around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Leticia.

Things to do in San Agustin

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Leticia

Leticia ©
Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
Visiting Reserva Natural Tanimboca and Amazon Maguta Jungle Lodge will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Parque Santander and Bioparque Etuena.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Leticia vacation app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from San Agustin to Leticia in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect warmer weather when traveling from San Agustin in April: highs in Leticia hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Leticia

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Reserva Natural Tanimboca ©
Reserva Natural Tanimboca
Isla de Los Micos ©
Isla de Los Micos
Bioparque Etuena ©
Bioparque Etuena

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