50 days in Colombia Itinerary

50 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Start: Cartagena
Drive:  3 h 30 min
1
Santa Marta
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Tayrona National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Minca
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 15 min
4
Bogota
— 8 nights
+3
Fly + Foot + Subway + Bus:  3 h 45 min
5
Guatape
— 5 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
6
Medellin
— 15 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Jardin
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h
8
Salento
— 5 nights
+4
Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly:  6 h
End: Cartagena

7
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Marta: Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona (in Tayrona National Park) and Barranquilla (Gran Malecon Puerta de Oro, Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepcion, &more). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque de Los Novios, examine the collection at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, and admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Santa Marta visit planner.

Cartagena to Santa Marta is an approximately 3.5- hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Santa Marta can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Barranquilla, Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

3
nights
Tayrona National Park

Tayrona National Park ©
Go for a jaunt from Tayrona National Park to Santa Ana to see Taironaka Turismo Ecologico about 1h 05 min away. Spend the 2nd (Mon) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tayrona National Park trip maker.

You can drive from Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Minca.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Taironaka Turismo Ecologico
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Taironaka Turismo Ecologico ©
Taironaka Turismo Ecologico

2
nights
Minca

Minca ©
A Minca vacation takes you to a small mountain village nestled above Santa Marta in the Sierra Nevada.
On the 3rd (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at El Dorado Bird Reserve, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Cacao de Minca, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Minca - Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Pozo Azul and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Minca trip maker app.

Drive from Tayrona National Park to Minca in 1.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Minca can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Minca

Parks Wildlife Nature
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El Dorado Bird Reserve ©
El Dorado Bird Reserve
Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta

8
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 find plenty of places to visit near Bogota: Chia (Ospina Park & Vivero Crisalide), Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar) and Zipaquira (Esensal, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, &more). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), steep yourself in history at Bolivar Square, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Bogota driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Minca to Bogota in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Minca in March; daily highs in Bogota reach 23°C and lows reach 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Guatape.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Chia, Centro de Memoria El Cuartico
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

5
nights
Guatape

Guatape ©
On the shores of a large artificial lake, Guatape ensures a pleasant experience in a quiet little town known for its friendly residents and attractive architecture.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Guatape: Parque de Marinilla (in Marinilla), Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion (in Sopetran) and Ceramicas Esmaltarte (in Carmen de Viboral). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Piedra Del Penol, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monasterio benedictino Santa Maria de la Epifania, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Guatape road trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Bogota to Guatape takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Bogota in March since evenings lows in Guatape dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Medellin.

Things to do in Guatape

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Parque de Marinilla, Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol, Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion, Balneario La Cazuela, Ceramicas Esmaltarte
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Piedra Del Penol ©
Piedra Del Penol
Parque Comfama ©
Parque Comfama
Guatape Motos ©
Guatape Motos

15
nights
Medellin

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Medellin: Cafe de la Cima (in Fredonia), La Ceja (Plaza de Bolivar & Plaza de Mercado) and Santa Fe de Antioquia (Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Chiquinquira & Centro Historico Santa Fe de Antioquia). There's much more to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Arvi, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Medellin, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Medellin online trip itinerary maker.

Take a bus from Guatape to Medellin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Guatape in March, expect Medellin to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Jardin.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Envigado, La Ceja, Santa Fe de Antioquia, Cafe de la Cima, Centro Comercial Aves Maria
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Walking tours
Plaza Botero ©
Plaza Botero

4
nights
Jardin

Jardin ©
El Jardín, often simply referred to as Jardín, is a town and municipality in the southwest region of Antioquia, Colombia. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jardin: Cerro Las Nubes (in Jerico), Tamesis (Principal Park & Cerro Cristo Rey) and Parque Principal (in Hispania). The adventure continues: make a trip to Centro Historico de Jardin, Head underground at Cueva del Esplendor, look for all kinds of wild species at Gallito de Roca Preserve, and get engrossed in the history at Casa Museo Clara Rojas Pelaez.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Jardin trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Medellin to Jardin in 3.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Salento.

Things to do in Jardin

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tamesis, Cerro Las Nubes, Parque Principal
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Cueva del Esplendor ©
Cueva del Esplendor
Centro Historico de Jardin ©
Centro Historico de Jardin
Principal Park ©
Principal Park

5
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Explore Salento's surroundings by going to Los Nevados National Park (in La Estrella) and Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose (in Quimbaya). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Bosques de Cocora, identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and appreciate the views at Valle del Cocora.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Salento trip planner.

You can drive from Jardin to Salento in 5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Los Nevados National Park, Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose
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Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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