50 days in Colombia Itinerary

50 days in Colombia Itinerary

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50 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Belo Horizonte
Bus + Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Medellin
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  3​h
2
Salento
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Cali
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
San Andres Island
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Isla Baru
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
6
Cartagena
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Barranquilla
— 4 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
8
Santa Marta
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
9
Bucaramanga
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
10
Villa de Leyva
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Bogota
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  12​h
End: Belo Horizonte

3
nights
Medellin

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo de Antioquia and Basilica Menor Del Senor De Los Milagros. Visiting 2000m Descent and more and Piedra Del Penol will get you outdoors. Take a break from Medellin with a short trip to Parque Arvi in Santa Elena, about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and pause for some serene contemplation at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Medellin vacation planning tool .

Belo Horizonte, Brazil to Medellin is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Colombia Time (COT), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In May, daytime highs in Medellin are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Salento.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Basilica Menor Del Senor De Los Milagros, Piedra Del Penol
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Museo de Antioquia ©
Museo de Antioquia
Piedra Del Penol ©
Piedra Del Penol

4
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Get in touch with nature at Bosques de Cocora and Cascadas de Cocora. Spend the 20th (Mon) among the fascinating landscape of Crested Outdoor. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, view the masterpieces at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Salento vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Medellin to Salento takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. May in Salento sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cali.

Things to do in Salento

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Valle del Cocora ©
Valle del Cocora

5
nights
Cali

Cali ©
Learning how to salsa may be the most popular thing to do in Cali, but this giant city in southwestern Colombia represents more than just the "Salsa Capital of the World." Home to over 2 million people, thriving Cali serves as a major commercial and industrial center in South America, boasting the fastest-growing economy in Colombia.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo Aereo Fenix and Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros. Let the collections at Museo de Arte Colonial y Religioso La Merced and Museo del Oro Calima capture your imagination. Explore Cali's surroundings by going to Parroquia Catedral San Pedro de Buga (in Buga) and Choro Trail (in La Cumbre). Spend the 25th (Sat) exploring nature at Farallones de Cali. And it doesn't end there: push the limits with an extreme tour, stroll through Zoologico de Cali, take in nature's colorful creations at Bichacue Yath Arte y Naturaleza, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de San Antonio.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cali trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Salento to Cali in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May in Cali, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cali

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Buga, El Choro Trail
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Museo Aereo Fenix ©
Museo Aereo Fenix
Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros ©
Parroquia Catedral San Pedro de Buga ©

6
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Visit Primera Iglesia Bautista and Plaza Canon de Morgan for their historical value. Relax by the water at Playa de San Luis and Bahia Suroeste. Spend the 1st (Sat) exploring nature at Manglares de Old Point National Park. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa de Spratt Bight, look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, and explore the fascinating underground world of Morgan's Cave.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island online travel planner .

Getting from Cali to San Andres Island by flight takes about 3 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Cali in May since evenings lows in San Andres Island dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Isla Baru.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

1
night
Isla Baru

Isla Baru ©
Lying south of Cartagena, Isla Baru was connected to the mainland until the construction of the Canal del Dique.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Aviario Nacional de Colombia and then kick back and relax at Playa Blanca.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Isla Baru visit planner .

Getting from San Andres Island to Isla Baru by flight takes about 3.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Isla Baru can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Cartagena.

Things to do in Isla Baru

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia

6
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at San Felipe de Barajas Castle and Plaza Santo Domingo. Visit Walled City of Cartagena and Bairro Getsemani for their historical value. Spend the 5th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano), make a trip to Plaza Bolivar, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, and take a stroll through Centro Historico.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cartagena holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Isla Baru to Cartagena takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In June, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Barranquilla.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

4
nights
Barranquilla

Barranquilla ©
An industrial port city on Colombia's Caribbean coast, Barranquilla represents the fourth-most populous city in the country.
Casa Museo Poeta Julio Florez and Bojanini Art Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Get outdoors at Megua Parque Biotematico and Playas de Santa Veronica. Get out of town with these interesting Barranquilla side-trips: Iglesia de Santo Domingo de Guzman (in Usiacuri) and Puerto Colombia (Castillo de Salgar & Cauca Viejo). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through El Prado, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia Santa Bernardita, get engrossed in the history at Museo Mapuka, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia del Rosario.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Barranquilla trip planner .

You can drive from Cartagena to Barranquilla in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Barranquilla

Historic Sites Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Puerto Colombia, Usiacuri, Playas de Santa Veronica, Megua Parque Biotematico
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El Prado ©
El Prado
Casa Museo Poeta Julio Florez ©
Casa Museo Poeta Julio Florez
Iglesia de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Iglesia de Santo Domingo de Guzman

5
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 Cristal Beach and Playa Neguanje. Let the collections at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and Gabriel Garcia Marquez Museum capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Mundo Marino, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Santa Marta itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Barranquilla to Santa Marta takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Santa Marta, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bucaramanga.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Casa Museo Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

4
nights
Bucaramanga

Bucaramanga ©
A tour of Bucaramanga may yield little evidence that it dates back as far as 1622.
Basilica San Juan Bautista and Capilla Nuestra Senora de las Nieves are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Parque Nacional de Chicamocha and Panachi. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Canon Del Chicamocha, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Holy Family, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and get outside with Club Campestre Bucaramanga.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bucaramanga tour planning app .

You can fly from Santa Marta to Bucaramanga in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Santa Marta in June, with highs in Bucaramanga at 30°C and lows at 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in Bucaramanga

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Giron, Canon Del Chicamocha
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Parque Nacional de Chicamocha ©
Parque Nacional de Chicamocha
Panachi ©
Panachi
Capilla Nuestra Senora de las Nieves ©

4
nights
Villa de Leyva

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Iguaque National Park and Piedra Colgada. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Paleontológico and Casa Del Fundador Gonzalo Suarez Rendon. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Villa de Leyva: Basilica del Santo Cristo de Ubate (in Villa de San Diego de Ubate), Tunja (Iglesia de San Agustin, Capilla y Museo de Santa Clara la Real, & more) and Convento Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Chiquinquirá (in Chiquinquira). It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Antonio Narino and explore the galleries of Guadalupe Arte & Diseno.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Villa de Leyva trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Bucaramanga to Villa de Leyva takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bogota.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tunja, Piedra Colgada, Convento Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Chiquinquirá, Basilica del Santo Cristo de Ubate
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Iguaque National Park ©
Iguaque National Park
Museo Paleontológico ©
Museo Paleontológico

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Mount Monserrate and Laguna de Guatavita. Let the collections at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and National Museum of Colombia capture your imagination. Explore Bogota's surroundings by going to Zipaquira (Catedral de Sal & Catedral Diocesana). Spend the 30th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, look for gifts at Vitrina Guayca, stroll through Parque de Usaquen, and take in the exciting artwork at Barrio La Candelaria.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Bogota trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Villa de Leyva to Bogota in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Outdoors Museums Tours

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Laguna de Guatavita
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira

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