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
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  3​h
2
Salento
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Cali
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Popayan
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
San Andres Island
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Isla Baru
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
7
Cartagena
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Barranquilla
— 4 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
9
Santa Marta
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
10
Bucaramanga
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
11
Barichara
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
12
Bogota
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  12​h
End: Belo Horizonte

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.
Escape the urban bustle at 2000m Descent and more and Parque Arvi. Do your shopping at Mayorca Mega Plaza and Centro Comercial Santafé. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Medellin: Piedra Del Penol (in Guatape) and Plaza de Mercado (in La Ceja). The adventure continues: browse the different shops at El Tesoro Parque Comercial, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, get into the urban bustle at Centro Cultural Moravia, and stop by Artesanias Caballo de Troya.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Medellin tour builder website .

Belo Horizonte, Brazil to Medellin is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Belo Horizonte to Medellin due to the time zone difference. May in Medellin sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Salento.

Things to do in Medellin

Shopping Parks Tours

Side Trips

Plaza de Mercado, Mayorca Mega Plaza, 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.
Head to Region Paisaje / Landscape Region and Centro Comercial Multicentro Ibaguefor some retail therapy. Get in touch with nature at Bosques de Cocora and Kasaguadua Natural Reserve. Take a break from Salento with a short trip to Plazoleta de los Toldos in Filandia, about 36 minutes away. Spend the 21st (Tue) among the fascinating landscape of Crested Outdoor. There's still lots to do: appreciate the views at Valle del Cocora and take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Cocora.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Salento trip planning site .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Medellin to Salento in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cali.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Centro Comercial Multicentro Ibague, Plazoleta de los Toldos
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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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Llanogrande Plaza Shopping Center and Unicentro Palmira. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Aereo Fenix and Taller Tejada. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cali: Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros (in Buga) and Centro Comercial ALfaguara (in Jamundi). There's still lots to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Jardin Plaza, tour in harmony with nature at Bichacue Yath Arte y Naturaleza, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and take a stroll through Barrio San Antonio.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cali trip app .

Traveling by car from Salento to Cali takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Cali are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Popayan.

Things to do in Cali

Shopping Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Palmira, Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros, Centro Comercial ALfaguara
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Museo Aereo Fenix ©
Museo Aereo Fenix
Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros ©
Iglesia de San Antonio ©
Iglesia de San Antonio

3
nights
Popayan

Popayan ©
Popayan vacations hold plenty of appeal for international and domestic visitors, as the city represent one of the most entertaining and culturally enriching urban centers on the continent.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo Negret and Iglesia de San Francisco. Get in touch with nature at Lago El Bolson and Parque Natural de Purace. Go for a jaunt from Popayan to Silvia to see Indigenous Market about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: browse the different shops at Campanario Centro Comercial, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia La Ermita de Popayan, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia San Agustin.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Popayan day trip site .

Traveling by car from Cali to Popayan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Cali, expect colder days and about the same nights in Popayan, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Popayan

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lago El Bolson, Indigenous Market
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Parque Natural de Purace ©
Parque Natural de Purace
Iglesia de San Francisco ©
Iglesia de San Francisco
Iglesia San Agustin ©
Iglesia San Agustin

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Primera Iglesia Bautista and Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa de San Luis and Playa de Spratt Bight. Spend the 5th (Wed) exploring nature at Manglares de Old Point National Park. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, kick back and relax at Bahia del Cove, identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita, and get into the urban bustle at Banco de la Republica.

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Fly from Popayan to San Andres Island in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Popayan in May, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in San Andres Island: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Isla Baru.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
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.
On the 6th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Aviario Nacional de Colombia, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Puntilla, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Isla Baru trip builder tool .

Getting from San Andres Island to Isla Baru by flight takes about 3.5 hours. In June in Isla Baru, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive 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.
You'll explore and learn at NH Galeria and Nara Antique Decoraciones. Get outdoors at Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano) and Scuba & Snorkeling. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of San Felipe de Barajas Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, look for gifts at Dantas Store, and contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cartagena road trip planning app .

Drive from Isla Baru to Cartagena in 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 12th (Wed) 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.
Head to Bojanini Art Gallery and Centro Comercial Villa Countryfor plenty of shopping. Get some historical perspective at El Prado and Parroquia Santa Bernardita. Get out of town with these interesting Barranquilla side-trips: Usiacuri (Casa Museo Poeta Julio Florez & Iglesia de Santo Domingo de Guzman), Megua Parque Biotematico (in Galapa) and Castillo de Salgar (in Puerto Colombia). There's lots more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Buenavista, kick back and relax at Playas de Santa Veronica, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia del Rosario, and examine the collection at Museo del Caribe.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Barranquilla trip tool .

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Barranquilla takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Barranquilla

Shopping Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Usiacuri, Playas de Santa Veronica, Castillo de Salgar, Megua Parque Biotematico
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Bojanini Art Gallery ©
Bojanini Art Gallery
Casa Museo Poeta Julio Florez ©
Casa Museo Poeta Julio Florez
Iglesia de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Iglesia de Santo Domingo de Guzman

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Cristal Beach and Playa Neguanje. Get some cultural insight at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and Gabriel Garcia Marquez Museum. And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, enjoy the sand and surf at Ensenada de Chengue, stroll through Playa Blanca, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Santa Marta trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Barranquilla to Santa Marta in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Santa Marta sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can 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.
Get outdoors at Parque Nacional de Chicamocha and Canon Del Chicamocha. Basilica San Juan Bautista and Capilla Nuestra Senora de las Nieves are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Mercado Campesino de Acuarela in Los Santos (about 1h 10 min away). There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at Parque Caracoli, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and pick up some local products at Plaza de Mercado Guarin.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bucaramanga trip planner .

You can fly from Santa Marta to Bucaramanga in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder 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 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Barichara.

Things to do in Bucaramanga

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trips

Floridablanca, Giron, Canon Del Chicamocha, Mercado Campesino de Acuarela
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Parque Caracoli ©
Parque Caracoli
Parque Nacional de Chicamocha ©
Parque Nacional de Chicamocha
Capilla Nuestra Senora de las Nieves ©
Capilla Nuestra Senora de las Nieves

1
night
Barichara

Barichara ©
A charming town of just over 7,000 people, Barichara displays rustic, dusty orange-colored architecture, protected by the Colombian People's Heritage Network.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion, explore the world behind art at Casa de la Cultura Emiliano Pradilla Gonzalez, view the masterpieces at Fundacion San Lorenzo De Barichara, then stroll the grounds of Cementerio Barichara, then get great views at Mirador Barichara 1, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Camino Real.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Barichara visit planning tool .

Drive from Bucaramanga to Barichara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Barichara sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Barichara

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Camino Real ©
Camino Real
Cementerio  Barichara ©
Cementerio Barichara
Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion ©

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.
For shopping fun, head to Parque 93 or DIBS by Culture Shock Colombia. Museum-lovers will get to explore Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica. Change things up with these side-trips from Bogota: Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra), Catedral de Sal (in Zipaquira) and Chia (Centro Comercial Cento Chia & Centro Comercial Fontanar). There's still lots to do: stroll through Mount Monserrate, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado de las Pulgas de Usaquen, browse the exhibits of Galeria La Cometa, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia San Francisco de Sales.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bogota road trip app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Barichara to Bogota takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, Bogota is slightly colder than Barichara - with highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

Chia, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, Cafe & Guitarra, Parroquia San Francisco de Sales, 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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