50 days in Colombia Itinerary

50 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Medellin
— 4 nights
2
Salento
— 4 nights
3
Cali
— 5 nights
4
Popayan
— 3 nights
5
San Andres Island
— 6 nights
6
Isla Baru
— 1 night
7
Cartagena
— 6 nights
8
Barranquilla
— 4 nights
9
Santa Marta
— 4 nights
10
Bucaramanga
— 4 nights
11
Barichara
— 1 night
12
Bogota
— 5 nights

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.
Appreciate the collections at Museo de Antioquia and H by HDC. Head to Mayorca Mega Plaza and Centro Comercial La Centralfor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Medellin: Plaza de Mercado (in La Ceja) and Piedra Del Penol (in Guatape). Next up on the itinerary: cruise along medellin 2000m DESCENT, buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Los Molinos, stop by Artesanias Caballo de Troya, and look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Arvi.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Medellin driving holiday planner.

Belo Horizonte, Brazil to Medellin is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time to Colombia Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Salento.

Things to do in Medellin

Shopping · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Plaza de Mercado, Piedra Del Penol, Mayorca Mega Plaza
Find places to stay May 14 — 18:
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Parasailing & Paragliding
medellin 2000m DESCENT ©
medellin 2000m DESCENT
Museo de Antioquia ©
Museo de Antioquia

4
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Shop till you drop at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region and Plazoleta de los Toldos. Get in touch with nature at Bosques de Cocora and Kasaguadua Natural Reserve. When in Salento, make a side trip to see Centro Comercial Multicentro Ibague in Ibague, approximately Ibague away. There's much more to do: admire the verdant scenery at Valle del Cocora, admire the sheer force of Cascadas de Cocora, and trek along with Crested Outdoor.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Salento trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Salento takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Cali.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Centro Comercial Multicentro Ibague, Plazoleta de los Toldos
Find places to stay May 18 — 22:
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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.
Visit Iglesia de San Antonio and Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros for their historical value. Museo Aereo Fenix and Taller Tejada will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Cali side-trips: Centro Comercial ALfaguara (in Jamundi) and Palmira (Llanogrande Plaza Shopping Center & Unicentro Palmira). There's lots more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Pacific Mall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia La Merced, browse the fresh offerings at Galeria Alameda, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cali visit planner.

Getting from Salento to Cali by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Cali can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Popayan.

Things to do in Cali

Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Palmira, Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros, Centro Comercial ALfaguara
Find places to stay May 22 — 27:
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Museo Aereo Fenix ©
Museo Aereo Fenix
Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros ©
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.
Get in touch with nature at Lago El Bolson and Purace National Natural Park. Visit Iglesia La Ermita de Popayan and Iglesia San Agustin for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to Indigenous Market in Silvia (about 1h 25 min away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at Museo Negret, buy something for everyone on your list at Campanario Centro Comercial, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Francisco.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Popayan trip planning website.

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 your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can fly to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Popayan

Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Lago El Bolson, Indigenous Market, Purace National Natural Park
Find places to stay May 27 — 30:
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Purace National Natural Park ©
Purace National Natural Park
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.
Head to Esmeraldas Colombianas and Banco de la Republicafor some retail therapy. Get outdoors at Playa de San Luis and Hoyo Soplador. Spend the 5th (Wed) exploring nature at Manglares de Old Point National Park. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bahia del Cove, explore the gorgeous colors at West View, and take a tour by water with Aquanautas.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Andres Island day trip planning app.

You can fly from Popayan to San Andres Island in 6.5 hours. When traveling from Popayan in May, plan for much warmer days in San Andres Island, with highs around 36°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Isla Baru.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 5:
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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.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Isla Baru trip simple and quick.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Isla Baru takes 5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel 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.
Let the collections at NH Galeria and San Lazaro Distrito de Artes capture your imagination. Get some historical perspective at Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Centro Historico. Spend the 9th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, browse for treasures at Anticuario El Arcon, pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and get to know the fascinating history of Barrio Getsemani.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cartagena route planner.

Getting from Isla Baru to Cartagena by ferry takes about 3.5 hours. In June in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Barranquilla.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife
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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 Centro Comercial Viva Barranquilla and Centro Comercial Buenavistafor some retail therapy. Escape the urban bustle at Playas de Santa Veronica and Megua Parque Biotematico. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Barranquilla: Usiacuri (Inmueble Patrimonial de Conservacion Historica que Pertenecio al Poeta Colombiano Julio Florez & Iglesia de Santo Domingo de Guzman) and Castillo de Salgar (in Puerto Colombia). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through El Prado, view the masterpieces at Bojanini Art Gallery, see the interesting displays at Museo del Caribe, and browse the different shops at Centro Comercial Portal del Prado.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Barranquilla tour planning site.

Drive from Cartagena to Barranquilla in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Barranquilla can reach 39°C, while at night they dip 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, Megua Parque Biotematico, Castillo de Salgar
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 16:
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Bojanini Art Gallery ©
Bojanini Art Gallery
Castillo de Salgar ©
Castillo de Salgar
Museo Mapuka ©
Museo Mapuka

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.
Relax by the water at Cristal Beach and Ensenada de Chengue. Do some cultural sightseeing at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and Parroquia de Nuestra Senora de la Medalla Milagrosa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Marta: Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona (in Tayrona National Park) and Casa Museo Gabriel Garcia Marquez (in Aracataca). Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Zazue Plaza, kick back and relax at Playa Blanca, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Neguanje.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Marta road trip planning app.

Drive from Barranquilla to Santa Marta in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in June, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Bucaramanga.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, Casa Museo Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Find places to stay Jun 16 — 20:
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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.
Shop till you drop at Mercado Campesino de Acuarela and Cacique el Centro Comercial. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilica San Juan Bautista and Capilla Nuestra Senora de las Nieves. Spend the 21st (Fri) exploring nature at Parque Nacional de Chicamocha. And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Cacique, identify plant and animal life at Canon Del Chicamocha, and browse the fresh offerings at Plaza de Mercado Guarin.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bucaramanga holiday planner.

Getting from Santa Marta to Bucaramanga by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June, Bucaramanga is little chillier than Santa Marta - with highs of 30°C and lows of 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 · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Floridablanca, Giron, Canon Del Chicamocha, Mercado Campesino de Acuarela
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 24:
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Parque Caracoli ©
Parque Caracoli
Capilla Nuestra Senora de las Nieves ©
Capilla Nuestra Senora de las Nieves
Mercado Campesino de Acuarela ©
Mercado Campesino de Acuarela

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, get engrossed in the history at Casa de la Cultura Emiliano Pradilla Gonzalez, take in the exciting artwork at Fundacion San Lorenzo De Barichara, then stroll the grounds of Cementerio Barichara, then make a trip to Mirador Barichara 1, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Camino Real.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Barichara trip planning website.

You can drive from Bucaramanga to Barichara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Barichara, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Bogota.

Things to do in Barichara

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 24 — 25:
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Camino Real ©
Camino Real
Cementerio  Barichara ©
Cementerio Barichara
Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Monserrate and Laguna de Guatavita. Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Barrio La Candelaria are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Bogota side-trips: Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira), Cafe & Guitarra (in Tabio) and Chia (Centro Comercial Cento Chia & Centro Comercial Fontanar). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, wander the streets of Parque 93, hunt for treasures at Mercado de las Pulgas de Usaquen, and take in the exciting artwork at Galeria La Cometa.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bogota trip planner.

You can drive from Barichara to Bogota in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, Bogota is a bit cooler than Barichara - with highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Shopping · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Chia, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, Parroquia San Francisco de Sales, Laguna de Guatavita, Cafe & Guitarra
Find places to stay Jun 25 — 30:
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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
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira

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