53 days in Colombia Itinerary

53 days in Colombia Itinerary

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53 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Medellin
1
Medellin
— 5 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
2
Bogota
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Villa de Leyva
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
San Gil
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
5
Bucaramanga
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
6
Santa Marta
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Cartagena
— 8 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  7 h 15 min
8
Providencia Island
— 2 nights
Ferry:  2 h 45 min
9
San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
10
Cali
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
11
San Agustin
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
12
Villavieja
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  10 h
13
Leticia
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
End: Medellin

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Museo de Antioquia and Laguna de Guatape. Get some cultural insight at El Castillo Museo y Jardines and Planetario de Medellin. Change things up with these side-trips from Medellin: Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen (in Guatape) and Cementerio Jardines Montesacro (in Itagui). And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at El Tesoro Parque Comercial, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and see Off-Road Tours.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Medellin trip planning website .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Medellin. February in Medellin sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trips

Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen, Centro Comercial Aves Maria, Cementerio Jardines Montesacro
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 19:
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Museo de Antioquia ©
Museo de Antioquia
Parque Arvi ©
Parque Arvi
Parasailing & Paragliding

6
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 Laguna de Guatavita and Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo Nacional de Colombia and Museo Santa Clara. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bogota: Museo Indigena Guatavita (in Guatavita), Plaza Sesquile (in Sesquile) and Parque Natural Chicaque (in Chicaque). There's lots more to do: hunt for treasures at Mercado de las Pulgas de Usaquen, wander the streets of Zona G Bogota, see the interesting displays at Planetarium of Bogota, and take an in-depth tour of Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Bogota road trip site .

You can fly from Medellin to Bogota in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Medellin in February; daily highs in Bogota reach 24°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Plaza Sesquile, Parque Natural Chicaque, Museo Indigena Guatavita, Centro de Memoria El Cuartico, Laguna de Guatavita
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 25:
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Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Parque Natural Chicaque ©
Parque Natural Chicaque
Museo Nacional de Colombia ©
Museo Nacional de Colombia

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Rosario and Monasterio Del Santo Eccehomo are in your itinerary. Head to Devia Galeria and Centro Comercial Casa de Don Juan de Castellanosfor some retail therapy. Change things up with a short trip to Puente de Boyaca in Boyaca (about 1h 05 min away). And it doesn't end there: engage your brain at Centro de Investigaciones Paleontologicas - CIP, explore the activities along Pozos Azules, examine the collection at Observatoire des indiens muiscas, and don't miss a visit to Hotel Plaza Mayor Villa de Leyva.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Villa de Leyva route planner.

Traveling by car from Bogota to Villa de Leyva takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Gil.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Boyaca
Find places to stay Feb 25 — 28:
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Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Rosario ©
Casa Museo Antonio Narino ©
Casa Museo Antonio Narino

3
nights
San Gil

Providing some of the region's best opportunities for paragliding, rappelling, white-water rafting, kayaking, hiking, and caving, San Gil appeals to adventure seekers and nature lovers wishing to escape overcrowded Bogota, located several hours' drive to the south.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Parasailing & Paragliding. Get a sense of the local culture at Capilla Inmaculada Concepcion, El Socorro and Catedral Nuestra Senora del Socorro. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Gil: Cueva Del Indio (in Paramo) and Barichara (Monumento al Buey & Capilla de Santa Barbara). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Juan Curi, identify plant and animal life at Parque Gallineral, stroll around Parque La Libertad, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

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Getting from Villa de Leyva to San Gil by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Bucaramanga.

Things to do in San Gil

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Barichara, Socorro, Cueva Del Indio
Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 2:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Parasailing & Paragliding
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

4
nights
Bucaramanga

Bucaramanga ©
A tour of Bucaramanga may yield little evidence that it dates back as far as 1622.
Get some historical perspective at Ecoparque Cerro del Santisimo and Cathedral of the Holy Family. Take a break from the city and head to Parque Nacional de Chicamocha and Panachi. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bucaramanga: Delacuesta Centro Comercial (in Piedecuesta) and Los Santos (La Mesa de los Santos & Mercado Campesino de Acuarela). There's much more to do: browse the different shops at La Florida Centro Comercial, stroll around Parque Morrorico, get engrossed in the history at La Casa del Libro Total, and see the interesting displays at Museo Casa de Bolivar.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bucaramanga road trip planner.

Getting from San Gil to Bucaramanga by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In March, daily temperatures in Bucaramanga can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Bucaramanga

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Los Santos, Floridablanca, Delacuesta Centro Comercial
Find places to stay Mar 2 — 6:
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Parque Nacional de Chicamocha ©
Parque Nacional de Chicamocha
Panachi ©
Panachi
Ecoparque Cerro del Santisimo ©
Ecoparque Cerro del Santisimo

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Cristal Beach and Playa Grande. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa de las 7 Olas and Buritaca. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Marta: Barranquilla (Museo Mapuka, Centro Comercial Buenavista, &more) and Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (in Minca). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, stroll through Playa Neguanje, go for a stroll along the water at Marina Santa Marta, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta road trip app .

Fly from Bucaramanga to Santa Marta in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bucaramanga in March: high temperatures in Santa Marta hover around 39°C and lows are around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Barranquilla, Taganga, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Playa de las 7 Olas
Find places to stay Mar 6 — 11:
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Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

8
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 Casa Museo Rafael Nunez and Choco Museo. Get some cultural insight at Barrio Getsemani and Speed Boats Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Isla Baru (Aviario Nacional de Colombia & Playa Puntilla). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Centro Historico, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, make a trip to Plaza de la Aduana, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Trinidad.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cartagena trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Cartagena sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Isla Baru
Find places to stay Mar 11 — 19:
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Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Barrio Getsemani ©
Barrio Getsemani
Iglesia de la Trinidad ©
Iglesia de la Trinidad

2
nights
Providencia Island

Providencia Island ©
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Escape the urban bustle at Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo and Morgan's Head. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Fort Bay. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to The Peak Forestry Reserve, head outdoors with Almond Bay, visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse Providence, and head off the coast to Cayo Tres Hermanos.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Providencia Island trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cartagena to Providencia Island in 7.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Fort Bay, Santa Catalina
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 22:
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Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo ©
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo
Scuba & Snorkeling
The Peak Forestry Reserve ©
The Peak Forestry Reserve

3
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Take a break from the city and head to West View and Bahia Suroeste. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa de Spratt Bight and Bahia del Cove. There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Primera Iglesia Bautista, kick back and relax at Playa de San Luis, and get impressive views of El Totumo Volcon.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by ferry from Providencia Island to San Andres Island takes 3 hours. In March, daily temperatures in San Andres Island can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cali.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

El Totumo Volcon
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 25:
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West View
West View
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Museo Aereo Fenix and Museo de la Cana de Azucar. Your inner history buff will appreciate Camino Real and Iglesia La Ermita. Explore Cali's surroundings by going to Hacienda El Paraiso (in El Cerrito) and Parque de la Factoria (in Palmira). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia, explore the activities along Pance River, appreciate the history behind Cristo Rey, and meet the residents at Zoologico de Cali.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cali trip planner.

You can fly from San Andres Island to Cali in 3 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Cali when traveling from San Andres Island in March, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Agustin.

Things to do in Cali

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Hacienda El Paraiso, Parque de la Factoria, Camino Real
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 29:
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Museo Aereo Fenix ©
Museo Aereo Fenix
Camino Real ©
Camino Real
Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia ©

3
nights
San Agustin

San Agustin ©
San Agustin remains best known for its archaeological sites, which include the World Heritage-listed San Agustin Archaeological Park.
Visiting Estrecho Del Magdalena and Los Tres Chorros will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to San Agustin Archaeological Park and La Chaquira. Change things up with these side-trips from San Agustin: Pitalito (Plaza Parque Central de Pitalito, Iglesia Templo de San Antonio, &more). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Lourdes, make a trip to Obando Archaeological Park, explore the ancient world of Alto de las Chinas, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Precolombino Villa Real.

Planning San Agustin trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can drive from Cali to San Agustin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. While traveling from Cali, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Agustin, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Villavieja.

Things to do in San Agustin

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pitalito, El Salto del Mortino
Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 1:
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San Agustin Archaeological Park ©
San Agustin Archaeological Park
Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Lourdes ©
El Purutal ©
El Purutal

1
night
Villavieja

Villavieja ©
Clinging to the banks of the Magdalena River, Villavieja serves as a gateway to the Tatacoa Desert.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Casa del Totumo, identify plant and animal life at Desierto de la Tatacoa, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Valle de la Tatacoa.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Villavieja trip builder tool .

You can drive from San Agustin to Villavieja in 5.5 hours. Traveling from San Agustin in April, expect nights in Villavieja to be a bit warmer, around 26°C, while days are much warmer, around 38°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time for travel to Leticia.

Things to do in Villavieja

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Desierto de la Tatacoa ©
Desierto de la Tatacoa
Casa del Totumo ©
Casa del Totumo
Parque Valle de la Tatacoa ©
Parque Valle de la Tatacoa

3
nights
Leticia

Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
Take a break from the city and head to Reserva Natural Tanimboca and Isla de Los Micos. Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Amazon Maguta Jungle Lodge, get outside with La Ruta de Eware, walk around Parque Santander, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de La Paz.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Leticia day trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Villavieja to Leticia with the Route module. In April in Leticia, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Leticia

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 6:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico ©
Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico
Reserva Natural Tanimboca ©
Reserva Natural Tanimboca

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