32 days in Colombia Itinerary

32 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Cartagena
— 5 nights
Drive
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Santa Marta
— 1 night
Drive
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Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Minca
— 2 nights
Fly to Bucaramanga, Bus to San Gil
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San Gil
— 3 nights
Drive
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Barichara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Villa de Leyva
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bogota
— 5 nights
Foot to Bogota, Fly to Montenegro
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Montenegro
— 2 nights
Drive
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Salento
— 4 nights
Fly
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Medellin
— 3 nights

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Cartagena — 5 nights

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru (about 1h 5 min away). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, make a trip to Plaza de Bolivar, and take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Zenu.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cartagena trip planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Cartagena. In July, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Santa Marta.
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Santa Marta — 1 night

Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: observe the fascinating underwater world at Marine World Aquarium, take in nature's colorful creations at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, then stroll through Playa Cristal, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monumento Tayrona.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Santa Marta travel route planning app.

You can drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Santa Marta sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tayrona National Park.
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Tayrona National Park — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tayrona National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park in 1.5 hours. July in Tayrona National Park sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Minca.
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Minca — 2 nights

A Minca vacation takes you to a small mountain village nestled above Santa Marta in the Sierra Nevada.
On the 11th (Mon), examine the collection at Museo del Cacao de Minca and then admire the sheer force of Cascadas de Marinka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Pozo Azul.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Minca road trip website.

You can drive from Tayrona National Park to Minca in 1.5 hours. In July in Minca, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow time for travel to San Gil.
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San Gil — 3 nights

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.
Step out of San Gil to go to Bucaramanga and see Parque Nacional de Chicamocha, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, relax and rejuvenate at Sahara Spa, walk around Parque La Libertad, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

For more things to do and other tourist information, you can read our San Gil trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Minca to San Gil in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Minca in July, expect San Gil to be little chillier, temps between 31°C and 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Barichara.
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Barichara — 2 nights

A charming town of just over 7,000 people, Barichara displays rustic, dusty orange-colored architecture, protected by the Colombian People's Heritage Network.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Fundacion San Lorenzo De Barichara, then get to know the fascinating history of Camino Real, then make a trip to Capilla de Santa Barbara, and finally admire the natural beauty at Parque Para Las Artes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Mirador Barichara 1, stroll the grounds of Cementerio Barichara, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Barichara holiday builder site.

You can drive from San Gil to Barichara in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In July in Barichara, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Villa de Leyva.
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Villa de Leyva — 2 nights

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.
On the 18th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Casa Terracota, see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Antonio Narino, and then make a trip to Hotel Plaza Mayor Villa de Leyva. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Granja de Avestruces, see the interesting displays at Museo El Fosil, and then explore the activities along Pozos Azules.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Villa de Leyva online attractions planner.

Drive from Barichara to Villa de Leyva in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bogota.
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Bogota — 5 nights

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.
Explore Bogota's surroundings by going to Zipaquira (Mina de Sal & Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira) and Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar). There's lots more to do: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, stop by Bta Capital, take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, and walk around Parque Metropolitano Simon Bolivar.

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Drive from Villa de Leyva to Bogota in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Bogota, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Montenegro.
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Montenegro — 2 nights

Named after the dark trees covering the area's hills, Montenegro (literally Black Mountain) sits in a verdant zone irrigated by three major rivers.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico del Quindio and then don't miss a visit to Recuca (Recorrido De La Cultura Cafetera). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): head outdoors with Canopy Los Caracolies and then get in on the family fun at Panaca.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Montenegro visit site.

Fly from Bogota to Montenegro in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Bogota in July, expect Montenegro to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Salento.
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Salento — 4 nights

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Spend the 27th (Wed) exploring nature at Bosques de Cocora. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, view the masterpieces at Fotografia Palma y Niebla, and browse the exhibits of Region Paisaje / Landscape Region.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Salento trip planner.

Traveling by car from Montenegro to Salento takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to fly to Medellin.
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Medellin — 3 nights

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Medellin is known for sightseeing, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, look for gifts at Bukz, meet the residents at Parque Explora, and enjoy some diversion at Parque Lleras.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Medellin trip planner.

You can fly from Salento to Medellin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Medellin can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.
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Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Beaches
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.
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