54 days in Colombia Itinerary

54 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia trip planner
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Santa Marta
— 6 nights
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Cartagena
— 8 nights
Fly
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San Andres Island
— 5 nights
Fly
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Providencia Island
— 2 nights
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5
Cali
— 3 nights
Drive
6
San Agustin
— 2 nights
Bus to Florencia, Fly to Leticia
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Leticia
— 3 nights
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Salento
— 2 nights
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9
Medellin
— 7 nights
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10
Bucaramanga
— 2 nights
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San Gil
— 2 nights
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12
Villa de Leyva
— 3 nights
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Bogota
— 6 nights
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Santa Marta — 6 nights

America's Pearl

Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
Step off the beaten path and head to Playa Cristal and Cascadas de Marinka. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa El Rodadero. Explore Santa Marta's surroundings by going to Parque Nacional Natural Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (in Minca) and Playa de las 7 Olas (in Tayrona National Park). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, kick back and relax at Playa Grande, ponder the world of politics at Alcaldia de Santa Marta, and examine the collection at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Marta online attractions planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Santa Marta is an approximately 28-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 15 hours traveling from Brisbane to Santa Marta. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Brisbane in March, with highs in Santa Marta at 39°C and lows at 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Cartagena.
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Cartagena — 8 nights

City of Heroes

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Walking tours and Barrio Getsemani. Kids will enjoy Speed Boats Tours and Iglesia de la Trinidad. Take a break from Cartagena with a short trip to Aviario Nacional de Colombia in Isla Baru, about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Plaza de San Diego, pause for some photo ops at La Gorda Gertrudis, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Santo Toribio, and visit Centro Historico.

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You can drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to fly to San Andres Island.
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San Andres Island — 5 nights

The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana and Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Playa de Spratt Bight and Playa Charquitos for some beach relaxation. And it doesn't end there: explore the gorgeous colors at West View, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bahia Cocoplum, look for all kinds of wild species at Aquanautas, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Dream Island Spa.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Andres Island online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to San Andres Island takes 3 hours. In March in San Andres Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to fly to Providencia Island.
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Providencia Island — 2 nights

Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
On the 26th (Sun), don't miss a visit to The Peak Forestry Reserve and then step off the mainland to explore Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Almond Bay and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Providencia Island trip maker tool.

Getting from San Andres Island to Providencia Island by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In March, daytime highs in Providencia Island are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Cali.
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Cali — 3 nights

Salsa Capital of the World

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mariposario Andoke and Iglesia La Ermita. Get some cultural insight at Museo Aereo Fenix and Iglesia de San Antonio. Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoologico de Cali, see the interesting displays at Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia, admire the striking features of El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada), and take in the pleasant sights at Barrio San Antonio.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cali road trip website.

You can fly from Providencia Island to Cali in 6 hours. Traveling from Providencia Island in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Cali, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Agustin.
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San Agustin — 2 nights

San Agustin remains best known for its archaeological sites, which include the World Heritage-listed San Agustin Archaeological Park.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Lourdes, delve into the distant past at San Agustin Archaeological Park, and then pause for some photo ops at La Chaquira.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read San Agustin journey planner.

You can drive from Cali to San Agustin in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Cali in March, expect nights in San Agustin to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Leticia.
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Leticia — 3 nights

Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
Get in touch with nature at Reserva Natural Tanimboca and Balneario Arbelaez. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Bioparque Etuena. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Isla de Los Micos, examine the collection at Museo Etnografico, take in nature's colorful creations at El Jardin de la Victoria Regia, and stroll around Parque Santander.

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You can do a combination of bus and flight from San Agustin to Leticia in 10 hours. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from San Agustin in April: highs in Leticia hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Salento.
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Salento — 2 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
On the 5th (Wed), view the masterpieces at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, then appreciate the views at Valle del Cocora, and then trot along with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): stroll through Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, then stop by Fotografia Palma y Niebla, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Salento trip maker.

Getting from Leticia to Salento by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Leticia in April: high temperatures in Salento hover around 32°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Medellin.
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Medellin — 7 nights

City of the Eternal Spring

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Get a sense of the local culture at Museo de Antioquia and Planetario de Medellin. Visiting Parque Arvi and Off-Road Tours will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol in Penol (about 1h 35 min away). And it doesn't end there: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, examine the collection at Museum Pablo Escobar, and explore the activities along Laguna de Guatape.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Medellin vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Salento to Medellin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Medellin can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Bucaramanga.
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Bucaramanga — 2 nights

City of Parks

A tour of Bucaramanga may yield little evidence that it dates back as far as 1622.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional de Chicamocha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Holy Family, then take some stellar pictures from Ecoparque Cerro del Santisimo, and then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Moderno de Bucaramanga.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Bucaramanga attractions planner.

You can fly from Medellin to Bucaramanga in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to San Gil.
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San Gil — 2 nights

Colombia's Adventure Sport Capital

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Camino Real and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Juan Curi, then stroll through Parque Gallineral, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Gil visit planner.

Getting from Bucaramanga to San Gil by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In April, daily temperatures in San Gil can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Villa de Leyva.
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Villa de Leyva — 3 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.
Family-friendly places like Monasterio Del Santo Eccehomo and Puente de Boyaca will thrill your kids. Centro de Investigaciones Paleontologicas - CIP and Casa del Primer Congreso de las Provincias Unidas are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Antonio Narino, contemplate the waterfront views at Pozos Azules, stroll through Granja de Avestruces, and make a trip to Hotel Plaza Mayor Villa de Leyva.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Villa de Leyva trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from San Gil to Villa de Leyva takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bogota.
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Bogota — 6 nights

Athens of South America

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Laguna de Guatavita and Parque Jaime Duque. Get in touch with nature at Mina de Sal de Nemocon and Ciclovia de Bogota. When in Bogota, make a side trip to see Parque Natural Chicaque in Chicaque, approximately Chicaque away. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Francisco, browse the fresh offerings at Plaza de Mercado de Paloquemao, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis, and examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Colombia.

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Traveling by car from Villa de Leyva to Bogota takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Bogota, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Colombia travel guide

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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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