31 days in Colombia Itinerary

31 days in Colombia Itinerary

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31 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  17​h
1
Providencia Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 45​min
2
San Andres Island
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h
3
Santa Marta
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Cartagena
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Medellin
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Cali
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
San Agustin
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  6​h 30​min
8
Villa de Leyva
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Bogota
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Newark

2
nights
Providencia Island

Providencia Island ©
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Crab Cay and McBean Lagoon National Natural Park. And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the views from Lover’s Lane, enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse Providencia, and don't miss a visit to The Peak Forestry Reserve.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Providencia Island trip planner .

Newark, USA to Providencia Island is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Newark in March, things will get warmer in Providencia Island: highs are around 85°F and lows about 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Crab Cay ©
Crab Cay
The Peak Forestry Reserve ©
The Peak Forestry Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at West View and Playa de Spratt Bight. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, don't miss a visit to Blow Hole, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Primera Iglesia Bautista, and identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Andres Island trip planner .

Getting from Providencia Island to San Andres Island by ferry takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in March, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cristal Beach and Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino. Change things up with a short trip to Gabriel Garcia Marquez Museum in Aracataca (about 1h 45 min away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, admire all the interesting features of Universidad del Magdalena, look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta, and go for a stroll along the water at Marina Santa Marta.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Santa Marta trip itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from San Andres Island to Santa Marta takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Andres Island in March: highs in Santa Marta hover around 93°F, while lows dip to 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Gabriel Garcia Marquez Museum
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Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino
Parque de Los Novios ©
Parque de Los Novios

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Plaza de San Diego and Aviario Nacional de Colombia. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of San Felipe de Barajas Castle, make a trip to Plaza de San Pedro Claver, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Trinidad, and steep yourself in history at Plaza Santo Domingo.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cartagena route builder .

You can drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Aviario Nacional de Colombia
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Castillo San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo San Felipe de Barajas
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Plaza de San Diego ©
Plaza de San Diego

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Laguna de Guatape and Museo de Antioquia. When in Medellin, make a side trip to see Parque Arvi in Santa Elena, approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

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

You can fly from Cartagena to Medellin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cartagena in March, with highs in Medellin at 82°F and lows at 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cali.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Parks Outdoors
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Walking tours
Laguna de Guatape ©
Laguna de Guatape
Museo de Antioquia ©
Museo de Antioquia

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Zoologico de Cali and El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada). There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at Cristo Rey, see the interesting displays at Museo Aereo Fenix, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Andoke, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cali trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Cali takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Cali can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Agustin.

Things to do in Cali

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Zoologico de Cali ©
Zoologico de Cali
Cristo Rey ©
Cristo Rey
Iglesia de San Antonio ©
Iglesia de San Antonio

1
night
San Agustin

San Agustin ©
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 24th (Sun): explore the ancient world of San Agustin Archaeological Park, then pause for some photo ops at La Chaquira, then head outdoors with Estrecho del Magdalena, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Agustin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): make a trip to La Pelota - Estatuas A Color, explore the ancient world of El Purutal, appreciate the views at El Salto del Mortino, then make a trip to Parque Arqueologico Alto de los Idolos, and finally delve into the distant past at Alto de Las Piedras Archaeological Park.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Agustin trip planner .

Getting from Cali to San Agustin by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. When traveling from Cali in March, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Agustin: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in San Agustin

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Isnos
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Estrecho Del Magdalena ©
Estrecho Del Magdalena
San Agustin Archaeological Park ©
San Agustin Archaeological Park
La Chaquira ©
La Chaquira

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): stroll through Paso del Angel, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monasterio Del Santo Eccehomo, then get curious at Centro de Investigaciones Paleontologicas - CIP, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Rosario. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia del Carmen, stroll through Parque El Carmen, examine the collection at Casa Museo Luis Alberto Acuna, make a trip to Hotel Plaza Mayor Villa de Leyva, then examine the collection at Museo Paleontológico, and finally make a trip to Museo El Carmen.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Villa de Leyva trip builder website .

Getting from San Agustin to Villa de Leyva by combination of flight and bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bogota.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Paso del Angel
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4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Laguna de Guatavita and Parque Central Simon Bolivar. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Monserrate, don't miss a visit to Bolivar plaza, and explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bogota online day trip planner .

You can drive from Villa de Leyva to Bogota in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Bogota can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Laguna de Guatavita
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Mount Monserrate ©
Mount Monserrate
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita

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