31 days in Colombia Itinerary

31 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  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
+3
Bus + 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo and Lover’s Lane. Spend the 4th (Mon) exploring nature at McBean Lagoon National Natural Park. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, make a trip to The Peak Forestry Reserve, and visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse Providence.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Providencia Island online holiday planner.

Newark, USA to Providencia Island is an approximately 19.5- hour combination of flight and car. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Newark in March: high temperatures in Providencia Island hover around 85°F and lows are around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

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

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like West View and La Barracuda. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, don't miss a visit to Rocky Cay, look for all kinds of wild species at Cayo El Acuario, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Spratt Bight.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island trip maker.

Ride a ferry from Providencia Island to San Andres Island in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in March, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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West View
West View
Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parque de Los Novios and Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana. Venture out of the city with trips to Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona (in Tayrona National Park) and Casa Museo Gabriel Garcia Marquez (in Aracataca). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, enjoy the sand and surf at Cristal Beach, observe the fascinating underwater world at Marine World Aquarium, and take in the architecture and design of Universidad del Magdalena.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from San Andres Island to Santa Marta in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Andres Island in March, expect nights in Santa Marta to be about the same, around 77°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 93°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, Casa Museo Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Plaza de San Diego and Plaza de San Pedro Claver. Go for a jaunt from Cartagena to Isla Baru to see Aviario Nacional de Colombia about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Trinidad, steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral Basilica of St. Catherine of Alexandria.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cartagena travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Santa Marta to Cartagena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Cartagena are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Aviario Nacional de Colombia
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Plaza de San Diego ©
Plaza de San Diego
Iglesia de la Trinidad ©
Iglesia de la Trinidad

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Food Tours and Laguna de Guatape. Next up on the itinerary: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, get great views at Cerro Nutibara, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Medellin trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Medellin takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cartagena in March; daily highs in Medellin reach 82°F and lows reach 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cali.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Parks Wildlife
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Food Tours
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Museo Aereo Fenix and Andoke. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de San Antonio, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoologico de Cali, appreciate the history behind Cristo Rey, and admire the landmark architecture of El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada).

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Cali trip app.

Getting from Medellin to Cali by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and shuttle; or drive. In March in Cali, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 67°F at night. On the 23rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Agustin.

Things to do in Cali

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
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Museo Aereo Fenix ©
Museo Aereo Fenix
Iglesia de San Antonio ©
Iglesia de San Antonio
Andoke ©
Andoke

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): explore the ancient world of San Agustin Archaeological Park, then appreciate the history behind La Chaquira, then explore the activities along 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): pause for some photo ops at La Pelota - Estatuas A Color, appreciate the history behind El Purutal, take in the dramatic scenery at El Salto del Mortino, then make a trip to Parque Arqueologico Alto de los Idolos, and finally explore the ancient world of Alto de Las Piedras Archaeological Park.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Agustin trip planner.

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 a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Agustin, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in San Agustin

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): hike along Paso del Angel, pause for some serene contemplation at Monasterio Del Santo Eccehomo, then engage your brain at Centro de Investigaciones Paleontologicas - CIP, and finally pause for some serene contemplation 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 around Parque El Carmen, see the interesting displays 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.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Villa de Leyva road trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from San Agustin to Villa de Leyva takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bogota.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Paso del Angel
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Centro de Investigaciones Paleontologicas - CIP ©
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Rosario ©
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Rosario
Monasterio Del Santo Eccehomo ©
Monasterio Del Santo Eccehomo

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 Metropolitano Simon Bolivar. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), don't miss a visit to Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo, steep yourself in history at Bolivar Square, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Bogota road trip planning app.

Drive from Villa de Leyva to Bogota in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Bogota are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 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)
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo ©
Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo

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