38 days in Colombia Itinerary

38 days in Colombia Itinerary

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38 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Cartagena
— 6 nights
bus:  4​h 30​min
2
Santa Marta
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  7​h 30​min
3
Providencia Island
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h 45​min
4
San Andres Island
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Medellin
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  3​h 15​min
6
San Gil
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h 45​min
7
Pasto
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
8
San Agustin
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Copenhagen

6
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like San Felipe de Barajas Castle and Templo de Santo Domingo. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Aviario Nacional de Colombia and Plaza Fernandez Madrid. When in Cartagena, make a side trip to see Playa Blanca in Isla Baru, approximately 1h 05 min away. Spend the 6th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 7th (Fri), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and gain insight at Plaza Santo Domingo.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cartagena journey planner.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Cartagena is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Copenhagen to Cartagena, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Copenhagen in June, with highs in Cartagena at 38°C and lows at 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Isla Baru
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Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo
Castillo San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo San Felipe de Barajas

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.
Popular historic sites such as Iglesia San Jose and Catedral de Santa Marta are in your itinerary. You'll get in some beach time at Cristal Beach and Playa Blanca. When in Santa Marta, make a side trip to see Gabriel Garcia Marquez Museum in Aracataca, approximately 1h 45 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, examine the collection at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and meet the residents at Mundo Marino.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Santa Marta trip maker app .

Drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Santa Marta sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Aracataca, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

3
nights
Providencia Island

Providencia Island ©
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Explore hidden gems such as Crab Cay and McBean Lagoon National Natural Park. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Almond Bay will get you outdoors. There's more to do: make a trip to The Peak Forestry Reserve and visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse Providencia.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Providencia Island journey planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Santa Marta to Providencia Island in 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. While traveling from Santa Marta, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Providencia Island, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

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

5
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 Aquanautas and Bahia del Cove. You'll get in some beach time at Playa de Spratt Bight and Playa Charquitos. There's much more to do: see the vivid underwater world at West View, step off the mainland to explore Cayo Bolivar, look for all kinds of wild species at Cayo El Acuario, and Head underground at Morgan's Cave.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Andres Island trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Providencia Island to San Andres Island in 3 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Aquanautas ©
Aquanautas
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Catedral Nuestra Senora del Rosario de Chiquinquira and Pueblito Paisa. Step off the beaten path and head to Parque Arvi and Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno. Change things up with a short trip to Catedral de Nuestra Senora del Rosario in Girardota (about 58 minutes away). There's still lots to do: grab your bike and head to 2000m Descent and more, see the sky in a new way at Planetario de Medellin, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Medellin online trip planner .

You can fly from San Andres Island to Medellin in 4 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Medellin when traveling from San Andres Island in June, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Gil.

Things to do in Medellin

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trips

Catedral de Nuestra Senora del Rosario, Parroquia la Nina Maria, Catedral Nuestra Senora del Rosario de Chiquinquira
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Balloon Rides
Museo de Antioquia ©
Museo de Antioquia
Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica ©
Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica

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 Camino Real and Parasailing & Paragliding. Do some cultural sightseeing at Iglesia Nuestra Senora de Chiquinquira El Socorro and Cementerio Barichara. Explore San Gil's surroundings by going to Barichara (Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion, Iglesia de Santa Lucia de Guane, & more) and Catedral Nuestra Senora del Socorro (in Socorro). There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, wander the streets of Guane, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia Catedral de Santa Cruz, and identify plant and animal life at Parque Gallineral.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Gil day trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Medellin to San Gil takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Leticia.

Things to do in San Gil

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Barichara, Socorro, Catedral de Curiti, Guane
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Camino Real ©
Camino Real
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
nights
Pasto

Pasto ©
Pasto sits in the Andes mountain range at an altitude of 2,527 m (8,290 ft) above sea level.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Iglesia del Cristo and Iglesia de Fatima. Get in touch with nature at La Laguna de la Cocha and Lake Guamuez. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Templo de San Felipe, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia Templete de Nuestra Senora de Lourdes, see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Taminango, and get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Narino.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Pasto attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from San Gil to Pasto takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In June, Pasto is much colder than San Gil - with highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Agustin.

Things to do in Pasto

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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La Laguna de la Cocha ©
La Laguna de la Cocha
Capilla Nuestra Senora de Lourdes ©
Capilla Nuestra Senora de Lourdes
Templo de San Felipe ©
Templo de San Felipe

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate San Agustin Archaeological Park and Iglesia de San Agustin. Get outdoors at Salto de Bordones and Estrecho del Magdalena. Take a break from San Agustin with a short trip to Alto de Las Piedras Archaeological Park in Isnos, about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind El Purutal, make a trip to La Pelota - Estatuas A Color, admire the verdant scenery at El Salto del Mortino, and contemplate the long history of Obando Archaeological Park.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Agustin trip builder website .

Getting from Pasto to San Agustin by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Pasto, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in San Agustin, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in San Agustin

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Isnos
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San Agustin Archaeological Park ©
San Agustin Archaeological Park
Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Lourdes ©
El Purutal ©
El Purutal

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Laguna de Guatavita and La Catedral Primada. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica. Explore Bogota's surroundings by going to Zipaquira (Catedral de Sal & Catedral Diocesana). There's more to do: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis and get a new perspective on nature at Museo Arqueologico.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Bogota trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from San Agustin to Bogota takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Agustin in July, plan for slightly colder days in Bogota, with highs around 21°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Laguna de Guatavita
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Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Catedral de Sal ©
Catedral de Sal
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

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