50 days in Colombia Itinerary

50 days in Colombia Itinerary

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50 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
San Andres Island
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Cali
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Salento
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Montenegro
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
5
Medellin
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
6
Bogota
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Villa de Leyva
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
Bucaramanga
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
9
Santa Marta
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Cartagena
— 6 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Toronto

6
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
San Andres Island is known for nature, wildlife, beaches, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, make a trip to Rocky Cay, kick back and relax at Playa de Spratt Bight, and see the vivid underwater world at West View.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your San Andres Island trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Toronto, Canada to San Andres Island is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. In August, San Andres Island is a bit warmer than Toronto - with highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Cali.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Choro Trail (in La Cumbre) and El Derrumbado (in Buga). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Museo Aereo Fenix, enjoy some diversion at Estadio Olimpico Pascual Guerrero de Cali, admire the landmark architecture of El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada), and walk around Parque de La Salud.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cali trip builder site .

Fly from San Andres Island to Cali in 3 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from San Andres Island in August since evenings lows in Cali dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Salento.

Things to do in Cali

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

El Derrumbado, Choro Trail
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Museo Aereo Fenix ©
Museo Aereo Fenix
Zoologico de Cali ©
Zoologico de Cali
Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia ©

4
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Go for a jaunt from Salento to Manizales to see Parque Nacional Natural Los Nevados about 1h 35 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Bosques de Cocora, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Carmen, savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Salento trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Cali to Salento takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Salento sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Montenegro.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Natural Los Nevados
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Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora
Valle del Cocora ©
Valle del Cocora

4
nights
Montenegro

Montenegro ©
Named after the dark trees covering the area's hills, Montenegro (literally Black Mountain) sits in a verdant zone irrigated by three major rivers.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Montenegro: Pereira (Iglesia El Claret & Nevado Santa Isabel) and Los Nevados National Park (in La Estrella). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Globos Colombia, relax in the rural setting at El Paraiso del Bambu y La Guadua, make a trip to Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera), and get in on the family fun at Parque del Cafe.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Montenegro trip builder .

Traveling by car from Salento to Montenegro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Montenegro

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Pereira, Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose, Los Nevados National Park, Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)
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Nevado Santa Isabel ©
Nevado Santa Isabel
Parque del Cafe ©
Parque del Cafe
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera) ©
Eje cafetero (Zona Cafetera)

5
nights
Medellin

Medellin ©
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 parks, museums, historic sites, zoos & aquariums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parque Explora, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and explore the activities along Laguna de Guatape.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Medellin online visit planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Montenegro to Medellin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Medellin are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Parroquia la Nina Maria
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Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora
Walking tours
Laguna de Guatape ©
Laguna de Guatape

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bogota: Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra), Observatorio de Colibries (in La Calera) and Ospina Park (in Chia). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, make a trip to Casa Libreria Wilborada 1047, and have fun at Whee Institute.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bogota trip planner .

You can fly from Medellin to Bogota in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Medellin in September: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 22°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trips

Observatorio de Colibries, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, Laguna de Guatavita, Ospina Park
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

4
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Villa de Leyva side-trips: Piedra Colgada (in Susa), Sendero Ecologico la Zarza (in Duitama) and Capilla y Museo de Santa Clara la Real (in Tunja). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Paleontológico, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia del Carmen, explore the striking landscape of Iguaque National Park, and admire the striking features of Casa Terracota.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Villa de Leyva visit planner.

Drive from Bogota to Villa de Leyva in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Bucaramanga.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Capilla y Museo de Santa Clara la Real, Sendero Ecologico la Zarza, Piedra Colgada
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Piedra Colgada ©
Piedra Colgada
Museo Paleontológico ©
Museo Paleontológico
BBC Bodega Villa de Leyva ©
BBC Bodega Villa de Leyva

4
nights
Bucaramanga

Bucaramanga ©
A tour of Bucaramanga may yield little evidence that it dates back as far as 1622.
Spend the 22nd (Sun) exploring nature at Parque Nacional de Chicamocha. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica San Juan Bautista, take in the views from Puente del Bicentenario, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de San Pedro Claver, and browse the different shops at Parque Caracoli.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Bucaramanga visit planning tool .

You can drive from Villa de Leyva to Bucaramanga in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Bucaramanga can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Bucaramanga

Shopping Nature Parks

Side Trips

Giron, Parque Caracoli
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Centro Comercial Cacique ©
Centro Comercial Cacique
Parque Nacional de Chicamocha ©
Parque Nacional de Chicamocha
Club del Comercio ©
Club del Comercio

5
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.
Explore Santa Marta's surroundings by going to Minca (El Dorado Bird Reserve & Memorial Center of the Sierra Nevada). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and contemplate the long history of Paseo El Camellon.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Santa Marta vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Bucaramanga to Santa Marta in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Bucaramanga in September, with highs in Santa Marta at 39°C and lows at 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Minca
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

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.
Take a break from Cartagena with a short trip to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru, about 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, steep yourself in history at Torre del Reloj, gain insight at Plaza Santo Domingo, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Bolivar.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cartagena trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Cartagena are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. On the 6th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Playa Blanca
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

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