51 days in Colombia Itinerary

51 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Fly to Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport, Drive to Santa Marta
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Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cabo de La Vela
— 1 night
Drive
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Palomino
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Salento
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cali
— 3 nights
Fly
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Leticia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Bogota
— 4 nights
Drive
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Zipaquira
— 2 nights
Drive
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Villa de Leyva
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bucaramanga
— 2 nights
Fly
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Medellin
— 4 nights
Fly
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San Andres Island
— 5 nights
Fly
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Providencia Island
— 3 nights
Ferry to San Andrés, Fly to Cartagena
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Cartagena
— 4 nights
Fly to San Jose del Guaviare, Taxi to La Macarena
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La Macarena
— 1 day
Drive
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Nuqui
— 1 night
Fly to Apartado, Ferry to Capurgana
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Capurgana
— 2 nights
Drive
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Villavieja
— 3 nights
Drive to El Dorado International Airport, Fly to Seoul

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Santa Marta — 2 nights

Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then don't miss a visit to Parque de Los Novios. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca and then admire the natural beauty at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Marta online trip planner.

Seoul, South Korea to Santa Marta is an approximately 32-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Korean Standard Time (KST) to Colombia Standard Time (COT), which is usually a -14 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Seoul in November, with highs in Santa Marta at 38°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Cabo de La Vela.
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Find places to stay Nov 18 — 20:

Cabo de La Vela — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): head outdoors with Pilon de Azucar and then kick back and relax at Cabo de la Vela.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cabo de La Vela road trip app.

Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Cabo de La Vela takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Palomino.
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Find places to stay Nov 20 — 21:

Palomino — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at Gerson's Massage and then stroll through Playas de Palomino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Taironaka Turismo Ecologico.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Palomino trip planner.

Drive from Cabo de La Vela to Palomino in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. November in Palomino sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 23rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tayrona National Park.
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Find places to stay Nov 21 — 23:

Tayrona National Park — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tayrona National Park visit planner.

Getting from Palomino to Tayrona National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Salento.
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Find places to stay Nov 23 — 24:
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Salento — 2 nights

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then view the masterpieces at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Salento trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tayrona National Park to Salento takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Tayrona National Park in November; daily highs in Salento reach 32°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cali.
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Find places to stay Nov 24 — 26:

Cali — 3 nights

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.
Go for a jaunt from Cali to Palmira to see Museo Aereo Fenix about 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Mariposario Andoke, get to know the resident critters at Zoologico de Cali, appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de San Antonio, and examine the collection at Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cali trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Salento to Cali takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November in Cali, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can fly to Leticia.
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Find places to stay Nov 26 — 29:

Leticia — 2 nights

Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
On the 30th (Tue), stroll through Reserva Natural Tanimboca and then head off the coast to Isla de Los Micos. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de La Paz and then stroll around Parque Santander.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, use the Leticia day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Cali to Leticia takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Leticia when traveling from Cali in November, with lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Bogota.
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Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 1:

Bogota — 4 nights

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.
Bogota is known for museums, nature, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Colombia, and steep yourself in history at Bolivar Square.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Bogota trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Leticia to Bogota takes 3.5 hours. In December, Bogota is much colder than Leticia - with highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Zipaquira.
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Find places to stay Dec 1 — 5:

Zipaquira — 2 nights

A tour of Zipaquira, the salt-mining capital of Colombia, remains one of the best day-trip ideas from Bogota.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira and then don't miss a visit to Plaza del Minero. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Mina de Sal de Nemocon and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Diocesana.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Zipaquira road trip app.

You can drive from Bogota to Zipaquira in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Villa de Leyva.
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Find places to stay Dec 5 — 7:

Villa de Leyva — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Museo El Fosil and then don't miss a visit to Hotel Plaza Mayor Villa de Leyva. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Viñedo Ain Karim and then admire the striking features of Casa Terracota.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Villa de Leyva day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Zipaquira to Villa de Leyva takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bucaramanga.
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Find places to stay Dec 7 — 9:

Bucaramanga — 2 nights

A tour of Bucaramanga may yield little evidence that it dates back as far as 1622.
On the 10th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Holy Family and then get outside with Parque del Agua. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Puente del Bicentenario and then get your bearings at La Casa del Libro Total.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bucaramanga driving holiday planner.

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 December, daily temperatures in Bucaramanga can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Medellin.
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Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:

Medellin — 4 nights

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 sightseeing, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, stroll through Parque Arvi, make a trip to Plaza Botero, and steep yourself in history at Pueblito Paisa.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Medellin planning tool.

You can fly from Bucaramanga to Medellin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Medellin are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to fly to San Andres Island.
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Find places to stay Dec 11 — 15:

San Andres Island — 5 nights

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, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador, indulge in some personalized pampering at Dream Island Spa, and explore the gorgeous colors at West View.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Andres Island trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to San Andres Island takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Medellin in December, San Andres Island is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to fly to Providencia Island.
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Find places to stay Dec 15 — 20:

Providencia Island — 3 nights

Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Providencia Island is known for nature, wildlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Santa Catalina, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, don't miss a visit to The Peak Forestry Reserve, and take in the dramatic natural features at Morgan's Head.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Providencia Island tour builder site.

You can fly from San Andres Island to Providencia Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In December, daytime highs in Providencia Island are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cartagena.
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Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:

Cartagena — 4 nights

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.
Cartagena is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Zenu, make a trip to Plaza de Bolivar, and steep yourself in history at Las Bovedas.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cartagena tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Providencia Island to Cartagena in 7.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to La Macarena.
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Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:

La Macarena — 1 day

A gateway to one of the world's most fascinating rivers, La Macarena enjoys a special place in the heart of Colombian nature lovers.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): stroll through Cano Piedra and then contemplate the waterfront views at Cano Cristales.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our La Macarena visit planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Cartagena to La Macarena in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Nuqui.
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Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:

Nuqui — 1 night

Nuquí is a municipality and town in the Chocó Department, Colombia. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): see majestic marine mammals with Nuquimar Hotel Whale Watching and then contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Jovi.

Find out how to plan Nuqui trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from La Macarena to Nuqui. On the 30th (Thu), you're off to Capurgana.
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Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Capurgana — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): admire the sheer force of Reserva Natural El Cielo, contemplate the waterfront views at La coquerita, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Dive and Green. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Sendero Ecoturistico Capurgana - Sapzurro and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bahia el Aguacate.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Capurgana trip website.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Nuqui to Capurgana in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Villavieja.
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Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

Villavieja — 3 nights

Clinging to the banks of the Magdalena River, Villavieja serves as a gateway to the Tatacoa Desert.
Villavieja is known for parks, childrens museums, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Desierto de la Tatacoa, don't miss a visit to Parque Tematico el Valle de la Tatacoa, and see the interesting displays at Casa del Totumo.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Villavieja journey maker tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Capurgana to Villavieja. In January in Villavieja, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. You will leave for home on the 5th (Wed).
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Find places to stay Jan 1 — 5:

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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