25 days in Colombia Itinerary

25 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Paipa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bogota
— 1 night
Fly to Corozal, Ferry to Mompos
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Mompos
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Macarena
— 1 night
Drive
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Pasto
— 8 nights
Drive
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Ipiales
— 2 nights
Fly
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Cartagena
— 1 night
Drive
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Palomino
— 2 nights
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Tayrona National Park
— 3 nights
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Paipa — 2 nights

Established in 1602, the lakeside town of Paipa has emerged as one of the main tourist centers in the region, with a good infrastructure and plenty of accommodations.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Biopark Guatika. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Pueblito Boyacense and then appreciate the history behind Vargas Swamp Lancers.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Paipa route planner.

Bogota to Paipa is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bogota.
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Bogota — 1 night

Athens of South America

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira. Keep things going the next day: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink and then take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate.

To see photos and more tourist information, you can read our Bogota online trip maker.

You can drive from Paipa to Bogota in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. December in Bogota sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Mompos.
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Mompos — 2 nights

City of God

Perched on an island at the confluence of the Magdalena and Cauca rivers, Mompos offers a charming blend of historical architecture and traditional Colombian culture.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio de Mompox and then don't miss a visit to Centro Historico de Santa Cruz de Mompox. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Plaza de Mercado and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Barbara Church.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Mompos trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Bogota to Mompos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to La Macarena.
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La Macarena — 1 night

A gateway to one of the world's most fascinating rivers, La Macarena enjoys a special place in the heart of Colombian nature lovers.
On the 24th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Cano Cristales and then stroll through Cano Piedra. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Raudales Rio Guayabero.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the La Macarena online trip planner.

You can drive from Mompos to La Macarena in 27 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Pasto.
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Pasto — 8 nights

Surprise City

Pasto sits in the Andes mountain range at an altitude of 2,527 m (8,290 ft) above sea level.
Step out of Pasto with an excursion to Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Rosario in Sandona--about 1 hour away. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Templo de San Felipe, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia Templo de la Merced, see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Taminango, and learn about all things military at Centro Cultural Pandiaco Museo Del Carnaval.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Pasto travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from La Macarena to Pasto takes 19 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Pasto can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. On the 3rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Ipiales.
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Ipiales — 2 nights

City of the Green Clouds

Situated on a plateau 2,950 m (9,678 ft) above sea level, the city of Ipiales enjoys a subtropical highland climate and the title of highest major city in Colombia.
On the next day, buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Gran Plaza and then admire the landmark architecture of Las Lajas Sanctuary.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Ipiales trip tool.

Traveling by car from Pasto to Ipiales takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daytime highs in Ipiales are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. On the 5th (Wed), you'll travel to Cartagena.
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Cartagena — 1 night

City of Heroes

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.
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Traveling by flight from Ipiales to Cartagena takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Ipiales in January: high temperatures in Cartagena hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. On the 6th (Thu), you'll travel to Palomino.
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Palomino — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at Gerson's Massage and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playas de Palomino. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Taironaka Turismo Ecologico.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Palomino vacation builder website.

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Palomino takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. On the 8th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tayrona National Park.
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Tayrona National Park — 3 nights

You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tayrona National Park: Minca (El Dorado Bird Reserve & Parque Nacional Natural Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta). Spend the 8th (Sat) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tayrona National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Palomino to Tayrona National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In January, daytime highs in Tayrona National Park are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. On the 11th (Tue), you'll travel back home.
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Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Beaches
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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