36 days in Colombia Itinerary

36 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Fly
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Medellin
— 2 nights
Fly to El Dorado International Airport, Drive to Villavieja
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Villavieja
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Macarena
— 6 nights
Drive
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Leticia
— 6 nights
Fly to Bucaramanga, Bus to San Gil
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San Gil
— 5 nights
Fly to Barranquilla, Bus to Santa Marta
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Santa Marta
— 6 nights
Bus
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Isla Baru
— 1 night
Ferry
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Cartagena
— 5 nights
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Medellin — 2 nights

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): engage your brain at Museo del Agua EPM and then discover the deep blue sea with Aquarius Diving Club.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Medellin trip itinerary planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Medellin is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Medellin, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in September, Medellin is little chillier at night with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Villavieja.
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Villavieja — 2 nights

Clinging to the banks of the Magdalena River, Villavieja serves as a gateway to the Tatacoa Desert.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museo Paleontologico. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Desierto de la Tatacoa and then see the interesting displays at Casa del Totumo.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Villavieja online trip builder.

Explore your travel options from Medellin to Villavieja with the Route module. Traveling from Medellin in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Villavieja: highs are around 41°C and lows about 28°C. You'll set off for La Macarena on the 19th (Mon).
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La Macarena — 6 nights

A gateway to one of the world's most fascinating rivers, La Macarena enjoys a special place in the heart of Colombian nature lovers.
Explore hidden gems such as Cano Cristales and Jardin Botanico de la Macarena. Get outdoors at Cano Piedra and Raudales Rio Guayabero. There's more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the La Macarena trip planner.

Drive from Villavieja to La Macarena in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll set off for Leticia on the 26th (Mon).
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Leticia — 6 nights

Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
Explore hidden gems such as Reserva Natural Tanimboca and Museo Etnografico. Visiting Selvaventura - Day Tours and La Ruta de Eware will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de La Paz, stroll through Amazon Maguta Jungle Lodge, admire the natural beauty at El Jardin de la Victoria Regia, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Bioparque Etuena.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Leticia trip itinerary planning app.

Explore your travel options from La Macarena to Leticia with the Route module. In September in Leticia, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Gil.
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San Gil — 5 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Cacuvana Aventura. Step out of the city life by going to Parque Gallineral and Kayaking & Canoeing. Change things up with these side-trips from San Gil: Barichara (Casa de la Cultura Emiliano Pradilla Gonzalez & Iglesia de Santa Lucia de Guane) and Socorro (Iglesia Nuestra Senora de Chiquinquira El Socorro & Catedral Nuestra Senora del Socorro). There's much more to do: get outside with Planeta Azul, stop by Centro Comercial El Puente, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia Catedral de Santa Cruz.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Gil trip itinerary maker website.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Leticia to San Gil in 9 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Leticia in October: high temperatures in San Gil hover around 30°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Santa Marta.
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Santa Marta — 6 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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Neguanje and Playa Blanca. Get a sense of the local culture at Museo Minca - Memorial Museum Of The Sierra Nevada and Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino. Take a break from Santa Marta with a short trip to El Dorado Bird Reserve in Minca, about 44 minutes away. Spend the 10th (Mon) exploring nature at Nabusimake. And it doesn't end there: cast your line with a fishing tour, make a trip to El Amanuense Libros & Cafe, kick back and relax at Playa Cristal, and stroll through Ensenada de Chengue.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Santa Marta trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Gil to Santa Marta takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Gil in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Santa Marta: highs are around 38°C and lows about 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Isla Baru.
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Isla Baru — 1 night

Lying south of Cartagena, Isla Baru was connected to the mainland until the construction of the Canal del Dique.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): stroll through Aviario Nacional de Colombia and then kick back and relax at Playa Puntilla. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Blanca.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Isla Baru travel planner.

Traveling by bus from Santa Marta to Isla Baru takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Cartagena.
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Cartagena — 5 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Fishing Charters & Tours and Casa Museo Rafael Nunez. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Miramar Beach Club and Manzanillo del Mar. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Bomba Beach Club, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, admire all the interesting features of Museum A Moment of Fantasy, and get to know the resident critters at Port Oasis.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cartagena route maker site.

You can ride a ferry from Isla Baru to Cartagena in 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to fly 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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