37 days in Colombia Itinerary

37 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Fly
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San Andres Island
— 5 nights
Fly
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Providencia Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to San Andrés, Fly to Cartagena
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Cartagena
— 7 nights
Drive
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Cabo de La Vela
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Macarena
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Agustin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Villavieja
— 1 night
Drive
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Palmira
— 2 nights
Drive to Alfonso Bonilla Aragon International Airport, Fly to Ipiales
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Ipiales
— 2 nights
Fly
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Leticia
— 4 nights
Fly to Bucaramanga, Bus to San Gil
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San Gil
— 2 nights
Fly
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Medellin
— 4 nights
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San Andres Island — 5 nights

The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres. Relax by the water at Playa de Spratt Bight and Playa Charquitos. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Bahia del Cove, stroll through Playa de San Luis, pause for some photo ops at La Barracuda, and see the interesting displays at Sala de Exhibicion Marina The Persistence.

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

London, UK to San Andres Island is an approximately 21-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to San Andres Island. Traveling from London in September, you will find days in San Andres Island are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are much warmer (30°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Providencia Island.
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Providencia Island — 2 nights

Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
On the 21st (Wed), don't miss a visit to The Peak Forestry Reserve and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Morgan's Head and then head off the coast to Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Providencia Island road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Providencia Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Cartagena.
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Cartagena — 7 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.
Get in touch with nature at Fishing Charters & Tours and Aviario Nacional de Colombia. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Barrio Getsemani and Alcaldia Mayor. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Centro Historico, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Trinidad, don't miss a visit to La Gorda Gertrudis, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cartagena trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Providencia Island to Cartagena in 7.5 hours. In September in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cabo de La Vela.
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Cabo de La Vela — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): get outside with Pilon de Azucar and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cabo de la Vela.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cabo de La Vela trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Cabo de La Vela takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to La Macarena.
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La Macarena — 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): stroll through Raudales Rio Guayabero and then contemplate the waterfront views at Cano Cristales. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de la Macarena.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our La Macarena trip maker.

Traveling by car from Cabo de La Vela to La Macarena takes 34.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 4th (Tue), you're off to San Agustin.
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San Agustin — 2 nights

San Agustin remains best known for its archaeological sites, which include the World Heritage-listed San Agustin Archaeological Park.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): explore the activities along Estrecho Del Magdalena and then appreciate the history behind La Chaquira. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Museo Precolombino Villa Real and then delve into the distant past at San Agustin Archaeological Park.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Agustin travel planner.

You can drive from La Macarena to San Agustin in 11.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In October, daytime highs in San Agustin are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Villavieja.
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Villavieja — 1 night

Clinging to the banks of the Magdalena River, Villavieja serves as a gateway to the Tatacoa Desert.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): examine the collection at Casa del Totumo and then stroll through Desierto de la Tatacoa.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Villavieja attractions planner.

You can drive from San Agustin to Villavieja in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from San Agustin, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Villavieja, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Palmira.
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Palmira — 2 nights

A pleasant city of about 250,000, Palmira is known for its fine parks and universities.
On the 8th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Museo Aereo Fenix and then buy something for everyone on your list at Llanogrande Plaza Shopping Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): stroll through Reserva Natural Nirvana and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Palmira trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Villavieja to Palmira in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, Palmira is slightly colder than Villavieja - with highs of 35°C and lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ipiales.
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Ipiales — 2 nights

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 10th (Mon), browse the different shops at Centro Comercial Gran Plaza and then admire the striking features of Las Lajas Sanctuary.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ipiales trip builder tool.

Explore your travel options from Palmira to Ipiales with the Route module. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Palmira in October, with highs in Ipiales at 19°C and lows at 7°C. On the 11th (Tue), you'll travel to Leticia.
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Leticia — 4 nights

Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Reserva Natural Tanimboca and Isla de Los Micos. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and La Ruta de Eware will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de La Paz, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and stroll around Parque Santander.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Leticia trip tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ipiales to Leticia. In October, Leticia is much hotter than Ipiales - with highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C. On the 15th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to San Gil.
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San Gil — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): head outdoors with Parapente Paravolar Colombia and then don't miss a visit to Camino Real. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: push the limits with an extreme tour and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find out how to plan a trip to San Gil, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Leticia to San Gil takes 9 hours. Traveling from Leticia in October, things will get little chillier in San Gil: highs are around 30°C and lows about 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Medellin.
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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Off-Road Tours and Horseback Riding Tours. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Parasailing & Paragliding and Spas. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at El Castillo Museo y Jardines, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Basilica Metropolitana de Medellin, and take an in-depth tour of Museum Pablo Escobar.

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Traveling by flight from San Gil to Medellin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
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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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