43 days in Colombia Itinerary

43 days in Colombia Itinerary

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43 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  18​h
1
Santa Marta
— 6 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
2
Bucaramanga
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
San Gil
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Villa de Leyva
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Suesca
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Leticia
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
7
Villavieja
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
8
Providencia Island
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
9
San Andres
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
10
Cartagena
— 6 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Zurich

6
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.
Take a break from the city and head to El Rodadero and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Grande and Cristal Beach. Spend the 19th (Thu) exploring nature at Nabusimake. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Santa Marta, kick back and relax at Playaca, don't miss a visit to Parque de Los Novios, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Mundo Marino.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Santa Marta trip itinerary planning app .

Zurich, Switzerland to Santa Marta is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Colombia Time (COT), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in July: high temperatures in Santa Marta hover around 39°C and lows are around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Bucaramanga.

Things to do in Santa Marta

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Taganga, Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana
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Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Playa Grande ©
Playa Grande
El Rodadero ©
El Rodadero

3
nights
Bucaramanga

Bucaramanga ©
A tour of Bucaramanga may yield little evidence that it dates back as far as 1622.
Get outdoors at Panachi and Parque Nacional de Chicamocha. Step off the beaten path and head to Club Campestre Bucaramanga and Cathedral of the Holy Family. Next up on the itinerary: get advice or help at La Casa del Libro Total, tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Garcia Rovira, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Laureano.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Bucaramanga day trip tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Santa Marta to Bucaramanga takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Santa Marta in July; daily highs in Bucaramanga reach 31°C and lows reach 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to San Gil.

Things to do in Bucaramanga

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Parque Nacional de Chicamocha ©
Parque Nacional de Chicamocha
Club Campestre Bucaramanga ©
Club Campestre Bucaramanga
Cathedral of the Holy Family ©
Cathedral of the Holy Family

5
nights
San Gil

San Gil ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parque Gallineral and Cascada de Juan Curi. Get outdoors at Parapente Fenixtreme and Rios y Canoas. Venture out of the city with trips to Catedral Nuestra Senora del Socorro (in Socorro) and Barichara (Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion, Camino Real, & more). It doesn't end there: get outside with Paravolar Colombia and wander the streets of Guane.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Gil trip app .

You can take a bus from Bucaramanga to San Gil in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daytime highs in San Gil are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in San Gil

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Barichara, Catedral Nuestra Senora del Socorro, Guane
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Parapente Fenixtreme ©
Parapente Fenixtreme
Paravolar Colombia ©
Paravolar Colombia
Guane ©
Guane

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pozos Azules and Pantano de Vargas Monumento a los 14 lanceros. Take a break from the city and head to Iguaque National Park and Granja de Avestruces. Explore Villa de Leyva's surroundings by going to Iglesia de San Agustin (in Tunja) and Puente de Boyaca (in Boyaca). There's much more to do: make a trip to Hotel Plaza Mayor Villa de Leyva, get curious at Centro de Investigaciones Paleontologicas - CIP, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia del Carmen, and examine the collection at Casa Museo Antonio Narino.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Villa de Leyva sightseeing planner.

You can drive from San Gil to Villa de Leyva in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from San Gil in July, things will get a bit cooler in Villa de Leyva: highs are around 21°C and lows about 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Suesca.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

Side Trips

Puente de Boyaca, Pantano de Vargas Monumento a los 14 lanceros, Iglesia de San Agustin
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Pozos Azules ©
Pozos Azules
Granja de Avestruces ©
Granja de Avestruces
Iguaque National Park ©
Iguaque National Park

4
nights
Suesca

Suesca ©
Suesca is a town and municipality in the Almeidas Province, part of the department of Cundinamarca, Colombia. Step off the beaten path and head to Mina de Sal de Nemocon and Suesca Rocks. Get in touch with nature at Laguna de Guatavita and Suesca Outdoor Experience. Explore Suesca's surroundings by going to Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santodomingo (in Bogota) and Catedral Diocesana (in Zipaquira).

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Suesca route website .

Getting from Villa de Leyva to Suesca by car takes about 2.5 hours. August in Suesca sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Leticia.

Things to do in Suesca

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Mina de Sal de Nemocon, Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santodomingo, Catedral Diocesana, Laguna de Guatavita
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Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Suesca Outdoor Experience ©
Suesca Outdoor Experience
Suesca Rocks ©
Suesca Rocks

2
nights
Leticia

Leticia ©
Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de La Paz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico and then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Natural Tanimboca.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Leticia trip builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Suesca to Leticia. Traveling from Suesca in August, expect Leticia to be much warmer, temps between 37°C and 26°C. On the 8th (Wed), you're off toVillavieja.

Things to do in Leticia

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Historic Sites
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Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico ©
Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico
Reserva Natural Tanimboca ©
Reserva Natural Tanimboca

2
nights
Villavieja

Villavieja ©
Clinging to the banks of the Magdalena River, Villavieja serves as a gateway to the Tatacoa Desert.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): get curious at La Tatacoa Observatory, identify plant and animal life at Desierto de la Tatacoa, and then examine the collection at Casa del Totumo.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Villavieja online attractions planner .

Explore your travel options from Leticia to Villavieja with the Route module. In August, daily temperatures in Villavieja can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Villavieja

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Museums
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Desierto de la Tatacoa ©
Desierto de la Tatacoa
Casa del Totumo ©
Casa del Totumo

4
nights
Providencia Island

Providencia Island ©
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Crab Cay and McBean Lagoon National Natural Park. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Almond Bay. There's more to do: explore the striking landscape at Morgan's Head and make a trip to The Peak Forestry Reserve.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Providencia Island trip itinerary builder website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Villavieja to Providencia Island. When traveling from Villavieja in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Providencia Island: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Andres.

Things to do in Providencia Island

#Nature, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Crab Cay ©
Crab Cay
Scuba & Snorkeling
McBean Lagoon National Natural Park ©

5
nights
San Andres

San Andres ©
If you're looking for sunshine, clear waters, and tropical warmth, a San Andres vacation could be just what the doctor ordered.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa de Spratt Bight and Playa de San Luis. Step out of the city life by going to Bahia del Cove and West View. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, don't miss a visit to Rocky Cay, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de San Andres, and examine the collection at Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Andres trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Providencia Island to San Andres with the Route module. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

San Andres Island
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Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
Playa de San Luis ©
Playa de San Luis
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita

6
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Oceanario and Arrecife Boat Rentals. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Walking tours and Veleros Colombia. Change things up with a short trip to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru (about 1h 05 min away). Spend the 20th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Trinidad, don't miss a visit to Portal de Los Dulces, tour the water at your own pace with Boats4U, and admire the striking features of St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cartagena trip app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from San Andres to Cartagena. August in Cartagena sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trip

Playa Blanca
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Oceanario ©
Oceanario
Boats4U ©
Boats4U

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