48 days in Colombia Itinerary

48 days in Colombia Itinerary

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48 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  18​h
Suesca
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Villa de Leyva
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
San Gil
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
Bucaramanga
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h
Santa Marta
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
Leticia
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
Pasto
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
San Agustin
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
Villavieja
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
Providencia Island
— 3 nights
ferry:  3​h 30​min
San Andres Island
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Cartagena
— 7 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Amsterdam

4
nights
Suesca

Suesca ©
Suesca is a town and municipality in the Almeidas Province, part of the department of Cundinamarca, Colombia. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Basilica del Santo Cristo de Ubate and Catedral Diocesana. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mina de Sal de Nemocon and Suesca Rocks. Step out of Suesca with an excursion to Laguna de Guatavita in Tierra Negra--about 40 minutes away. Spend a day outdoors on the 14th (Wed) with Suesca Outdoor Experience.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Suesca online trip itinerary planner .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Suesca is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Colombia Time (COT), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in March, expect Suesca to be somewhat warmer, temps between 22°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in Suesca

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Side Trips

Laguna de Guatavita, Mina de Sal de Nemocon, Catedral Diocesana, Basilica del Santo Cristo de Ubate
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Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
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Suesca Outdoor Experience
Suesca Rocks ©
Suesca Rocks

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.
Visiting Pozos Azules and Iguaque National Park will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Centro de Investigaciones Paleontologicas - CIP and Museo El Fosil. Get out of town with these interesting Villa de Leyva side-trips: Basilica de Nuestra Senora Del Rosario de Chiquinquira (in Chiquinquira) and Tunja (Pinzon Park & Templo De Santo Domingo). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Hotel Plaza Mayor Villa de Leyva, see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Antonio Narino, learn about winemaking at Viñedo Ain Karim, and identify plant and animal life at Granja de Avestruces.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Villa de Leyva day trip site .

Getting from Suesca to Villa de Leyva by car takes about 2.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Villa de Leyva are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to San Gil.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tunja, Convento Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Chiquinquirá
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Pozos Azules ©
Pozos Azules
Museo El Fosil ©
Museo El Fosil

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Camino Real and Catedral Nuestra Senora del Socorro. Escape the urban bustle at Parque Gallineral and Rios y Canoas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Gil: Barichara (Capilla de Santa Barbara, Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion, & more). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Cascada de Juan Curi, tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque La Libertad, head outdoors with Parapente Fenixtreme, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia Catedral de Santa Cruz.

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Drive from Villa de Leyva to San Gil in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Villa de Leyva in March, expect San Gil to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Bucaramanga.

Things to do in San Gil

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Bucaramanga

Bucaramanga ©
A tour of Bucaramanga may yield little evidence that it dates back as far as 1622.
Explore hidden gems such as Panachi and Cathedral of the Holy Family. Get in touch with nature at Club Campestre Bucaramanga and Parque Nacional de Chicamocha. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at La Casa del Libro Total.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Bucaramanga trip maker tool .

Traveling by bus from San Gil to Bucaramanga takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Bucaramanga

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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

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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and El Rodadero. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Grande and Cristal Beach. Spend the 31st (Sat) exploring nature at Nabusimake. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Santa Marta, enjoy some diversion at Bahia concha Santa Marta Colombia, make a trip to Parque de Los Novios, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Santa Marta online trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Bucaramanga to Santa Marta in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In March, Santa Marta is somewhat warmer than Bucaramanga - with highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Leticia.

Things to do in Santa Marta

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Leticia

Leticia ©
Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de La Paz, and then stroll through Santander Park. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Isla de Los Micos and then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Natural Tanimboca.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Leticia day trip website .

Fly from Santa Marta to Leticia in 6.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Santa Marta in April: highs in Leticia hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Pasto.

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Isla de Los Micos ©
Isla de Los Micos
Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico ©
Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico
Reserva Natural Tanimboca ©
Reserva Natural Tanimboca

3
nights
Pasto

Pasto ©
Pasto sits in the Andes mountain range at an altitude of 2,527 m (8,290 ft) above sea level.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): learn about all things military at Centro Cultural Pandiaco Museo Del Carnaval and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia La Catedral. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Templo de San Felipe, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Andres, then examine the collection at Museo del Oro Narino, and finally admire the striking features of Las Lajas Sanctuary.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Pasto trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Leticia to Pasto in 6 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Leticia in April, with highs in Pasto at 27°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to San Agustin.

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Las Lajas Sanctuary ©
Las Lajas Sanctuary
La Laguna de la Cocha ©
La Laguna de la Cocha
Templo de San Felipe ©
Templo de San Felipe

1
night
San Agustin

San Agustin ©
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 9th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Agustin.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Agustin online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Pasto to San Agustin in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Pasto, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in San Agustin, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Villavieja.

Things to do in San Agustin

#Historic Sites
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San Agustin Archaeological Park ©
San Agustin Archaeological Park
Iglesia de San Agustin ©
Iglesia de San Agustin

2
nights
Villavieja

Villavieja ©
Clinging to the banks of the Magdalena River, Villavieja serves as a gateway to the Tatacoa Desert.
On the 11th (Wed), get curious at La Tatacoa Observatory, then look for all kinds of wild species at Desierto de la Tatacoa, and then examine the collection at Casa del Totumo.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Villavieja journey planning website .

You can drive from San Agustin to Villavieja in 5.5 hours. Traveling from San Agustin in April, expect nights in Villavieja to be a bit warmer, around 26°C, while days are much hotter, around 38°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Villavieja

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Desierto de la Tatacoa ©
Desierto de la Tatacoa
Casa del Totumo ©
Casa del Totumo
Astronomical Observatory Tatacoa (OATA) ©

3
nights
Providencia Island

Providencia Island ©
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Crab Cay and Morgan's Head. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and McBean Lagoon National Natural Park. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to The Peak Forestry Reserve and enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse Providencia.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Providencia Island holiday planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Villavieja to Providencia Island. Traveling from Villavieja in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Providencia Island, with lows around 30°C. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can ride a ferry to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

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Crab Cay ©
Crab Cay
Scuba & Snorkeling
McBean Lagoon National Natural Park ©

5
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Get outdoors at Aquanautas and West View. We've included these beaches for you: Playa de Spratt Bight and Bahia del Cove. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de San Luis, head off the coast to Johnny Cay, examine the collection at Island House Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Andres Island road trip planning site .

You can ride a ferry from Providencia Island to San Andres Island in 3.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in San Andres Island are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

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Aquanautas ©
Aquanautas
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
Playa de San Luis ©
Playa de San Luis

7
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Walking tours and Boats4U. Get some cultural insight at Oceanario and Museo Naval Del Caribe. Spend the 21st (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 27th (Fri), spend a cool day on the water with Veleros Colombia. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Trinidad, make a trip to Centro de Convenciones Cartagena de Indias, get a sense of history and politics at Alcaldia de Cartagena, and choose your vessel at Arrecife Boat Rentals.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cartagena trip builder site .

You can fly from San Andres Island to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. April in Cartagena sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

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Scuba & Snorkeling
Oceanario ©
Oceanario
Boats4U ©
Boats4U

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