Colombia – One Month Itinerary

The Lost City 'La Ciudad Perdida' in Colombia.  

Updated September 1st, 2018.

The Best of Colombia – One Incredible Month!

Week One:

BEGIN BOGOTA: Start your trip in Bogotá, Colombia’s up and coming capital city. You’ll want at least two nights to explore La Candelaria (Bogota’s charming old quarter) and take the cable car up Monseratte for incredible views of the city.

THREE TO FOUR DAYS IN SALENTO: Travel eight hours by bus to the breathtaking town of Salento, home to the world’s largest wax palm trees. Give yourself three to four days to sink into the colourful towns slower pace of life, fit in a game or two of tejo, and plenty of hiking.

The tallest wax palm trees in the world, Salento
The tallest wax palm trees in the world, Salento, Colombia.

Week Two:

ONWARD TO MEDELLIN: From Salento book it north eight hours to Colombia’s progressive and incredibly hip city of Medellin. Stay for a couple nights in the trendy area of El Poblado, giving yourself time to sample all of the exquisite restaurants in the area.

EXTRA STOP IN GUATAPE: If you have a night to spare take a side trip to Guatape. Hire a boat to take in the stunning natural beauty of the reservoir.

A view across Medellin from high up
A view across Medellin from high up.

Week Three:

ONE WEEK IN CARTAGENA: A twelve-hour bus ride, or surprisingly cheap one-hour plane journey (try Lan Air), will bring you to Cartagena, Colombia’s sophisticated jewel of the north. Give yourself a bit of time to take it all in, at least five nights. Spend a night or two on Playa Blanca catching some intense rays on the stunning Caribbean shores.

Colourful colonial street in Cartagena, Colombia
Colourful colonial street of Cartagena, Colombia.

Week Four:

TWO DAYS ON THE CARIBBEAN: Next head east to Tayrona National Park, you can use Taganga or Santa Marta as jumping off points into the park. Spend a night or two before heading back south. If you have extra time spend a night in Minca, an incredible mountain town only thirty minutes from the coast.

The view from Casa Loma, Minca
Head up to Minca for views like this!

THREE TO FOUR DAYS IN SAN GIL: After plenty of beachside relaxation it’s time to get your blood back up and pumping in the country’s adventure capital of San Gil. Take your turn at white water rafting, paragliding, and canyoning.

IF YOU HAVE TIME STOP IN VILLA DE LEYVA: Stop for a couple final days in Villa de Leyva to take in Colombian Andean life, there are also great hiking trails and hot springs in the area.

BACK TO BOGOTÁ: Next head back to Bogotá, for the end of your Colombian adventure. Or perhaps you want to stay a little longer? We wouldn’t doubt it, this country is pretty amazing!

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