Five days in Colombia is enough to visit one major city and explore the surrounding area. Enjoy the best of Cartagena with a city tour, a private boat trip to nearby Rosario Island, and tasting menus at the city's best restaurants. Or, combine the charm of Bogotá with two nights in the Amazon rainforest, where you'll sleep in hammocks and explore via canoe. Learn about these options and more below.

#1 Best of Cartagena 

Horsedrawn cart on the colorful streets of Cartagena
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Cartagena Cartagena
Day 2 Historical walking tour, ceviche tasting experience Cartagena
Day 3 Visit local market, lunch on the beach, Latin dance class Cartagena
Day 4 Rosario Islands on private boat, tasting menu at top restaurant Cartagena
Day 5 Depart Cartagena  

Kick things off in true Cartagena style with a stroll through the sun-drenched streets of Cartagena with a knowledgeable local guide showing you the best places to eat, drink, and play on the way. After taking in Cartagena’s captivating history for a few hours, sample the coast’s premium ceviches.

Once you’ve ticked off the must-see sights on your first couple of days, get ready to really immerse yourself in the authentic life of a Cartagenera. You’ll take a voyage through the grass-roots neighborhoods of Cartagena before heading back to your hotel for a quick siesta before a night of salsa.

And no trip to the Caribbean is complete without a visit to paradise, so spend your last day taking in the sun on the Rosario Islands, a beautiful archipelago made up of 30 idyllic islands. Then, celebrate the last night of your trip in one of Cartagena’s top restaurants. Learn more

#2 Bogotá and the Amazon

 Amazon River in Leticia, Colombia
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Bogotá - Explore the City Bogotá
Day 2 Arrive in Leticia - Transfer to Maloka Huitoto Amazon Rainforest
Day 3 Zacambu Reserve Adventure (Colombia & Peru) Amazon Rainforest
Day 4 Birdwatching Excursion - Return to Bogotá Bogotá
Day 5 Depart Bogotá  

This outdoorsy 5-day adventure highlights some of Colombia's most fascinating and unique landscapes in the Amazon region. Start off by exploring Bogotá's arts and culture scene before flying south to Leticia; from here, you'll head out on two unforgettable days via foot, canoe and other small boats in Colombia, and across the border in Peru and Brazil.

At night, you'll sleep in hammocks with mosquito nets in order to fully experience the rainforest. The trip ends back in Bogotá where you can spend your last night enjoying the city's restaurants and nightlife. Learn more

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#3 Medellín and the Wild Pacific Coast

Colombia's wild Pacific coast
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Medellín Medellín
Day 2 Flight to Bahía Solano Bahía Solano
Day 3 Hot Springs & Utría National Park Bahía Solano
Day 4 Explore Bahía Solano (free day) Medellín
Day 5 Depart Medellín  

The undiscovered region of Chocó on Colombia's Pacific coast takes center stage in this 5-day trip, where you'll have time to explore the massive Utría National Park. This lush rainforest has some of the highest rainfall in the world, so expect to see amazing flora and fauna.

The park also protects the coastal marine environment and is known for humpback whales and nesting sea turtles (and these empty beaches are great for surfing). Start and end the trip exploring scenic Medellín—one of Latin America's most exciting cities—to round out this awesome Colombian adventure. Learn more

#4 Explore the Zona Cafetera

Houses of Salento
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Flight to Zona Cafetera - Coffee Finca Pereira
Day 2 Hiking in Valle de Cocora - Explore Salento Pereira
Day 3 Driving Tour of Zona Cafetera Pereira
Day 4 Manizales - Río Blanco Nature Reserve Manizales
Day 5 Manizales to Medellín Medellín

Experience a taste of Colombian culture on this 5-day trip to the Coffee Triangle. You'll go to the heart of the country's coffee region in charming Salento for an overnight at a working farm and hike through the picturesque green mountains of the Cocora Valley (and the famous wax palms).

Then, head to Manizales, the most adventurous of the three cities that make up Colombia's coffee triangle, where you'll visit the Rio Blanco Nature reserve.  Like the coffee this region is known for, this trip is designed to awaken all of your senses. Learn more

#5 Cartagena and the San Bernardo Islands

Boat dock on tiny San Bernardo island
Day  Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cartagena (optional city tour) Cartagena
Day 2 Snorkeling at the San Bernardo Islands San Bernardo Islands
Day 3 Hiking & Watersports at Mucura San Bernardo Islands
Day 4 Exploration of Cartagena Cartagena
Day 5 Depart Cartagena  

One of the best aspects of visiting Cartagena on Colombia's northern coast is having close proximity to nearby Caribbean Islands for the ultimate culture/beach adventure. On this 5-day trip, you'll start off experiencing the city's narrow streets with palaces, churches, and mansions painted in pastel colors (not to mention hip hotels and galleries that are popping up).

Then, boat over to San Bernardo's beautiful coral islands for white-sand beaches and watersports. Finish the adventure back in Cartagena for one more night of colonial romance. Learn more

For more Colombia trip ideas, check out all of our 5-day tours and itineraries.


Map of 5 Days in Colombia - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
Map of 5 Days in Colombia - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas