Best tips and advice
- Arrive and depart from different cities (many airlines have non-stop flights from North America)
- Stick with one region if you prefer a relaxed and slower pace (such as Cartagena & the Caribbean Coast)
- Split your week in half by visiting two of Colombia’s main regions
- Take advantage of affordable domestic flights with Colombia's national airlines
#1 Cartagena & the Caribbean Coast
|Day 1||Arrive in Cartagena and explore the city on foot||Cartagena|
|Day 2||Travel to Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona||Parque Nacional Tayrona|
|Day 3||Parque Nacional Tayrona||Parque Nacional Tayrona|
|Day 4||Explore Minca||Minca|
|Day 5||Birdwatching and travel to Cartagena||Cartagena|
|Day 6||Rosario Islands||Cartagena|
|Day 7||Depart Cartagena|
See the best of the Caribbean coast on this 7-Day Tour, including secluded islands, white-sand beaches, cloud forests and Cartagena, a city straight out of a fairy-tale. Start with a 1-day exploration of Cartagena, including its historic buildings and museums. You can partake in a number of activities, including a salsa dance class or chocolate tasting.
Next, travel up the coast to Parque Nacional Tayrona, an area rich in wildlife and pristine white-sand beaches. Trek into the jungle and along the boulder-strewn shore. Next, go bird watching or mountain biking in the Sierra Nevada mountains at Minca. Travel back to Cartagena, and make an outing to the Rosario Islands, where you can enjoy a day of diving or snorkeling.
#2 Bogotá and the Colombian Highlands
|Day 1||Arrive and explore around Bogotá||Bogotá|
|Day 2||Bogotá city tour||Bogotá|
|Day 3||Zipaquira and the Salt Cathedral||Villa de Leyva|
|Day 4||Exploration of Villa de Leyva||Barichara|
|Day 5||Cycling tour in Suarez Canyon||Barichara|
|Day 6||Explore Barichara||Bogotá|
This itinerary is ideal if you want to experience the capital and nearby attractions in 7 days. The one-week tour begins with a two-day visit to Bogotá, where you can visit excellent museums, dine in fine restaurants, attend cultural activities and go shopping. Colombia's famous underground Salt Cathedral, located 50km north of the capital in Zipaquira, is a great option for Day 3. While in town you can try a traditional game of Tejo.
Next, leave the city and travel to Villa de Leyva. After exploring the historic village of cobblestone streets and white-washed homes, visit some nearby sites, such as the historic churches and mansions of nearby Tunja. Horse riding and walks to sacred indigenous sites are other possibilities with assistance from tour operators in Villa de Leyva. Your trip then continues to Suarez Canyon for bike riding, before you move onto the historic town of Barichara. Finish your trip back in Bogotá, soaking up some live music and nightlife.
#3 Medellín, the Coffee Country and Bogotá
|Day 1||Arrival in Medellín, self-guided or group tour||Medellín|
|Day 2||MetroCable ride to different neighborhoods||Medellín|
|Day 3||Travel south to the Coffee Country||Salento|
|Day 4||Coffee farm visits and hiking in Valle de Cocora||Salento|
|Day 5||Walking tour in Salento||Salento|
|Day 6||Fly from Armenia to Bogotá for a city tour||Bogotá|
This 7-Day Tour of big cities and the Coffee Country starts with a flight to Medellín for some urban exploration before a trip into the paisa region, known for its coffee plantations, flower farms, and forests. This one-week tour can include a number of active adventures, including rafting, horse riding, mountain biking or paragliding.
Spend your first 48 hours in vibrant Medellín, Colombia's second largest city. Enjoy the plazas, outdoor art and museums on foot, then take to the skies and view the city from your seat on a paraglider. You can also visit the isolated hillside barrios of the city by Metrocable.
With a private car and driver (which will save time compared to public buses), head south of Medellín to the Coffee Country. The trip can be even faster with a flight to Armenia. Over three days make day trips to coffee farms, small towns and nature reserves.
You're base will be the pleasant town of Salento, from where you can visit farms the Valle de Cocora, one of Colombia's most beautiful nature reserves and a great area for hiking. Your last leg of this trip is a flight to Bogotá for a tour of the capital.
#4 Bogotá and Medellín
|Day 1||Arrival and tour of La Candelaria neighborhood||Bogotá|
|Day 2||Explore Bogotá on a self or guided tour||Bogotá|
|Day 3||Visit Zipaquira Salt Cathedral||Bogotá|
|Day 4||Fly to Medellín, join a local tour||Medellín|
|Day 5||Explore Medellín||Medellín|
|Day 6||Make a day trip to Guatapé||Medellín|
|Day 7||Departure from Medellín|
Colombia's two biggest cities are a sharp contrast. Medellín is the more relaxed of the two, with better weather and easy access to the main sites thanks to a great public transportation network. Bogotá is the political heart of the country, more hustle and bustle, more cultural events and museums. Both are worth well-worth a visit.
This 7-Day tour to Bogotá and Medellín starts with three days in and around the capital, exploring its historic center and diving into the heady nightlife. Make sure get out of town for a day trip to the Zipaquira Salt Cathedral. Fly to Medellín (440km) on Day 4 and see the main sights of this rejuvenated city.
Medellín offers some unique urban renewal projects, including a Metrocable, which is a ski-style gondola that can take you to different neighborhoods. In addition to the main sites, consider a short paraglide flight for adventure and great views. A side trip to Guatapé, a pretty resort town with great views and stunning rock formations, is a perfect way to wrap up your week in Colombia.
#5 Bogotá, Coffee Country and Cartagena
|Day 1||Arrive in Bogotá||Bogotá|
|Day 2||Bogotá city tour||Bogotá|
|Day 3||Flight to Salento, overnight at a Coffee Farm||Salento|
|Day 4||Walking tour of Salento||Armenia|
|Day 5||Flight to Cartagena, exploration of the Old Town||Cartagena|
|Day 6||Rosario Islands day trip||Cartagena|
|Day 7||Departure from Cartagena|
A visit to Bogotá, the Coffee Country and Cartagena in 7-days is possible if you want a taste of three very diverse places, but be prepared for a couple of domestic flights.
Start with a flight to Bogotá, enjoying the sights of the capital for two days. You can get a great perspective on the city by taking a bike tour. Then fly to Armenia for a two-day exploration of the Coffee Country. You'll overnight at a hacienda and explore the cobbled streets of Salento. Finally, fly to Cartagena for a day of exploration, with a side trip to the Rosario Islands.