Colombia 8-Day Tours & Itineraries

Explore 12 trips designed by local kimkim specialists to get ideas for your trip to Colombia.

Visiting two to three regions in 8 days is ideal for travelers who want to see a lot while still having time to kick-back and relax. For a mix of nature and urban culture, fly into Medellín to enjoy the modern-day culture of the city and trek in the surrounding rainforest. Or, combine the coffee fields of Zona Cafetera with the beaches of the Caribbean—a great way to experience the country's biodiversity. It's possible to hit the highlights of four regions by flying open-jaw—for instance, fly into the milder climates of Bogotá or Medellín and home from sunny Cartagena.

See more ideas below, or check out 8 Days in Colombia: 6 Unique Itineraries.

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Tayrona National Park
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Colombia Coastal Adventure - 8 Days

Experience the highlights along Colombia's northern coast in this active 8-day Caribbean adventure. You'll soak in the culture and fairy-tale romance of Cartagena's Old Town, join a fishing trip, explore the beautiful Tayrona National Park, hike through mountainous jungles, go birdwatching, visit a coffee farm, and finish your trip with a relaxing trip to the Rosario Islands by speedboat.

Bogotá, Caño Cristales, & Highlands Tour - 8 Days
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Bogotá, Caño Cristales, & Highlands Tour - 8 Days

This itinerary highlights one of Colombia's beloved ecological gems: the Caño Cristales. During certain months, the Guayabero River turns shades of rainbow colors in a vibrant natural display. Enjoy swimming holes and waterfalls before flying back to Bogotá, checking out a salt mine cathedral, and visiting Villa de Leyva, one of Colombia's most charming Spanish colonial villages.

Colombia's Amazon Rainforest & Canyon Tour - 8 Days
Map of Colombia's Amazon Rainforest & Canyon Tour - 8 Days
Colombia's Amazon Rainforest & Canyon Tour - 8 Days

This 8-day adventure starts with two nights in Bogotá, Colombia's capital city. After a stop in Villavicencio, you'll be whisked away by charter plane deep into the Amazon rainforest. You'll hike and boat around two dramatic canyons, enjoy plenty of wildlife viewing, and interact with native tribes. Return to Villavicencio and spend your last night enjoying a performance by local dancing cowboys.

Discover Colombia's Cities & Beaches - 8 Days
Map of Discover Colombia's Cities & Beaches - 8 Days
Discover Colombia's Cities & Beaches - 8 Days

This fast-paced 8-day itinerary highlights three of Latin America’s most exciting cities. You'll start off in the cosmopolitan capital of Bogotá to explore the thriving food and art scenes, then fly to scenic Medellín, a hip metropolis making a comeback after a turbulent past. End the trip in Cartagena's Old Town, a romantic inner-walled city with colonial history. Too much city? You'll spend an outdoorsy day visiting Tayrona National Park for a dose of rainforest and the Caribbean Sea.

Trekking Colombia's Camino Verde - 8 Days
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Trekking Colombia's Camino Verde - 8 Days

This active adventure includes an epic 3-day trek in central Colombia's rainforests. Reward your effort with a visit to Medellín, a hip city with dependable weather and a thriving culinary scene. End the week with trips to a coffee farm and the picturesque lakeside town of Guatapé. You'll enjoy the steep climb up La Piedra Rock, where you'll be greeted with panoramic views.

The colorful architecture of Cartagena
Map of Explore Bogotá, Medellín, and Cartagena - 8 Days
Explore Bogotá, Medellín, and Cartagena - 8 Days

On this eight-day excursion, you'll visit Bogotá, the largest city in Colombia and a melting pot of people from around the country. Travel to Medellín and see with your own eyes how it's transformed from one of the most dangerous cities to a fascinating destination. Then explore Cartagena, the jewel of the Caribbean ocean, and go on a trip to the beautiful beaches and islands nearby.  

Cabo de San Juan, PNN Tayrona, Colombia
Map of Zona Cafetera and the Caribbean Coast - 8 Days
Zona Cafetera and the Caribbean Coast - 8 Days

Begin your adventure in Colombia's Zona Cafetera coffee region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the Cocorá Valley and its towering wax palms await. Then make your way to the Caribbean coast and the beaches of Parque Nacional Tayrona and learn about the Kogi people, who have lived in harmony with their environment for four centuries.

Exploring in Colombia
Map of Bogotá & the Colombian Highlands	- 8 Days
Bogotá & the Colombian Highlands - 8 Days

With this outdoorsy, yet culturally rich 8-day tour, you'll explore the historic and cosmopolitan side of Bogotá before heading north through the scenic Colombian highlands towards two of the country's most photogenic cobblestoned towns. Here, you’ll visit the underground salt mines, hike the Iguaque Lagoon, bike the Suarez Canyon, and finally explore the Spanish Colonial wonder that is Barichara — oozing with charm — before flying back to the capital's buzzing restaurants and nightlife.

Colombia's River & City Adventure - 8 Days
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Colombia's River & City Adventure - 8 Days

This 8-day adventure combines river rafting in the heart of the rainforest with two of Colombia's cities. Start with a night in Cocorná, before heading to the jungle for three days of hiking, swimming, and paddling. Then, on to Medellín and Cartagena for the second half of your trip—here, you'll explore the culture and romance of each city, and enjoy a relaxing beach day on the Caribbean sea.

Discover the red sand and rock formations of the Tatacoa Desert
Map of West & Central Colombia: Bogotá, San Agustín, Popayán, & Cali - 8 Days
West & Central Colombia: Bogotá, San Agustín, Popayán, & Cali - 8 Days

This well-rounded tour perfectly combines cultural and historical exploration with adventure in eight days. Immerse yourself in the bustling and vibrant barrios of Bogotá, trek through the white and gray landscape of Los Hoyos in the Tatacoa Desert, and dive into the pre-Colombian past with sightings of ancient monuments in San Agustín. You'll also meander the charming stone streets in colonial Popayán before capping off your stay with a salsa lesson in colorful Cali.

Medellín & the Los Nevados Trek - 8 Days
Map of Colombia Outdoor Adventure: Medellín & Los Nevados Trek - 8 Days
Colombia Outdoor Adventure: Medellín & Los Nevados Trek - 8 Days

This active Colombian adventure includes three days of trekking in the snowy mountains of Los Nevados National Park, which sprawls across 143,000 acres of the Colombian Andes. Enjoy hiking through a unique high-elevation ecosystem, where rare species of flora and fauna thrive. You will also have time to explore the charming colonial town of Salento, the coffee region hub of Manizales, and the revitalized city of Medellín—the best of both worlds.

Cartagena at sunset
Family Friendly Colombia: Medellín & Cartagena - 8 Days

With a blend of cities, nature, and beaches, this 12-day Colombia itinerary features fun for the whole family. The adventure starts in Medellín, where you'll soar over the city by cable car and discover exotic sea creatures in the Explora Aquarium. After day trips into the surrounding countryside to visit mountain lakes and colorful villages, fly to magical Cartagena on the Caribbean coast. Here you'll embark on a treasure hunt through its historic center and swim in the crystal clear seas of the nearby Rosario Islands.

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