Best of Cartagena & the Caribbean Coast

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Embark on a colorful journey through Cartagena and the Caribbean Coast, a region where the warmth of the Colombian spirit intertwines with the soothing rhythm of the sea. Cartagena, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a gem of architecture, vibrant street life, and rich history. Wander through the Old Town, with its pastel-colored buildings and flower-draped balconies, and feel the pulse of history in its centuries-old fortifications and plazas.

Beyond the charm of the city, the Caribbean Coast beckons with its diverse allure. From the crystal-clear waters of the Rosario Islands, ideal for snorkeling and diving, to the rhythmic beats of Afro-Colombian music in Palenque, each experience is a unique chapter in this coastal paradise. Indulge in the freshest seafood, explore lush rainforests, or simply relax on pristine beaches like Playa Blanca, where the turquoise sea meets powdery white sands.

Past kimkim travelers have reveled in experiences that capture the essence of this region: sunset sails around the Bay of Cartagena, culinary tours sampling the rich flavors of local cuisine, and immersive visits to local communities. For families and adventure seekers alike, the region offers myriad activities, from kayaking through mangroves to discovering the hidden gems of Tayrona National Park, a haven of biodiversity.

Don't miss the vibrant nightlife of Cartagena, where salsa clubs come alive with music and dance. Whether you're exploring the historic streets of Cartagena, lounging on a sun-kissed beach, or immersing yourself in the natural wonders of the Caribbean Coast, this region promises a memorable journey filled with beauty, culture, and adventure.

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Ultimate Guide to Cartagena: A Colonial and Modern City

You’ll likely hear about Cartagena long before you arrive. While the main attraction is the historic Old Town — packed with wonderfully preserved mansions and churches — Cartagena is much more than its colorful streets: it has highrise developments, long stretches of coast, offshore reefs and vibrant neighborhoods where locals express themselves through dance, food, and art. Here's our expert guide to help you navigate this romantic and high-energy Caribbean city.

Explore Cartagena's colorful Old Town on foot and horse-drawn carriage
How Many Days to Spend in Cartagena

To visit Cartagena is to step back in time to the days of conquistadores and colonialists. Even in a mere 24 hours, you could experience this spirit on a tour of Cartagena's historic Walled City, plus enjoy a carriage ride along its cobbled streets. With a couple of days, you could laze on white-sand beaches and tour its famous castles, and with close to a week, there are options for day trips to gorgeous Caribbean islands and protected national parks. Keep reading for all the details.

A sunset in Colombia
5 Great Day Trips from Cartagena

Cartagena has long been Colombia's top tourist destination. This is no surprise—it's one of the most well-preserved Spanish colonial cities on the continent. But what do you do once you've exhausted all the culture within the city's ancient ramparts? Let this be your guide to the best day trips outside Cartagena.

Enjoy a delicious cocktail in Cartagena
8 Best Cocktail Bars in Cartagena

Cartagena may be best known for its colonial attractions and grand Afro-Caribbean cuisine, but the bar scene in this coastal city is also world class. Here are eight of the best cocktail hotspots for every taste.

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9 Incredible Hotel Pools in Cartagena

As if Cartagena's charm wasn't enough, the city also boasts some of the finest hotels in Colombia. Even better, many feature incredible swimming pools—here are nine of the best.

Artful dishes can be sampled at Carmen.
Where to Dine in Cartagena: The Best Places to Eat & Drink

Cartagena is one of South America’s most enchanting colonial cities, and one its best places to eat, with seafood featuring prominently on many menus. The culinary scene has blossomed here in the last decade, with plenty of options that cater to all palates and budgets, from no-frills food carts to some of the most lauded restaurants in the country. Use this guide to find your way to the best eateries this city can offer.

Explore Colombia's capita with the whole family
Top 10 Things To Do with Kids in Cartagena

With its colorful street life, intriguing colonial history, and tons of museums, Cartagena is fun for the whole family. The cobbled streets of the Walled City echo with the memories of conquistadores, as well as the calls of palenqueras (Afro-Caribbean women selling fruits). Here are some ideas that will guarantee a happy family holiday in Cartagena.

Enjoy cafe culture in Cartagena
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7 Best Cafés in Cartagena

Colombia is renowned for its world-class coffee beans, and Cartagena knows how to flaunt the goods. The café culture is booming—here are our fave spots to relax with a good cup of (locally sourced) coffee.

A family friendly hotel in Cartagena
The 7 Best Family-Friendly Hotels in Cartagena

Cartagena is as legendary for its superb hotels as it is for its bougainvillea-draped buildings. There's a wealth of family-friendly lodgings from which to choose, from beachfront resorts to intimate boutique hotels in the heart of the historic quarter.

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The 8 Best Boutique Hotels in Cartagena

Cartagena is one of South America's most enchanting colonial cities. Enticing boutique hotels are already a feature of the Centro Histórico (walled city), with newer properties starting to appear in hip, artsy Getsemaní. Most hotels feature an elegant colonial Spanish theme (in keeping with the city's history) but with plenty of individual touches and splashes of modern art, and there are even swish, contemporary options to consider.

Cartagena Old Town
9 Best Things to Do in Cartagena

Cartagena’s cobblestone streets, colorful buildings, and bougainvillea-covered balconies are simply magic. But there is much to Cartagena than just its romantic Old City. This list offers a number of great options, from exploring old forts, to eating great seafood and lazing on white sand beaches.

Where to Eat with Kids in Cartagena
Where to Eat With Kids in Cartagena

Cartagena is a popular Colombian travel destination, boasting one of the country's liveliest dining scenes. Here you'll find seafood restaurants aplenty, plus many fine eateries serving cuisine from around the world. There's something for every member of the family in Cartagena—here are some favorites.

Caribbean Coast Itineraries

Cartagena
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Best of Cartagena - 5-Day Itinerary

Explore Cartagena’s colonial architecture by foot, partake in its rich culinary scene, and meet the local characters for an authentic glimpse into Colombia’s Caribbean culture. Cartagena’s old town is like an outdoor museum, whose stories will be told by an experienced local guide.

Enjoy Colombia's Caribbean Coast
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Cartagena & the Caribbean Coast - 10 Days

Experience stunning highlights along Colombia's northern coast in this active 10-day adventure. You'll soak in the romance and colonial history of Cartagena's Old Town, hike in Tayrona National Park, 4x4 through remote jungles, wander majestic sand dunes, visit indigenous cultures, and go birdwatching in Minca at sunrise. Circle back to Cartagena and end the trip with a relaxing beach day in the Rosario Islands.

Enjoy a family adventure in Cartagena
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Cartagena Family Adventure - 5 Days

Kids love Cartagena. And why wouldn’t they? As a former playground for pirates, the city has plenty to offer for active families that love to explore around. Here’s an idea for the perfect family break in Cartagena for you and your little ones.

Colorful streets of Getsemaní in Cartagena
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Cartagena's Magic and Culture - 6 Days

Anyone who thinks you can't get to the heart of Cartagena, Colombia in six days is obviously not familiar with this itinerary. In a little less than a week, you can discover every inch of this well-preserved Spanish colonial metropolis, from the most off-the-beaten-path street markets to the trendiest cocktail lounges. You'll visit ancient fortresses and learn to dance like a local in a professional salsa class. You'll even be able to work in a little Caribbean beach time, too.

Cartagena & Island Adventure - 4 Days
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Cartagena & Island Adventure - 4 Days

Pair Cartagena's colonial walled city on the northern coast with the nearby Caribbean Islands for the ultimate culture and beach adventure. Start with a tour of Cartagena's colorful streets, lined with palaces, churches, and galleries. Then take a day trip to the Rosario Islands to relax on white-sand beaches. Spend your last night in Cartagena's Old Town, soaking in the fairy-tale romance from one of the city's rooftop bars.

Colonial Cartagena and Island Adventure - 4 Days
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Colonial Cartagena and Island Adventure - 4 Days

Like pairing a gourmet meal with a fine wine, the best way to complement a trip to the Spanish-colonial fortress city of Cartagena is to include an excursion to nearby Caribbean islands. This short and sweet four-day itinerary offers just that: colonial culture and a relaxing beach holiday wrapped into one.

The colorful streets of Cartagena
Cartagena City & Nature - Day Tour

In the morning, you'll follow the footsteps of famous pirates and discover the "Pearl of the Caribbean", a city rich in culture, diversity, exotic and heritage. Come evening, you'll journey to a local fishing village for a short canoe ride at sunset with great birdwatching as you're surrounded by nature.

Spend quality time in Cartagena's historic Old Town overlooking the Caribbean Sea
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Cartagena: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most people visiting Cartagena spend about eight to 10 days in Colombia, which usually includes some time in Bogotá, Medellín, and the Zona Cafetera. If you're not interested in adding stops, five to seven days is enough for your Cartagena trip. Even travelers with limited time can see the highlights in as few as four days. Read on for the best itineraries, including Cartagena and beyond.

Aerial view of Medellín at dusk
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December Holiday Adventure in Colombia - 7 Days

This fun and festive weeklong Colombia adventure starts in the up-and-coming city of Medellín. With hip restaurants, art galleries, and eternal springlike temperatures, this city goes wild with Christmas lights. From here, you'll head to lakeside Guatapé for hiking, visit a coffee farm, and then fly to Cartagena—a fairy-tale city that draws a vibrant international crowd. Reserve early and get a seat at one of the city's best rooftop bars overlooking colonial architecture and the Caribbean Sea—what a way to start the new year!

Enjoy quality family time on Colombia's Isla Barú
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Family Beach & Culture Vacation in Caribbean Colombia - 7 Days

You don't need to choose between cultural activities and beach time on this week-long family vacation in Colombia. You'll start on the Caribbean coast in Cartagena, which oozes history and culture. Kids will love the colors and warmth of the city as they explore by bicycle and enjoy a chocolate-making workshop. Then head to the nearby Isla Barú, a white-sand paradise where parents can relax and kids can play in the sand and sea. Everyone will feel refreshed and rejuvenated after this chilled-out vacation.

Medellín's cablecar system ascending a hill at dusk
Map of Medellín and the Caribbean Coast - 6 Days
Medellín and the Caribbean Coast - 6 Days

What's better than immersing yourself in the culture, cuisine, and nightlife of one famous Colombian city? Doing so in two famous Colombian cities. In less than a week you'll get to do just that, starting in the "city of the eternal spring," Medellín. Enjoy the trendy restaurants and cocktail lounges of this revitalized metropolis. Then, fly to Cartagena—a well-preserved fortress city and a throwback to a time when the kingdom of Spain ruled the New World. Snap photos as you wander its colonial streets, sample the fresh seafood and visit the nearby Rosario Islands.

Cartagena
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Cartagena & Caribbean Colombia - 6 Days

Cartagena is the sum of its incredible parts: colonial and modern architecture, vibrant nightlife and cultural festivals, magnificent beaches, and outstanding gastronomic offerings. This six-day tour exposes you to some of the best sights, sounds, and experiences of the Caribbean city, from its dreamy beaches to local cuisine that you can learn to cook for yourself, and much more.

A view of the islands of near Cartagena.
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Cartagena and Colombia's Islands - 7 Days

Explore some of the best destinations along Colombia's northern coast on this 7-day adventure that combines a fast-paced urban adventure with the relaxing allure of a tropical island retreat. Tour the colorful Caribbean jewel of Cartegena, then head to a personalized island escape where you can recharge. For travelers who can't choose between an active trip and a secluded getaway, this itinerary offers the best of both worlds.

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

With a blend of cities, nature, and beaches, this 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.

One of Tayrona's stunning beaches on the Caribbean Sea
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Colombia's Caribbean Coast - 7 Days

This 7-day land and sea adventure covers all the highlights along Colombia's northern coast. You'll experience the culture and fairy-tale romance of Cartagena's Old Town, 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 private speedboat.

Discover Colombia's Tayrona Park
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Cartagena & Tayrona Park - 5 Days

This fun 5-day adventure hits two major highlights along Colombia's northern coast. First, you'll experience the culture and fairy-tale romance of Cartagena's Old Town, an inner-walled city oozing with colonial architecture and history, not to mention hip hotels and rooftop bars. Then drive east towards Santa Marta to spend a few days at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona (Tayrona Park) for a slice of South America's prettiest coastline. Explore on your own or take a guided tour of the park's hiking trails and exotic beaches.

Cartagena sunset
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Cartagena & the San Bernardo Islands - 5 Days

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.

Bogota and Cartagena - 6 Days
Map of Bogota and Cartagena - 6 Days
Bogota and Cartagena - 6 Days

Six days is just long enough to experience the energy and culture of Colombia's most exciting destinations—with a bit of beach time thrown in for good measure. You'll start off in the cosmopolitan capital of Bogotá where you can indulge in the thriving food and art scene, then jet off to Cartagena to explore Old Town—the inner-walled city that abounds with colonial architecture and history. Throw in a day trip to the Caribbean Rosario Islands and you have a vacation worth its weight in gold.

A skyline view of the city of Medellín, Colombia's capital
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Discover Medellín & Cartagena - 9 Days

Discover the hidden wonders of Colombia on this excursion through two of its historic cities. Travel to Medellín, capital of the Antioquia province, and see with your own eyes how the once-controversial city has transformed through its rich Paisa culture. You'll then explore Cartagena—the jewel of the Caribbean ocean—for the second half of the trip and experience the nearby beaches and islands first-hand.

Isla Grande off the coast of Cartagena
Map of Colombia's Caribbean Coast & Islands - 11 Days
Colombia's Caribbean Coast & Islands - 11 Days

An enticing draw of visiting Colombia's northern coast is close proximity to culture, mountains, beaches, and islands for the ultimate tropical adventure. On this 10-day itinerary, you'll start off in Santa Marta with two days of hiking around Tayrona Park. Make an overnight stop in Minca to visit a coffee finca before continuing on to Cartagena where you'll explore the city's quaint narrow streets with historic palaces, churches, and mansions painted in pastel colors. Then speedboat to the Rosario Islands for swimming and snorkeling before finishing the trip with one more night in Cartagena's romantic Old Town.

The turquoise waters and lush mountains of Colombia's Caribbean coast.
Map of Colombia's Caribbean Coast: Tayrona & Cartagena - 9 Days
Colombia's Caribbean Coast: Tayrona & Cartagena - 9 Days

This diverse 9-day itinerary showcases the highlights of Colombia's Caribbean coast. Start by soaking up the colonial charm, vibrant nightlife, and myriad attractions of Cartagena, then head north to the bustling Pacific port of Santa Marta. Spend your final three days immersed in the natural beauty of Tayrona Natural Park, where you'll hike through biodiverse rainforests, explore sandy beaches and volcanic coves, and tour the lush coffee farms of nearby Minca.

Colorful Streets of Getsemaniaera in Cartagena
Discover Cartagena and the Rosario Islands - 6 Days

Explore the colorful city of Cartagena in this family-friendly trip, starting with a guided walking tour through the city's colonial past and its 17th-century fortress, plus a cooking class with a local family. Enjoy a day trip to the white-sand beaches and protected coral reefs of the Rosario Islands, with activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, and swimming. End your trip in the town of La Boquilla, where you'll learn traditional fishing techniques from local fishermen and enjoy a seafood lunch based on your daily catch.

Take a horseback ride on the beach in Colombia
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Family Time in Colombia: Medellín & Cartagena - 7 Days

This seven-day Colombia itinerary introduces the whole family to Medellín and Cartagena. 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 a day trip to colorful Guatapé, fly to Cartagena on the Caribbean coast. Here you'll learn about the city's past on a treasure hunt through its historic center, ride horses on the beach, and bathe in volcanic mud.

A family stroll in Cartagena
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Family Trip to Caribbean Colombia: Cartagena & Santa Marta - 7 Days

Families are sure to love the mix of culture and coastlines on this seven-day tour of Caribbean Colombia. Discover colorful colonial architecture and learn about the swashbuckling history of Cartagena, then get hands-on with a drums workshop and chocolate-tasting experience. Venture deep into the untouched paradise of Tayrona National Park to swim and snorkel off unspoiled beaches, and head inland to discover the lush mountains and coffee farms around Minca.

The golden sands of Tayrona National Park
Colombia Family Adventure: Cartagena & the Caribbean Coast - 9 Days

Colombia's magical Caribbean coast is the star attraction on this 9-day family-friendly adventure. Immerse yourselves in the swashbuckling history of Cartagena, then venture deep into the untouched paradise of Tayrona National Park. After heading inland to discover the lush mountains and coffee farms around Minca, return to the coast to end your trip swimming and snorkeling in the turquoise waters of the San Bernardo Islands.

Cathedral San Pedro Claver in Cartagena
Cartagena and the San Bernardo Islands - 6 Days

Discover the vibrant city of Cartagena in this family-friendly trip, starting with a guided walking tour through the city's colonial past, exploring its colorful buildings, monuments, and street art. Experience the region's incredible gastronomic identity by cooking traditional recipes with a local family, using techniques passed down from generations. End your trip at a beach resort in the San Bernardo Islands, with clear waters perfect for lounging, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and more.

 Visit some of Colombia's prettiest beaches in Tayrona National Park
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Cartagena & Tayrona National Park: Best Itinerary Ideas

Travelers to Colombia typically plan a trip for seven to eight days when combining both Cartagena and Tayrona National Park with another stop like Bogotá, Medellín, Minca, and Zona Cafetera. If you're not interested in adding another stop, five to seven days is enough for your Cartagena and Tayrona National Park trip. Check out our favorite Cartagena and Tayrona National Park trips below.

Pueblito Paisa on Nutibara Hill, Medellín
Highlights of Colombia - 9 Days

Discover the vibrant country of Colombia by combining lively cities with scenic countryside, starting in Medellín with a guided tour led by local hip-hop artists. Escape to the hills with a visit to a family-run coffee farm, the village of Guatapé, and a hike up La Piedra Rock. Then head to Cartagena, where you'll explore its colonial streets and neighborhoods, learn how to cook traditional cuisine with a local family, and relax on the white-sand beaches of the Rosario Islands.

Rosario Islands
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Cartagena & the Rosario Islands: Best Itinerary Ideas

For most travelers, about a week is the perfect amount of time for a Colombia trip with stops in both Cartagena and the Rosario Islands. If you don't mind a fast-paced journey, you can see the highlights of this route in less time—as few as four to six days. With more time, you can enjoy extra activities at each stop or a few days in another city like Bogotá. See more ideas for Cartagena and the Rosario Islands itineraries below.

Start your trip in Bogotá, Colombia's largest city and capital
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Bogotá & Cartagena: Best Itinerary Ideas

Eight to 10 days is the most popular trip length for Colombia travelers interested in visiting both Bogotá and Cartagena, especially when also including Medellín and the Zona Cafetera. If you're not interested in adding more stops, six to eight days is enough for your Bogotá and Cartagena trip. Even travelers with limited time can see the highlights in as few as five days. For the best itineraries, including Bogotá and Cartagena, keep reading below.

Kids will love Colombia's colorful cities
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Family-Friendly Colombia Taster: Bogotá & Cartagena - 7 Days

Your family can experience Colombia's best on an exciting week-long tour that's based in two very different cities: Bogotá and Cartagena. Kids and parents alike will enjoy exploring Colombian cuisine, history, and culture in the capital, Bogotá, and taking a day trip out to some impressive underground salt mines. Then, take the pace down a few notches in Caribbean Cartagena, a colorful city where you can cycle, go fishing with the locals, and express your creativity in drumming or crafting workshops.

There are plenty of photo opportunities in Cartagena's historic Old Town
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Medellín & Cartagena: Best Itinerary Ideas

Travelers to Colombia typically plan a trip for eight to 10 days when combining both Medellín and Cartagena with Bogotá and the Zona Cafetera. If you're only headed to Medellín and Cartagena, you can enjoy a comfortably paced trip in a week to eight days. With less time, it's still possible to see the highlights in as few as five or six days. For the best itineraries, including Medellín and Cartagena, keep reading below.

Charming Cartagena
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Discover Colombia's Cities & Islands - 12 Days

This 12-day trip highlights four of Colombia's most exciting cities—perfect for travelers who love urban energy and culture. Start off with tours in Bogotá and Medellín, two cities with their own treasures to discover, then head north to Cartagena for colonial romance, art galleries, and rooftop bars. End your trip with two nights on the San Bernardo Islands, including picture-perfect Isla Múcura.

The ocean and rocks from Tayrona National Park
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Cartagena, Carnival & the Caribbean Coast - 10 Days

This fun itinerary hits the highlights along Colombia’s northern coast, balancing colonial history, beaches, hiking, and relaxation. Wander Cartagena's pretty Old Town and take a speedboat to the Rosario Islands. Drive to Barranquilla, where a raging carnival celebration is held each year. You'll also spend two active days exploring Tayrona National Park and visit a coffee farm in the rolling hills of Minca.

Pick coffee and cacao in Colombia's Coffee Zone
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Colombia's Coffee Zone & Caribbean Coast for Families - 10 Days

You don't need to choose between Colombia's mountains and coasts on this chilled-out 10-day family vacation. Start in the famous Zona Cafetera to see how coffee and cacao are grown and produced, hike through the glorious Valle de Cocora among sky-high wax palms, and experience rural Colombian life. Continue to the Caribbean coast, where you'll enjoy the cultural and culinary riches of Cartagena before ending with some quality family time on the white-sand beaches of Isla Barú.

The colorful architecture of Cartagena
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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.  

Dancers at Carnival in the town of Barranquilla
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Colombia's Vibrant Cultures: The Caribbean to Cali - 13 Days

This diverse, action-packed itinerary covers a lot of Colombian ground in two weeks. The trip starts on the northern Caribbean Coast and allows time to explore Tayrona National Park. This protected area is home to rugged mountains, indigenous ruins, and white-sand beaches hugging turquoise waters. You'll then spend a few days enjoying city life as you explore the ancient fortress city of Cartagena. Mixed in with all this is a jaunt to Caribbean islands and a visit to the heritage site of a long-standing Afro-Colombian community. You'll cap your two weeks of adventure with a jaunt to the southern Colombian city of Cali, the salsa capital of the world.

Iconic skinny wax palms in Colombia's coffee region.
Colombia's Coffee, Whitewater, and Caribbean Islands Adventure - 13 Days

With 13 days you can experience all of the highlights Colombia is renowned for throughout the world. Your journey starts in the heart of Colombia's Coffee Region, where you'll overnight on a working coffee farm. From there, head to the reborn metropolis of Medellín, a city whose reputation as a global hotspot is enhanced by its rising culinary and art scene. Then, it's time for a bit of nature as you embark on a rafting trip down the Río Verde and end your adventure on the Caribbean coast where you'll explore Cartagena and nearby islands.

The Sierra Nevada mountains come to meet the Caribbean sea in Tayrona National Park
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Cartagena & Tayrona Park - 6 Days

This fun 6-day adventure hits two major highlights along Colombia's northern coast. First, you'll experience the culture and fairy-tale romance of Cartagena's Old Town, an inner-walled city oozing with colonial architecture and history, not to mention hip hotels and rooftop bars. Then drive east towards Santa Marta to spend a few days at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona (Tayrona Park) for a slice of South America's prettiest coastline. Explore on your own or take a guided tour of the park's hiking trails and exotic beaches.

Birds of Minca
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Caribbean Birding Tour in Colombia: Cartagena, Minca, & Tayrona National Park - 11 Days

On this multifaceted, 11-day tour, you’ll explore the Caribbean region of Colombia and its biodiverse landscapes. The trip begins in Cartagena, a vibrant port city with a rich history and plenty of sites to see. Then, you’re off to Santa Marta and Minca for four, full days of birding among the various ecosystems. The trip concludes in Tayrona Park, with its beautiful beaches and cultural excursions among the natives.

In between stays in Bogotá and Cartagena, you'll relax amid the lush coffee estates of the Zona Cafetera
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Best of Colombia in Luxury: Bogotá, the Coffee Triangle & Cartagena - 14 Days

Because of its wealth of natural beauty, any highlight tour of Colombia will be jam-packed with activities. Luckily, you have two weeks to experience the best, starting with museum and architecture tours in Bogotá, plus gourmet dining in the city's best restaurants. Continue to the famous Coffee Triangle for hikes and horseback riding in green valleys, then finish on the cobbled streets of coastal Cartagena to participate in dance and cooking classes, rum tastings, music workshops, and more.

Beautiful Cartagena
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Best of Colombia: Bogotá, Medellín & Cartagena - 9 Days

Explore three of Colombia's most exciting cities on this nine-day adventure. Start in Bogotá, the sprawling cosmopolitan capital. Tour the colonial streets of the historic center, taste local cuisine, and visit museums. Then, transfer to Medellín to see street art and communal projects and learn about Colombian coffee culture. The adventure ends in tropical Cartagena, where you'll appreciate Spanish forts and architecture, enjoy fresh seafood, and swim in the Caribbean.

Bogotá, Amazon & Cartagena - 10 Days
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Bogotá, Amazon & Cartagena - 10 Days

In just 10 days, this exciting tour of Colombia covers a great deal of ground including four nights in the Amazon region, sandwiched between two world-class cities. You'll start off exploring the cosmopolitan capital of Bogotá before flying south to Leticia; from here, take part in a series of unforgettable days via foot, canoe, and other small boats in Colombia and across the border in Peru and Brazil. Then fly north to the Caribbean Sea and wander Cartagena's romantic inner-walled city before culminating with a speedboat ride to the Rosario Islands.

Kids explore the colorful streets of Cartagena
Family Holiday in Colombia: Bogotá, Zona Cafetera & Cartegena - 9 Days

Create lifelong memories on this 9-day family-friendly tour around Colombia. Starting in Bogotá, discover the city by bike and ride the cable car to Monserrate, then, fly to the Zona Cafetera to hike the Cocora Valley and discover the region's quaint villages. End on the Caribbean coast, where you'll tour the colorful streets of Cartagena, learn to fish with the locals, and relax on the white sand beaches of Barú Island. 

The white sands and turquoise seas of Isla Barú
Luxury Colombia: Bogotá, Salgar, Cartagena & Isla Barú - 13 Days

Explore Colombia in style on this 13-day luxury tour of cities, mountains, and the Caribbean coast. Discover the capital of Bogotá, then take a helicopter into the lush hills of the Zona Cafetera (coffee region). Continue to the Caribbean coast and Cartagena to learn salsa dancing, sample the region's cuisine, and enjoy a sunset sail. End your stay on nearby Isla Barú, where you'll unwind at an eco-lodge surrounded by turquoise waters and white sands.

Start your journey in Cartagena, "Pearl of the Caribbean"
Explore Colombia: the Caribbean Coast & Zona Cafetera - 12 Days

This laid-back 12-day itinerary takes you through the highlights of Colombia's Caribbean coast, then detours south to explore the heart of the country's lush coffee-growing region. Stroll Cartagena's historic Old Town, swim in the turquoise waters of the Rosario Islands, and discover the pristine beaches of Tayrona National Park. Fly south into the Zona Cafetera for two days visiting coffee farms and hiking amongst giant palms in the Valle de Cocora, then return to Cartagena to end your journey with more culture and cuisine in the "Pearl of the Caribbean."

Food & Culture in Colombia:  Bogotá, Medellín, Cartagena, & Tayrona National Park - 15 Days
Map of Food & Culture in Colombia:  Bogotá, Medellín, Cartagena, & Tayrona National Park - 15 Days
Food & Culture in Colombia: Bogotá, Medellín, Cartagena, & Tayrona National Park - 15 Days

On this 15-day culinary tour, you're never far from the flavors that comprise Colombian culture. You'll dive right in, sampling exotic fruits, savory street food, and local rum. You'll even participate in cooking classes and prepare some of the nation's most famous dishes. In between food-related adventures, take time to relax on some of Colombia's pristine beaches in Tayrona National Park.

Tayrona National Park
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Colombia's Caribbean Coast: Tayrona, Cartagena, Rosario Islands - 15 Days

This 15-day itinerary explores the diverse Caribbean coast of Colombia, from the sand dunes of La Guajira desert to the mountain village of Minca. Start in Cartagena, with its charming streets and markets, before a tubing excursion on a jungle river in Palomino. Next, you'll hike through Tayrona National Park. Your adventure finishes back in Cartagena and ends with a relaxing day trip to the beaches of the Rosario Islands.

Iconic skinny wax palms in Colombia's coffee region.
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Colombia Adventure: Zona Cafetera to the Caribbean Coast - 15 Days

Your journey starts in the heart of Colombia's Coffee Region, where you'll overnight on a working coffee farm. From there, head to the reborn metropolis of Medellín, a city whose reputation as a global hotspot is enhanced by its rising culinary and art scene. Then, it's time for a bit of nature as you embark on a rafting trip down the Río Verde and end your adventure on the Caribbean coast where you'll explore Cartagena and nearby islands.

A mountainous plantation in Colombia's Coffee Triangle
Map of Bogotá, Coffee Triangle & Caribbean Coast - 7 Days
Bogotá, Coffee Triangle & Caribbean Coast - 7 Days

Colombia is a nation of vibrant cities, sleepy pueblos, and extraordinary landscapes. This action-packed seven-day tour gives you a taste of the true diversity of this country. Within the span of a week, you'll visit the museums of Bogotá, savor freshly roasted coffee near Salento, and gaze at the sea from Cartagena's ramparts. 

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.

Finish your trip in romantic Cartagena, with rooftop bars and Caribbean sunsets.
Map of Medellín, Zona Cafetera & Cartagena - 7 Days
Medellín, Zona Cafetera & Cartagena - 7 Days

This classic itinerary covers Colombia's Zona Cafetera (coffee zone), bookended by two of Latin America’s most exciting cities. The adventure starts in striking Medellín, where you'll explore this up-and-coming metropolis with a local guide. You'll then drive to the heart of the coffee region and stay overnight at a working farm. Enjoy a day in Salento with a guided hike through stunning green mountains before flying north to Cartagena, where you'll have time to hit the narrow streets of this colonial inner-walled city. Conclude your week with a free day on the coast — perhaps a speedboat ride to the Rosario Islands for white-sand beaches.

Hike and sunbathe in Colombia's Tayrona Park.
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Explore Medellín & the Caribbean Coast - 10 Days

This cultural, yet outdoorsy Colombian adventure starts off in one of Latin America's most striking and up-and-coming cities — Medellín — safe for travelers after a turbulent past. Enjoy the constant spring-like weather while exploring vibrant neighborhoods by foot and gondola before flying north to the Caribbean coast. From Santa Marta, relax on the beaches and trails of Tayrona Park and then head for the cobblestoned streets of Cartagena's inner-walled city, oozing with Spanish colonial romance and history.

Tayrona National Park
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Colombia: From the North to the Caribbean Coast - 16 Days

This urban-meets-outdoorsy Colombian itinerary is jam-packed with sightseeing and excursions. The 16-day trip starts in the capital of Bogotá, then heads north for a challenging hike in the heart of Iguaque Sanctuary, and a cycling tour through along the Suarez River. From there, you will fly to the Caribbean Coast and spend time exploring a stunning national park, followed by birding in Minca. You will end your adventure in romantic Cartagena, with a relaxing trip to Múcura Island.

Dancers in Barranquilla during the Carnival
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Vibrant Colombia: The Caribbean to Cali - 10 Days

This diverse, action-packed itinerary covers a lot of Colombian ground in two weeks. The trip starts on the northern Caribbean Coast with time to explore Tayrona's beautiful national park, sandwiched between the turquoise sea and rugged mountains. From here, you'll visit Colombia's carnival city, Barranquilla, and spend a few days in the stunning inner-walled city of Cartagena before taking a flight to Cali, the salsa capital of the world.

Cartagena, Minca & Tayrona National Park: Best Itinerary Ideas
Map of Cartagena, Minca & Tayrona National Park: Best Itinerary Ideas
Cartagena, Minca & Tayrona National Park: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most travelers will find that seven to eight days is perfect for a well-paced Colombia trip with stops in Cartagena, Minca, and Tayrona National Park. Travelers with less time can hit the route's highlights in five or six days, which makes for a fast-paced journey. Travelers with more time can enjoy extra sights and activities at each stop or explore more of the country—some of our favorite itinerary extensions include Medellín and Santa Marta. Keep reading for more inspiring itineraries.

Aerial view of Medellín's skyline after dark
Map of Colombia's Cities and Caribbean Coast - 13 Days
Colombia's Cities and Caribbean Coast - 13 Days

This 13-day itinerary eliminates the hard choices travelers often have to make when planning a visit to a country as diverse as Colombia. You don't have to choose between cities and culture or nature and beach time. On this adventure, you can have it all. Your journey begins with the Spanish colonial plazas and pulsing discos of Bogotá. You'll then jet to the reinvented city of Medellín and experience its rising culinary and art scene. End the trip on the Caribbean coast where you'll explore the beaches and mountains of Tayrona National Park and the cobbled streets of Cartagena's walled city.

Kayak around the walled city of Cartagena with your kids!
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Nature & Family Time in Colombia: Medellín, Tayrona National Park & Cartagena - 10 Days

Treat the whole family to a taste of Colombia on this fun-filled 10-day itinerary. Enjoy a mix of city and nature as you make your way from vibrant Medellín to Cartagena and the Caribbean coast, taking your time and exploring at a leisurely pace perfect for kids. While there's plenty of adventure to be had on kayaking trips, drumming workshops, and street food tours, you'll also have ample downtime for quieter pursuits like gentle river tubing and wildlife spotting in Tayrona National Park.

View of Cartagena's marina at sunset
Colombia's Caribbean Coast and Islands - 13 Days

A big draw of Colombia's Caribbean coast is its large amount of diversity in a relatively small space. Over just a few hundred miles you're in close proximity to Spanish-colonial architecture, the towering mountains of the Sierra Nevadas, white-sand beaches, running rivers, arid deserts, and biodiverse marshland. It's the ultimate tropical adventure.

Kids will have fun on a trip to Colombia
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Colorful Colombia with Kids: Bogotá, Pereira & Cartagena- 10 Days

Colombia is a diverse and exciting country for families, and this 10-day tour showcases three of its highlights: the capital Bogotá, the coffee-producing region around Pereira, and the Caribbean coasts of Cartagena. Make happy family memories as you soak in the hot springs at Santa Rosa, learn about coffee and cacao production in the Zona Cafetera, go bamboo rafting and horseback riding in Andean cloud forests, and satisfy sweet tooths with a chocolate workshop in Cartagena.

 A colorful street corner in Cartagena, Colombia
Map of Bogotá, Cartagena & the Rosario Islands: Best Itinerary Ideas
Bogotá, Cartagena & the Rosario Islands: Best Itinerary Ideas

Ten days to two weeks is the most popular trip length for Colombia travelers interested in visiting Bogotá, Cartagena, and the Rosario Islands, especially when also including Medellín. If you're not interested in Medellín, a week to nine days is enough for your Bogotá, Cartagena, and Rosario Islands trip. Read on for the best itineraries, including Bogotá, Cartagena, and the Rosario Islands and beyond.

Learn about the history of Palenqueras in Cartagena
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Luxury Colombia Highlights Tour - 7 Days

Only have a week to craft the trip of a lifetime? Not to worry—you can hit the famous highlights of Colombia in style with this perfectly paced luxury itinerary. Go on the hunt for glimmering emeralds in Bogotá, enjoy world-class dining in trendy Medellín, soar over the verdant Antioquia countryside in a helicopter, explore the cobbled streets of Spanish colonial Cartagena, go island-hopping in a private catamaran, and much more.

Explore Cartegena's colorful Old Town and preserved fortress on foot
Map of Medellín, Cartagena & Tayrona National Park: Best Itinerary Ideas
Medellín, Cartagena & Tayrona National Park: Best Itinerary Ideas

Thirteen to 15 days is the most popular trip length for Colombia travelers interested in visiting Medellín, Cartagena, and Tayrona National Park, especially when also including Bogotá and Zona Cafetera. If you're not interested in Bogotá and Zona Cafetera, eight to 11 days is enough for your trip. Even travelers with limited time can see the highlights in as few as six or seven days. Read on for the best itineraries, including Medellín, Cartagena, and Tayrona National Park and beyond.

Explore the colorful streets of Cartagena from your 5-star base within the Walled Town (photo courtesy of Casa San Agustín)
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Luxury Tour of Colombia's Cities: Bogotá, Medellín & Cartagena - 10 Days

See Colombia in luxurious style as you enjoy adventures in the big three cities: Bogotá, Medellín, and Cartagena. Experience culture in the capital with museum visits followed by foodie tours and wild nights out at legendary Andrés Carne de Res. Then, fly to Medellín for day trips to coffee farms before ending in the colonial fortress city of Cartagena, where you'll mix island hopping and salsa dancing with cooking classes.

Take a walking tour of Bogotá, which includes Plaza Bolivar, the city's main square
Map of Bogotá, Medellín & Cartagena: Best Itinerary Ideas
Bogotá, Medellín & Cartagena: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most travelers will find that eight to 10 days is perfect for a well-paced Colombia trip with stops in Bogotá, Medellín, and Cartagena. Travelers with less time can hit the route's highlights in six or seven days, which makes for a fast-paced journey. Or, extend your trip and explore more of the country—some of the best-loved trip extensions include Zona Cafetera and Tayrona National Park. See more ideas for Bogotá, Medellín, and Cartagena itineraries below.

Views over Cartagena from the rooftop at your 5-star hotel (photo courtesy of Casa San Agustín)
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Luxury Culture & Cuisine in Colombia - 7 Days

Calling all architecture and food lovers—it's time to pack your bags because you're off to the coolest corners of Colombia. Travel in luxury as you enjoy the gardens and gourmet restaurants of Medellín and, later, stroll down Cartagena's cobbled streets to snack on street food and decadent chocolate. In between, you'll visit the colonial mountain town of Barichara and cap the trip with island hopping in Islas del Rosario.

Wander around Cartagena's artsy Getsemani neighborhood
Map of Medellín, Cartagena & Zona Cafetera: Best Itinerary Ideas
Medellín, Cartagena & Zona Cafetera: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most people visiting Medellín, Cartagena, and Zona Cafetera spend about 10 to 11 days in Colombia, which usually includes some time in Bogotá and Tayrona National Park, as well. For travelers wanting to visit Medellín, Cartagena, and Zona Cafetera exclusively, plan a week to 10 days for a well-paced trip. Read on for the best itineraries, including Medellín, Cartagena, Zona Cafetera, and beyond.

 Photograph the charming doorways in Colombia's Old Town
Map of Bogotá, Cartagena & Zona Cafetera: Best Itinerary Ideas
Bogotá, Cartagena & Zona Cafetera: Best Itinerary Ideas

Ten days is the most popular trip length for Colombia travelers interested in visiting Bogotá, Cartagena, and Zona Cafetera, especially when also including Medellín and Tayrona National Park. For travelers wanting to visit Bogotá, Cartagena, and Zona Cafetera exclusively, plan seven to nine days for a well-paced trip. A fast-paced highlights trip is possible in five or six days for travelers with limited time. Check out our favorite Bogotá, Cartagena, and Zona Cafetera trips below.

View of Taroa sand dune and ocean
Map of Explore Colombia's Caribbean Coast - 14 Days
Explore Colombia's Caribbean Coast - 14 Days

This adventure covers the highlights of Colombia's diverse Caribbean coast with plenty of opportunities to get in the water. You'll start in the colonial city of Cartagena with a speedboat trip to the Rosario Islands and then head east for Santa Marta. You'll travel by 4WD to the La Guajira Peninsula for remote dunes and Indigenous tribes, tube down the Río Don Diego, and then spend a few days hiking around Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona before ending the trip back to Cartagena.

Tayrona National Park
Map of Colombia Highlights: Bogotá, Coffee Region, Medellín & Cartagena - 14 Days
Colombia Highlights: Bogotá, Coffee Region, Medellín & Cartagena - 14 Days

This journey begins in Bogotá, a melting pot of people from around the country. You'll then head to a nearby small town to witness a spectacular salt cathedral, one of Colombia's most visited attractions. Afterward, head east to the Coffee Region where you'll tour small towns, visit a coffee farm, and see the tallest wax palm trees in the world. The adventure continues in Medellín, Tayrona National Park, and Cartagena.

Enjoy sunsets while staying at three hotels on the Caribbean Sea (photo courtesy of Playa Dormida)
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Luxury Relaxation in Colombia's Coffee Triangle & Caribbean Coast - 14 Days

If your goal is rest and relaxation in Colombia, you can't do better than two of its most scenic regions: the Zona Cafetera (Coffee Triangle) and the Caribbean coast. Each offers boundless natural beauty, evident in the colorful villages and verdant valleys in coffee country, where you'll start the trip. Then, head north to marvel at colonial history in Cartagena and Santa Marta, visit the unspoiled beaches in Tayrona National Park, and enjoy gourmet dining and water activities on Isla Barú.

Enjoy some pool time while exploring Cartagena (photo courtesy of Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena)
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Luxury Tour of Colombia's World-Class Cities & Caribbean Beaches - 14 Days

Enjoy the good life on a luxury tour of one of the most naturally beautiful countries in the world: Colombia. Over two weeks, you'll hit the highlights, starting in Bogotá with gourmet dining, museum visits, street art walks, and day trips to ancient lakes. Continue on to seductive Medellín for tours of its revitalized urban communities, wild times at nightclub restaurants, and visits to nearby landmarks before ending the adventure in colonial Cartagena and the Caribbean waters of Isla Barú.

End your two-week trip amid the colorful Caribbean energy of Cartagena
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Discover Colombia's Culture & Cuisine in Luxury - 14 Days

Explore the length and breadth of Colombia, traveling and dining in style along the way. This two-week discovery begins high in the Andes with city tours of Bogotá, visits to local markets, and a trip to the colonial mountain town of Villa de Leyva. Then, fly to the famed Coffee Triangle, where you'll tour coffee farms, visit historic towns, and enjoy activities like horseback riding. The adventure concludes on the colorful streets of Cartagena with rum tastings, music workshops, island hopping, and more.

From the colonial architecture to the stunning mountain views, this itinerary showcases Columbia's more colorful side.
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Colombian Andes to the Caribbean: 10-Day Itinerary

This 10-day excursion is perfect for an adventurous visitor seeking full immersion into Colombia's landscape and culture. Travel between colorful cities and tropical island retreats, mountain biking some parts in between. Along the way you'll discover colorful art, high peaks, soaring palm trees and delectable coffee. Cap your journey with salsa lessons in romantic Cartagena.

Iconic skinny wax palms in Colombia's coffee region
Map of Colombia's Cities & Coffee Region - 11 Days
Colombia's Cities & Coffee Region - 11 Days

Travelers who like to be on the move can check off three cities on this whirlwind 11-day tour starting with Bogotá's Spanish colonial sites and buzzing nightlife. You'll then fly to the heart of Colombia's Zona Cafetera for an overnight at a coffee farm and hiking through the famous Cocora Valley. From here, head to Medellín—a city with a rising culinary and art scene, as well as constant spring-like weather. End the trip on the Caribbean coast where you'll take a day trip to the Rosario Islands and explore the narrow streets of Cartagena's inner-walled city.

Colombia
Map of Colombia Jungle & Beaches - 13 Days
Colombia Jungle & Beaches - 13 Days

Travel the length of Colombia, from the Caribbean Sea to the Amazon River, on an epic adventure spanning 13 days. You'll arrive in the capital and visit Bogotá's colonial center, then fly south to embark on excursions deep into the Amazon jungle. Finish the trip with a greatest hits tour of the northern coast that includes Tayrona National Park and yacht trips around the bay of Cartagena.

Check out restaurants, cafés, and markets in Colombia's three biggest cities
Map of Ultimate Colombia Foodie Tour  - 11 Days
Ultimate Colombia Foodie Tour - 11 Days

Food and drink lovers will adore this culinary tour across Colombia's three biggest cities, starting in the exciting capital, Bogotá. You'll sample exotic fruits and meet chefs in one of the best neighborhoods for dining. Then head to Medellín and Cartegena to enjoy a range of food-themed excursions and tastings with local guides. It's not all about food; there will be time for bike rides and mild hikes—and even a two-day island adventure for some rest and relaxation on the Caribbean Sea.

Colorful Cartagena
Map of Colombia's Vibrant Cities: Bogotá, Medellín & Cartagena - 11 Days
Colombia's Vibrant Cities: Bogotá, Medellín & Cartagena - 11 Days

Spend eleven glorious days traveling through the fascinating cities of Colombia. Start in Bogotá by exploring the major historic sites in the city. Visit lagoons, waterfalls, and salt mines before making your way to Medellín, where you'll discover cobblestone lanes and a distinctive coffee culture. Then head north to the coast, where you'll go salsa dancing, rum tasting, and island-hopping in Cartagena.

Discover the Cocora Valley on a hike
Map of Colombia's Best Cities & Coffee Region - 10 Days
Colombia's Best Cities & Coffee Region - 10 Days

Check off three memorable cities on this whirlwind 10-day tour, starting with Bogotá's Spanish colonial sites and buzzing nightlife. You'll then fly to the heart of Colombia's Zona Cafetera for an overnight at a coffee farm, where you'll hike the green mountains of Cocora Valley, dotted with towering palm trees. From here, head to Medellín—a city with outdoor art and spring-like weather—before ending on the Caribbean coast, where you'll explore the romantic streets of Cartagena's Old Town.

Stunning views across Guatapé Lake from Peñol Rock, near Medellín.
Diverse Colombia: Nature, Culture & Caribbean Islands - 15 Days

This whirlwind 15-day Colombian itinerary covers everything from culture and heritage to adventure and Caribbean beaches. Start in the reborn metropolis of Medellín, a city whose reputation as a global hotspot is enhanced by its rising culinary and arts scenes. After city life, it's time for a bit of nature as you embark on a two-day rafting journey down the Río Verde. Continue your adventure on the Caribbean coast, where you'll explore Cartagena's Old Town and enjoy a day trip to the nearby Rosario Islands. End your journey in the paradise of Tayrona National Park, with its perfect mix of beaches, jungles, and mountains.

Cabo de San Juan, PNN Tayrona, Colombia
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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.

Colombia's River & City Adventure - 8 Days
Map of Colombia's River & City Adventure - 8 Days
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.

A man looks out over Bogotá from Cerro Monserrate
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Discover Colombia's Great Cities - 14 Days

From the buzzing nightlife of Bogotá to the colorful "comunas" of Medellín and the romance of Spanish colonial Cartagena, this two-week journey hits Colombia's urban highlights—with some outdoor adventures along the way. Start with Bogotá city tours followed by hikes amid towering palms in the Coffee Triangle. Then, enjoy revitalized Medellín before wrapping up in Cartagena and lazing on Caribbean beaches.

Colombia's Cities and Nature - 12 Days
Map of Colombia's Cities and Nature - 12 Days
Colombia's Cities and Nature - 12 Days

This robust 12-day itinerary eliminates the hard choices travelers often face regarding a visit to a country as diverse as Colombia. The journey begins by enjoying Bogotá's Spanish colonial plazas and pulsing nightlife. Then jet to the heart of Colombia's Zona Cafetera for an overnight stay on a working coffee farm. Then it's off to the reinvented city of Medellín and its rising culinary and art scene. End the trip on the Caribbean coast where you'll explore the beaches and mountains of Tayrona National Park and the narrow streets of Cartagena's walled city.

Coastline near Santa Marta
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Explore Colombia's Caribbean Coast - 12 Days

This 12-day itinerary is for those eager for some aquatic adventure. It covers major highlights along Colombia's Caribbean coast and affords plenty of opportunities to dive, snorkel, swim, and frolick in the water. You'll begin in the colonial city of Cartagena, then head east to the Santa Marta. Afterward, take a 4x4 to the remote Guajira Peninsula, home of the northernmost point in South America. Circle back to Santa Marta and enjoy a few days hiking around Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

A Colombian coffee farm
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Gourmet Tour of Colombia: Bogota, Medellin, Cartagena & Isla Barú - 12 Days

Hike around a coffee farm, take a cooking class in Cartagena, and dine in the finest restaurants of Bogotá and Medellín—these are just a few of the gourmet experiences you can look forward to on this 12-day tour around Colombia. Featuring stops in the country's most popular destinations, plus off-the-beaten-path places like the idyllic island of Isla Barú, this trip offers an appealing mix of cultural sightseeing, outdoor activities, and culinary adventures.

See the best of Colombia all on one trip!
Map of Highlights of Colombia: Medellín,  Cartagena & Bogotá - 12 Days
Highlights of Colombia: Medellín, Cartagena & Bogotá - 12 Days

Interested in seeing the very best cities and memorable natural scenery in the beautiful country of Colombia? Begin your trip in Medellín, a city nestled in the Andes mountains, and then head to Cartagena, the jewel of the Caribbean, with its colorful and vibrant culture. Enjoy a night at an island escape before topping it all off with a visit to Bogotá, Colombia's cultural and culinary hub.

Blue skies over the Tatacoa Desert
Socially Concious Colombia: Bogotá, Tatacoa Desert, Algeciras, Medellín & Cartagena - 12 Days

Connect with local cultures and communities on this unforgettable 12-day Colombian itinerary. Starting in the capital of Bogotá and ending on the magical Caribbean coast, you'll set out on a series of excursions and experiences that help support local businesses and strengthen the country's peace process. Tour Bogota's colorful food market, stargaze in the Tatacoa Desert, and sample coffee in a mountain village. After discovering Medellín's dynamic street art scene and learning to cook like a local in Cartagena, spend your final day relaxing on the white sand beaches of an island resort.

A Caribbean sunset over Cartagena
Colombia Cities & Coasts: Bogotá, Medellín, Nuquí & Cartagena - 12 Days

Discover three of Colombia's major cities and both of its spectacular coasts on this comprehensive 12-day itinerary. Starting in the capital of Bogotá, you'll head to up-and-coming Medellín to hike around the lakeside town of Guatapé and get a taste of Colombia's coffee culture. Then it's on to Nuquí to spend three days canoeing, hiking, and soaking in hot springs on the Pacific Coast. End your journey in the magical Caribbean city of Cartagena, where you'll explore its charming neighborhoods and relax on the white sand beaches of the nearby Rosario Islands.

Rock of Guatapé (Piedra de Penol), near Medellín.
Map of Highlights of Colombia: Cities & the Caribbean Coast - 16 Days
Highlights of Colombia: Cities & the Caribbean Coast - 16 Days

This classic Colombia itinerary starts in Bogotá and then travels north to the Caribbean. Along the route, you'll visit famous salt mines and charming colonial towns like Barichara and Villa de Leyva, with a couple of days to explore the modern metropolitan city of Medellín. Once you reach the coast, you'll spend a few days exploring Cartagena before relaxing on the pristine beaches of the San Bernardo Islands.

Views over Bogotá from the top of Cerro Monserrate
Quintissential Colombia: Cartagena, Santa Marta, Medellín & Bogotá - 16 Days

This sweeping 16-day itinerary showcases some of Colombia's most spectacular destinations—with daily tours and excursions to discover the hidden gems in between. Starting on the Caribbean coast, explore colonial Cartagena and the pristine beaches of Tayrona National Park before visiting the lush coffee country of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Fly to Medellín to experience the "City of Eternal Spring" and its surrounding countryside, then end your journey among the lively markets and cafes of Bogotá.

Bogota Cathedral
Map of December in Colombia: Bogotá, Medellín, & Cartagena - 16 Days
December in Colombia: Bogotá, Medellín, & Cartagena - 16 Days

This festive itinerary begins in Bogotá, where you'll discover museum, restaurants, and nightlife. Next, jet over to Medellín to explore historical sights and see the Christmas lights. From there, drive to the Zona Cafetera to tour the coffee fields and stay on a farm. On your last leg, ring in the New Year in Cartagena and snorkel in Tayrona National Park.

The lush coffee region of the Cocora Valley
Map of Bogotá, Cocora Valley, Medellín, and Cartagena - 9 days
Bogotá, Cocora Valley, Medellín, and Cartagena - 9 days

On this 9-day tour, you'll get to explore the historical and cultural side of Bogotá before heading to the wax palm forests of the Cocora Valley. After spending some time on a local coffee plantation, head over to the beautiful city of Medellín, the home town of the famous Colombian artist, Fernando Botero. Finally, head north to the Pearl of the Caribbean, the colorful town of Cartagena.

Beach at Tayrona Park
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The Real Colombia - 9-Day Adventure

In nine days, explore the ice-capped summits of the Sierra Nevada to the white sand beaches of the tropical Caribbean coast to discover a range of indigenous and contemporary cultures, as well as astounding biodiversity. Drive across city centres and take scenic mountain roads through the famous coffee region. Experience Colombia’s warm climate and culture by river and sea on rafting and sailing expeditions. 


Cartagena's walled city
Map of Bogotá, Caño Cristales & Cartagena - 9 Days
Bogotá, Caño Cristales & Cartagena - 9 Days

Sandwiched between Colombia’s mountainous capital and its romantic inner-walled city on the northern coast, this scenic 9-day journey highlights one of South America's most beloved ecological gems: Caño Cristales. After completing this two-day river adventure, you’ll fly back to Bogotá to visit the salt mines before heading north to Cartagena. Here, you'll have two days to explore the sites, culminating with a speedboat ride to the Rosario Islands.

Colorful Houses in Raquirá
Discover Colombia: Bogotá, Boyacá, Cartagena, Rosario Islands - 9 Days

Explore the highlights of Colombia on this tour that includes the vibrant cities of Bogotá and Cartagena, where you'll enjoy guided walking tours, a ride up the cable car to the top of Monserrate Hill, and a visit the unique Salt Cathedral in Zipaquirá. Head into the Colombian countryside to discover the heritage villages of Boyacá, including the open-air museum featuring traditional architecture, food, art, and dances. Find time to relax by soaking in the hot springs and enjoying mud massages in Paipa, and then spend a day on the white-sand beaches of the Rosario Islands.

In Bogotá's La Candelaria neighborhood see an eclectic mix of styles
Map of Colombian Cities Tour: Bogotá, Cali, Medellín & Cartagena - 13 Days
Colombian Cities Tour: Bogotá, Cali, Medellín & Cartagena - 13 Days

Colombia's dynamic cities and eclectic flavors are ready to be discovered on this 13-day tour by boat, air, car, and bicycle. Taste tropical fruits and inventive dishes from local chefs and see picturesque Monserrate Hill in Bogotá. Learn dance steps in Cali and join locals for buzzing nightlife at a Medellín fonda. Soak up the sun on the Rosario Islands and end your adventure cruising around the Caribbean shores of Cartagena.

Torre del Reloj Cartagena
Map of Essential Colombia:  Bogotá, Cartagena, & Coffee Country - 9 Days
Essential Colombia: Bogotá, Cartagena, & Coffee Country - 9 Days

During this eight-day trip to Colombia, plan to visit some of the best-known parts of the country. First, stroll the capital city of Bogotá before heading to the small, colorful town of Villa de Leyva. Then, visit a coffee farm in Armenia and learn all about the crop. The journey ends with a tour of the historic shipping port of Cartagena, where you can enjoy excellent food and vibrant nightlife.

Freshly harvested coffee beans
Highlights of Colombia: Bogotá, Medellín, Cartagena, and the Zona Cafetera - 13 Days

Start your highlights tour in Bogotá, Colombia's Andean capital. From there, head to the Cocora Valley, where you'll sleep in a typical hacienda and tour a working coffee farm. Feel the country moving ahead in vibrant Medellin and experience the contrast between the city's modern downtown and traditional surrounding villages. End your trip in romantic, colonial Cartagena, enjoying a cocktail on the famous wall surrounding the old city.

 Tintinpan and Isla Múcura in San Bernardo Islands, on Colombia's Caribbean Coast
Map of Bogotá, Medellín, the San Bernardo Islands & Cartagena: Best Itinerary Ideas
Bogotá, Medellín, the San Bernardo Islands & Cartagena: Best Itinerary Ideas

For most travelers, 10 to 12 days is the perfect amount of time for a Colombia trip, with stops in Bogotá, Medellín, the San Bernardo Islands, and Cartagena. Travelers with less time can hit the route's highlights in nine days, which makes for a fast-paced journey. Travelers with more time can enjoy extra sights and activities at each stop or explore more of the country—some favorite itinerary extensions include Barichara and Villa de Leyva. See more ideas for itineraries below.

 Berrio Park is an urban park located in the heart of Medellín, Colombia's second-largest city
Map of Bogotá, Medellín, Cartagena & Tayrona National Park: Best Itinerary Ideas
Bogotá, Medellín, Cartagena & Tayrona National Park: Best Itinerary Ideas

Travelers to Colombia typically plan a trip for 13 to 15 days when combining Bogotá, Medellín, Cartagena, and Tayrona National Park with Zona Cafetera. If you're not interested in Zona Cafetera, nine to 12 days is enough for your Bogotá, Medellín, Cartagena, and Tayrona National Park trip. With less time, it's still possible to see the highlights in as few as eight days. For the best itineraries, keep reading below.

Explore Cartagena
Map of Colombian Beat: Coffee, Food & Beaches - 13 Days
Colombian Beat: Coffee, Food & Beaches - 13 Days

Colombia's island landscapes and vibrant cities are on the itinerary for this 13-day tour traveling by air, car, boat, and bicycle. Start in Bogotá to learn about history in museums and taste dozens of Caribbean fruits in markets. Sip the best Colombian coffee in Salento and explore Medellín's revitalized neighborhoods. Relax on Tayrona National Park's beaches and on islands off Cartagena's coast, returning to the port city to learn dance moves to take home.

 Comuna 13 in Medellín, Colombia
Map of Bogotá, Medellín, Cartagena & the Rosario Islands: Best Itinerary Ideas
Bogotá, Medellín, Cartagena & the Rosario Islands: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most travelers will find 10 days to two weeks perfect for a well-paced Colombia trip with stops in Bogotá, Medellín, Cartagena, and the Rosario Islands. If you don't mind a fast-paced journey, you can see the highlights of this route in less time—as few as nine days. With more time, you can enjoy extra activities at each stop or a few days in another region, like Zona Cafetera, Tayrona National Park, or Santa Marta. Keep reading for more inspiring Bogotá, Medellín, Cartagena, and the Rosario Islands itineraries.

 Break up your city sightseeing with quality time in Colombia's lush coffee region
Map of Bogotá, Medellín, Cartagena & Zona Cafetera: Best Itinerary Ideas
Bogotá, Medellín, Cartagena & Zona Cafetera: Best Itinerary Ideas

For most travelers, 10 to 11 days is the perfect amount of time for a Colombia trip, with stops in Bogotá, Medellín, Cartagena, and Zona Cafetera. If you don't mind a fast-paced journey, you can see the highlights of this route in less time—as few as eight or nine days. With more time, you can enjoy extra activities at each stop or a few days in another region like Tayrona National Park. Keep reading for more inspiring Bogotá, Medellín, Cartagena, and Zona Cafetera itineraries.

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Map of Colombia Summit to the Sea Adventure - 14 Days
Colombia Summit to the Sea Adventure - 14 Days

This action-packed itinerary hits the highlights near two of Colombia's most exciting cities. Start off in Medellín before driving to the "coffee triangle," where you'll stay on a ranch in the Andes. From here, embark on a three-day hike through some of the last surviving snowcapped peaks in the tropics before rafting in two of Colombia's major rivers. Next, you'll head north to the Caribbean coast for white sand beaches, sailing, and a chance to scuba dive in one of the few coral reefs in Colombia. Finish off with time to explore the cobbled alleys of Cartagena's Old Town.

A view of Cabo San Juan in Colombia's beautiful Tayrona National Park
Map of Colombia's Caribbean Coast & Lost City Trek - 14 Days
Colombia's Caribbean Coast & Lost City Trek - 14 Days

From colonial Cartagena to the ancient Lost City ruins and the dunes of La Guajira, this two-week journey covers the highlights and hidden gems of Colombia's Caribbean coast. It's a trip ideal for travelers who want to immerse themselves in one beautiful region, explore its cities, embark on multiday treks, snorkel the Caribbean, and more.

Stay two nights in Barichara's charming colonial village.
Map of Colombia's Culture & Nature Tour - 14 Days
Colombia's Culture & Nature Tour - 14 Days

Perfect for first-timers, this smart, action-packed itinerary begins in the cosmopolitan capital of Bogotá and then makes its way to the Caribbean coast. Along the route, you'll drive through the Andean highlands visiting preserved colonial towns, fly to the up-and-coming city of Medellín — and then hike through Tayrona Park to get to white-sand beaches and turquoise sea. Spend your last three nights in the romantic UNESCO-listed Old Town of Cartagena, founded in 1533.

Kids will love discovering the Colombian Amazon and its wildlife
Map of Colombian Nature & Culture for Families: Bogotá, the Amazon, Medellín & Cartagena - 14 Days
Colombian Nature & Culture for Families: Bogotá, the Amazon, Medellín & Cartagena - 14 Days

Adventurous families will love the variety of this two-week tour of Colombia. You'll spend time in the metropolises of Bogotá and Medellín, as well as the vibrant coastal city of Cartagena. But the most exciting part of this family-friendly tour is several days in the Colombian Amazon, at a remote ecolodge reached only by boat. Kids will learn about the importance of environmentalism and sustainable lifestyles firsthand as they raft down rivers, spot monkeys in treetops, and search for pink dolphins.

Kids will enjoy the beaches of Colombia
Map of Colombia's Cities, Mountains & Coast for Families - 14 Days
Colombia's Cities, Mountains & Coast for Families - 14 Days

Colombia offers vibrant cities, coffee-covered mountains, and warm Caribbean seas that families will love. Get a taste for all three on this two-week tour, starting with the big-city attractions of Bogotá. Next, fly to the UNESCO-listed Zona Cafetera, where you can discover how coffee and cacao are grown. Continue to the Caribbean coast to chill out on beautiful beaches around Santa Marta and Isla Barú, do some gentle hiking in Tayrona National Park, and experience the vibrant culture of Cartagena.

Discover Colombia and its vibrant culture in cities like Cartagena
Map of Adventure in Colombia: Culture, Nature, Cuisine & City Life - 14 Days
Adventure in Colombia: Culture, Nature, Cuisine & City Life - 14 Days

This two-week itinerary explores the highlights of Colombia's vibrant cities, archaeological wonders, delicious food, and stunning nature. Start in the capital, Bogotá, where history and modernity collide. Discover ancient mysteries in San Agustín and unique foods in Popayán. Savor street food in Medellín, then explore Santa Marta and hike beautiful Tayrona National Park. End your adventure in enchanting Cartagena, where you'll take day trips to nearby islands and learn to make ceviche.

A sample of Cartagena's beautiful colors and architecture.
Map of Discover Colombia's Cities - 10 Days
Discover Colombia's Cities - 10 Days

Perfect for travelers who love urban energy and culture, this fast-paced itinerary highlights four awesome Colombian cities: Bogotá, Medellín, Santa Marta, and Cartagena — each with their own special qualities and vibes. Too much city? You'll visit a coffee farm in the Andes and hike through a rainforest for a dose of beach and Caribbean Sea to round out this fun adventure.

Luxury Family Adventure in Colombia - 10 Days
Map of Luxury Family Adventure in Colombia - 10 Days
Luxury Family Adventure in Colombia - 10 Days

There are few countries in Latin America that offer a more well-rounded, culturally immersive travel experience than Colombia. A great benefit is that nearly all of this nation's highlights—be it the beaches, cities, islands, and mountains—make perfect outings for the entire family. The best way to enjoy them is by abdicating all the stress that often accompanies planning a family vacation and giving yourself over to a luxury itinerary like this one. From private beaches to comprehensive city tours, and sampling gourmet chocolates, this itinerary is all about perfecting the details of what makes a family vacation truly unforgettable.

Cartagena, queen of Colombia's Caribbean coast
Colombia Adventure: Medellín, Bogotá, Cartagena & Caribbean Islands - 9 Days

This 9-day Colombian adventure blends culture and cuisine with a dash of Caribbean beach holiday. Starting in the reborn metropolis of Medellín, you’ll tour a local coffee farm, discover the vibrant neighborhood of Comuna 13, and walk the candy-colored streets of Guatapé. Next, it’s on to the engaging capital of Bogotá to explore the city by bike. Head to the Caribbean coast to learn about authentic Colombian cooking and discover Cartagena’s characterful Old Town, then set sail to the Isle of Múcura for swimming and snorkeling in an island paradise.

Join in on a coffee farm in Colombia
Map of Family Fun & Learning in Colombia: Medellín, Zona Cafetera & Cartagena - 10 Days
Family Fun & Learning in Colombia: Medellín, Zona Cafetera & Cartagena - 10 Days

This 10-day tour of Colombia is ideal for curious families who want to learn more about the places they visit and the people who live there. Every opportunity will be taken to teach your kids about Colombian life, culture, history, and cuisine—all while everyone is having a great time. Learn the history behind Medellín's enormous flower displays, hop on themed rides at a coffee theme park in the Zona Cafetera, enjoy an immersive pirate-themed treasure hunt in Cartagena and much more.

See colonial architecture in and around the city of Medellín
Map of Highlights of Colombia - 11 Days
Highlights of Colombia - 11 Days

Perfect for newbies, this Colombia highlights tour combines sophisticated cities and exotic landscapes. Start with a walking tour through Bogotá's key monuments and museums, and then spend two nights in the Amazon rainforest while looking for pink dolphins and monkeys. Next is Medellín—a transformed city with an impressive arts scene—followed by quality time along the Caribbean coast. Speedboat to a tropical island for a relaxing beach day to end the adventure.

Relax in the town of Salento after hiking in Valle de Cocora
Bogotá, Amazon, Coffee Triangle & Cartagena - 10 Days

For first-timers to Colombia, this fun itinerary gets you hopping all over the country starting with the cosmopolitan city of Bogotá and the lush Amazon region. Then you'll fly to the heart of Colombia's coffee triangle for an overnight at a working farm. While here, hike the lush green mountains of the Valle de Cocora before flying north to the Caribbean coast where you'll have time to explore the narrow streets of Cartagena's inner-walled city. End the adventure with a relaxing boat trip to the Rosario Islands.

Explore Tayrona National Park from the comfort of a luxury boutique hotel (photo courtesy of Villa Playa Tayrona)
Map of Luxury Getaway on Colombia's Caribbean Coast - 10 Days
Luxury Getaway on Colombia's Caribbean Coast - 10 Days

Get ready for a luxury trip around Colombia's famed Caribbean coast, from colonial cities to windswept beaches. Setting out from the nation's colonial heart in Santa Marta, you'll embark on day trips to coffee farms and national parks before heading to the cobbled streets of Cartagena and relaxing on offshore islands. Amid all the traveling and tours, there will be time to practice your salsa moves, taste local rums, and even fit in a round or two of golf.

Shades of blue of the Caribbean sea
Map of Highlights of Colombia: Cities, Caribbean Coast, & Tayrona National Park - 15 Days
Highlights of Colombia: Cities, Caribbean Coast, & Tayrona National Park - 15 Days

Perfect for first-timers, this classic Colombian itinerary starts in the cosmopolitan capital of Bogotá and then travels north to the Caribbean Sea. Along the route, you'll visit the rolling green hills and colorful colonial houses of the coffee region. Once you reach the coast, you'll spend a few days exploring Tayrona National Park before heading to the romantic inner-walled city of Cartagena and jetting off to the San Bernardo Islands.

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Map of Colombia Adventure: Zona Cafetera, Tayrona Park, & Caribbean Coast - 15 Days
Colombia Adventure: Zona Cafetera, Tayrona Park, & Caribbean Coast - 15 Days

Depending on personal preference, some folks like rugged activity on their vacation while others prefer relaxing on white-sand beaches fronting crystalline waters. Others opt for the museums and nightlife found in more cosmopolitan destinations. We wonder why not enjoy it all? That's just what this itinerary offers: city life, culture, the great outdoors and plenty of time to relax.

Las Lajas Sanctuary in Ipiales, near Pasto
Map of Journey Across Colombia's Cities: North to South - 15 Days
Journey Across Colombia's Cities: North to South - 15 Days

This diverse, action-packed trip starts on the northern Caribbean Coast with time to explore Tayrona National Park. From here, spend a few days in the inner-walled city of Cartagena and hop a flight to Medellín, with its thriving arts and culture scene. Then, you'll visit a coffee farm before heading to the vibrant capital of Bogotá. Continue the journey with a visit to the famous salt mines and end the trip in Cali, the salsa capital of the world.

The colonial town of Barichara
Map of Highlights of Colombia: Cities, Coast, & Colonial Highlands - 15 Days
Highlights of Colombia: Cities, Coast, & Colonial Highlands - 15 Days

Visit Colombia's cities, countryside, and coast on this comprehensive tour. Visit charming colonial towns like Barichara and Villa de Leyva, the modern metropolitan city of Medellín, and the colorful village of Guatape. Visit a working coffee farm and learn the entire process that goes into your morning cup. Once you reach the coast, you'll spend a few days exploring Cartagena and swimming in the crystal-clear waters of the Rosario Islands.

Discover the diversity of Columbia and its cultures
Map of Colombia from Urban to Nature: Bogotà, Salento, Medellín & Cartagena - 15 Days
Colombia from Urban to Nature: Bogotà, Salento, Medellín & Cartagena - 15 Days

With its vibrant cities, Spanish roots, Caribbean cuisine, and Indigenous cultures, Colombia is a country with many facets to discover. On this 15-day tour by air, car, and bicycle, you'll bargain with locals at Paloquemao Market in Bogotà, take a bamboo raft down the Río La Vieja, and see Medellín's urban transformation. End your trip dancing salsa and vallenato steps in Cartagena and sailing away to the pristine Rosario Islands.

Cartagena, Colombia
Map of Colombia's Caribbean Culture, Islands & Beaches - 15 Days
Colombia's Caribbean Culture, Islands & Beaches - 15 Days

See the wonders of Colombia's Caribbean coast on this 15-day tour. Start in Cartagena, where you'll take in the city sights via bike and practice your Caribbean rhythms at a Colombian dance class. Then, it's off to Isla Múcura for white-sand beaches, snorkeling, and swimming. See the Carnival city of Barranquilla, hike the beaches and forests of Tayrona National Park, and surround yourself with thousands of species of birds as you canoe through a protected flamingo sanctuary.

Flowers growing in the window of a typical colonial house in Cartagena
Map of Cartagena, Flower Festival, and the Colombian Amazon - 11 Days
Cartagena, Flower Festival, and the Colombian Amazon - 11 Days

Colombia's heritage extends from the shores of the Caribbean to the rainforests of the Amazon. This unique 11-day itinerary hinges on an event which takes place in Medellín every August: the Batalla de Flores, or "Festival of the Flowers," is one of the biggest spectacles in the entire country. So set aside some time at the end of summer and prepare for an excursion that you won't soon forget.

Plaza of Villa de Leyva
Map of Colonial Colombia - 11 Days
Colonial Colombia - 11 Days

If you want to experience the heart and soul of colonial Colombia, you can't do better than this 11-day itinerary. Leaving no cobblestone unturned, you'll venture from the epicenter of Spanish colonialism in the Andes—the capital city of Bogotá—to the expansive central plaza of Villa de Leyva, a gem of the Andean highlands. Then it's off to Barichara, a throwback pueblo so charming that it was named a National Monument of Colombia. Last but not least you'll visit the granddaddy of them all, Cartagena de Indias to walk its ancient ramparts.

Panoramic View of Meissen District, Bogotá
Map of Explore Bogotá & Cartagena - 9 Days
Explore Bogotá & Cartagena - 9 Days

This tour of Colombia starts in the bustling capital of Bogotá, where you'll explore its trendy neighborhoods and culinary scene before hiking through the nearby nature reserves of Chicaque and Chingaza. Make your way to the coastal city of Cartagena for walking tours of its walled Old Town, then head to the Rosario Islands in the Caribbean Sea. Relax along the white-sand beaches, try your luck with sports such as snorkeling and kayaking, tour mangrove farms, and view the bioluminescent plankton at night.

San Agustin Sculpture
Map of Authentic Colombia: Cities, Archaeology, & Coffee Country  - 16 Days
Authentic Colombia: Cities, Archaeology, & Coffee Country - 16 Days

During this 16-day tour through Colombia, you’ll visit some of the best-known–and some lesser-known–parts of the country. The trip takes you from the capital, Bogotá, to the Archaeological Region in the southwest. You’ll also head into the coffee-growing region to tour a farm and say in a hacienda. Then, you’ll fly over deep valleys and high Andean mountain peaks to arrive at vibrant Cartagena, one of the most beautiful and fascinating cities in South America.

Street Market in Cartagena
Explore Colombia's Cities & Nature - 11 Days

This tour combines Colombia's vibrant cities of  Bogotá, Medellín, and Cartagena with trips to colorful villages like Guatapé, a hike to La Pierda Rock, and a beach day on Barú Island. Visit unique sites such as the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquirá, the views atop Monserrate Hill, and the port city of Santa Marta, which is known as the first Spanish settlement in the country. Relax at a 5-star wellness hotel for a day at the spa, and spend an afternoon exploring Cartagena's food scene inspired by the literary works of Gabriel García Márquez.

Experience a variety of beaches along Colombia's Caribbean coast
Map of Colombia's Caribbean Gems: Beaches, Jungles & Indigenous Culture - 16 Days
Colombia's Caribbean Gems: Beaches, Jungles & Indigenous Culture - 16 Days

Explore the sun-kissed beaches and lush jungles of Colombia's Caribbean coast with this 16-day guided itinerary. The adventure starts in vibrant Santa Marta and bohemian Palomino before venturing into the desert-like landscapes of the La Guajira Peninsula. From here, head into the rainforest of Minca and the palm-fringed beaches of Tayrona National Park. Finish with a bike tour and sunset cocktails in Cartagena, not to mention a two-night trip to the nearby Rosario Islands for some beach bliss.

Colombia
Map of Caribbean Culture & Colombian History - 11 Days
Caribbean Culture & Colombian History - 11 Days

Discover the oldest and most culturally dynamic region of Colombia on an 11-day tour of its Caribbean Coast. Far more than just beaches, on this adventure you'll stroll the cobbled streets of Cartagena, tour colonial fortresses, and immerse yourself in Indigenous culture. As if that wasn't enough, you'll brave the jungle on an expedition to the Lost City and travel to the coastal deserts on Colombia's arid Guajira Peninsula.

Salento's quaint neighborhoods
Map of Colombian Andes to the Caribbean Coast: Bogotá, Salento, Medellín, Tayrona & Cartagena - 16 Days
Colombian Andes to the Caribbean Coast: Bogotá, Salento, Medellín, Tayrona & Cartagena - 16 Days

Journey from the Andes to the Caribbean coastline on this spectacular 16-day trip through Colombia. Start in Bogotá for an introduction to its culture and cuisine, then jet off to the "Coffee Triangle" to see towering wax palms, tour a coffee farm, and float down the Río La Vieja on a bamboo raft. It's on to Medellín to tour its notorious favelas and see its inspiring urban regeneration, then over to the Caribbean coast to hike in Tayrona National Park before ending in the "Magic City" of Cartagena.

Spend two nights among the palms and beaches of Isla Múcura
Map of Diverse Culture & Nature in Colombia: From Bogota to the Caribbean -16 Days
Diverse Culture & Nature in Colombia: From Bogota to the Caribbean -16 Days

Experience some of Colombia's lesser-known locales on this trip, from the country's center north to the coast. Start in Bogotá to see its significant landmarks before heading to the Tatacoa Dessert for stargazing. Visit a local coffee farm and take a gastronomic tour of Popayán, then learn about the Indigenous community of Guambiano-Misak and go salsa dancing in Cali. Laze on Tayrona's beaches, spend two nights on the idyllic Caribbean island of Múcura and eat your way through the streets of Cartagena.

Discover the incredible biodiversity in Colombia
Colombia Adventure: Cities, Amazon & Lost City Trek - 17 Days

This action-packed 17-day itinerary combines cities and culture with an unforgettable trekking adventure. Tour the capital of Bogotá, then fly south to discover the indigenous communities and extraordinary ecosystems of the Amazon. After two nights in vibrant Medellín, head back into the wilderness for a four-day trek to the ancient ruins of the Lost City, ending your journey in the lively Caribbean city of Cartagena.

Sunset over the Amazon
Map of Explore Colombia's Amazon, Andes, and Caribbean Coast - 12 Days
Explore Colombia's Amazon, Andes, and Caribbean Coast - 12 Days

This 12-day adventure will take you through the best of Colombia. You'll travel from Bogotá to the Amazon, the rolling hills of the Zona Cafetera (coffee region), the beaches of Tayrona National Park, and the colonial fortress city of Cartagena. The most exciting part of your trip? A visit to the little-known region of Guaviare, with its mixture of jungle, indigenous communities, red rivers, and ancient rock art that dates back 20,000 years.

View of the Caribbean coast
Map of Discover Medellín, Bogotá, & Tayrona National Park - 12 Days
Discover Medellín, Bogotá, & Tayrona National Park - 12 Days

Start your fast-paced tour in the cosmopolitan capital of Bogotá, where you can explore street art, museums, and restaurants. Then you're off to the hip metropolis of Medellín and Cali, known as the World Capital of Salsa. Santa Marta and a visit to a coffee farm in the Andes are next. End your trip with the beaches of Tayrona National Park and yet another vibrant city scene in beautiful Cartagena.

Colombia's Green River
Adventure in Colombia's Cities & Rivers - 12 Days

Travelers who like to be on the move can check off three cities on this whirlwind 12-day tour starting with Bogotá's Spanish colonial sites and buzzing nightlife. You'll then fly to Medellín — a city with a rising culinary and art scene, as well as constant spring-like weather. Take a couple of days to experience the excitement of whitewater rafting on the Rio Verde before heading to the Caribbean Coast. You'll spend a couple of days exploring Tayrona National Park before ending the trip exploring Cartagena's inner-walled city and taking a day trip to explore the nearby Rosario Islands.

Sky and trees reflected in the Amazon River
Map of Colombia Andes, Amazon & Caribbean - 14-Day Itinerary
Colombia Andes, Amazon & Caribbean - 14-Day Itinerary

This tour takes you off the beaten path and truly epitomizes the diversity that runs through Colombia and its people. Colombia's mountains, jungles, Caribbean beaches, Spanish colonial architecture, rural and indigenous cultures combine to offer a quite unforgettable tour in one of the world's great (and yet uncharted) destinations.

A lesser-known attraction: Las Lajas Sanctuary in Ipiales, near Pasto.
Map of Journey Across Colombia: North to South - 14 Days
Journey Across Colombia: North to South - 14 Days

This sweeping Colombian itinerary covers major highlights from the country's Caribbean coast all the way to the Ecuadorian border. Start off with two relaxing days where you can unwind in a protected national park with white-sand beaches and tropical rainforests. Continue making your way through three of South America's most scenic and important cities — Cartagena, Medellín, and Bogotá — eventually heading south towards lesser-known destinations known for gorgeous Baroque architecture, salsa dancing, and a Gothic church built into a gorge.

Cartagena Clock Tower
Map of Colombia's Quintessential Highlights - 14 Days
Colombia's Quintessential Highlights - 14 Days

Perfect for first-timers, this classic Colombia itinerary starts in cosmopolitan Bogotá, ending in charming Cartagena. Visit the salt mines and colonial towns of Barichara and Villa de Leyva, hike the Iguaque Sanctuary, and bike in the Suarez Canal. Once you reach the coast, spend a few days exploring Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, where you'll encounter white sand beaches, rainforests, and one of the few coral reefs in Colombia.

Kids will be amazed by the colors of Caño Cristales
Map of Family "Encanto" Tour of Colombia: The Caño Cristales Route - 14 Days
Family "Encanto" Tour of Colombia: The Caño Cristales Route - 14 Days

Fans of the Disney movie "Encanto" will love visiting the real land where it was set. Encanto means "charm," and Colombia has this in abundance, from its colorful casitas to its pristine beaches, wildlife-filled jungles, and rainbow-hued rivers. This 14-day tour is inspired by the film and will introduce you to the sights, scenes, and experiences onscreen. Set out from Bogotá to visit small towns, rivers, mountains, and coast as you spend quality family time together on this unforgettably charming trip.

See some of the animals and birds, like these toucans, that featured in Disney's "Encanto"
Map of Family "Encanto" Tour of Colombia: The Amazon Rainforest Route - 14 Days
Family "Encanto" Tour of Colombia: The Amazon Rainforest Route - 14 Days

Love Disney's "Encanto"? It was based on real Colombian towns and scenery, and this fun-filled 14-day tour introduces your family to the sights and experiences that make up the colorful movie. Taste foods that feature in the film, see the traditional villages that inspired its magical world, and encounter real wildlife too fantastical to be true! Whether you've seen "Encanto" once or one hundred times, your whole family will be charmed by Colombia as you travel from the Amazon to the Caribbean coast.

Medellín, the City of Eternal Spring
Map of Colorful Colombia: Cities, Mountains & Beaches - 15 Days
Colorful Colombia: Cities, Mountains & Beaches - 15 Days

Can't decide whether to explore the beaches and islands of the Caribbean coast, get into the groove of cities like Bogotá, Medellín, and Cartegena, or take in the wonder of the Andes mountains? Over 15 days, you can do it all on this far-reaching tour. You'll get a whirlwind overview of one of South America's most diverse and alluring countries, with plenty of awe-inspiring daily activities along the way. Private guides and easy transfers by car and plane will help make your adventure hassle-free.

Discover some of the Amazon's secrets as you spend three nights at Calanoa Lodge in southern Colombia
Map of Colombia Food, Nature & Culture Tour:  Amazon, Bogotá, Medellín, Cartagena & Rosario Islands - 14 Days
Colombia Food, Nature & Culture Tour: Amazon, Bogotá, Medellín, Cartagena & Rosario Islands - 14 Days

Enjoy Colombia's diverse landscapes and vibrant cities with this well-rounded food and nature-forward itinerary. Hop from the capital, Bogotá, to the heart of the Amazon, where you'll delve deep into the rainforest. Explore culture and history, and go whitewater rafting in Medellín. Then head to the Caribbean coast and taste local rums and flavorful eats in Cartagena, concluding your two weeks with a tropical retreat on the idyllic Rosario Islands.

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.

Visit the National Aviary of Colombia in Cartagena and see birds like this collared aracari
Map of Colombia's Ultimate Bird-Watching & Wildlife Tour - 16 Days
Colombia's Ultimate Bird-Watching & Wildlife Tour - 16 Days

Experience Colombia's diverse landscapes during guided hikes and bird-watching expeditions on this 16-day itinerary. The trip starts on the Caribbean coast, where you'll explore the vibrant streets of Cartagena and the untamed beauty of Tayrona National Park. Then journey to the tranquil mountains of Minca and the cloud forests of Manizales. Finish with four special nights surrounded by the wild nature in the Amazon rainforest before wrapping up in Colombia's sophisticated capital, Bogotá.

Stay two nights in Salento and explore the Cocora Valley
Map of Best of Colombia's Cities, Coffee Country & Caribbean Coast - 16 Days
Best of Colombia's Cities, Coffee Country & Caribbean Coast - 16 Days

This fun and fast-paced 16-day journey squeezes the best out of Colombia's diverse landscapes and vibrant cities. Begin in the capital, Bogotá, with its historical charm and top-notch museums. Then explore the cobblestone streets of Villa de Leyva and Barichara before heading to the gorgeous coffee region for hiking and horseback riding. Finish the adventure in revitalized Medellín, followed by romantic Cartagena, where you'll bike, taste rum, and boat to a Caribbean island.

Your Caribbean adventure kicks off in luxury on Isla Barú (photo courtesy of Hotel Las Islas)
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Luxury Island Hopping in Colombia's Caribbean - 10 Days

Many know Colombia for its Spanish colonial cities and soaring Andes mountains, but travel to the Caribbean coast, and you'll discover romantic beaches and coral islands. This 10-day luxury voyage takes you island hopping between castaway ecolodges and beachfront resorts, with leisurely days spent snorkeling and sunbathing on white sands. A highlight of the trip is a visit to San Andrés—fast becoming known as one of the Caribbean's hidden island gems.

Your Colombian grand tour ends on the Caribbean coast, amid the historic walls and colorful architecture of Cartagena
Map of Luxury Highlights of Colombia - 10 Days
Luxury Highlights of Colombia - 10 Days

Any highlights tour of Colombia must include its top cities, most scenic regions, and best cuisine. Luckily, this luxury trip contains all three, starting with museum tours and fine dining in Bogotá and continuing to the famed "Coffee Triangle" for hikes amid towering palms in the Valle de Cocora. Then, experience tango culture in Medellín before hitting the coast for island trips and strolls around colorful Cartagena.

Other popular travel destinations in Colombia
Cartagena · Bogotá · Medellín · Zona Cafetera (Coffee Region) · Tayrona National Park · Pereira · Salento · The Amazon · Cali · Rosario Islands · Leticia and Puerto Nariño · Pacific Coast · Tierra Bomba