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One week in Colombia: Our Recommendations

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The land where Martian landscapes and the lush Amazon meet, Colombia is probably the most diverse yet least visited country in South America. Visitors to the country can follow in the footsteps of Escobar in Medellín and hike through the lunar landscape of the Tatacoa Desert. For nature lovers, there is the Amazon, brimming with wildlife, while every inch of Bogotá and Cartagena is steeped in colonial history worth unraveling. Although not all that this country has to offer can be covered during a single trip, one week in Colombia is just the perfect duration if it is the highlights you are after. Below are three Colombia itineraries lasting four to eight days that offer a sneak peek into this often-ignored destination.

4 days in Colombia: Some Sights, Some Adventure

Row of colorful houses at Guatape, Colombia.

Day 1

Discover Medellin during a walking tour  

Day 2

Go rafting in Rio Verde

Day 3

Visit a coffee estate, taste authentic Colombian coffee  

Day 4

Bid farewell to Colombia

Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Medellin, also known as the ‘city of eternal spring’, during this four-day tour. Your trip starts with a walking tour of the city during which you will get the chance to see some of its highlights, including Jardin Botanico and Plaza Botero. Next on the itinerary is a rafting experience in the Rio Verde River. Medellin is also known for its coffee, and a trip to the city is incomplete without visiting a coffee plantation! Visit a coffee plantation and enjoy a cup of traditional Finca coffee before it is time to head home. See tour.

5 days in Colombia: Experience the Amazon

Boating on the Amazon River near Mocagua, Amazonas, Colombia.

Day 1

Arrive in Leticia Airport, drive to Tanimboca Natural Reserve  

Day 2

Visit a Huitoto village and meet indigenous people of the Amazon

Day 3

Ride a boat down the Amazon to Peru’s Marasha Reserve

Day 4

See the woolly monkeys of Maikuchiga

Day 5

Enjoy zip lining over forest canopy, travel back to Leticia Airport 

 Discover one of the world’s major biodiversity hotspots during your five days in Colombia with this tour. Start your Colombian escapade with a drive to Tanimboca Natural Reserve. Go on a nocturnal hike in the reserve and meet the indigenous people of the Amazon in Huitoto village before heading out to Marasha Natural Reserve, located in Peru, by boat. Finally, travel to Mocagua to see woolly monkeys in the Maikuchiga Foundation and continue to Puerto Narino, known for pink dolphins. See tour. 

8 days in Colombia: Sunny Short-Break

Architecture in Bogota, Colombia.

Day 1

Arrive in Bogota 

Day 2

Discover Bogota during a guided sightseeing tour  

Day 3

Fly to Pereira, known for its coffee

Day 4

Soak up the beauty of Cocora Valley

Day 5

Visit a coffee plantation, learn all about coffee-making process

Day 6

Fly to Cartagena, the queen of Colombia's Caribbean coast

Day 7

Explore Cartagena and see its highlights 

Day 8

Transfer to Cartagena airport for your flight home

Cover two of the most popular Colombian cities and take in some of the highlights of the country during your one week in Colombia with this tour. Having unraveled Bogota’s colonial heritage during a sightseeing tour, you are off to see the soaring palm trees and coffee plantations in Salento and Cocora Valleys. Up next on the itinerary is Cartagena, a Unesco World Heritage site and the undisputed queen of Colombia's Caribbean coast. A major port city during the Spanish colonial period, Cartagena was raided in the late 16th century by Francis Drake. We will drive you back to the airport at the end of this tour. See tour.

Regardless of whether you plan to spend one week in Columbia or more, the country’s history, culture, food, and nature are bound to take you by surprise. Book any of our Colombia trips and you will not be disappointed. Feel free to reach out to experts in Colombia just in case you are interested in a customized, private trip. Check out our travel guide on how long to spend in Colombia for more inspiration.

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  • Emmeline Buthaud
    Emmeline Buthaud
    Travel Expert in Colombia
  • Marius Perrois
    Marius Perrois
    Travel Expert in Colombia
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