60 days in Colombia & Melbourne Itinerary

60 days in Colombia & Melbourne Itinerary

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60 days in Colombia & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  37​h
1
San Andres Island, Colombia
— 6 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h
2
Santa Marta, Colombia
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Cartagena, Colombia
— 9 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Mompos, Colombia
— 2 nights
Drive:  10​h 15​min
5
Socorro, Colombia
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Barichara, Colombia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Villa de Leyva, Colombia
— 5 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
8
San Agustin, Colombia
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
9
Pasto, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
10
Bogota, Colombia
— 7 nights
Fly:  27​h
11
Melbourne, Australia
— 8 nights
End: Melbourne, Australia

6
nights
San Andres Island, Colombia

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Visit Primera Iglesia Bautista and Plaza Canon de Morgan for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa de Spratt Bight and Morgan's Head. And it doesn't end there: see the vivid underwater world at West View, don't miss a visit to Rocky Cay, head off the coast to Johnny Cay, and identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Andres Island route planner.

Melbourne, Australia to San Andres Island is an approximately 37-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 15 hours traveling from Melbourne to San Andres Island. Traveling from Melbourne in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Andres Island, with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Providencia Island
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Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
Primera Iglesia Bautista ©
Primera Iglesia Bautista
Playa de San Luis ©
Playa de San Luis

7
nights
Santa Marta, Colombia

Santa Marta ©
Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
Get a sense of the local culture at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana. Popular historic sites such as Iglesia San Jeronimo and Catedral de Santa Marta are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Marta: Minca (El Dorado Bird Reserve, Memorial Center of the Sierra Nevada, & more) and Gabriel Garcia Marquez Museum (in Aracataca). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Cristal Beach, meet the residents at Mundo Marino, pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de Nuestra Senora de la Medalla Milagrosa, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Santa Marta trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from San Andres Island to Santa Marta by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Andres Island in January: highs in Santa Marta hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Minca, Casa Museo Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

9
nights
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
Step off the beaten path and head to Plaza de San Diego and Templo de Santo Domingo. Visit San Felipe de Barajas Castle and Iglesia de la Trinidad for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, don't miss a visit to Casa del Marquez de Valdehoyos, take a stroll through Centro Historico, and gain insight at Plaza Santo Domingo.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cartagena online sightseeing planner .

Drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Marta in February, you will find days in Cartagena are a bit cooler (36°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Mompos.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo
Bairro Getsemani ©
Bairro Getsemani
Iglesia de la Trinidad ©
Iglesia de la Trinidad

2
nights
Mompos, Colombia

Mompos ©
Perched on an island at the confluence of the Magdalena and Cauca rivers, Mompos offers a charming blend of historical architecture and traditional Colombian culture.
Get some historical perspective at Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepcion and Cementerio de Mompox. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Iglesia de San Agustin and Church of Santo Domingo. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Barbara Church, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque lineal Bosque Santander, don't miss a visit to Centro Historico de Santa Cruz de Mompox, and enjoy breathtaking views from Iglesia de San Juan de Dios.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Mompos vacation planner.

You can drive from Cartagena to Mompos in 6 hours. On the 15th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Socorro.

Things to do in Mompos

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepcion ©
Santa Barbara Church ©
Santa Barbara Church

1
day
Socorro, Colombia

Socorro ©
Socorro is a town and municipality in the Santander Department in northeastern Colombia. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia Nuestra Senora de Chiquinquira El Socorro, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Nuestra Senora del Socorro, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla Inmaculada Concepcion, El Socorro.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Socorro day trip app .

Traveling by car from Mompos to Socorro takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In February, daily temperatures in Socorro can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Barichara.

Things to do in Socorro

Historic Sites
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Catedral Nuestra Senora del Socorro ©

3
nights
Barichara, Colombia

Barichara ©
A charming town of just over 7,000 people, Barichara displays rustic, dusty orange-colored architecture, protected by the Colombian People's Heritage Network.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Camino Real and Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Punto Amarillo Barichara and Guane. Change things up with these side-trips from Barichara: San Gil (River Rafting & Tubing & Parroquia Catedral de Santa Cruz) and Catedral de Curiti (in Curiti). Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Cementerio Barichara, admire the masterpieces at Casa de la Cultura Emiliano Pradilla Gonzalez, take in the exciting artwork at Fundacion San Lorenzo De Barichara, and take in nature's colorful creations at Parque Para Las Artes.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Barichara holiday maker website .

You can drive from Socorro to Barichara in 1.5 hours. In February in Barichara, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in Barichara

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

San Gil, Catedral de Curiti, Guane
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Camino Real ©
Camino Real
Cementerio  Barichara ©
Cementerio Barichara
Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion ©

5
nights
Villa de Leyva, Colombia

Villa de Leyva ©
Positioned away from major trade routes and exploitable resources, the colonial town of Villa de Leyva has been largely left alone--leaving a window into the 16th century that has become one of Colombia's most popular attractions.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Convento Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Chiquinquirá and Iglesia de San Agustin. Popular historic sites such as Basilica del Santo Cristo de Ubate and Templo De Santo Domingo are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Villa de Leyva: Parroquia Santa Barbara (in Puente Nacional), Tunja (Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de las Nieves, Iglesia de Santa Barbara, & more) and Cathedral Garage Garage (in Garagoa). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Rosario, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Bolivar, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monasterio de la Candelaria, and examine the collection at Museo El Fosil.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Villa de Leyva tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Barichara to Villa de Leyva in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Agustin.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Tunja, Chiquinquira, Raquira, Basilica del Santo Cristo de Ubate, Parroquia Santa Barbara
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3
nights
San Agustin, Colombia

San Agustin ©
San Agustin remains best known for its archaeological sites, which include the World Heritage-listed San Agustin Archaeological Park.
Step off the beaten path and head to San Agustin Archaeological Park and Alto de Las Piedras Archaeological Park. El Purutal and Iglesia Templo de San Antonio will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Agustin: Isnos (Parque Arqueologico Alto de los Idolos & Salto de Bordones) and Pitalito (Plaza Parque Central de Pitalito & Gran Plaza San Antonio). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Estrecho del Magdalena, don't miss a visit to La Pelota - Estatuas A Color, and appreciate the history behind La Chaquira.

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You can do a combination of bus and flight from Villa de Leyva to San Agustin in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. February in San Agustin sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Pasto.

Things to do in San Agustin

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Isnos, Pitalito
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San Agustin Archaeological Park ©
San Agustin Archaeological Park
El Purutal ©
El Purutal
Alto de Las Piedras Archaeological Park ©

2
nights
Pasto, Colombia

Pasto ©
Pasto sits in the Andes mountain range at an altitude of 2,527 m (8,290 ft) above sea level.
Popular historic sites such as Las Lajas Sanctuary and Iglesia del Cristo are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Templo de San Felipe and Cathedral Pasto. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia Templo de la Merced, see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Taminango, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Fatima, and get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Narino.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Pasto visit planner.

Traveling by car from San Agustin to Pasto takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from San Agustin in February, plan for little chillier days in Pasto, with highs around 19°C, while nights are colder with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Pasto

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Las Lajas Sanctuary
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Las Lajas Sanctuary ©
Las Lajas Sanctuary
Templo de San Felipe ©
Templo de San Felipe
Templo de Cristo Rey ©
Templo de Cristo Rey

7
nights
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
Get a sense of the local culture at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Catedral de Sal. Visit Bolivar plaza and Catedral Diocesana for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bogota: Esensal (in Zipaquira), Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra) and Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar). Spend the 8th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, take a stroll through Barrio La Candelaria, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Monserrate, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bogota trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Pasto to Bogota takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. When traveling from Pasto in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bogota: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Laguna de Guatavita, Centro de Memoria El Cuartico
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Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

8
nights
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Shrine of Remembrance and Sovereign Hill will appeal to history buffs. Split Point Lighthouse and Melbourne Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Brighton Beach (in Brighton), McCrae Beach (in McCrae) and Bells Beach (in Torquay). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Eastern Beach Reserve, stroll through Point Lonsdale Beach, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne tour itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Melbourne takes 27 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Bogota to Melbourne. Traveling from Bogota in March, expect Melbourne to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ballarat, Brighton Beach, McCrae Beach, Bells Beach, Ocean Beach
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Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Split Point Lighthouse ©
Split Point Lighthouse

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