10 days in Colombia Itinerary

10 days in Colombia Itinerary

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10 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Bogota
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
San Andres Island
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  3 h
3
Santa Marta
— 1 night
Bus:  2 h
4
Barranquilla
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Cartagena
— 2 nights
Fly:  16 h 45 min
End: London

2
nights
Bogota

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.
On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monserrate, admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and then don't miss a visit to Bolivar Square.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Bogota online trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to Bogota is an approximately 15- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Colombia Time is minus 5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from London in July: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 21°C and lows are around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Tours Parks
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©

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San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
On the 12th (Sun), kick back and relax at Playa Charquitos, look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, then explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de San Luis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Cayo El Acuario, then step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Andres Island sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Bogota to San Andres Island in 2.5 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Bogota in July, with highs in San Andres Island at 35°C and lows at 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

1
night
Santa Marta

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.
On the 14th (Tue), observe the fascinating underwater world at Marine World Aquarium and then explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Santa Marta trip website.

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 July: highs in Santa Marta hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Barranquilla.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Marine World Aquarium
Marine World Aquarium

1
night
Barranquilla

Barranquilla ©
An industrial port city on Colombia's Caribbean coast, Barranquilla represents the fourth-most populous city in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): look for gifts at Todomono, then walk around Parque de la Castellana, then take in the waterfront at Gran Malecon Puerta de Oro, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Mapuka.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Barranquilla trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by bus from Santa Marta to Barranquilla takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July in Barranquilla, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cartagena.

Things to do in Barranquilla

Parks Museums Shopping
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Parque de la Castellana ©
Parque de la Castellana
Gran Malecon Puerta de Oro ©
Gran Malecon Puerta de Oro
Museo Mapuka ©
Museo Mapuka

2
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Cartagena

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Ermita Nuestra Senora De La Candelaria, then steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, then make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Plazoleta de Blas de Lezo. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Plaza de La Trinidad, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then steep yourself in history at Plaza Santo Domingo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cartagena trip planner.

Traveling by car from Barranquilla to Cartagena takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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