11 days in Colombia Itinerary

11 days in Colombia Itinerary

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11 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires
Fly:  10 h 30 min
1
Bogota
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  3 h
3
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Cartagena
— 3 nights
Fly:  12 h
End: Buenos Aires

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Colegio Mayor San Bartolome, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, then see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and finally stop by Bta Capital. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Bolivar plaza, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monserrate, and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Bogota road trip planning website .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Bogota is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Bogota. Traveling from Buenos Aires in April, things will get slightly colder in Bogota: highs are around 22°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Bogota

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

3
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
San Andres Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Charquitos, look for all kinds of wild species at Cayo El Acuario, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Andres Island trip planner.

Getting from Bogota to San Andres Island by flight takes about 2.5 hours. While traveling from Bogota, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in San Andres Island, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in San Andres Island

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

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta trip itinerary maker tool .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from San Andres Island to Santa Marta in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from San Andres Island, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Marta, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

3
nights
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.
On the 10th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, then explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Plazoleta de Blas de Lezo. Keep things going the next day: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, steep yourself in history at Plaza Santo Domingo, and then don't miss a visit to La Popa Monastery.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cartagena day trip planning app .

Getting from Santa Marta to Cartagena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. April in Cartagena sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

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