11 days in Colombia Itinerary

11 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Cartagena
— 2 nights
2
Barichara
— 1 day
3
Bogota
— 2 nights
4
San Andres Island
— 3 nights

2
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.
Appreciate the collections at NH Galeria and Arte Getsemani. Step off the beaten path and head to Iglesia de la Trinidad and Aviario Nacional de Colombia. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, look for gifts at Dantas Store, make a trip to Plaza de San Diego, and steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cartagena road trip site.

El Paso, USA to Cartagena is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from El Paso to Cartagena. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from El Paso in April: highs in Cartagena hover around 90°F, while lows dip to 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Barichara.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Aviario Nacional de Colombia
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Iglesia de la Trinidad ©
Iglesia de la Trinidad

1
day
Barichara

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.
On the 5th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Capilla de Santa Barbara, don't miss a visit to Camino Real, stroll the grounds of Cementerio Barichara, view the masterpieces at Fundacion San Lorenzo De Barichara, then explore the world behind art at Casa de la Cultura Emiliano Pradilla Gonzalez, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Barichara vacation maker tool.

Getting from Cartagena to Barichara by combination of flight and bus takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cartagena in April: high temperatures in Barichara hover around 79°F and lows are around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bogota.

Things to do in Barichara

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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Camino Real ©
Camino Real
Cementerio  Barichara ©
Cementerio Barichara

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 6th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and then see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro). Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo, then browse the different shops at Centro Comercial Cento Chia, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Bogota trip site.

You can drive from Barichara to Bogota in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Barichara in April, things will get slightly colder in Bogota: highs are around 67°F and lows about 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Centro Comercial Cento Chia, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar ©
Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa de Spratt Bight and Playa de San Luis. Shop till you drop at Banco de la Republica and Esmeraldas Colombianas. Change things up with a short trip to Morgan's Head in Providencia Island (about 5h 30 min away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the gorgeous colors at West View, kick back and relax at Playa Charquitos, identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita, and see some colorful creatures with Aquanautas.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island day trip planner.

You can fly from Bogota to San Andres Island in 4.5 hours. When traveling from Bogota in April, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in San Andres Island: temperatures range from 87°F by day to 78°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Morgan's Head
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Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
West View
West View
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita

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