12 days in Colombia Itinerary

12 days in Colombia Itinerary

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12 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Bogota
1
Bogota
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  3​h
2
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Juan de Acosta
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Cartagena
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
End: Bogota

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Laguna de Guatavita and Humedal de Cordoba. Step out of Bogota to go to Zipaquira and see Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, which is approximately 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, steep yourself in history at Bolivar plaza, and examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro).

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bogota trip itinerary builder .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Bogota. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in December, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, Laguna de Guatavita
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Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Humedal de Cordoba ©
Humedal de Cordoba

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Plan trip to Santa Marta with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Bogota to Santa Marta in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Bogota in December, expect Santa Marta to be much hotter, temps between 39°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Juan de Acosta.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

1
night
Juan de Acosta

Juan de Acosta ©
Juan de Acosta is a municipality and town in the Colombian department of Atlántico. Kite Surf Experience has been added to your itinerary. On the 25th (Wed), kick back and relax at Playas de Santa Veronica and then take a tour by water with Kite Surf Experience.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Juan de Acosta online road trip planner .

Getting from Santa Marta to Juan de Acosta by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Juan de Acosta

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Kite Surf Experience
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Kite Surf Experience ©
Kite Surf Experience
Playas de Santa Veronica ©
Playas de Santa Veronica

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.
Get outdoors at Playa Blanca and Miramar Beach Club. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, get great views at Cerro de la Popa, contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cartagena trip planner .

You can drive from Juan de Acosta to Cartagena in 2 hours. December in Cartagena sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Blanca, Oceanario
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena

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 San Luis and Cocoplum Bay. Step out of the city life by going to Johnny Cay and Playa de Spratt Bight. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, kick back and relax at Playa Charquitos, see the vivid underwater world at West View, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

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

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to San Andres Island takes 3.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Andres Island

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

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