12 days in Colombia Itinerary

12 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Bogota
— 2 nights
2
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
3
Juan de Acosta
— 1 night
4
Cartagena
— 3 nights
5
San Andres Island
— 3 nights

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.
Get outdoors at Laguna de Guatavita and Humedal de Cordoba. Step out of Bogota with an excursion to Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira in Zipaquira--about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, steep yourself in history at Bolivar Square, and see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro).

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bogota day trip planning website.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Bogota. December in Bogota sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Laguna de Guatavita, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
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Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Monserrate ©
Monserrate
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 striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. On the next day, stroll through Playa Blanca and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Santa Marta trip itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Bogota to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Bogota in December; daily highs in Santa Marta reach °C and lows reach °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Juan de Acosta.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
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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. You've now added Kite Surf Experience to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playas de Santa Veronica and then see Kite Surf Experience.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Juan de Acosta route builder tool.

Drive from Santa Marta to Juan de Acosta in 3 hours. December in Juan de Acosta sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can 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.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Blanca and Miramar Beach Club. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, deepen your understanding at Plaza Santo Domingo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Cartagena road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Juan de Acosta to Cartagena in 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Oceanario, Playa Blanca
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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 Playa de Spratt Bight. Get outdoors at La Piscinita and Cocoplum Bay. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Charquitos, and pause for some photo ops at Plaza Canon de Morgan.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Andres Island sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to San Andres Island takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can 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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