13 days in Colombia Itinerary

13 days in Colombia Itinerary

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13 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Cartagena
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
San Andres Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Cartagena
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Ottawa

5
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 Caribe Jewelry and Emerald Museum and NH Galeria. Get a sense of the local culture at San Felipe de Barajas Castle and Scuba & Snorkeling. Change things up with a short trip to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru (about 1h 05 min away). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, don't miss a visit to Plaza Bolivar, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Cartagena trip builder tool .

Ottawa, Canada to Cartagena is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, car, and flight. Traveling from Ottawa in March, expect Cartagena to be much hotter, temps between 37°C and 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

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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

4
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Esmeraldas Colombianas and Banco de la Republica. Get outdoors at Playa de San Luis and La Piscinita. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Cayo El Acuario, kick back and relax at Playa de Spratt Bight, discover the deep blue sea with Aquanautas, and step off the mainland to explore Cayo Bolivar.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Andres Island tour builder tool .

Fly from Cartagena to San Andres Island in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

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La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Cayo El Acuario ©
Cayo El Acuario
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

2
nights
Cartagena

Cartagena ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano), then examine the collection at Museo Historico de Cartagena de Indias, and then steep yourself in history at Plaza Santo Domingo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, then stop by Milenio Joyeria, then contemplate the long history of Torre del Reloj, and finally browse for treasures at Anticuario El Arcon.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cartagena trip maker tool .

Fly from San Andres Island to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

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Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa ©
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa
Torre del Reloj ©
Torre del Reloj

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