13 days in San Andres and Providencia Department, Cartagena & Medellin Itinerary

13 days in San Andres and Providencia Department, Cartagena & Medellin Itinerary

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13 days in San Andres and Providencia Department, Cartagena & Medellin Itinerary

Start: Montevideo
Fly:  10 h 30 min
1
San Andres Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Cartagena
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h
3
Medellin
— 4 nights
Fly:  11 h 15 min
End: Montevideo

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.
Kids will enjoy Playa de San Luis and Playa de Spratt Bight. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Charquitos, don't miss a visit to Rocky Cay, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Andres Island trip planning app.

Montevideo, Uruguay to San Andres Island is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Montevideo to San Andres Island is minus 2 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Montevideo in julio: high temperatures in San Andres Island hover around 35°C and lows are around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita

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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.
Step out of Cartagena with an excursion to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru--about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, steep yourself in history at Plaza Santo Domingo, and take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Zenu.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cartagena trip planner.

Getting from San Andres Island to Cartagena by flight takes about 3.5 hours. In julio, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Cartagena

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Side Trip

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

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nights
Medellin

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Medellin is known for parks, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, look for gifts at Duna Store, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parque Explora, and walk around Parque Lleras.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Medellin road trip site.

Fly from Cartagena to Medellin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cartagena in julio, with highs in Medellin at 34°C and lows at 20°C. You will leave for home on the 18th (Sat).

Things to do in Medellin

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Tejo In Medellin (tour)
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Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora
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