15 days in Colombia Itinerary

15 days in Colombia Itinerary

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15 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  18 h
1
San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  3 h
3
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Bus:  4 h 30 min
4
Isla Baru
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Cartagena
— 4 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Calgary

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa de San Luis and Cocoplum Bay. Plaza Canon de Morgan and Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, appreciate the history behind La Barracuda, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Spratt Bight.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Andres Island trip planner.

Calgary, Canada to San Andres Island is an approximately 18- hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Colombia Time is 2 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Calgary in November; daily highs in San Andres Island reach 35°C and lows reach 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in San Andres Island

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

3
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 Monserrate and Laguna de Guatavita. Get a sense of the local culture at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira. Step out of Bogota with an excursion to Museo Aeroespacial Colombiano in Tocancipa--about 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, take in the spiritual surroundings of La Catedral Primada, and examine the collection at Museo Internacional De La Esmeralda.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Bogota journey site.

You can fly from San Andres Island to Bogota in 2.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Andres Island in November: highs in Bogota hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Laguna de Guatavita, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, Museo Aeroespacial Colombiano
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Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

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 15th (Sun): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marine World Aquarium and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Santa Marta holiday planning website.

Getting from Bogota to Santa Marta by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Bogota in November, with highs in Santa Marta at 38°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Isla Baru.

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
Isla Baru

Isla Baru ©
Lying south of Cartagena, Isla Baru was connected to the mainland until the construction of the Canal del Dique.
On the 17th (Tue), kick back and relax at Playa Puntilla and then stroll through Playa Blanca.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Isla Baru travel planner.

Traveling by bus from Santa Marta to Isla Baru takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Isla Baru

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Boat Tours & Water Sports and Miramar Beach Club. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Plaza Santo Domingo. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, appreciate the history behind Monumento a Miguel de Cervantes, don't miss a visit to Baluarte de San Francisco Javier, and go for a walk through Plazoleta de Blas de Lezo.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cartagena trip maker app.

You can drive from Isla Baru to Cartagena in 1.5 hours. November in Cartagena sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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