16 days in Colombia Itinerary

16 days in Colombia Itinerary

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16 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Vienna
Fly:  16 h
1
Cartagena
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3 h
3
San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Ferry:  2 h 45 min
4
Providencia Island
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Foot + Fly:  6 h 30 min
5
Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
6
Medellin
— 3 nights
Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: Vienna

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.
Barrio Getsemani and Templo de Santo Domingo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Dantas Store and Anticuario El Arcon. Change things up with a short trip to Aviario Nacional de Colombia in Isla Baru (about 50 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Trinidad, explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, make a trip to Plaza de San Diego, and contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena.

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Vienna, Austria to Cartagena is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Vienna to Cartagena due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Vienna in March, with highs in Cartagena at 37°C and lows at 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Aviario Nacional de Colombia
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Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo
Barrio Getsemani ©
Barrio Getsemani
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then see the interesting displays at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, and finally make a trip to Parque de Los Novios. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, stroll through Cristal Beach, and then stop by Yo Amo Santa Marta.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Santa Marta online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Santa Marta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at West View and Playa de Spratt Bight. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and La Piscinita. The adventure continues: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, kick back and relax at Playa Charquitos, look for all kinds of wild species at Cayo El Acuario, and explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island online travel route planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Santa Marta to San Andres Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Santa Marta, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Andres Island, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Providencia Island.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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West View
West View
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Providencia Island

Providencia Island ©
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then step off the mainland to explore Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Providencia Island trip maker site .

Traveling by ferry from San Andres Island to Providencia Island takes 3 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Providencia Island can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo ©
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo
Scuba & Snorkeling

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Parque 93. Let the collections at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica and Museo Internacional De La Esmeralda capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Vinos Express (in Chia), Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira) and Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monserrate, walk around Parque de Usaquen, and visit Barrio La Candelaria.

For photos and more tourist information, read our Bogota attractions planner.

Getting from Providencia Island to Bogota by combination of ferry and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Traveling from Providencia Island in March, you will find days in Bogota are slightly colder (23°C), and nights are much colder (10°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Vinos Express, Laguna de Guatavita, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
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Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©

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Medellin

Medellin ©
Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Santafé, then take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia, then stop by Duna Store, and finally browse the different shops at El Tesoro Parque Comercial. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Arvi, take in the exciting artwork at Arte Loft Galeria, and then browse the different shops at Mayorca Mega Plaza.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Medellin day trip planning app .

You can fly from Bogota to Medellin in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In March, Medellin is somewhat warmer than Bogota - with highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Medellin

Shopping Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Mayorca Mega Plaza
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El Tesoro Parque Comercial ©
El Tesoro Parque Comercial
Museo de Antioquia ©
Museo de Antioquia
Parque Arvi ©
Parque Arvi

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