17 days in Colombia Itinerary

17 days in Colombia Itinerary

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17 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  16 h 45 min
1
Cartagena
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3 h
3
San Andres Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Medellin
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
5
Bogota
— 5 nights
Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: London

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.
Step out of Cartagena with an excursion to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru--about 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, steep yourself in history at Plaza Santo Domingo, and admire the striking features of Las Bovedas.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Cartagena trip builder site .

London, UK to Cartagena is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Cartagena due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in April, things will get warmer in Cartagena: highs are around 38°C and lows about 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Playa Blanca
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Mundo Marino, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Santa Marta road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Santa Marta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

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.
San Andres Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Spratt Bight, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and make a trip to Rocky Cay.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island holiday maker website .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Santa Marta to San Andres Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Santa Marta, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Andres Island, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

2
nights
Medellin

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): make a trip to Plaza Botero, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then look for gifts at Duna Store. On your second day here, cruise along 2000m Descent and more and then have some family-friendly fun at Tejo In Medellin (tour).

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Medellin trip itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Medellin takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in April, things will get little chillier in Medellin: highs are around 32°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Tejo In Medellin (tour)
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Walking tours
medellin 2000m DESCENT ©
medellin 2000m DESCENT
Plaza Botero ©
Plaza Botero

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bogota: Zipaquira (Esensal, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, &more). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), view the masterpieces at Galeria La Cometa, steep yourself in history at Bolivar plaza, and catch some excitement at Whee Institute.

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You can fly from Medellin to Bogota in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Medellin in April, things will get slightly colder in Bogota: highs are around 22°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Zipaquira
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©

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