18 days in Colombia Itinerary

18 days in Colombia Itinerary

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18 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cartagena
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Santa Marta
— 3 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:  7​h 30​min
5
Medellin
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
6
Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Kuwait City

2
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 off the beaten path and head to Plaza de San Diego and Plaza de La Trinidad. When in Cartagena, make a side trip to see Aviario Nacional de Colombia in Isla Baru, approximately 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cartagena trip itinerary app .

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Cartagena is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to Colombia Time (COT), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Kuwait City in March, with highs in Cartagena at 37°C and lows at 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Aviario Nacional de Colombia
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Plaza de San Diego ©
Plaza de San Diego
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and Alcaldia de Santa Marta. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque de Los Novios, observe the fascinating underwater world at Mundo Marino, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and stop by Yo Amo Santa Marta.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Marta driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Santa Marta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Santa Marta can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino
Parque de Los Novios ©
Parque de Los Novios

3
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San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to West View and Parasailing & Paragliding. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Spratt Bight, identify plant and animal life at Cayo El Acuario, stroll through Playa de San Luis, and step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island trip 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. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Santa Marta in March: highs in San Andres Island hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Providencia Island.

Things to do in San Andres Island

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

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 11th (Wed): enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse Providencia, head off the coast to Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo, and then don't miss a visit to The Peak Forestry Reserve.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Providencia Island route planner .

You can ride a ferry from San Andres Island to Providencia Island in 3 hours. March in Providencia Island sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo ©
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo
The Peak Forestry Reserve ©
The Peak Forestry Reserve

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Laguna de Guatape and Parasailing & Paragliding. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, have some family-friendly fun at Tejo In Medellin (tour), and look for gifts at Duna Store.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Medellin online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Providencia Island to Medellin in 7.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Medellin when traveling from Providencia Island in March, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trip

Tejo In Medellin (tour)
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Laguna de Guatape ©
Laguna de Guatape
Museo de Antioquia ©
Museo de Antioquia

3
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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.
On the 15th (Sun), make a trip to Monserrate, see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and then contemplate the long history of Bolivar plaza. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, then explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and then look for gifts at Vitrina Guayca.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Bogota trip app .

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Bogota takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Medellin in March; daily highs in Bogota reach 23°C and lows reach 10°C. On the 17th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

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