18 days in Colombia Itinerary

18 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Start: Zagreb
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Cartagena
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h
2
San Agustin
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  8 h 30 min
3
Leticia
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  7 h
4
San Gil
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5 h 15 min
5
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  7 h 30 min
6
Providencia Island
— 1 night
Ferry:  2 h 45 min
7
San Andres Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
8
Medellin
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  20 h 15 min
End: Zagreb

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Templo de Santo Domingo and Aviario Nacional de Colombia. Popular historic sites such as Barrio Getsemani and Plaza de la Proclamacion are in your itinerary. Step out of Cartagena to go to Isla Baru and see Playa Puntilla, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Centro Historico, make a trip to Plaza de La Trinidad, kick back and relax at Playa de Bocagrande, and stroll through Playa de Castillo Grande.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cartagena online vacation planner.

Zagreb, Croatia to Cartagena is an approximately 16- hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Zagreb to Cartagena is minus 6 hours. In April, Cartagena is much warmer than Zagreb - with highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Agustin.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

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

1
night
San Agustin

San Agustin ©
San Agustin remains best known for its archaeological sites, which include the World Heritage-listed San Agustin Archaeological Park.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): make a trip to La Chaquira, contemplate the waterfront views at Estrecho Del Magdalena, then explore the ancient world of Alto de las Chinas, then delve into the distant past at San Agustin Archaeological Park, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Precolombino Villa Real.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Agustin trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Cartagena to San Agustin in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cartagena in April, expect nights in San Agustin to be little chillier, around 22°C, while days are colder, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Leticia.

Things to do in San Agustin

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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San Agustin Archaeological Park ©
San Agustin Archaeological Park
Estrecho Del Magdalena ©
Estrecho Del Magdalena
La Chaquira ©
La Chaquira

1
night
Leticia

Leticia ©
Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at El Jardin de la Victoria Regia, then meet the residents at Bioparque Etuena, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de La Paz, and finally identify plant and animal life at Amazon Maguta Jungle Lodge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): head outdoors with Balneario Arbelaez, then head outdoors with La Ruta de Eware, and then examine the collection at Museo Etnografico.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Leticia sightseeing planner.

Do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight from San Agustin to Leticia in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Traveling from San Agustin in April, you will find days in Leticia are warmer (36°C), and nights are a bit warmer (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Gil.

Things to do in Leticia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Amazon Maguta Jungle Lodge ©
Amazon Maguta Jungle Lodge
Catedral de Nuestra Senora de La Paz ©
Catedral de Nuestra Senora de La Paz
Balneario Arbelaez ©
Balneario Arbelaez

1
night
San Gil

San Gil ©
Providing some of the region's best opportunities for paragliding, rappelling, white-water rafting, kayaking, hiking, and caving, San Gil appeals to adventure seekers and nature lovers wishing to escape overcrowded Bogota, located several hours' drive to the south.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): get outside with Rios y Canoas Colombia, get outside with Planeta Azul, then get outside with Bungee Extremo San Gil, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia Catedral de Santa Cruz, and finally walk around Parque La Libertad.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Gil trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Leticia to San Gil takes 7 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Leticia in April; daily highs in San Gil reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in San Gil

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks
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Rios y Canoas Colombia ©
Rios y Canoas Colombia
Planeta Azul ©
Planeta Azul
Bungee Extremo San Gil ©
Bungee Extremo San Gil

2
nights
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.
On the 16th (Thu), admire the striking features of Alcaldia de Santa Marta, admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, then stroll through Cristal Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de las 7 Olas. Keep things going the next day: walk around Parque de Los Novios, then see the interesting displays at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally kick back and relax at Playa Grande.

Plan trip to Santa Marta with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from San Gil to Santa Marta by combination of bus and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from San Gil in April, things will get a bit warmer in Santa Marta: highs are around 39°C and lows about 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Taganga, Playa de las 7 Olas
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Grande ©
Playa Grande
Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach

1
night
Providencia Island

Providencia Island ©
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
On the 18th (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Morgan's Head, head off the coast to Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo, and then make a trip to The Peak Forestry Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of McBean Lagoon National Natural Park and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Providencia Island trip planner.

Getting from Santa Marta to Providencia Island by combination of flight and ferry takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Santa Marta in April: highs in Providencia Island hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo ©
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo
Scuba & Snorkeling
McBean Lagoon National Natural Park ©
McBean Lagoon National Natural Park

1
night
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
On the 20th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Primera Iglesia Bautista, kick back and relax at Playa de Spratt Bight, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then pause for some photo ops at Plaza Canon de Morgan, and finally stroll through Playa Charquitos.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Andres Island day trip planning website.

You can ride a ferry from Providencia Island to San Andres Island in 3 hours. In April, daytime highs in San Andres Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
Scuba & Snorkeling
Primera Iglesia Bautista ©
Primera Iglesia Bautista

3
nights
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 21st (Tue): head outdoors with medellin 2000m DESCENT, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San José del Poblado, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Guatape Dam and then head outdoors with ALTITUDE.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Medellin day trip planning site.

You can fly from San Andres Island to Medellin in 3.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from San Andres Island in April; daily highs in Medellin reach 32°C and lows reach 20°C. On the 23rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Guatape
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medellin 2000m DESCENT ©
medellin 2000m DESCENT
Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica ©
Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica
Iglesia San José del Poblado ©
Iglesia San José del Poblado

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