20 days in Colombia Itinerary

20 days in Colombia Itinerary

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20 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Vienna
Fly:  16 h
1
Cartagena
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  7 h 15 min
2
Providencia Island
— 1 night
Ferry:  2 h 45 min
3
San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
4
Leticia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
5
Bogota
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
6
San Agustin
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  7 h 45 min
7
San Gil
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5 h 15 min
8
Santa Marta
— 3 nights
Fly:  18 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Aviario Nacional de Colombia and St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral. Your inner history buff will appreciate Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Iglesia de la Trinidad. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo, steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, make a trip to Plaza de La Trinidad, and look for gifts at Swikar Caramelos Artisanales.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cartagena trip planner .

Vienna, Austria to Cartagena is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Colombia Time (COT) is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Vienna in January, things will get warmer in Cartagena: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Aviario Nacional de Colombia
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Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Iglesia de la Trinidad ©
Iglesia de la Trinidad
Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo

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 20th (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Morgan's Head and then step off the mainland to explore Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to The Peak Forestry Reserve and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find out how to plan a trip to Providencia Island, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cartagena to Providencia Island in 7.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Providencia Island are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can ride a ferry to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks Nature Tours
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Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo ©
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo
Scuba & Snorkeling
Morgan's Head ©
Morgan's Head

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.
Escape the urban bustle at West View and La Piscinita. Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Parasailing & Paragliding. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Spratt Bight, identify plant and animal life at Cayo El Acuario, explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador, and head off the coast to Johnny Cay.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Andres Island vacation planner .

You can ride a ferry from Providencia Island to San Andres Island in 3 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to fly to Leticia.

Things to do in San Andres Island

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

2
nights
Leticia

Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then head off the coast to Isla de Los Micos. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Parque Santander, then identify plant and animal life at Reserva Natural Tanimboca, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Bioparque Etuena.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Leticia trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from San Andres Island to Leticia in 5.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Leticia are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Leticia

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Reserva Natural Tanimboca ©
Reserva Natural Tanimboca
Isla de Los Micos ©
Isla de Los Micos

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Catedral Primada, and then take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the landscape on two wheels at Ciclovia de Bogota, then examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and then make a trip to Bolivar plaza.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Bogota trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Leticia to Bogota by flight takes about 2.5 hours. When traveling from Leticia in January, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Bogota: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Agustin.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trip

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
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Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Ciclovia de Bogota ©
Ciclovia de Bogota
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira

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.
On the 29th (Wed), explore the ancient world of San Agustin Archaeological Park, then appreciate the history behind El Purutal, then explore the activities along Estrecho Del Magdalena, and finally appreciate the views at El Salto del Mortino.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Agustin trip planning app .

Getting from Bogota to San Agustin by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for warmer nights when traveling from Bogota in January since evenings lows in San Agustin dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Gil.

Things to do in San Agustin

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

El Salto del Mortino
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San Agustin Archaeological Park ©
San Agustin Archaeological Park
El Purutal ©
El Purutal

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then don't miss a visit to Capilla de Santa Barbara. Here are some ideas for day two: push the limits with an extreme tour and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Gil road trip planning app .

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Agustin to San Gil in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from San Agustin in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Gil, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in San Gil

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Capilla de Santa Barbara
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River Rafting & Tubing
Parasailing & Paragliding
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cristal Beach and Alcaldia de Santa Marta. Get outdoors at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta, stroll through Parque de Los Novios, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Mundo Marino.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Marta trip itinerary planner .

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 and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Gil in January, expect Santa Marta to be somewhat warmer, temps between 39°C and 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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