22 days in Colombia Itinerary

22 days in Colombia Itinerary

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22 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Train + Fly:  12 h
1
Cartagena
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  7 h 15 min
2
Providencia Island
— 1 night
Ferry:  2 h 45 min
3
San Andres Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
4
Leticia
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  8 h 30 min
5
San Agustin
— 1 day
Fly:  3 h 45 min
6
Bogota
— 4 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  3 h
7
Santa Marta
— 3 nights
+3
Bus + Taxi + Fly + Train:  16 h 45 min
End: Brussels

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.
Barrio Getsemani and Iglesia de la Trinidad are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Templo de Santo Domingo and Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver. Step out of Cartagena with an excursion to Aviario Nacional de Colombia in Isla Baru--about 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Zenu.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cartagena day trip planning website .

Brussels, Belgium to Cartagena is an approximately 12-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Brussels to Cartagena, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brussels in February, expect Cartagena to be warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Aviario Nacional de Colombia
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Barrio Getsemani ©
Barrio Getsemani
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Iglesia de la Trinidad ©
Iglesia de la Trinidad

1
night
Providencia Island

Providencia Island ©
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Morgan's Head and then head off the coast to Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to The Peak Forestry Reserve and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Providencia Island trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cartagena to Providencia Island takes 7.5 hours. In February in Providencia Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo ©
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo
Scuba & Snorkeling
The Peak Forestry Reserve ©
The Peak Forestry Reserve

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.
Take a break from the city and head to West View and Parasailing & Paragliding. We've included these beaches for you: Playa de Spratt Bight and Cocoplum Bay. The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, contemplate the long history of Plaza Canon de Morgan, identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Charquitos.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Andres Island visit planning site .

Traveling by ferry from Providencia Island to San Andres Island takes 3 hours. In February in San Andres Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to fly to Leticia.

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

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 26th (Wed): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then head off the coast to Isla de Los Micos. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Parque Santander, then identify plant and animal life at Reserva Natural Tanimboca, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Bioparque Etuena.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Leticia holiday builder tool .

You can fly from San Andres Island to Leticia in 5.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Leticia are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Agustin.

Things to do in Leticia

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

1
day
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 28th (Fri), delve into the distant past at San Agustin Archaeological Park and then explore the activities along Estrecho Del Magdalena.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Agustin journey builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Leticia to San Agustin in 8.5 hours. Another option is to fly. When traveling from Leticia in February, plan for little chillier days in San Agustin, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in San Agustin

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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San Agustin Archaeological Park ©
San Agustin Archaeological Park

4
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.
Get outdoors at Laguna de Guatavita and Mina de Sal de Nemocon. Explore hidden gems such as La Catedral Primada and Parque de Usaquen. Go for a jaunt from Bogota to Zipaquira to see Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira about 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), make a trip to Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros, contemplate the long history of Bolivar plaza, and explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bogota trip maker site .

You can fly from San Agustin to Bogota in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Agustin in February, expect cooler with lows of 9°C in Bogota. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Laguna de Guatavita, Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, Mina de Sal de Nemocon
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Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Cristal Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and Yo Amo Santa Marta. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, walk around Parque de Los Novios, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Mundo Marino.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Santa Marta online attractions planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Bogota to Santa Marta in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in March: high temperatures in Santa Marta hover around 39°C and lows are around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
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Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling

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