22 days in Colombia Itinerary

22 days in Colombia Itinerary

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22 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Oslo, Norway
Fly + Drive:  20​h
1
Zipaquira
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Leticia
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  8​h 30​min
3
San Agustin
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Pasto
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
San Andres Island
— 1 night
Ferry:  2​h 45​min
6
Providencia Island
— 3 nights
+2
Ferry + Foot + Fly:  7​h 15​min
7
Cartagena
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Santa Marta
— 4 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Oslo, Norway

1
night
Zipaquira

Zipaquira ©
A tour of Zipaquira, the salt-mining capital of Colombia, remains one of the best day-trip ideas from Bogota.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take a stroll around Plaza de la Independecia, then explore the fascinating underground world of Mina de Sal de Nemocon, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Laguna de Guatavita. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores, explore the fascinating underground world of Esensal, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Diocesana, and finally play a few rounds at Club de Golf UMB Universidad Manuela Beltran.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Zipaquira trip maker .

Oslo, Norway to Zipaquira is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Colombia Time is minus 6 hours. When traveling from Oslo in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Zipaquira, with highs around 20°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Leticia.

Things to do in Zipaquira

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mina de Sal de Nemocon, Club de Golf UMB Universidad Manuela Beltran, Laguna de Guatavita
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Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Catedral Diocesana ©
Catedral Diocesana

2
nights
Leticia

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 8th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico and then identify plant and animal life at Isla de Los Micos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): stroll through Santander Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Amazon Maguta Jungle Lodge.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Leticia online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Zipaquira to Leticia takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. While traveling from Zipaquira, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Leticia, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Agustin.

Things to do in Leticia

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico ©
Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico
Isla de Los Micos ©
Isla de Los Micos

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at El Purutal, get outside with Estrecho del Magdalena, then explore the ancient world of San Agustin Archaeological Park, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Agustin. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Parque Arqueologico Alto de los Idolos, explore the ancient world of Alto de Las Piedras Archaeological Park, appreciate the views at El Salto del Mortino, then appreciate the history behind La Chaquira, and finally pause for some photo ops at La Pelota - Estatuas A Color.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Agustin tour planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Leticia to San Agustin in 8.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Traveling from Leticia in March, you will find days in San Agustin are colder (23°C), and nights are little chillier (23°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Pasto.

Things to do in San Agustin

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Isnos
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San Agustin Archaeological Park ©
San Agustin Archaeological Park
El Purutal ©
El Purutal
Iglesia de San Agustin ©
Iglesia de San Agustin

1
night
Pasto

Pasto ©
Pasto sits in the Andes mountain range at an altitude of 2,527 m (8,290 ft) above sea level.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Fatima, then take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Narino, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Las Lajas Sanctuary. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Toledo Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia del Cristo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia Templo de la Merced, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo de San Felipe.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Pasto trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from San Agustin to Pasto takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from San Agustin in March, expect nights in Pasto to be colder, around 8°C, while days are little chillier, around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Pasto

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Las Lajas Sanctuary
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Las Lajas Sanctuary ©
Las Lajas Sanctuary
Templo de San Felipe ©
Templo de San Felipe
Iglesia de Fatima ©
Iglesia de Fatima

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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 14th (Thu), explore the gorgeous colors at West View, see the vivid underwater world at Aquanautas, and then make a trip to Rocky Cay. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Playa de Spratt Bight, then kick back and relax at Playa Charquitos, and then stroll through Bahia del Cove.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Andres Island trip maker app .

Fly from Pasto to San Andres Island in 5.5 hours. In March, San Andres Island is warmer than Pasto - with highs of 34°C and lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to ride a ferry to Providencia Island.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
Aquanautas ©
Aquanautas
Rocky Cay ©
Rocky Cay

3
nights
Providencia Island

Providencia Island ©
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Crab Cay. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to McBean Lagoon National Natural Park and Lighthouse Providencia. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to The Peak Forestry Reserve and snap pictures at Lover’s Lane.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Providencia Island trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from San Andres Island to Providencia Island in 3 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Providencia Island can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Providencia Island

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

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Iglesia de la Trinidad and Plaza de la Aduana. Popular historic sites such as Templo de Santo Domingo and Casa del Marquez de Valdehoyos are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Aviario Nacional de Colombia in Isla Baru (about 50 minutes away). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, don't miss a visit to Plaza de La Trinidad, and take a stroll through Bairro Getsemani.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cartagena trip maker website .

Getting from Providencia Island to Cartagena by combination of ferry and flight takes about 7.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

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

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana and Alcaldia de Santa Marta. You'll discover tucked-away gems like El Dorado Bird Reserve and Gabriel Garcia Marquez Museum. Go for a jaunt from Santa Marta to Minca to see Memorial Center of the Sierra Nevada about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Cristal Beach, admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque de Los Novios, and meet the residents at Mundo Marino.

Before you visit Santa Marta, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Santa Marta are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Minca, Casa Museo Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
El Dorado Bird Reserve ©
El Dorado Bird Reserve

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