23 days in Colombia Itinerary

23 days in Colombia Itinerary

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23 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  26 h
1
Cartagena
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Santa Marta
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3 h
3
Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
4
Leticia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
5
Medellin
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  7 h 30 min
6
Providencia Island
— 1 night
Ferry:  2 h 45 min
7
San Andres Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  28 h
End: Sydney

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Barrio Getsemani and Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Aviario Nacional de Colombia and Iglesia de la Trinidad. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo, admire the landmark architecture of St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral, make a trip to Plaza de La Trinidad, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

For photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cartagena holiday planner.

Sydney, Australia to Cartagena is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Sydney to Cartagena, you'll gain 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in February, with highs in Cartagena at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors

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

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Cristal Beach and Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Yo Amo Santa Marta. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, don't miss a visit to Parque de Los Novios, and categoryPhrases.phrase.get_up_close_and_personal_with_brilliant_marine_life_at Mundo Marino.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta tour itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February in Santa Marta, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
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Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

3
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 a sense of the local culture at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira. Explore hidden gems such as Laguna de Guatavita and Parque de Usaquen. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, don't miss a visit to Bolivar plaza, and see the interesting displays at Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Bogota travel route site .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Santa Marta to Bogota in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Santa Marta in March, expect Bogota to be much colder, temps between 23°C and 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Leticia.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Laguna de Guatavita, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita

2
nights
Leticia

Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
On the 6th (Fri), get outside with Outdoor Activities and then identify plant and animal life at Isla de Los Micos. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Parque Santander, identify plant and animal life at Reserva Natural Tanimboca, and then examine the collection at Museo Etnografico.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Leticia trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Bogota to Leticia in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Bogota in March, you will find days in Leticia are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are much warmer (27°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Medellin.

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

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.
On the 8th (Sun), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, walk around Parques del Rio, then take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia, and finally admire the architecture and history at Parroquia Sta Ana Santuario de Maria Auxiliadora .Sabaneta. On your second day here, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Arvi.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Medellin trip itinerary site .

Fly from Leticia to Medellin in 4 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Leticia in March, with highs in Medellin at 32°C and lows at 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Parroquia Sta Ana Santuario de Maria Auxiliadora .Sabaneta
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Museo de Antioquia ©
Museo de Antioquia
Parque Arvi ©
Parque Arvi

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 10th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Morgan's Head and then step off the mainland to explore Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to The Peak Forestry Reserve and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Providencia Island trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Medellin to Providencia Island in 7.5 hours. Traveling from Medellin in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Providencia Island, with lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

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

4
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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.
Relax by the water at Playa de Spratt Bight and Playa de San Luis. Get some cultural insight at Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres and Plaza Canon de Morgan. And it doesn't end there: see the vivid underwater world at West View, step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, kick back and relax at Cocoplum Bay, and identify plant and animal life at Cayo El Acuario.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Andres Island vacation planning app .

Traveling by ferry from Providencia Island to San Andres Island takes 3 hours. In March, daytime highs in San Andres Island are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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

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