8 days in Colombia Itinerary

8 days in Colombia Itinerary

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8 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + Drive:  18​h
1
Providencia Island
— 1 day
Ferry:  2​h 45​min
2
San Andres Island
— 1 night
Fly + Shuttle:  3​h
3
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Cartagena
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  6​h 15​min
5
Zipaquira
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Houston

1
day
Providencia Island

Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then head off the coast to Crab Cay.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Providencia Island trip builder tool .

Houston, USA to Providencia Island is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Houston to Providencia Island due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Houston in June, plan for little chillier days in Providencia Island, with highs around 86°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Nature Parks Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo ©
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo

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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 22nd (Sat), look for gifts at Esmeraldas Colombianas, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Spratt Bight, then identify plant and animal life at West View, and finally see the vivid underwater world at Aquanautas.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island road trip planning app .

Traveling by ferry from Providencia Island to San Andres Island takes 3 hours. In June, daytime highs in San Andres Island are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
Aquanautas ©
Aquanautas
Esmeraldas Colombianas ©
Esmeraldas Colombianas

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, stroll through Cristal Beach, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Mundo Marino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Outdoor Activities, then make a trip to Parque de Los Novios, and then kick back and relax at Playa Bello Horizonte.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Santa Marta sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from San Andres Island to Santa Marta takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Andres Island in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Marta: temperatures range from 93°F by day to 79°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): tour the water at your own pace with Boats4U, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Trinidad, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza de San Diego.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cartagena road trip planning app .

Getting from Santa Marta to Cartagena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Zipaquira.

Things to do in Cartagena

Transportation Adventure Tours
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Iglesia de la Trinidad ©
Iglesia de la Trinidad
Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo
Boats4U ©
Boats4U

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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 26th (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Mina de Sal de Nemocon, explore the activities along Laguna de Guatavita, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Diocesana.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Zipaquira road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cartagena to Zipaquira in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Cartagena in June, you will find days in Zipaquira are cooler (60°F), and nights are slightly colder (60°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zipaquira

Nature Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mina de Sal de Nemocon, Laguna de Guatavita
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Catedral Diocesana ©
Catedral Diocesana
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores ©
Casa Museo Quevedo Zornoza ©
Casa Museo Quevedo Zornoza

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