8 days in Colombia Itinerary

8 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Providencia Island
— 1 day
2
San Andres Island
— 1 night
3
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
4
Cartagena
— 1 night
5
Zipaquira
— 1 night

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day
Providencia Island

Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
On the 21st (Fri), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then head off the coast to Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo.

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Houston, USA to Providencia Island is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Colombia Standard Time (COT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Houston in June, expect nights in Providencia Island to be about the same, around 79°F, while days are little chillier, around 86°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to ride a ferry to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Outdoors · Wildlife · 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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): look for gifts at Esmeraldas Colombianas, stroll through Playa de Spratt Bight, then identify plant and animal life at West View, and finally take a tour by water with Aquanautas.

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Getting from Providencia Island to San Andres Island by ferry takes about 3.5 hours. In June in San Andres Island, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 78°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can 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
West View
West View

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.
On the 23rd (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cristal Beach, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marine World Aquarium. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then make a trip to Parque de Los Novios, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Bello Horizonte.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Santa Marta trip planner.

You can fly from San Andres Island to Santa Marta in 4.5 hours. When traveling from San Andres Island in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Santa Marta, with highs around 93°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

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

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): get some thrills on the water with Boats4U, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Trinidad, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo, and finally make a trip to Plaza de San Diego.

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

Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 79°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Zipaquira.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours
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Boats4U ©
Boats4U
Iglesia de la Trinidad ©
Iglesia de la Trinidad
Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo

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night
Zipaquira

Zipaquira ©
A tour of Zipaquira, the salt-mining capital of Colombia, remains one of the best day-trip ideas from Bogota.
On the 26th (Wed), explore the fascinating underground world of Mina de Sal de Nemocon, then enjoy the sand and surf at Laguna de Guatavita, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Diocesana.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Zipaquira sightseeing website.

Getting from Cartagena to Zipaquira by combination of flight and bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Cartagena in June, expect nights in Zipaquira to be little chillier, around 60°F, while days are much colder, around 60°F. On the 27th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zipaquira

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Laguna de Guatavita, Mina de Sal de Nemocon
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Mina de Sal de Nemocon ©
Mina de Sal de Nemocon
Catedral Diocesana ©
Catedral Diocesana
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores ©
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores

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