10 days in Colombia Itinerary

10 days in Colombia Itinerary

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— 3 nights
Santa Marta
— 1 night
Bus to Cartagena, Fly to San Andres Island, Ferry to Providencia Island
Providencia Island
— 2 nights
Taxi to Providencia, Fly to San Andres Island
San Andres Island
— 1 night



Athens of South America

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.
To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bogota trip itinerary planning app.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Bogota is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Bogota due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December; daily highs in Bogota reach 22°C and lows reach 9°C. You will leave for Cartagena on the 14th (Mon).

Things to do in Bogota

Tours · Outdoors · Nightlife · Shopping


— 3 nights

City of Heroes

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 Santo Toribio are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Aviario Nacional de Colombia and Playa Puntilla. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Trinidad, make a trip to Plaza de La Trinidad, see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Rafael Nunez, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Cartagena route planner.

You can fly from Bogota to Cartagena in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in December, things will get much hotter in Cartagena: highs are around 37°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Santa Marta

— 1 night

America's Pearl

Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Santa Marta travel route planner.

Drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Santa Marta are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Providencia Island

— 2 nights
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): kick back and relax at Fort Bay, then explore the striking landscape at Morgan's Head, then step off the mainland to explore Santa Catalina, and finally experience the excitement of Lighthouse Providence. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at McBean Lagoon National Natural Park and then head off the coast to Cayo Tres Hermanos.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Providencia Island day trip website.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry from Santa Marta to Providencia Island in 12 hours. When traveling from Santa Marta in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Providencia Island, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

San Andres Island

— 1 night
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana, then see the interesting displays at Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Spratt Bight, and finally steep yourself in history at Plaza Canon de Morgan.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Providencia Island to San Andres Island in 3 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. December in San Andres Island sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Colombia travel guide

Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.