10 days in Colombia Itinerary

10 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Kansas City
Fly + Drive:  18 h 15 min
1
Providencia Island
— 1 day
Ferry:  2 h 45 min
2
San Andres Island
— 1 night
Fly + Shuttle:  3 h
3
Santa Marta
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  3 h
4
Bogota
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3 h 15 min
5
Barichara
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  5 h 15 min
6
Cartagena
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  11 h 15 min
End: Kansas City

1
day
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 28th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then step off the mainland to explore Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Providencia Island trip tool.

Kansas City, USA to Providencia Island is an approximately 19.5- hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Kansas City to Providencia Island, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, Providencia Island is warmer than Kansas City - with highs of 85°F and lows of 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo ©
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo

1
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 29th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita, see some colorful creatures with Aquanautas, then identify plant and animal life at West View, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Spratt Bight.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Andres Island trip planner.

Getting from Providencia Island to San Andres Island by ferry takes about 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
West View
West View
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, then buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Zazue Plaza, and then kick back and relax at Cristal Beach.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Santa Marta vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from San Andres Island to Santa Marta in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Andres Island in December: highs in Santa Marta hover around 92°F, while lows dip to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino
Centro Comercial Zazue Plaza ©
Centro Comercial Zazue Plaza

2
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.
On the 31st (Tue), look for gifts at Garabato Libreria, buy something for everyone on your list at Plaza Mayor Paseo Comercial, then browse the different shops at Centro Comercial Cento Chia, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), then admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and then take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bogota vacation planner.

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. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Santa Marta in December; daily highs in Bogota reach 67°F and lows reach 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Barichara.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chia, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

1
night
Barichara

Barichara ©
A charming town of just over 7,000 people, Barichara displays rustic, dusty orange-colored architecture, protected by the Colombian People's Heritage Network.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Camino Real, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Barichara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de Santa Lucia de Guane, then view the masterpieces at Fundacion San Lorenzo De Barichara, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Punto Amarillo Barichara.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Barichara travel route site.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Bogota to Barichara takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in January: highs in Barichara hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Barichara

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Camino Real ©
Camino Real
Iglesia de Santa Lucia de Guane ©
Iglesia de Santa Lucia de Guane
Cementerio  Barichara ©
Cementerio Barichara

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.
On the 3rd (Fri), contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, then stop by Dantas Store, then make a trip to Plaza de la Aduana, and finally view the masterpieces at NH Galeria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): browse for treasures at Anticuario El Arcon, make a trip to Plaza de San Diego, contemplate the long history of Plaza Santo Domingo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Trinidad, and finally make a trip to Plaza de La Trinidad.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cartagena trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Barichara to Cartagena takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Barichara in January; daily highs in Cartagena reach 88°F and lows reach 75°F. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo
Iglesia de la Trinidad ©
Iglesia de la Trinidad
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas

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