11 days in Cartagena, Isla Baru & Santa Marta Itinerary

11 days in Cartagena, Isla Baru & Santa Marta Itinerary

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Cartagena
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Isla Baru
— 1 night
Bus
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Santa Marta
— 4 nights
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Cartagena

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.
Spend the 16th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Trinidad, gain insight at Plaza Santo Domingo, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Bolivar.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cartagena trip planning app.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Cartagena is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Buenos Aires to Cartagena is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Buenos Aires in May, expect Cartagena to be much hotter, temps between 38°C and 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Isla Baru.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife

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Isla Baru

Lying south of Cartagena, Isla Baru was connected to the mainland until the construction of the Canal del Dique.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): stroll through Playa Blanca.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Isla Baru trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by ferry from Cartagena to Isla Baru takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow time for the bus ride to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Isla Baru

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
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Santa Marta

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.
Take a break from Santa Marta with a short trip to Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona in Tayrona National Park, about 1h 10 min away. Spend the 18th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca, walk around Parque de Los Novios, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Santa Marta.

Plan trip to Santa Marta with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Take a bus from Isla Baru to Santa Marta in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and bus. May in Santa Marta sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. On the 22nd (Wed), you're off to home.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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