11 days in Colombia Itinerary

11 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia visit planner

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San Gil
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Barichara
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Floridablanca
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Santiago de Tolu
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Covenas
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Cartagena
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Isla Baru
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Santa Marta
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Riohacha
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San Gil

— 1 night

Colombia's Adventure Sport Capital

Providing some of the region's best opportunities for paragliding, rappelling, white-water rafting, kayaking, hiking, and caving, San Gil appeals to adventure seekers and nature lovers wishing to escape overcrowded Bogota, located several hours' drive to the south.
On the 9th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Gallineral and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Gil road trip website.

Bogota to San Gil is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Bogota in March, expect San Gil to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Barichara.

Things to do in San Gil

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife
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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.
For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Barichara online travel planner.

Barichara is very close to San Gil. In March, daily temperatures in Barichara can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. You'll set off for Floridablanca on the 9th (Sat).

Things to do in Barichara

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Floridablanca

— 1 day
Floridablanca is a municipality in the department of Santander. Your day by day itinerary now includes Ecoparque Cerro del Santisimo. On the 10th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Canon Del Chicamocha and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ecoparque Cerro del Santisimo.

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Traveling by car from Barichara to Floridablanca takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago de Tolu.

Things to do in Floridablanca

Nature · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

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Santiago de Tolu

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): tee off at Golfo de Morrosquillo and then don't miss a visit to Orla de Tolu.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Santiago de Tolu online holiday planner.

You can drive from Floridablanca to Santiago de Tolu in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Floridablanca in March: high temperatures in Santiago de Tolu hover around 40°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Covenas.

Things to do in Santiago de Tolu

Golf · Outdoors

Covenas

— 1 night
CoveƱas is a town and municipality located in the Sucre Department, northern Colombia. Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa la Coquerita and then identify plant and animal life at Cienaga la Caimanera.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Covenas road trip planner.

Covenas is very close to Santiago de Tolu. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in March, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Covenas

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Cartagena

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Santo Domingo, and then don't miss a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cartagena day trip planner.

You can drive from Covenas to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. While traveling from Covenas, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cartagena, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Isla Baru.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites

Isla Baru

— 1 night
Lying south of Cartagena, Isla Baru was connected to the mainland until the construction of the Canal del Dique.
On the 14th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Aviario Nacional de Colombia and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Isla Baru tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Isla Baru takes an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Isla Baru

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta and then explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

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You can drive from Isla Baru to Santa Marta in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly; or do a combination of ferry and bus. March in Santa Marta sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Riohacha.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Riohacha

— 1 night
Lying where the Rancheria River flows into the Caribbean Sea, Riohacha serves as a gateway to the desert region of La Guajira Peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Viva, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Nuestra Senora de los Remedios, then don't miss a visit to Camellon de Riohacha, and finally identify plant and animal life at Punta Gallinas.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Riohacha online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Riohacha takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Riohacha are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. On the 17th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Riohacha

Shopping · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Colombia travel guide

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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.