11 days in Colombia Itinerary

11 days in Colombia Itinerary

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11 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Miami, Florida
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  7 h 30 min
1
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
2
Minca
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Tayrona National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h
4
Cartagena
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Miami, Florida

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 2nd (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque de Los Novios and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Santa Marta. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, admire the striking features of Alcaldia de Santa Marta, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca, then don't miss a visit to El Amanuense Libros & Cafe, and finally don't miss a visit to Paseo El Camellon.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta road trip website .

Miami, USA to Santa Marta is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Miami in January; daily highs in Santa Marta reach 92°F and lows reach 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Minca.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach

2
nights
Minca

Minca ©
A Minca vacation takes you to a small mountain village nestled above Santa Marta in the Sierra Nevada.
On the 5th (Sun), get outside with Pozo Azul, then identify plant and animal life at El Dorado Bird Reserve, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo del Cacao de Minca. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Marinka and then take in the awesome beauty at Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, go to the Minca trip planner .

Getting from Santa Marta to Minca by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Minca are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Minca

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
El Dorado Bird Reserve ©
El Dorado Bird Reserve
Museo del Cacao de Minca ©
Museo del Cacao de Minca
Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta

3
nights
Tayrona National Park

Tayrona National Park ©
Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cabo San Juan Del Guia and then explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tayrona National Park itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Minca to Tayrona National Park takes 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Taironaka Turismo Ecologico
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Taironaka Turismo Ecologico ©
Taironaka Turismo Ecologico

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Museo Historico de Cartagena de Indias. Visiting Playa Blanca and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, don't miss a visit to Las Bovedas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, and appreciate the history behind Monumento a Los Zapatos Viejos.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cartagena road trip planner .

You can drive from Tayrona National Park to Cartagena in 5 hours. In January in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 75°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Blanca
Highlights from your plan
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena

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