11 days in Colombia Itinerary

11 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia trip itinerary planner

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Cartagena
— 2 nights
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San Andres Island
— 2 nights
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Santa Marta
— 1 night
Fly to Florencia, Bus to San Agustin
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San Agustin
— 1 day
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Bogota
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Cartagena

— 2 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Plaza de San Diego and Templo de Santo Domingo. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Iglesia de la Trinidad. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, get great views at Cerro de la Popa, choose your vessel at Beach & Sun Cartagena, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ermita Nuestra Senora De La Candelaria.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cartagena day trip site.

Washington DC, USA to Cartagena is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. In February, Cartagena is much warmer than Washington DC - with highs of 88°F and lows of 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Transportation

San Andres Island

— 2 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, then take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador, then kick back and relax at Playa de Spratt Bight, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Charquitos. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Plaza Canon de Morgan, then see the vivid underwater world at West View, then see some colorful creatures with Aquanautas, and finally kick back and relax at Playa de San Luis.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our San Andres Island tour planner.

You can fly from Cartagena to San Andres Island in 3.5 hours. In February in San Andres Island, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 76°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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 7th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, enjoy the sand and surf at Cristal Beach, and then meet the residents at Marine World Aquarium.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Marta route planner.

Fly from San Andres Island to Santa Marta in 6.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Andres Island in February: highs in Santa Marta hover around 93°F, while lows dip to 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Agustin.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

San Agustin

— 1 day
San Agustin remains best known for its archaeological sites, which include the World Heritage-listed San Agustin Archaeological Park.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): explore the ancient world of San Agustin Archaeological Park, pause for some photo ops at La Chaquira, then contemplate the waterfront views at Estrecho Del Magdalena, and finally delve into the distant past at El Purutal.

Before you visit San Agustin, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Santa Marta to San Agustin takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Marta in February, you will find days in San Agustin are cooler (69°F), and nights are little chillier (69°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in San Agustin

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Bogota

— 3 nights

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira and Bolivar Square. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bogota: Puente del Comun (in Chia) and Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo and stop by Vitrina Guayca.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bogota trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from San Agustin to Bogota in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Agustin in February, plan for colder nights in Bogota, with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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.