11 days in Colombia Itinerary

11 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia tour itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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San Andres Island
— 2 nights
Fly
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Cartagena
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Fly
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Leticia
— 1 night
Fly
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Bogota
— 3 nights
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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 23rd (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, then head off the coast to Cayo El Acuario, then see some colorful creatures with Caribe Extremo, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Spratt Bight. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Charquitos, kick back and relax at Playa de San Luis, explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador, then look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at West View.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island trip itinerary planner.

Dallas, USA to San Andres Island is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dallas to San Andres Island due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dallas in July, expect nights in San Andres Island to be about the same, around 77°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 86°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): make a trip to Plaza de La Trinidad, contemplate the long history of Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, look for gifts at La Casa del Joyero, step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, then look for all kinds of wild species at Aviario Nacional de Colombia, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, then make a trip to Plaza Santo Domingo, and then wander the streets of Centro Historico.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cartagena journey planner.

You can fly from San Andres Island to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Cartagena are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Santa Marta

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): make a trip to El Amanuense Libros & Cafe, admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, then identify plant and animal life at El Dorado Bird Reserve, then get engrossed in the history at Museo del Cacao de Minca, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Minca - Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Caribe Colombiano Diving, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Marine World Aquarium, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque de Los Novios.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Santa Marta sightseeing planning tool.

You can drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 93°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Leticia.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Leticia

— 1 night
Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): take a tour by water with Selvaventura - Day Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Amazon Maguta Jungle Lodge, and then walk around Parque Santander.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Leticia trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Santa Marta to Leticia takes 6.5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Santa Marta in July: high temperatures in Leticia hover around 87°F and lows are around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Leticia

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Highlights from your trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): get advice or help at Luis Angel Arango Library, examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), take in the spiritual surroundings of La Catedral Primada, then explore the world behind art at Museo Santa Clara, and finally examine the collection at Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Parque Metropolitano Simon Bolivar, get your bearings at Biblioteca Virgilio, then examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Colombia, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bogota road trip tool.

Fly from Leticia to Bogota in 4.5 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Leticia in July, with highs in Bogota at 65°F and lows at 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Nature

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.