12 days in Colombia Itinerary

12 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Start: Chicago
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  11 h 45 min
1
Santa Marta
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  5 h
2
Barichara
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Bus:  6 h 45 min
3
San Agustin
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5 h 15 min
4
Chia
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8 h
5
Providencia Island
— 1 day
Ferry:  2 h 45 min
6
San Andres Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
7
Cartagena
— 3 nights
Fly:  10 h
End: Chicago

1
night
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 18th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Zazue Plaza, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cristal Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): get outside with Outdoor Activities, stroll around Parque de Los Novios, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Bello Horizonte.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Santa Marta trip builder tool.

Chicago, USA to Santa Marta is an approximately 13.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Santa Marta due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in April, things will get much hotter in Santa Marta: highs are around 93°F and lows about 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Barichara.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Barichara

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.
On the 20th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Capilla de Santa Barbara, appreciate the extensive heritage of Camino Real, explore the world behind art at Casa de la Cultura Emiliano Pradilla Gonzalez, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion, then stroll the grounds of Cementerio Barichara, and finally view the masterpieces at Fundacion San Lorenzo De Barichara.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Barichara road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Santa Marta to Barichara takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Santa Marta in April, expect Barichara to be slightly colder, temps between 79°F and 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Agustin.

Things to do in Barichara

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Camino Real ©
Camino Real
Cementerio  Barichara ©
Cementerio Barichara
Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion ©
Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion

1
day
San Agustin

San Agustin ©
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 21st (Sun): delve into the distant past at San Agustin Archaeological Park, make a trip to La Chaquira, then explore the activities along Estrecho Del Magdalena, then delve into the distant past at El Purutal, and finally make a trip to La Pelota - Estatuas A Color.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Agustin trip maker site.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Barichara to San Agustin takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Barichara in April, you will find days in San Agustin are little chillier (66°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Chia.

Things to do in San Agustin

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
San Agustin Archaeological Park ©
San Agustin Archaeological Park
El Purutal ©
El Purutal
Estrecho Del Magdalena ©
Estrecho Del Magdalena

1
night
Chia

Chia ©
A city of 200,000 people, Chia lies just 2.7 km (1.6 mi) from the nation's capital, Bogota.
On the 22nd (Mon), browse the different shops at Plaza Mayor Paseo Comercial, then buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Cento Chia, and then stroll through Laguna de Guatavita. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Mina de Sal de Nemocon, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores, then buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Fontanar, and finally look for gifts at Garabato Libreria.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Chia tour planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from San Agustin to Chia. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Chia

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trips

Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores, Laguna de Guatavita, Mina de Sal de Nemocon
Highlights from your plan
Garabato Libreria ©
Garabato Libreria
Mina de Sal de Nemocon ©
Mina de Sal de Nemocon
Centro Comercial Fontanar ©
Centro Comercial Fontanar

1
day
Providencia Island

Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then step off the mainland to explore Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Providencia Island trip builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Chia to Providencia Island. In April, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo ©
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo

1
night
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): look for gifts at Esmeraldas Colombianas, stroll through Playa de Spratt Bight, see the vivid underwater world at West View, then discover the deep blue sea with Aquanautas, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Primera Iglesia Bautista.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Andres Island online travel planner.

You can ride a ferry from Providencia Island to San Andres Island in 3 hours. In April in San Andres Island, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 78°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
Aquanautas ©
Aquanautas
Primera Iglesia Bautista ©
Primera Iglesia Bautista

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Trinidad, browse the exhibits of Arte Getsemani, make a trip to Plaza de la Aduana, then contemplate the long history of Plaza Fernandez Madrid, then make a trip to Plaza de San Diego, and finally browse for treasures at Anticuario El Arcon. On the next day, get some thrills on the water with Boats4U, then look for gifts at Dantas Store, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo, and finally view the masterpieces at NH Galeria.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Cartagena trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from San Andres Island to Cartagena by flight takes about 3.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Shopping Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia de la Trinidad ©
Iglesia de la Trinidad
Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo
Plaza Fernandez Madrid ©
Plaza Fernandez Madrid

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