12 days in Colombia Itinerary

12 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Fly to Alfonso Bonilla Aragon International Airport, Drive to San Agustin
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San Agustin
— 2 nights
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Bus to Florencia, Fly to San Andres Island, Ferry to Providencia Island
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Providencia Island
— 2 nights
Taxi to Providencia, Fly to San Andres Island
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San Andres Island
— 1 night
Fly
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Cartagena
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Fly
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Medellin
— 1 night
Fly

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San Agustin

— 2 nights
San Agustin remains best known for its archaeological sites, which include the World Heritage-listed San Agustin Archaeological Park.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): appreciate the history behind El Purutal, pause for some photo ops at La Chaquira, then explore the ancient world of San Agustin Archaeological Park, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Precolombino Villa Real.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Agustin trip itinerary builder tool.

Lima, Peru to San Agustin is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Lima in January, you will find days in San Agustin are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). On the 8th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Providencia Island.

Things to do in San Agustin

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Providencia Island

— 2 nights
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Morgan's Head, step off the mainland to explore Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo, and then experience the excitement of Lighthouse Providence. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to The Peak Forestry Reserve and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Providencia Island trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and ferry from San Agustin to Providencia Island takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from San Agustin in January, expect Providencia Island to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

San Andres Island

— 1 night
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): kick back and relax at Playa de Spratt Bight, see the interesting displays at Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres, head outdoors with Aquanautas, then explore the gorgeous colors at West View, and finally contemplate the long history of Plaza Canon de Morgan.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Providencia Island to San Andres Island by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In January in San Andres Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Cartagena

— 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Aviario Nacional de Colombia and Walking tours. There's much more to do: make a trip to Plaza de San Diego, appreciate the history behind La Gorda Gertrudis, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria, and examine the collection at Casa Museo Rafael Nunez.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Cartagena trip maker app.

Fly from San Andres Island to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Tours · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

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.
On the 15th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, enjoy the sand and surf at Cristal Beach, and then ponder the world of politics at Alcaldia de Santa Marta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): observe the fascinating underwater world at Marine World Aquarium, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then walk around Parque de Los Novios.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Santa Marta travel planner.

Drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Medellin

— 1 night

City of the Eternal Spring

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De La Veracruz, and then take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Medellin trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Santa Marta to Medellin in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Santa Marta in January, with highs in Medellin at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Medellin

Museums · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors

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.