13 days in Colombia Itinerary

13 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Drive to Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport, Fly to Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport, Drive to Santa Marta
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Santa Marta
— 5 nights
Drive
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Minca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cartagena
— 3 nights
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Santa Marta

— 5 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rio Don Diego and Yo Amo Santa Marta. Get outdoors at Nabusimake and Ensenada de Chengue.

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Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands to Santa Marta is an approximately 27-hour combination of car and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time to Colombia Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Virgin Gorda in February: highs in Santa Marta hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Minca.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Minca

— 2 nights
A Minca vacation takes you to a small mountain village nestled above Santa Marta in the Sierra Nevada.
On the 10th (Mon), head outdoors with Pozo Azul and then take in the awesome beauty at Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Cascadas de Marinka, examine the collection at Museo Minca - Memorial Museum of the Sierra Nevada, and then identify plant and animal life at El Dorado Bird Reserve.

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Drive from Santa Marta to Minca in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Minca can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. You will leave for Cartagena on the 12th (Wed).

Things to do in Minca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Plaza de Bolivar, Cafe Havana, Alquimico, and other attractions. On the 12th (Wed), take a stroll through Barrio Getsemani. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Bazurto, then visit Centro Historico, then make a trip to Plaza de La Trinidad, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at Cafe Havana.

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Traveling by car from Minca to Cartagena takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Minca in February, expect nights in Cartagena to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nightlife · Shopping

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.