15 days in Colombia Itinerary

15 days in Colombia Itinerary

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15 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Cartagena
1
Cartagena
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Isla Baru
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 30​min
4
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  2​h
5
Bogota
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h
6
Salento
— 2 nights
+4
bus + foot + bus + foot + Fly:  2​h 30​min
End: Cartagena

2
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.
Cartagena is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, wildlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, admire the striking features of Las Bovedas, and steep yourself in history at Torre del Reloj.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cartagena tour itinerary planning app .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are Rafael Nuñez International Airport and Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport. In December, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Isla Baru.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

1
night
Isla Baru

Isla Baru ©
Lying south of Cartagena, Isla Baru was connected to the mainland until the construction of the Canal del Dique.
On the 24th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Blanca.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Isla Baru itinerary planner.

Getting from Cartagena to Isla Baru by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Isla Baru

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

3
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Visit Playa de San Luis and Playa de Spratt Bight for some beach relaxation. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita, explore the gorgeous colors at West View, step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, and see the interesting displays at Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island travel site .

Traveling by flight from Isla Baru to San Andres Island takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
Aquanautas ©
Aquanautas

2
nights
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 28th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Playaca and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Playa Blanca and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Santa Marta trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from San Andres Island to Santa Marta takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Andres Island in December: highs in Santa Marta hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Playaca
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

4
nights
Bogota

Bogota ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Parque Natural Chicaque (in Chicaque), Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra) and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), pick up some local products at Plaza de Mercado de Paloquemao, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, and explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Bogota trip planner .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Santa Marta to Bogota in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Santa Marta in December, things will get cooler in Bogota: highs are around 22°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Salento.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, Parque Natural Chicaque, Laguna de Guatavita
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Parque Natural Chicaque ©
Parque Natural Chicaque

2
nights
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
On the 3rd (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, then try to win big at Gran Casino Victoria, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Salento trip itinerary builder tool .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Bogota to Salento in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Bogota in January; daily highs in Salento reach 32°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Salento

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Pereira
Highlights from your plan
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora

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