15 days in Colombia Itinerary

15 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia travel planner

Make it your trip
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Cartagena
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Isla Baru
— 1 night
Fly
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San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly
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Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Fly
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Bogota
— 4 nights
Foot to Bogota, Fly to Salento
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Salento
— 2 nights
Fly

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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.
Take a break from Cartagena with a short trip to Playa de Punta Arena in Isla Tierra Bomba, about 2h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, make a trip to Las Bovedas, get outside with Bomba Beach Club, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Cartagena trip itinerary builder site.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Rafael Nuñez International Airport and Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport. In March, daytime highs in Cartagena are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Isla Baru.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Transportation · Tours

Side Trip

Isla Baru

— 1 night
Lying south of Cartagena, Isla Baru was connected to the mainland until the construction of the Canal del Dique.
On the 18th (Thu), kick back and relax at Playa Blanca.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Isla Baru online route maker.

You can ride a ferry from Cartagena to Isla Baru in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow time for the flight to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Isla Baru

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

San Andres Island

— 3 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Relax by the water at Playa de San Luis and Playa de Spratt Bight. There's much more to do: stroll through La Piscinita, explore the gorgeous colors at West View, see some colorful creatures with Aquanautas, and explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island trip site.

You can fly from Isla Baru to San Andres Island in 3.5 hours. March in San Andres Island sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 77°F at night. On the 21st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Santa Marta.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

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 22nd (Mon), kick back and relax at Playaca and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Marta trip itinerary builder website.

Fly from San Andres Island to Santa Marta in 6.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Andres Island in March: highs in Santa Marta hover around 93°F, while lows dip to 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to fly to Bogota.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Bogota

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bogota: Parque Natural Chicaque (in Chicaque), Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira) and Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), contemplate the long history of Bolivar Square, make a trip to Monserrate, and admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bogota day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Santa Marta to Bogota takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Marta in March, things will get cooler in Bogota: highs are around 68°F and lows about 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Salento.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Nature · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Salento

— 2 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
On the 28th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, 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 next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Salento trip website.

You can fly from Bogota to Salento in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. In March, Salento is a bit warmer than Bogota - with highs of 82°F and lows of 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Casinos

Side Trip

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.