15 days in Colombia Itinerary

15 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Train + Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Bogota
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  3 h 45 min
2
San Agustin
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Fly + Taxi:  6 h 45 min
3
Barichara
— 1 day
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Medellin
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
San Andres Island
— 2 nights
Ferry:  2 h 45 min
6
Providencia Island
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Foot + Fly:  7 h 15 min
7
Cartagena
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
8
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Fly + Train:  17 h 45 min
End: London

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): pick up a one of a kind souvenir at El Cuchitril Second Hand Shop.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Bogota visit website.

London, UK to Bogota is an approximately 15- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Colombia Standard Time (COT) is minus 5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in April: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 22°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Agustin.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica
Barrio La Candelaria ©
Barrio La Candelaria

1
night
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 18th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at El Salto del Mortino, appreciate the history behind La Pelota - Estatuas A Color, then explore the ancient world of El Purutal, then delve into the distant past at San Agustin Archaeological Park, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Los Tres Chorros.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Agustin online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Bogota to San Agustin takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in April, San Agustin is a bit warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Barichara.

Things to do in San Agustin

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

El Salto del Mortino
Highlights from your plan
San Agustin Archaeological Park ©
San Agustin Archaeological Park
El Purutal ©
El Purutal
La Pelota - Estatuas A Color ©
La Pelota - Estatuas A Color

1
day
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 19th (Fri), get to know the fascinating history of Punto Amarillo Barichara, look for gifts at Tierrarte, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de Santa Lucia de Guane, then view the masterpieces at Fundacion San Lorenzo De Barichara, then stroll the grounds of Cementerio Barichara, and finally admire the masterpieces at Casa de la Cultura Emiliano Pradilla Gonzalez.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Barichara trip builder.

Getting from San Agustin to Barichara by combination of bus, flight, and taxi takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Agustin in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Barichara, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Barichara

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cementerio  Barichara ©
Cementerio Barichara
Iglesia de Santa Lucia de Guane ©
Iglesia de Santa Lucia de Guane
Casa de la Cultura Emiliano Pradilla Gonzalez ©

2
nights
Medellin

Medellin ©
Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
On the 20th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Museo de Antioquia, then buy something for everyone on your list at Mayorca Mega Plaza, and then cruise along medellin 2000m DESCENT. On the next day, buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Santafé, then identify plant and animal life at Parque Arvi, and then buy something for everyone on your list at El Tesoro Parque Comercial.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Medellin trip planner.

Getting from Barichara to Medellin by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. April in Medellin sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Medellin

Shopping Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Mayorca Mega Plaza
Highlights from your plan
Mayorca Mega Plaza ©
Mayorca Mega Plaza
medellin 2000m DESCENT ©
medellin 2000m DESCENT
Museo de Antioquia ©
Museo de Antioquia

2
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
On the 22nd (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Spratt Bight, then look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, then see some colorful creatures with Aquanautas, and finally see the vivid underwater world at West View. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de San Luis, appreciate the history behind Plaza Canon de Morgan, then kick back and relax at Playa Charquitos, then stop by Esmeraldas Colombianas, and finally head off the coast to Johnny Cay.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Andres Island driving holiday planning site.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to San Andres Island takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Medellin in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 30°C in San Andres Island. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Providencia Island.

Things to do in San Andres Island

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

1
night
Providencia Island

Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
On the 24th (Wed), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then step off the mainland to explore Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Providencia Island online route planner.

Ride a ferry from San Andres Island to Providencia Island in 3 hours. In April in Providencia Island, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Providencia Island

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

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.
Get some cultural insight at Templo de Santo Domingo and Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. Step off the beaten path and head to Aviario Nacional de Colombia and Plaza de San Diego. Change things up with a short trip to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru (about 1h 05 min away). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Trinidad, look for gifts at Dantas Store, don't miss a visit to Plaza de La Trinidad, and contemplate the long history of Plaza Santo Domingo.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cartagena holiday builder site.

Getting from Providencia Island to Cartagena by combination of ferry and flight takes about 7.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Cartagena are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Isla Baru
Highlights from your plan
Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Iglesia de la Trinidad ©
Iglesia de la Trinidad

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 (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, then browse the different shops at Centro Comercial Zazue Plaza, and then kick back and relax at Cristal Beach. On the next day, walk around Parque de Los Novios and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Santa Marta trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April in Santa Marta, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Highlights from your plan
Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

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