16 days in Colombia Itinerary

16 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia trip planner

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Bogota
— 2 nights
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San Agustin
— 1 night
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Bus to Florencia, Fly to San Andres Island, Ferry to Providencia Island
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Providencia Island
— 1 night
Taxi to Providencia, Fly to San Andres Island
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San Andres Island
— 2 nights
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Leticia
— 1 night
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Santa Marta
— 1 night
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Cartagena
— 4 nights
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Bogota

— 2 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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis, visit Zona G Bogota, and then don't miss a visit to Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Bogota trip itinerary builder.

Ottawa, Canada to Bogota is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. When traveling from Ottawa in November, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Bogota: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to San Agustin.

Things to do in Bogota

Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping · Museums

San Agustin

— 1 night
San Agustin remains best known for its archaeological sites, which include the World Heritage-listed San Agustin Archaeological Park.
On the 18th (Sun), delve into the distant past at San Agustin Archaeological Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Estrecho Del Magdalena, then appreciate the history behind El Purutal, then admire the sheer force of El Salto del Mortino, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Agustin.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Agustin tour planner.

You can fly from Bogota to San Agustin in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect much hotter evenings in San Agustin when traveling from Bogota in November, with lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in San Agustin

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Providencia Island

— 1 night
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
On the 19th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at McBean Lagoon National Natural Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse Providence, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Bay.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Providencia Island trip tool.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry from San Agustin to Providencia Island in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from San Agustin in November; daily highs in Providencia Island reach 35°C and lows reach 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

San Andres Island

— 2 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
On the 21st (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Spratt Bight, step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, then see the interesting displays at Island House Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Aquanautas, then identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita, and then look for all kinds of wild species at West View.

Plan my day in San Andres Island using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Providencia Island to San Andres Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In November, daily temperatures in San Andres Island can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Leticia.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Leticia

— 1 night
Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de La Paz, then look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Natural Tanimboca. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Parque Santander, then examine the collection at Museo Etnografico, and then head off the coast to Isla de Los Micos.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Leticia driving holiday planner.

Getting from San Andres Island to Leticia by flight takes about 8.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Leticia are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Leticia

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Santa Marta

— 1 night

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 25th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Paseo El Camellon, see the interesting displays at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, stroll through Playa Grande, then explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Santa Marta. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Santa Marta online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Leticia to Santa Marta takes 6.5 hours. November in Santa Marta sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Cartagena

— 4 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Iglesia de la Trinidad and Templo de Santo Domingo. Get a sense of the local culture at Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Boats4U. Step out of Cartagena to go to Isla Baru and see Aviario Nacional de Colombia, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, learn about all things military at Museo Naval Del Caribe, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ermita Nuestra Senora De La Candelaria, and make a trip to Plaza de la Aduana.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Cartagena road trip planning site.

Getting from Santa Marta to Cartagena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Transportation · Tours · Outdoors

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.