16 days in Colombia Itinerary

16 days in Colombia Itinerary

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16 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Stockholm
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Medellin
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  7​h 30​min
2
Providencia Island
— 1 night
ferry:  2​h 45​min
3
San Andres Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  3​h
4
Santa Marta
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Cartagena
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Stockholm

4
nights
Medellin

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Take a break from the city and head to 2000m Descent and more and Laguna de Guatape. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Thermal Spas. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at El Castillo Museo y Jardines, see the sky in a new way at Planetario de Medellin, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno, and take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Medellin trip planning site .

Stockholm, Sweden to Medellin is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Stockholm to Medellin is minus 6 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Stockholm in December: high temperatures in Medellin hover around 32°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Wildlife Museums
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
El Castillo Museo y Jardines ©
El Castillo Museo y Jardines
Planetario de Medellin ©
Planetario de Medellin

1
night
Providencia Island

Providencia Island ©
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Morgan's Head and then step off the mainland to explore Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to The Peak Forestry Reserve and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Providencia Island journey planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Medellin to Providencia Island takes 7.5 hours. Traveling from Medellin in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 29°C in Providencia Island. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo ©
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo
Scuba & Snorkeling
The Peak Forestry Reserve ©
The Peak Forestry Reserve

1
night
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at West View, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then kick back and relax at Playa de Spratt Bight.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from Providencia Island to San Andres Island in 3 hours. In December in San Andres Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
Parasailing & Paragliding

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to El Rodadero and Cristal Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana and Bahia concha Santa Marta Colombia. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Ensenada de Chengue, get a sense of history and politics at Alcaldia de Santa Marta, explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, and stroll around Parque de Los Novios.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta trip itinerary tool .

Getting from San Andres Island to Santa Marta by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from San Andres Island, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Marta, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Bahia concha Santa Marta Colombia ©
Bahia concha Santa Marta Colombia
El Rodadero ©
El Rodadero

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Aviario Nacional de Colombia and Iglesia de la Trinidad. Get a sense of the local culture at Speed Boats Tours and Walking tours. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Barrio Getsemani, examine the collection at Casa Museo Rafael Nunez, make a trip to Plaza de La Trinidad, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cartagena day trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Highlights from your plan
Barrio Getsemani ©
Barrio Getsemani
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Speed Boats Tours

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