16 days in Colombia Itinerary

16 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly
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Santa Marta
— 3 nights
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Bus to Cartagena, Fly to San Andres Island, Ferry to Providencia Island
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Providencia Island
— 2 nights
Taxi to Providencia, Fly to San Andres Island
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San Andres Island
— 2 nights
Fly
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Cartagena
— 5 nights
Fly to Amsterdam Schiphol, Train to Paris

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Bogota

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Laguna de Guatavita and La Catedral Primada. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo Nacional de Colombia and Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica. Explore Bogota's surroundings by going to Plaza de la Independecia (in Zipaquira), Mina de Sal de Nemocon (in Nemocon) and Museo Indigena Guatavita (in Guatavita). The adventure continues: explore the landscape on two wheels at Ciclovia de Bogota and walk around Parque Metropolitano Simon Bolivar.

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Paris, France to Bogota is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Paris to Bogota due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Paris in July: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 21°C and lows are around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Marta

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cristal Beach and Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, don't miss a visit to Parque de Los Novios, stop by Yo Amo Santa Marta, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Marine World Aquarium.

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You can fly from Bogota to Santa Marta in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in July: high temperatures in Santa Marta hover around 39°C and lows are around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Providencia Island

— 2 nights
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
On the 29th (Wed), make a trip to The Peak Forestry Reserve, step off the mainland to explore Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo, and then enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse Providence. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Morgan's Head and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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Do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry from Santa Marta to Providencia Island in 11.5 hours. Traveling from Santa Marta in July, expect nights in Providencia Island to be about the same, around 31°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

San Andres Island

— 2 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, see the vivid underwater world at West View, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de San Luis. On the next day, pause for some photo ops at Plaza Canon de Morgan, kick back and relax at Playa de Spratt Bight, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and finally pause for some photo ops at La Barracuda.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Providencia Island to San Andres Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. July in San Andres Island sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Cartagena

— 5 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Barrio Getsemani and Centro Historico. Get a sense of the local culture at Speed Boats Tours and Templo de Santo Domingo. The adventure continues: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, see the interesting displays at Choco Museo, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral Basilica of St. Catherine of Alexandria, and make a trip to Plaza de San Diego.

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Fly from San Andres Island to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. August in Cartagena sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
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.