16 days in Colombia Itinerary

16 days in Colombia Itinerary

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San Andres Island
— 3 nights
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Bogota
— 3 nights
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Leticia
— 2 nights
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Santa Marta
— 2 nights
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Cartagena
— 5 nights
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San Andres Island

— 3 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Step off the beaten path and head to West View and Playa de Spratt Bight. Visiting La Piscinita and Johnny Cay will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with Caribe Extremo, examine the collection at Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres, indulge in some personalized pampering at Fish Spa Island, and take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador.

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Toronto, Canada to San Andres Island is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Toronto in January, things will get much warmer in San Andres Island: highs are around 84°F and lows about 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Bogota.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Laguna de Guatavita and Monserrate. Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira in Zipaquira (about 54 minutes away). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, contemplate the long history of Bolivar Square, and look for gifts at Vitrina Guayca.

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You can fly from San Andres Island to Bogota in 4 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in January, you will find days in Bogota are little chillier (68°F), and nights are cooler (44°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Leticia.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Leticia

— 2 nights
Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): head off the coast to Isla de Los Micos and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): walk around Parque Santander, then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Natural Tanimboca, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Bioparque Etuena.

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Traveling by flight from Bogota to Leticia takes 3.5 hours. While traveling from Bogota, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Leticia, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can fly to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Leticia

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, then stroll through Cristal Beach, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Marine World Aquarium. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at La Basilica Yoga Studio & Boutique.

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You can fly from Leticia to Santa Marta in 6.5 hours. January in Santa Marta sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Aviario Nacional de Colombia and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Popular historic sites such as Walled City of Cartagena and Templo de Santo Domingo are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Plaza de San Diego, step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

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Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Cartagena are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Parks

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.