18 days in Colombia Itinerary

18 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Cartagena
— 3 nights
Fly
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Bucaramanga
— 1 night
Bus
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San Gil
— 1 night
Drive
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Bogota
— 2 nights
Fly
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Leticia
— 2 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
— 1 night
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San Andres Island
— 3 nights
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Cartagena

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Centro Historico and Barrio Getsemani. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Alcaldia Mayor and Iglesia de la Trinidad. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and don't miss a visit to Centro de Convenciones Cartagena de Indias.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cartagena journey website.

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK to Cartagena is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Colombia Standard Time is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Newcastle upon Tyne in June, expect Cartagena to be much hotter, temps between 38°C and 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Bucaramanga.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Outdoors

1
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Bucaramanga

City of Parks

A tour of Bucaramanga may yield little evidence that it dates back as far as 1622.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional de Chicamocha.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Bucaramanga trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Bucaramanga takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cartagena in June, things will get slightly colder in Bucaramanga: highs are around 30°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can take a bus to San Gil.

Things to do in Bucaramanga

Parks · Nature

1
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San Gil

Colombia's Adventure Sport Capital

Providing some of the region's best opportunities for paragliding, rappelling, white-water rafting, kayaking, hiking, and caving, San Gil appeals to adventure seekers and nature lovers wishing to escape overcrowded Bogota, located several hours' drive to the south.
On the 2nd (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Juan Curi, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

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Take a bus from Bucaramanga to San Gil in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daily temperatures in San Gil can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Bogota.

Things to do in San Gil

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

2
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Bogota

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.
On the 3rd (Sat), stroll through Monserrate, then explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, then examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and finally steep yourself in history at Bolivar Square. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Catedral Primada, don't miss a visit to Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros, indulge in some personalized pampering at Esensal, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Arqueologico de Zipaquira.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Bogota trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from San Gil to Bogota in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Gil in July, things will get slightly colder in Bogota: highs are around 21°C and lows about 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Leticia.

Things to do in Bogota

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Leticia

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 5th (Mon): stroll around Parque Santander, step off the mainland to explore Isla de Los Micos, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: 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.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Leticia visit planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Leticia takes 4.5 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Bogota in July, with highs in Leticia at 36°C and lows at 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Leticia

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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Santa Marta

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana and Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino. Explore Santa Marta's surroundings by going to Minca (El Dorado Bird Reserve & Cascada de Marinka). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Cristal Beach, stop by Yo Amo Santa Marta, and don't miss a visit to Parque de Los Novios.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Marta road trip planning app.

You can fly from Leticia to Santa Marta in 6.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Leticia in July: high temperatures in Santa Marta hover around 39°C and lows are around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Providencia Island

Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse Providence.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Providencia Island day trip site.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and ferry from Santa Marta to Providencia Island takes 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 slightly colder, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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San Andres Island

The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like West View and Playa de Spratt Bight. Visiting Blue Life Centro de Buceo and Hoyo Soplador will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, Head underground at Morgan's Cave, relax and rejuvenate at Dream Island Spa, and step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Andres Island itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Providencia Island to San Andres Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July in San Andres Island, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

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.