18 days in Colombia Itinerary

18 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Bogota
— 2 nights
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Leticia
— 2 nights
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Santa Marta
— 3 nights
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Cartagena
— 4 nights
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
— 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.
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Zona T are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Laguna de Guatavita and Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and don't miss a visit to Bolivar Square.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Bogota road trip planning tool.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Bogota is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Juan to Bogota is minus 1 hour. Traveling from San Juan in January, you will find days in Bogota are little chillier (23°C), and nights are cooler (7°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Leticia.

Things to do in Bogota

Nature · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trip

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 17th (Fri): head off the coast to Isla de Los Micos and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: 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.

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Traveling by flight from Bogota to Leticia takes 4.5 hours. When traveling from Bogota in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Leticia, with highs around 36°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Leticia

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and Iglesia San Jeronimo. Step out of the city life by going to Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona and Cristal Beach. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Santa Marta, stop by Yo Amo Santa Marta, and walk around Parque de Los Novios.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta trip planning app.

You can fly from Leticia to Santa Marta in 6.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Aviario Nacional de Colombia and Templo de Santo Domingo. Get some cultural insight at Barrio Getsemani and Walled City of Cartagena. Take a break from Cartagena with a short trip to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru, about 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Plaza de San Diego, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Trinidad, pause for some photo ops at La Gorda Gertrudis, and explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas.

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Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Providencia Island

— 1 night
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse Providence and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, snap pictures at Lover’s Lane, head off the coast to Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo, and then don't miss a visit to The Peak Forestry Reserve.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Providencia Island tour itinerary planning website.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cartagena to Providencia Island in 8 hours. In January in Providencia Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

San Andres Island

— 4 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa de Spratt Bight and Playa de San Luis. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Primera Iglesia Bautista and Plaza Canon de Morgan. And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see the interesting displays at Island House Museum, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Cayo El Acuario.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Providencia Island to San Andres Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. January in San Andres Island sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · 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.