18 days in Colombia Itinerary

18 days in Colombia Itinerary

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18 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Cartagena
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  7​h 30​min
3
Providencia Island
— 1 night
Ferry:  2​h 45​min
4
San Andres Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Leticia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Tel Aviv

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Bairro Getsemani and Iglesia de la Trinidad. Discover out-of-the-way places like Aviario Nacional de Colombia and La Gorda Gertrudis. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Plaza de San Diego, steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cartagena trip builder app .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Cartagena is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Cartagena due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in January, things will get much warmer in Cartagena: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trip

Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Highlights from your plan
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Barrio Getsemani ©
Barrio Getsemani
Plaza de San Diego ©
Plaza de San Diego

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): examine the collection at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cristal Beach. On the next day, look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Marta online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Nature Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

1
night
Providencia Island

Providencia Island ©
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
On the 7th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Morgan's Head and then head off the coast to Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to The Peak Forestry Reserve, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse Providencia.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Providencia Island trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Santa Marta to Providencia Island in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. When traveling from Santa Marta in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Providencia Island: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo ©
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo
Scuba & Snorkeling
Morgan's Head ©
Morgan's Head

4
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
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 Primera Iglesia Bautista. Escape the urban bustle at Playa de Spratt Bight and Playa de San Luis. The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, head off the coast to Johnny Cay, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

Take the guesswork out of planning a San Andres Island vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Providencia Island to San Andres Island by ferry takes about 3 hours. January in San Andres Island sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Leticia.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
Scuba & Snorkeling
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita

2
nights
Leticia

Leticia ©
Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
On the 13th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico, look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Natural Tanimboca, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de La Paz. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Isla de Los Micos and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Leticia tour builder tool .

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Leticia takes 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Leticia

Wildlife Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico ©
Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico
Reserva Natural Tanimboca ©
Reserva Natural Tanimboca
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Bogota

Bogota ©
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Laguna de Guatavita and Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar. Step out of Bogota to go to Zipaquira and see Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, which is approximately 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, steep yourself in history at Bolivar plaza, and explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Bogota online journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Leticia to Bogota takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Leticia in January, expect nights in Bogota to be much colder, around 7°C, while days are little chillier, around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Laguna de Guatavita, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Highlights from your plan
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

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