18 days in Colombia Itinerary

18 days in Colombia Itinerary

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18 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Zagreb
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Cartagena
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  7 h
2
San Agustin
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  8 h 30 min
3
Leticia
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  7 h
4
San Gil
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5 h 15 min
5
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  7 h 30 min
6
Providencia Island
— 1 night
Ferry:  2 h 45 min
7
San Andres Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
8
Medellin
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  20 h 15 min
End: Zagreb

4
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.
Visit Templo de Santo Domingo and Centro Historico for their historical value. Get in touch with nature at Aviario Nacional de Colombia and Playa de Bocagrande. Change things up with a short trip to Playa Puntilla in Isla Baru (about 1h 05 min away). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Barrio Getsemani, glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Santo Toribio, and make a trip to Centro de Convenciones Cartagena de Indias.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cartagena vacation maker tool .

Zagreb, Croatia to Cartagena is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Zagreb to Cartagena. In April, Cartagena is much hotter than Zagreb - with highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Agustin.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Isla Baru
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Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo
Barrio Getsemani ©
Barrio Getsemani

1
night
San Agustin

San Agustin ©
San Agustin remains best known for its archaeological sites, which include the World Heritage-listed San Agustin Archaeological Park.
On the 12th (Sun), appreciate the history behind La Chaquira, contemplate the waterfront views at Estrecho Del Magdalena, explore the ancient world of Alto de las Chinas, then delve into the distant past at San Agustin Archaeological Park, and finally examine the collection at Museo Precolombino Villa Real.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Agustin trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Cartagena to San Agustin in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Cartagena in April, plan for colder days and little chillier nights in San Agustin: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Leticia.

Things to do in San Agustin

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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San Agustin Archaeological Park ©
San Agustin Archaeological Park
Estrecho Del Magdalena ©
Estrecho Del Magdalena
La Chaquira ©
La Chaquira

1
night
Leticia

Leticia ©
Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at El Jardin de la Victoria Regia, observe the fascinating underwater world at Bioparque Etuena, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de La Paz, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Amazon Maguta Jungle Lodge. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Balneario Arbelaez, then head outdoors with La Ruta de Eware, and then examine the collection at Museo Etnografico.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Leticia trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from San Agustin to Leticia takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from San Agustin in April, expect nights in Leticia to be a bit warmer, around 26°C, while days are warmer, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Gil.

Things to do in Leticia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Amazon Maguta Jungle Lodge ©
Amazon Maguta Jungle Lodge
Catedral de Nuestra Senora de La Paz ©
Catedral de Nuestra Senora de La Paz
Balneario Arbelaez ©
Balneario Arbelaez

1
night
San Gil

San Gil ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): get outside with Rios y Canoas Colombia, head outdoors with Planeta Azul, head outdoors with Bungee Extremo San Gil, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia Catedral de Santa Cruz, and finally walk around Parque La Libertad.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Gil planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Leticia to San Gil takes 7 hours. Traveling from Leticia in April, expect San Gil to be little chillier, temps between 30°C and 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in San Gil

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Rios y Canoas Colombia ©
Rios y Canoas Colombia
Planeta Azul ©
Planeta Azul
Bungee Extremo San Gil ©
Bungee Extremo San Gil

2
nights
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.
On the 16th (Thu), admire the striking features of Alcaldia de Santa Marta, explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, then kick back and relax at Cristal Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Playa de las 7 Olas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Parque de Los Novios, then see the interesting displays at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Grande.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Marta trip planner.

Getting from San Gil to Santa Marta by combination of bus and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In April, Santa Marta is a bit warmer than San Gil - with highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Taganga, Playa de las 7 Olas
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Grande ©
Playa Grande
Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach

1
night
Providencia Island

Providencia Island ©
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Morgan's Head, step off the mainland to explore Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo, and then don't miss a visit to The Peak Forestry Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at McBean Lagoon National Natural Park and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Providencia Island online trip builder .

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. While traveling from Santa Marta, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Providencia Island, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo ©
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo
Scuba & Snorkeling
McBean Lagoon National Natural Park ©

1
night
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Primera Iglesia Bautista, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Spratt Bight, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then pause for some photo ops at Plaza Canon de Morgan, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Charquitos.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island attractions planning site .

Traveling by ferry from Providencia Island to San Andres Island takes 3 hours. In April in San Andres Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
Scuba & Snorkeling
Primera Iglesia Bautista ©
Primera Iglesia Bautista

3
nights
Medellin

Medellin ©
Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): cruise along 2000m Descent and more, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San José del Poblado, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Guatape Dam and then head outdoors with ALTITUDE.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Medellin trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Medellin takes 3.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Andres Island in April, with highs in Medellin at 32°C and lows at 20°C. On the 23rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Guatape
Highlights from your plan
medellin 2000m DESCENT ©
medellin 2000m DESCENT
Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica ©
Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica
Iglesia San José del Poblado ©
Iglesia San José del Poblado

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