19 days in Colombia Itinerary

19 days in Colombia Itinerary

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19 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Bogota
Fly:  3​h 15​min
1
San Agustin
— Few hours
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Villavieja
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  7​h 15​min
3
Leticia
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Bogota
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  7​h
5
Providencia Island
— 2 nights
Ferry:  3​h 30​min
6
San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Cartagena
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Taganga
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3​h
End: Bogota

few
hours
San Agustin

San Agustin ©
San Agustin remains best known for its archaeological sites, which include the World Heritage-listed San Agustin Archaeological Park.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): explore the ancient world of San Agustin Archaeological Park, then delve into the distant past at El Purutal, then pause for some photo ops at La Pelota - Estatuas A Color, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Agustin.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Agustin road trip app .

Bogota to San Agustin is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in February, expect warmer with lows of 24°C in San Agustin. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Villavieja.

Things to do in San Agustin

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
San Agustin Archaeological Park ©
San Agustin Archaeological Park
El Purutal ©
El Purutal
Iglesia de San Agustin ©
Iglesia de San Agustin

1
day
Villavieja

Villavieja ©
Clinging to the banks of the Magdalena River, Villavieja serves as a gateway to the Tatacoa Desert.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): examine the collection at Casa del Totumo and then identify plant and animal life at Desierto de la Tatacoa.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Villavieja road trip planning website .

Drive from San Agustin to Villavieja in 5.5 hours. Expect warmer weather when traveling from San Agustin in February: highs in Villavieja hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Leticia.

Things to do in Villavieja

Wildlife Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Desierto de la Tatacoa ©
Desierto de la Tatacoa
Casa del Totumo ©
Casa del Totumo

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 12th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Santander Park, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de La Paz. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Isla de Los Micos and then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Natural Tanimboca.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Leticia online vacation planner .

Explore your travel options from Villavieja to Leticia with the Route module. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Leticia

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Reserva Natural Tanimboca ©
Reserva Natural Tanimboca
Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico ©
Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico
Isla de Los Micos ©
Isla de Los Micos

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.
Get outdoors at Mount Monserrate and Mina de Sal de Nemocon. Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Iglesia de San Francisco are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Zipaquira (Catedral Diocesana & Catedral de Sal). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, examine the collection at Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica, and make a short side trip with Impulse Travel.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Bogota day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Leticia to Bogota takes 2.5 hours. While traveling from Leticia, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Bogota, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Mina de Sal de Nemocon
Highlights from your plan
Impulse Travel ©
Impulse Travel
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

2
nights
Providencia Island

Providencia Island ©
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Crab Cay and McBean Lagoon National Natural Park. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Almond Bay. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Morgan's Head and make a trip to The Peak Forestry Reserve.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Providencia Island travel planner .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Bogota to Providencia Island in 7 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in February: highs in Providencia Island hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

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

3
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Get in touch with nature at West View and La Piscinita. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Aquanautas and Primera Iglesia Bautista. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Spratt Bight, step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, stroll through Playa Charquitos, and look for gifts at Esmeraldas Colombianas.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island tour itinerary maker site .

Traveling by ferry from Providencia Island to San Andres Island takes 3.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Cayo El Acuario ©
Cayo El Acuario

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.
Get outdoors at Oceanario and Boats4U. Do some cultural sightseeing at Caribe Jewelry and Emerald Museum and Plaza de San Diego. When in Cartagena, make a side trip to see Aviario Nacional de Colombia in Isla Baru, approximately 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of San Felipe de Barajas Castle, appreciate the history behind Escultura de Adolfo Mejia, make a trip to La Popa Monastery, and choose your vessel at Arrecife Boat Rentals.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cartagena travel itinerary planner.

Getting from San Andres Island to Cartagena by flight takes about 3.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Taganga.

Things to do in Cartagena

Tours Transportation Outdoors

Side Trips

Aviario Nacional de Colombia, Oceanario
Highlights from your plan
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Boats4U ©
Boats4U
Plaza de San Diego ©
Plaza de San Diego

2
nights
Taganga

Known as a nightlife and scuba diving spot, Taganga became a major destination for backpackers and weekend revelers about a decade ago.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, see the interesting displays at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Parque de Los Novios, then get outside with El Rodadero, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Santa Marta.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Taganga travel planner.

Getting from Cartagena to Taganga by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Taganga

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Santa Marta
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

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