20 days in Colombia Itinerary

20 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Bus to Barranquilla, Fly to Bucaramanga
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Bucaramanga
— 2 nights
Bus
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San Gil
— 2 nights
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Bus to Bucaramanga, Fly to Florencia, Bus to San Agustin
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San Agustin
— 2 nights
Bus to Florencia, Fly to Leticia
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Leticia
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Andres Island
— 2 nights
Fly to Providencia, Taxi to Providencia Island
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Providencia Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to San Andrés, Fly to Cartagena
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Cartagena
— 4 nights
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Santa Marta

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cristal Beach, and then stop by Yo Amo Santa Marta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): stroll around Parque de Los Novios, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marine World Aquarium.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Santa Marta trip maker.

Rome, Italy to Santa Marta is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Santa Marta is minus 6 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Rome in December: high temperatures in Santa Marta hover around 39°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Bucaramanga.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Bucaramanga

— 2 nights

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 27th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional de Chicamocha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Panachi and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Holy Family.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Bucaramanga tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Santa Marta to Bucaramanga takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Santa Marta in December: high temperatures in Bucaramanga hover around 30°C and lows are around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to San Gil.

Things to do in Bucaramanga

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

San Gil

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Monumento al Buey, make a trip to Capilla de Santa Barbara, then admire the masterpieces at Casa de la Cultura Emiliano Pradilla Gonzalez, and finally admire the sheer force of Cascada de Juan Curi. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Parque La Libertad and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Gil trip builder tool.

Traveling by bus from Bucaramanga to San Gil takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Agustin.

Things to do in San Gil

Adventure · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

San Agustin

— 2 nights
San Agustin remains best known for its archaeological sites, which include the World Heritage-listed San Agustin Archaeological Park.
On the 31st (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Lourdes, then appreciate the history behind La Chaquira, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Estrecho Del Magdalena. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at San Agustin Archaeological Park and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Precolombino Villa Real.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Agustin travel planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from San Gil to San Agustin in 11 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from San Gil in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Agustin, with lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Leticia.

Things to do in San Agustin

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

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 2nd (Sat): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then step off the mainland to explore Isla de Los Micos. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Balneario Arbelaez, then identify plant and animal life at Reserva Natural Tanimboca, and then stroll around Parque Santander.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Leticia trip itinerary builder website.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from San Agustin to Leticia in 9.5 hours. Traveling from San Agustin in January, expect Leticia to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Leticia

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

San Andres Island

— 2 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de San Luis, explore the gorgeous colors at West View, and then identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Plaza Canon de Morgan, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Spratt Bight, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally pause for some photo ops at La Barracuda.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Andres Island trip planner.

You can fly from Leticia to San Andres Island in 8.5 hours. In January in San Andres Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Providencia Island

— 2 nights
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
On the 6th (Wed), make a trip to The Peak Forestry Reserve, step off the mainland to explore Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo, and then catch some excitement at Lighthouse Providence. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Providencia Island tour itinerary maker website.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from San Andres Island to Providencia Island in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

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.
Visiting Aviario Nacional de Colombia and Speed Boats Tours will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Barrio Getsemani and Iglesia de la Trinidad. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria, admire the striking features of Plaza de Toros Cartagena de Indias, and make a trip to Plaza de San Diego.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cartagena trip itinerary planning website.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Providencia Island to Cartagena in 8 hours. In January in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
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.