21 days in Colombia Itinerary

21 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia planner

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Train to Paris CDG, Fly to Santa Marta
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Santa Marta
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Andres Island
— 5 nights
Fly to Providencia, Taxi to Providencia Island
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Providencia Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to San Andrés, Fly to Bogota
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Bogota
— 4 nights
Fly
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San Agustin
— 1 night
Fly
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Cartagena
— 5 nights
Fly to Amsterdam Schiphol, Train to Brussels

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Cristal Beach and Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Marine World Aquarium. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, stroll around Parque de Los Novios, and stop by Yo Amo Santa Marta.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Marta holiday planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Santa Marta is an approximately 18-hour combination of train and flight. Traveling from Brussels to Santa Marta, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brussels in July, you will find days in Santa Marta are a bit warmer (39°C), and nights are much hotter (30°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to fly to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

San Andres Island

— 5 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Get outdoors at West View and Playa de Spratt Bight. Relax by the water at Playa de San Luis and Bahia Cocoplum. There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, examine the collection at Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres, Head underground at Morgan's Cave, and head off the coast to Cayo Acuario.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Andres Island trip planner.

Getting from Santa Marta to San Andres Island by flight takes about 6.5 hours. When traveling from Santa Marta in July, plan for little chillier days in San Andres Island, with highs around 35°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Providencia Island

— 2 nights
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): experience the excitement of Lighthouse Providence, step off the mainland to explore Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo, and then make a trip to The Peak Forestry Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Morgan's Head and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Providencia Island travel website.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from San Andres Island to Providencia Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July, daytime highs in Providencia Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Bogota

— 4 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.
Visiting Laguna de Guatavita and Monserrate will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Catedral Primada de Bogota and Casa Museo Quevedo Zornoza. Change things up with these side-trips from Bogota: Museo Indigena Guatavita (in Guatavita) and Zipaquira (Catedral Diocesana, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, &more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), stop by Bta Capital, admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia Santa Helena.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Bogota trip itinerary tool.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Providencia Island to Bogota in 8.5 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Providencia Island in July: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 21°C and lows are around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to San Agustin.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Agustin

— 1 night
San Agustin remains best known for its archaeological sites, which include the World Heritage-listed San Agustin Archaeological Park.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Museo Precolombino Villa Real, explore the ancient world of San Agustin Archaeological Park, and then delve into the distant past at El Purutal.

Make your San Agustin itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Bogota to San Agustin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in July, San Agustin is much warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Agustin

Historic Sites · Museums

Cartagena

— 5 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.
Get in touch with nature at Speed Boats Tours and Aviario Nacional de Colombia. Popular historic sites such as Barrio Getsemani and Templo de Santo Domingo are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Anticuario El Arcon, steep yourself in history at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and examine the collection at Choco Museo.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cartagena day trip website.

Traveling by flight from San Agustin to Cartagena takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Agustin in July, you will find days in Cartagena are much hotter (38°C), and nights are a bit warmer (30°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Tours · 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.