22 days in Colombia Itinerary

22 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Start: Vancouver
Fly + Drive:  21 h 15 min
1
Providencia Island
— 2 nights
Ferry:  2 h 45 min
2
San Andres Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Medellin
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
4
Leticia
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  4 h 15 min
5
Zipaquira
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
6
San Gil
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5 h 15 min
7
Santa Marta
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
8
Cartagena
— 4 nights
Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: Vancouver

2
nights
Providencia Island

Providencia Island ©
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Step off the beaten path and head to Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo and The Peak Forestry Reserve. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and McBean Lagoon National Natural Park will get you outdoors. It doesn't end there: enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse Providence and take in the views from Lover’s Lane.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Providencia Island trip itinerary builder.

Vancouver, Canada to Providencia Island is an approximately 25- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Colombia Standard Time is 3 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Vancouver in December: high temperatures in Providencia Island hover around 34°C and lows are around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

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

2
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
On the 23rd (Mon), appreciate the history behind Plaza Canon de Morgan, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Charquitos, see some colorful creatures with Aquanautas, then see the vivid underwater world at West View, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Cocoplum Bay. On the next day, kick back and relax at Playa de Spratt Bight, look for gifts at Esmeraldas Colombianas, and then kick back and relax at Bahia del Cove.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Andres Island trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Providencia Island to San Andres Island takes 3 hours. In December in San Andres Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
Aquanautas ©
Aquanautas
West View
West View

2
nights
Medellin

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): examine the collection at Casa Museo Pedro Nel Gomez, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia del Senor de las Misericordias, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Arvi. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Ignacio de Loyola, admire the striking features of Iglesia San Juan de Dios, identify plant and animal life at Las Tangaras Bird Reserve, then get engrossed in the history at Museo de Antioquia, and finally view the masterpieces at Arte Loft Galeria.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Medellin visit planner.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Medellin takes 3.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Medellin when traveling from San Andres Island in December, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Leticia.

Things to do in Medellin

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Casa Museo Pedro Nel Gomez ©
Casa Museo Pedro Nel Gomez
Iglesia de San Ignacio de Loyola ©
Iglesia de San Ignacio de Loyola

3
nights
Leticia

Leticia ©
Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
Visiting Isla de Los Micos and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico and Reserva Natural Tanimboca. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Amazon Maguta Jungle Lodge, stroll around Parque Santander, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de La Paz.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Leticia trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Leticia takes 4 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Medellin in December; daily highs in Leticia reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Zipaquira.

Things to do in Leticia

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

2
nights
Zipaquira

Zipaquira ©
A tour of Zipaquira, the salt-mining capital of Colombia, remains one of the best day-trip ideas from Bogota.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): have fun and explore at Museo Arqueologico de Zipaquira, then Head underground at Esensal, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Laguna de Guatavita. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Casa Museo Quevedo Zornoza, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Diocesana, then take a stroll around Plaza de la Independecia, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Mina de Sal de Nemocon.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Zipaquira travel route planning website.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Leticia to Zipaquira in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to San Gil.

Things to do in Zipaquira

Nature Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Laguna de Guatavita, Mina de Sal de Nemocon
Highlights from your plan
Mina de Sal de Nemocon ©
Mina de Sal de Nemocon
Catedral Diocesana ©
Catedral Diocesana
Esensal ©
Esensal

3
nights
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.
Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Parasailing & Paragliding. Discover out-of-the-way places like Parapente Fenixtreme and Iglesia Nuestra Senora de Chiquinquira El Socorro. Take a break from San Gil with a short trip to Parque Nacional de Chicamocha in Bucaramanga, about 1h 10 min away. There's more to do: head outdoors with Bungee Extremo San Gil.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Gil online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Zipaquira to San Gil takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In December in San Gil, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in San Gil

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Parque Nacional de Chicamocha, Iglesia Nuestra Senora de Chiquinquira El Socorro
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Parasailing & Paragliding
Parapente Fenixtreme ©
Parapente Fenixtreme

1
night
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.
On the 4th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and then stroll through Cristal Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at El Dorado Bird Reserve, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Jeronimo, and then walk around Parque de Los Novios.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Santa Marta trip maker site.

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. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from San Gil in January; daily highs in Santa Marta reach 39°C and lows reach 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

El Dorado Bird Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
El Dorado Bird Reserve ©
El Dorado Bird Reserve
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Aviario Nacional de Colombia and Plaza de San Diego. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Barrio Getsemani and Centro de Convenciones Cartagena de Indias. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo, stop by La Casa del Joyero, make a trip to Plaza de La Trinidad, and pause for some photo ops at La Gorda Gertrudis.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Cartagena trip builder tool.

You can drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. You'll set off for home on the 9th (Thu).

Things to do in Cartagena

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

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

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