36 days in Oranjestad & Colombia Itinerary

36 days in Oranjestad & Colombia Itinerary

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Oranjestad, Aruba
— 5 nights
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Medellin, Colombia
— 11 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Bogota, Colombia
— 4 nights
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Leticia, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly to San Andres Island, Ferry to Providencia Island
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Providencia Island, Colombia
— 3 nights
Taxi to Providencia, Fly to San Andres Island
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San Andres Island, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Calarca, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Oranjestad, Aruba

— 5 nights
When vacationing on Aruba, don't miss taking a tour of Oranjestad, the capital of the small Caribbean island.
Get in touch with nature at Baby Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Visit California Lighthouse and Fort Zoutman Historical Museum for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: explore the gorgeous colors at Malmok Reef, enjoy the sand and surf at Surfside Beach, stroll through Boca Cataavlina, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Oranjestad trip planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Oranjestad is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. Traveling from Philadelphia to Oranjestad, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, Oranjestad is much hotter than Philadelphia - with highs of 86°F and lows of 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Medellin.

Things to do in Oranjestad

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Medellin, Colombia

— 11 nights

City of the Eternal Spring

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Step off the beaten path and head to Museo de Antioquia and Parque Arvi. Popular historic sites such as Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen and Parroquia la Nina Maria are in your itinerary. Explore Medellin's surroundings by going to Museo Historico Casa de la Convencion de Rionegro (in Rionegro), Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol (in Penol) and Cementerio Jardines Montesacro (in Itagui). There's much more to do: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Medellin tour planner.

You can fly from Oranjestad to Medellin in 4.5 hours. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Colombia Standard Time (COT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In February, Medellin is slightly colder than Oranjestad - with highs of 82°F and lows of 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Cartagena.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cartagena, Colombia

— 3 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 some cultural insight at Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Templo de Santo Domingo. Your inner history buff will appreciate Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria and Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver. And it doesn't end there: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, don't miss a visit to Plaza Fernandez Madrid, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and examine the collection at Casa Museo Rafael Nunez.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cartagena trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Cartagena takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Medellin in February, things will get a bit warmer in Cartagena: highs are around 88°F and lows about 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Bogota.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Tours · Spas · Museums

Bogota, Colombia

— 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica. Explore hidden gems such as Laguna de Guatavita and Ciclovia de Bogota. Take a break from Bogota with a short trip to Museo Indigena Guatavita in Guatavita, about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of Museo Santa Clara, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Colombia, take an in-depth tour of Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Primada de Bogota.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bogota trip planner.

Getting from Cartagena to Bogota by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cartagena in February, expect nights in Bogota to be much colder, around 46°F, while days are little chillier, around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Leticia.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Leticia, Colombia

— 3 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 22nd (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Isla de Los Micos and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Amazon Maguta Jungle Lodge and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de La Paz.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Leticia trip builder app.

You can fly from Bogota to Leticia in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Bogota in February, you will find days in Leticia are a bit warmer (87°F), and nights are much warmer (73°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Leticia

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Providencia Island, Colombia

— 3 nights
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo and Santa Catalina. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Cayo Tres Hermanos. The adventure continues: stroll through Fort Bay, head outdoors with Almond Bay, take in the dramatic natural features at Morgan's Head, and experience the excitement of Lighthouse Providence.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Providencia Island online vacation planner.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Leticia to Providencia Island in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi. In February in Providencia Island, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 77°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

San Andres Island, Colombia

— 3 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Get some historical perspective at Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana and Plaza Canon de Morgan. Do some cultural sightseeing at Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres and Island House Museum. And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at West View, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Spratt Bight, and explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Andres Island route planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Providencia Island to San Andres Island in 3 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. February in San Andres Island sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 76°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Calarca.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Calarca, Colombia

— 2 nights
Nature takes pride of place in Calarca, a small city in Colombia's coffee axis.
On the 3rd (Wed), stop by Maderitas Jugueteria, then tour the pleasant surroundings at El Palacio del Barbas, and then savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico del Quindio and then don't miss a visit to Recuca (Recorrido De La Cultura Cafetera).

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Calarca trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Calarca takes 6.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Calarca when traveling from San Andres Island in March, with lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Calarca

Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Aruba travel guide

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Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Gift & Specialty Shops
Happy Island
A Dutch outpost in the Caribbean, sun-drenched Aruba provides a mix of modern seaside resorts and quiet coastal areas ideal for those wishing to escape the crowds. Vacations in Aruba, known affectionately as the "Happy Island," generally combine water-based activities with tours of the untamed backcountry, where you can discover unusual rock formations, historic churches, ostrich farms, and animal sanctuaries. Island capital Oranjestad offers some of the finest shopping and cultural sightseeing in Aruba, with an eco-friendly electric streetcar providing quick access to all of the city's major attractions, including numerous shops, restaurants, and hotels.

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.