6 days in Santa Marta & Cartagena Itinerary

6 days in Santa Marta & Cartagena Itinerary

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Fly to Barranquilla, Bus to Santa Marta
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Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cartagena
— 3 nights
Fly

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Santa Marta

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Scuba & Snorkeling. Get in touch with nature at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona and Playa Blanca. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Parque de Los Novios and look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Marta travel route planning site.

Bucaramanga to Santa Marta is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Bucaramanga in December; daily highs in Santa Marta reach 39°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

3
nights
Cartagena

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Museo del Oro Zenu. Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory and Museo Historico de Cartagena de Indias will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of Cartagena with an excursion to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru--about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, and admire the striking features of Las Bovedas.

To see reviews and more tourist information, refer to the Cartagena online trip planner.

Drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip