7 days in Colombia Itinerary

7 days in Colombia Itinerary

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7 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: San Salvador
Fly:  3​h
1
Bogota
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Cartagena
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Isla Baru
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Cartagena
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Santa Marta
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Tayrona National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Cartagena
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: San Salvador

1
night
Bogota

Bogota ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Barrio La Candelaria, Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica and BBC Cerveceria. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Bolivar plaza, then make a trip to Monserrate, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at BBC Cerveceria.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Bogota day trip planner .

San Salvador, El Salvador to Bogota is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Salvador to Bogota. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from San Salvador in January, with highs in Bogota at 23°C and lows at 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Nature
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Torre del Reloj, Plaza Bolivar and Museo Historico de Cartagena de Indias. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Plaza de La Trinidad.

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

Getting from Bogota to Cartagena by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in January: highs in Cartagena hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Isla Baru.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Museums
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Plaza Bolivar ©
Plaza Bolivar

1
day
Isla Baru

Isla Baru
Lying south of Cartagena, Isla Baru was connected to the mainland until the construction of the Canal del Dique.
To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Isla Baru trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Cartagena to Isla Baru in 1.5 hours. You will leave for Cartagena on the 6th (Mon).

Things to do in Isla Baru

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

1
night
Cartagena

Cartagena
For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cartagena trip maker site .

You can drive from Isla Baru to Cartagena in 1.5 hours. You'll set off for Santa Marta on the 7th (Tue).

Things to do in Cartagena

Tours Outdoors Nightlife

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, and then don't miss a visit to El Amanuense Libros & Cafe.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Santa Marta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Nature Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
El Amanuense Libros & Cafe ©
El Amanuense Libros & Cafe

1
day
Tayrona National Park

Tayrona National Park
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cabo San Juan Del Guia.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tayrona National Park route planning website .

Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park takes 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Beaches Outdoors Nature

1
night
Cartagena

Cartagena ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Museo Historico de Cartagena de Indias. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): examine the collection at Museo Historico de Cartagena de Indias.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cartagena trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Tayrona National Park to Cartagena takes 5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Museums
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