8 days in Colombia Itinerary

8 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia route planner

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Santa Marta
— 2 nights
— 3 nights
San Andres Island
— 2 nights


Santa Marta

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, kick back and relax at Cristal Beach, and then get a sense of history and politics at Alcaldia de Santa Marta. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: observe the fascinating underwater world at Marine World Aquarium, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then make a trip to Parque de Los Novios.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta tour itinerary planner.

San Francisco, USA to Santa Marta is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Colombia Standard Time (COT) is 3 hours. In September, Santa Marta is somewhat warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 92°F and lows of 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip


— 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.
Barrio Getsemani and Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Speed Boats Tours and Plaza de San Diego. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Choco Museo, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, make a trip to Plaza de La Trinidad, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Monumento a JuanPablo II,Cartagena.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cartagena road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can fly to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

San Andres Island

— 2 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
On the 20th (Mon), kick back and relax at Playa Charquitos, then head outdoors with Aquanautas, then explore the gorgeous colors at West View, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Spratt Bight.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Andres Island trip planning site.

You can fly from Cartagena to San Andres Island in 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in San Andres Island can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Colombia travel guide

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.