8 days in Colombia Itinerary

8 days in Colombia Itinerary

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8 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  8 h 15 min
1
Cartagena
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Santa Marta
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  3 h
3
Bogota
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
4
San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  11 h 15 min
End: Toronto

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, then take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Zenu, then don't miss a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cartagena day trip planning website .

Toronto, Canada to Cartagena is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Toronto in December, with highs in Cartagena at 37°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Museums
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver ©
Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver

1
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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 26th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta day trip planner.

Drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Santa Marta are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Nature
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), stroll through Monserrate, and then make a trip to Bolivar plaza. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and then stop by Vitrina Guayca.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Bogota online route planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Santa Marta to Bogota takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Santa Marta in December, things will get much colder in Bogota: highs are around 22°C and lows about 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
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Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©

3
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 29th (Sun), see the vivid underwater world at West View, identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita, and then head off the coast to Johnny Cay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Esmeraldas Colombianas, kick back and relax at Playa Charquitos, then appreciate the history behind Plaza Canon de Morgan, then look for all kinds of wild species at Cayo El Acuario, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Andres Island road trip planner .

You can fly from Bogota to San Andres Island in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Bogota in December, you will find days in San Andres Island are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are much hotter (29°C). On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

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