11 days in Colombia Itinerary

11 days in Colombia Itinerary

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11 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 45​min
2
Cali
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
San Andres Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Isla Baru
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
5
Cartagena
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: New York City

3
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 18th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El Lugar De Su Presencia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Salt Cathedral, then examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Francisco.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Bogota trip itinerary planner.

New York City, USA to Bogota is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of car and flight. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from New York City in February: highs in Bogota hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cali.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, Laguna de Guatavita
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Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

2
nights
Cali

Cali ©
Learning how to salsa may be the most popular thing to do in Cali, but this giant city in southwestern Colombia represents more than just the "Salsa Capital of the World." Home to over 2 million people, thriving Cali serves as a major commercial and industrial center in South America, boasting the fastest-growing economy in Colombia.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de San Antonio, then admire the landmark architecture of El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada), then meet the residents at Zoologico de Cali, and finally pause for some photo ops at Cristo Rey. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Museo Aereo Fenix, see the interesting displays at Museo de la Cana de Azucar, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Ermita, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Francisco.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cali trip generator.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Bogota to Cali takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in February: high temperatures in Cali hover around 86°F and lows are around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cali

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Museo Aereo Fenix ©
Museo Aereo Fenix
Iglesia de San Antonio ©
Iglesia de San Antonio
Iglesia La Ermita ©
Iglesia La Ermita

2
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 23rd (Thu), step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Primera Iglesia Bautista, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de San Luis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Blow Hole, then identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Spratt Bight.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Cali to San Andres Island in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Cali in February, San Andres Island is a bit warmer at night with lows of 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Isla Baru.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
Primera Iglesia Bautista ©
Primera Iglesia Bautista

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.
On the 25th (Sat), kick back and relax at Playa Blanca.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Isla Baru trip builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from San Andres Island to Isla Baru takes 2.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Isla Baru can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Isla Baru

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of San Felipe de Barajas Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Convento La Popa de la Galera, and then steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Playa De Punta Arena, then deepen your understanding at Plaza Santo Domingo, then make a trip to Plaza Bolivar, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cartagena trip builder.

Getting from Isla Baru to Cartagena by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

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