11 days in Colombia Itinerary

11 days in Colombia Itinerary

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11 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Madrid
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Bogota
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  2​h
2
Santa Marta
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Cartagena
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
San Andres Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Medellin
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Madrid

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Francisco, then examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), then admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Monserrate.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bogota vacation trip planner.

Madrid, Spain to Bogota is an approximately 14-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Colombia Time (COT), which is usually a -6 hour difference. In April, daytime highs in Bogota are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Bogota

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Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

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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.
On the 9th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Santa Marta and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Acuario Mundo Marino and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Santa Marta trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Bogota to Santa Marta in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Bogota in April, with highs in Santa Marta at 39°C and lows at 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Catedral de Santa Marta ©
Catedral de Santa Marta

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.
On the 11th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, then take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Zenu, then gain insight at Plaza Santo Domingo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of San Felipe de Barajas Castle and then kick back and relax at Playa Blanca.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cartagena tour planner.

Take a bus from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Playa Blanca
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena

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nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
San Andres Island is known for nature, sightseeing, wildlife areas, beaches, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, explore the fascinating underground world of Morgan's Cave, pause for some serene contemplation at Primera Iglesia Bautista, and stroll through Playa de San Luis.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Andres Island online itinerary creator.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Cartagena to San Andres Island takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in April, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

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night
Medellin

Medellin ©
Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
On the 16th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Arvi Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Pueblito Paisa, then admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Medellin, then get engrossed in the history at Museo de Antioquia, and finally make a trip to Plaza Botero.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Medellin tour planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from San Andres Island to Medellin in 2.5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Andres Island in April: high temperatures in Medellin hover around 32°C and lows are around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Jardin Botanico de Medellin ©
Jardin Botanico de Medellin
Plaza Botero ©
Plaza Botero
Museo de Antioquia ©
Museo de Antioquia

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