12 days in Colombia Itinerary

12 days in Colombia Itinerary

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12 days in Colombia Itinerary

New York City
Fly:  8​h 30​min
Cartagena
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Santa Marta
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
Bogota
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
New York City

3
days
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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Oceanario will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Caribe Jewelry and Emerald Museum and La Popa Monastery. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of San Felipe de Barajas Castle, don't miss a visit to Plaza de San Diego, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral, and contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cartagena trip planner .

New York City, USA to Cartagena is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in April; daily highs in Cartagena reach 90°F and lows reach 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Santa Marta.

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#Historic Sites, #Wildlife, #Adventure
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San Felipe de Barajas Castle ©
San Felipe de Barajas Castle
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Caribe Jewelry and Emerald Museum ©
Caribe Jewelry and Emerald Museum

3
days
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Catedral de Santa Marta and Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Mundo Marino. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Cristal Beach and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

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Traveling by car from Cartagena to Santa Marta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Santa Marta can reach 93°F, while at night they dip to 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

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Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

2
days
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): stroll through Playa de Spratt Bight. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Primera Iglesia Bautista, get a new perspective on things with Aquanautas, and then identify plant and animal life at West View.

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Traveling by flight from Santa Marta to San Andres Island takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Santa Marta in April, expect nights in San Andres Island to be about the same, around 78°F, while days are slightly colder, around 86°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bogota.

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Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
Aquanautas ©
Aquanautas
Primera Iglesia Bautista ©
Primera Iglesia Bautista

1
day
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.
On the 29th (Sun), examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and then make a trip to Mount Monserrate.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Bogota itinerary planner.

You can fly from San Andres Island to Bogota in 2.5 hours. While traveling from San Andres Island, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Bogota, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

#Historic Sites, #Nature, #Parks

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Catedral de Sal
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Catedral de Sal ©
Catedral de Sal
Mount Monserrate ©
Mount Monserrate

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