15 days in Colombia Itinerary

15 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Cartagena
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Marta
— 1 night
Fly
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Medellin
— 1 night
Fly
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Salento
— 1 night
Fly
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Leticia
— 2 nights
Fly to Bucaramanga, Bus to San Gil
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San Gil
— 1 night
Drive
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Villa de Leyva
— 2 nights
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Bus to Aeropuero Int. El Dora, Fly to Providencia, Taxi to Providencia Island
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Providencia Island
— 1 night
Taxi to Providencia, Fly to San Andres Island
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San Andres Island
— 2 nights
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Cartagena

— 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.
Get some cultural insight at Plaza de San Diego and Barrio Getsemani. Visit Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria and Iglesia de la Trinidad for their historical value. Step out of Cartagena with an excursion to Aviario Nacional de Colombia in Isla Baru--about 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Aduana, appreciate the history behind La Gorda Gertrudis, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and see the interesting displays at Choco Museo.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cartagena road trip planning tool.

Calgary, Canada to Cartagena is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Calgary to Cartagena. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Calgary in February: high temperatures in Cartagena hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Parks

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Santa Marta

— 1 night

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 5th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then see the interesting displays at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, and finally walk around Parque de Los Novios.

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Traveling by car from Cartagena to Santa Marta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Medellin.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Museums · Tours · Wildlife

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Medellin

— 1 night

City of the Eternal Spring

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
On the 6th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De La Veracruz, get engrossed in the history at Museo de Antioquia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno, then stroll through Parque Arvi, and finally browse the different shops at Plaza Minorista.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Medellin road trip tool.

Fly from Santa Marta to Medellin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Santa Marta in February; daily highs in Medellin reach 32°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to fly to Salento.

Things to do in Medellin

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Salento

— 1 night

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): admire the verdant scenery at Valle del Cocora, then stroll through Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Salento road trip website.

Fly from Medellin to Salento in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February in Salento, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to fly to Leticia.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Nature
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Leticia

— 2 nights
Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Isla de Los Micos, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Natural Tanimboca. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Leticia online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Salento to Leticia takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Salento in February since evenings lows in Leticia dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow time for travel to San Gil.

Things to do in Leticia

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
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San Gil

— 1 night

Colombia's Adventure Sport Capital

Providing some of the region's best opportunities for paragliding, rappelling, white-water rafting, kayaking, hiking, and caving, San Gil appeals to adventure seekers and nature lovers wishing to escape overcrowded Bogota, located several hours' drive to the south.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Juan Curi, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

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You can do a combination of flight and bus from Leticia to San Gil in 9 hours. In February, San Gil is little chillier than Leticia - with highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in San Gil

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Parks
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Villa de Leyva

— 2 nights
Positioned away from major trade routes and exploitable resources, the colonial town of Villa de Leyva has been largely left alone--leaving a window into the 16th century that has become one of Colombia's most popular attractions.
On the 11th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Museo El Fosil, learn about winemaking at Viñedo Ain Karim, steep yourself in history at Casa del Primer Congreso de las Provincias Unidas, then examine the collection at Casa Museo Antonio Narino, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Rosario, and finally don't miss a visit to Hotel Plaza Mayor Villa de Leyva.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Villa de Leyva trip maker.

Traveling by car from San Gil to Villa de Leyva takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 12th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Wineries
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Providencia Island

— 1 night
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then explore the striking landscape at Morgan's Head, and then head off the coast to Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Providencia Island driving holiday site.

Getting from Villa de Leyva to Providencia Island by combination of bus, flight, and taxi takes about 11 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks · Nature · Tours · Wildlife
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San Andres Island

— 2 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with Caribe Azul, then kick back and relax at Playa de Spratt Bight, and then explore the gorgeous colors at West View.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Andres Island trip builder website.

Getting from Providencia Island to San Andres Island by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In February, daytime highs in San Andres Island are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
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Colombia travel guide

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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.