16 days in Colombia Itinerary

16 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia trip planner

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San Andres Island
— 3 nights
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Bogota
— 3 nights
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Leticia
— 2 nights
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Santa Marta
— 2 nights
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Cartagena
— 5 nights
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San Andres Island

— 3 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like West View and Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres. Get in touch with nature at Caribe Extremo and Playa de Spratt Bight. There's much more to do: stroll through La Piscinita, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de San Luis, head off the coast to Johnny Cay, and take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Andres Island visit planning app.

Toronto, Canada to San Andres Island is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. In July, San Andres Island is a bit warmer than Toronto - with highs of 35°C and lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Bogota.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 26:

Bogota

— 3 nights

Athens of South America

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Laguna de Guatavita and Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros. Get some cultural insight at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Bolivar Square. Take a break from Bogota with a short trip to Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira in Zipaquira, about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, look for gifts at Vitrina Guayca, and explore and take pictures at Monserrate.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bogota trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Bogota takes 4 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in July, expect Bogota to be colder, temps between 21°C and 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can fly to Leticia.

Things to do in Bogota

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 26 — 29:

Leticia

— 2 nights
Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Isla de Los Micos and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Parque Santander, then stroll through Reserva Natural Tanimboca, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Bioparque Etuena.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Leticia trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Bogota to Leticia by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Bogota in July, things will get much warmer in Leticia: highs are around 36°C and lows about 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to fly to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Leticia

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 29 — 31:

Santa Marta

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, then kick back and relax at Cristal Beach, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marine World Aquarium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then relax and rejuvenate at La Basilica Yoga Studio & Boutique.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Santa Marta trip planner.

Fly from Leticia to Santa Marta in 6.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Leticia in July, with highs in Santa Marta at 39°C and lows at 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 2:

Cartagena

— 5 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Barrio Getsemani and Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria. Visiting Aviario Nacional de Colombia and Boat Tours & Water Sports will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo, make a trip to Plaza de San Diego, contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, and see the interesting displays at Choco Museo.

To see where to stay and tourist information, refer to the Cartagena itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Cartagena sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 2 — 7:

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.