17 days in Colombia Itinerary

17 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia travel planner

Make it your trip
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Santa Marta
— 1 night
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Tayrona National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Cartagena
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Isla Baru
— 1 night
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San Andres Island
— 4 nights
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Medellin
— 2 nights
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Bogota
— 4 nights
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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 15th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Marta trip planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Santa Marta is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time to Colombia Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Sao Paulo in May, expect Santa Marta to be somewhat warmer, temps between 39°C and 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay May 14 — 15:

Tayrona National Park

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tayrona National Park day trip planner.

Drive from Santa Marta to Tayrona National Park in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cartagena.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay May 15 — 16:
Highlights from your trip

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.
Cartagena is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, admire the masterpieces at La Presentacion Casa Museo Arte y Cultura, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cartagena online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tayrona National Park to Cartagena takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Isla Baru.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Spas
Find places to stay May 16 — 19:

Isla Baru

— 1 night
Lying south of Cartagena, Isla Baru was connected to the mainland until the construction of the Canal del Dique.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): stroll through Aviario Nacional de Colombia and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Isla Baru trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Cartagena to Isla Baru takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Isla Baru

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay May 19 — 20:

San Andres Island

— 4 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
San Andres Island is known for nature, wildlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, stroll through La Piscinita, relax and rejuvenate at Dream Island Spa, and don't miss a visit to Cayo Rocoso.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island road trip planning app.

You can fly from Isla Baru to San Andres Island in 3.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in San Andres Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can fly to Medellin.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 20 — 24:

Medellin

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: observe the fascinating underwater world at Parque Explora and then make a trip to Plaza Botero.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Medellin trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from San Andres Island to Medellin by flight takes about 3.5 hours. In May, Medellin is slightly colder than San Andres Island - with highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay May 24 — 26:

Bogota

— 4 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.
When in Bogota, make a side trip to see Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira in Zipaquira, approximately Zipaquira away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and look for gifts at Bta Capital.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bogota route maker website.

Fly from Medellin to Bogota in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Medellin in May, with highs in Bogota at 22°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 26 — 30:

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Churches
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.