17 days in Colombia Itinerary

17 days in Colombia Itinerary

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17 days in Colombia Itinerary

Quebec City
train + bus + Fly:  12​h 45​min
Cartagena
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Santa Marta
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
San Andres Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
Bogota
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
Suesca
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 30​min
Quebec 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 Playa Blanca and Playa De Punta Arena will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate San Felipe de Barajas Castle and Convento La Popa de la Galera. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, make a trip to Plaza de San Diego, deepen your understanding at Plaza Santo Domingo, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cartagena sightseeing planner.

Quebec City, Canada to Cartagena is an approximately 13-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Quebec City in July: high temperatures in Cartagena hover around 38°C and lows are around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Outdoors

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

3
days
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.
Get in touch with nature at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona and Playaca. Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Santa Marta, and stroll through Playa Blanca.

To see where to stay and tourist information, refer to the Santa Marta trip builder tool .

You can drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. July in Santa Marta sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

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Playaca
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

3
days
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa de San Luis and Playa de Spratt Bight. Step out of the city life by going to La Piscinita and Morgan's Cave. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, see the vivid underwater world at Aquanautas, make a trip to Blow Hole, and pause for some serene contemplation at Primera Iglesia Bautista.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island trip builder website .

You can fly from Santa Marta to San Andres Island in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Santa Marta, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Andres Island, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in San Andres Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife
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La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
Playa de San Luis ©
Playa de San Luis

3
days
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.
Popular historic sites such as Catedral de Sal and Bolivar plaza are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Mount Monserrate and Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis. Step out of Bogota to go to Zipaquira and see Catedral Diocesana, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and stroll through Parque de Usaquen.

To find maps and tourist information, use the Bogota trip itinerary tool .

Getting from San Andres Island to Bogota by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from San Andres Island in July: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 21°C and lows are around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Suesca.

Things to do in Bogota

#Parks, #Museums, #Historic Sites

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Zipaquira
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Mount Monserrate ©
Mount Monserrate
Catedral de Sal ©
Catedral de Sal

2
days
Suesca

Suesca ©
Suesca is a town in Cundinamarca Department, Colombia. On the 17th (Tue), explore the activities along Laguna de Guatavita. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Suesca Outdoor Experience.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Suesca vacation planner.

You can drive from Bogota to Suesca in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Suesca can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Suesca

#Outdoors, #Nature, #Parks

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Laguna de Guatavita
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Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Suesca Outdoor Experience ©
Suesca Outdoor Experience

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