23 days in Colombia Itinerary

23 days in Colombia Itinerary

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23 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Schellenberg
Travel:  78​h
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Cartagena
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
Isla Baru
— Few hours
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
San Andres Island
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
Salento
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h
Bogota
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
Suesca
— 2 nights
Travel:  82​h
End: Schellenberg

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis and then explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Santa Marta, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then stroll through Parque de Los Novios.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Marta travel itinerary planner.

Schellenberg, Liechtenstein to Santa Marta is an approximately 78-hour travel. Traveling from Schellenberg to Santa Marta, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. December in Santa Marta sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cartagena.

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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Catedral de Santa Marta ©
Catedral de Santa Marta

3
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at San Felipe de Barajas Castle and Convento La Popa de la Galera. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa De Punta Arena, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Trinidad, and don't miss a visit to Plaza de San Diego.

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You can drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Isla Baru.

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San Felipe de Barajas Castle ©
San Felipe de Barajas Castle
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa ©
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa

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hours
Isla Baru

Isla Baru ©
Lying south of Cartagena, Isla Baru was connected to the mainland until the construction of the Canal del Dique.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Isla Baru trip planner .

You can drive from Cartagena to Isla Baru in an hour. In December, daily temperatures in Isla Baru can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

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Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

4
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Relax by the water at Playa de San Luis and Playa de Spratt Bight. Visiting La Piscinita and West View will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, see the interesting displays at Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres, see the vivid underwater world at Aquanautas, and pause for some serene contemplation at Primera Iglesia Bautista.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Andres Island trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Isla Baru to San Andres Island takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Isla Baru in December, you will find days in San Andres Island are slightly colder (34°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Salento.

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La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
Playa de San Luis ©
Playa de San Luis

1
night
Salento

Salento ©
Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Salento tour itinerary app .

Getting from San Andres Island to Salento by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Salento when traveling from San Andres Island in January, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Bogota.

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Kasaguadua Natural Reserve ©
Kasaguadua Natural Reserve
Bosques de Cocora ©
Bosques de Cocora

3
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Mount Monserrate and Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Bolivar plaza. Take a break from Bogota with a short trip to Catedral de Sal in Zipaquira, about 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica and take an in-depth tour of Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bogota trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Salento to Bogota in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Salento in January, with highs in Bogota at 23°C and lows at 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Suesca.

Things to do in Bogota

#Parks, #Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Suesca

Suesca ©
Suesca is a town and municipality in the Almeidas Province, part of the department of Cundinamarca, Colombia. On the 6th (Sun), Head underground at Mina de Sal de Nemocon and then explore the activities along Laguna de Guatavita. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Suesca Outdoor Experience.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Suesca trip planner .

You can drive from Bogota to Suesca in 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Suesca are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Suesca

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Side Trips

Mina de Sal de Nemocon, Laguna de Guatavita
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Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Suesca Outdoor Experience ©
Suesca Outdoor Experience

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