11 days in Colombia Itinerary

11 days in Colombia Itinerary

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11 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  12​h
1
Cartagena
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h
3
San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Los Angeles

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, steep yourself in history at Plaza Santo Domingo, and then explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Cartagena travel route planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Cartagena is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Cartagena. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in September; daily highs in Cartagena reach 91°F and lows reach 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

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.
On the 20th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, and then walk around Parque de Los Novios.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Santa Marta travel route builder .

You can drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 92°F in September, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

3
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
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, beaches, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de San Luis, and explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island day trip planning app .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Santa Marta to San Andres Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Santa Marta in September, expect nights in San Andres Island to be about the same, around 78°F, while days are slightly colder, around 87°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

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.
When in Bogota, make a side trip to see Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira in Zipaquira, approximately 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), contemplate the long history of Bolivar plaza, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Bogota driving holiday site .

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Bogota takes 2.5 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from San Andres Island in September, with highs in Bogota at 67°F and lows at 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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