11 days in Cartagena & Santa Marta Itinerary

11 days in Cartagena & Santa Marta Itinerary

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11 days in Cartagena & Santa Marta Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  8 h 15 min
1
Cartagena
— 4 nights
Bus:  4 h 30 min
2
Santa Marta
— 3 nights
3
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Bus:  4 h 30 min
4
Cartagena
— 1 night
Fly:  8 h 15 min
End: Toronto

4
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.
Cartagena is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cartagena trip maker app .

Toronto, Canada to Cartagena is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Toronto in March; daily highs in Cartagena reach 37°C and lows reach 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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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

3
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.
Santa Marta is known for nature, beaches, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, ponder the world of politics at Alcaldia de Santa Marta, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cristal Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Santa Marta trip planner.

Getting from Cartagena to Santa Marta by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. March in Santa Marta sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. You will leave for Santa Marta on the 28th (Sat).

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Scuba & Snorkeling
Parque de Los Novios ©
Parque de Los Novios

2
nights
Santa Marta

Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Santa Marta and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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

Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

1
night
Cartagena

Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, make a trip to Portal de Los Dulces, and then make a trip to Plaza de los Coches.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cartagena driving holiday site .

Drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Portal de Los Dulces ©
Portal de Los Dulces
Plaza de los Coches ©
Plaza de los Coches

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