20 days in Colombia Itinerary

20 days in Colombia Itinerary

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20 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Leticia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
San Andres Island
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h 45​min
4
Providencia Island
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  7​h 15​min
5
Cartagena
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Santa Marta
— 4 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  18​h
End: London

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 Laguna de Guatavita and Monserrate. Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Bogota with a short trip to Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira in Zipaquira, about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, steep yourself in history at Bolivar plaza, and take an in-depth tour of Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Bogota tour itinerary planner .

London, UK to Bogota is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Bogota. In August, Bogota is slightly colder than London - with highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Leticia.

Things to do in Bogota

Nature Museums Parks

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Leticia

Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
On the 27th (Tue), head off the coast to Isla de Los Micos and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico and then identify plant and animal life at Reserva Natural Tanimboca.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Leticia online road trip planner .

Getting from Bogota to Leticia by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In August, Leticia is warmer than Bogota - with highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Leticia

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico ©
Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico
Reserva Natural Tanimboca ©
Reserva Natural Tanimboca

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.
Get in touch with nature at Playa de Spratt Bight and Scuba & Snorkeling. Explore hidden gems such as West View and Plaza Canon de Morgan. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita, explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and examine the collection at Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Andres Island online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Leticia to San Andres Island takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Leticia in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Andres Island, with lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Providencia Island.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
Scuba & Snorkeling
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita

2
nights
Providencia Island

Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
On the 1st (Sun), don't miss a visit to The Peak Forestry Reserve, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse Providencia. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Almond Bay and then head off the coast to Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo.

For more things to do and more tourist information, go to the Providencia Island route planner.

You can ride a ferry from San Andres Island to Providencia Island in 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo ©
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo
Almond Bay ©
Almond Bay

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 a sense of the local culture at Iglesia de la Trinidad and Plaza de San Diego. Get outdoors at Aviario Nacional de Colombia and Scuba & Snorkeling. Step out of Cartagena with an excursion to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru--about 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cartagena trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Providencia Island to Cartagena takes 7.5 hours. September in Cartagena sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Isla Baru
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Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Plaza de San Diego ©
Plaza de San Diego
Iglesia de la Trinidad ©
Iglesia de la Trinidad

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana. Step off the beaten path and head to Cristal Beach and Parque de Los Novios. And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Marta planner .

Drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in September, and nighttime lows around 29°C. On the 10th (Tue), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

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