23 days in Colombia Itinerary

23 days in Colombia Itinerary

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23 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  28​h
1
San Andres Island
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h
2
Santa Marta
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Cartagena
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  6​h 30​min
4
Villa de Leyva
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Bogota
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
6
Medellin
— 3 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Sydney

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.
San Andres Island is known for nature, wildlife, historic sites, beaches, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, identify plant and animal life at Cayo El Acuario, see the vivid underwater world at West View, and kick back and relax at Cocoplum Bay.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Andres Island online trip itinerary maker .

Sydney, Australia to San Andres Island is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Colombia Time (COT), which is usually a -15 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in October, expect San Andres Island to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in San Andres Island

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

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, wildlife, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta, kick back and relax at Cristal Beach, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Start your trip to Santa Marta by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from San Andres Island to Santa Marta in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

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

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.
Step out of Cartagena with an excursion to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru--about 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, admire the landmark architecture of Las Bovedas, and gain insight at Plaza Santo Domingo.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cartagena trip planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Marta to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Blanca
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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
Villa de Leyva

Villa de Leyva ©
Positioned away from major trade routes and exploitable resources, the colonial town of Villa de Leyva has been largely left alone--leaving a window into the 16th century that has become one of Colombia's most popular attractions.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Villa de Leyva: Tunja (Iglesia de San Ignacio & Capilla y Museo de Santa Clara la Real) and Parque Central y Feria Dulce de Iza (in Iza). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Museo Paleontológico, indulge your thirst for a good beer at BBC Bodega Villa de Leyva, make a trip to Hotel Plaza Mayor Villa de Leyva, and walk around Iguaque National Park.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Villa de Leyva travel planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cartagena to Villa de Leyva takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bogota.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Tunja, Parque Central y Feria Dulce de Iza, Museo del Chocolate Villa de Leyva
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Iguaque National Park ©
Iguaque National Park
Museo Paleontológico ©
Museo Paleontológico
BBC Bodega Villa de Leyva ©
BBC Bodega Villa de Leyva

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.
Explore Bogota's surroundings by going to Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira) and Vivero Crisalide (in Chia). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Bogota trip planner .

Traveling by car from Villa de Leyva to Bogota takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Classes Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Medellin

Medellin ©
Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Medellin is known for parks, museums, zoos & aquariums, historic sites, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia la Nina Maria, don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Parque Explora.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Medellin trip planning site .

Fly from Bogota to Medellin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Bogota in November, with highs in Medellin at 31°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trip

Parroquia la Nina Maria
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Laguna de Guatape ©
Laguna de Guatape
Walking tours
Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora

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