23 days in Colombia Itinerary

23 days in Colombia Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
Fly:  28 h
1
San Andres Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  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, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador, explore the gorgeous colors at West View, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Charquitos.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Andres Island holiday builder.

Sydney, Australia to San Andres Island is an approximately 29- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Colombia Standard Time, which is usually a -15 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in October, things will get a bit warmer in San Andres Island: highs are around 36°C and lows about 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to 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
Cayo Bolivar ©
Cayo Bolivar

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.
When in Santa Marta, make a side trip to see Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona in Tayrona National Park, approximately Tayrona National Park away. There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, walk around Parque de Los Novios, admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, and look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Marta tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from San Andres Island to Santa Marta in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In October in Santa Marta, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
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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 to go to Isla Baru and see Playa Blanca, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, make a trip to Las Bovedas, contemplate the long history of Plaza Santo Domingo, and stop by El Centro Artesano.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cartagena online trip builder.

You can drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Cartagena are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough 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
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around 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). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Museo Paleontológico, walk around Iguaque National Park, look for gifts at Joyeria MORPHILIA, and make a trip to FIBAS DESERT GARDEN.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Villa de Leyva travel site.

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, taxi, and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bogota.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Parks Nature 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Bogota side-trips: Vivero Crisalide (in Chia) and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), tour the pleasant surroundings at Monserrate, catch some excitement at Whee Institute - Learn Spanish in Bogota, and browse for treasures at El Cuchitril Second Hand Shop.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Bogota trip planning tool.

Getting from Villa de Leyva to Bogota by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, observe the fascinating underwater world at Parque Explora, pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia la Nina Maria, and take a memorable drive along medellin 2000m DESCENT.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Medellin online holiday builder.

You can fly from Bogota to Medellin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in November: high temperatures in Medellin hover around 31°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can 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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