12 days in Colombia Itinerary

12 days in Colombia Itinerary

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12 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: San Jose
Fly:  6 h 45 min
1
San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  3 h
2
Santa Marta
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  3 h
3
Bogota
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
4
Medellin
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  2 h 15 min
5
Bucaramanga
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  4 h 30 min
6
Cartagena
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
End: San Jose

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, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador, kick back and relax at Playa de Spratt Bight, and identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Andres Island trip itinerary maker tool.

San Jose, Costa Rica to San Andres Island is an approximately 7- hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Jose to San Andres Island due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Jose in marzo, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 29°C in San Andres Island. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Santa Marta.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): observe the fascinating underwater world at Marine World Aquarium and then explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Santa Marta road trip planning site.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from San Andres Island to Santa Marta in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Andres Island in marzo, you will find days in Santa Marta are somewhat warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Marine World Aquarium
Marine World Aquarium

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, then explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and then make a trip to Bolivar Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and then look for gifts at Bta Capital.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Bogota online trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Santa Marta to Bogota in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Santa Marta in marzo: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 23°C and lows are around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

2
nights
Medellin

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Keep things going the next day: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then look for gifts at Hortensia, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Medellin online trip maker.

Fly from Bogota to Medellin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in marzo: high temperatures in Medellin hover around 32°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Bucaramanga.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Walking tours
Off-Road Tours

1
night
Bucaramanga

Bucaramanga
A tour of Bucaramanga may yield little evidence that it dates back as far as 1622.
On the 10th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional de Chicamocha.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Bucaramanga vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Medellin to Bucaramanga by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In marzo in Bucaramanga, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bucaramanga

Parks Nature

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 11th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, then contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, then explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and finally go for a walk through Plazoleta de Blas de Lezo. On your second day here, examine the collection at Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory, contemplate the long history of Plaza Santo Domingo, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Cartagena trip itinerary builder app.

Fly from Bucaramanga to Cartagena in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Bucaramanga in marzo, expect Cartagena to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°C and 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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