16 days in Colombia Itinerary

16 days in Colombia Itinerary

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16 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Stockholm
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Cartagena
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h
3
San Andres Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Medellin
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Leticia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Bogota
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Stockholm

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Anticuario El Arcon, don't miss a visit to Plaza de San Diego, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo, and finally steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Aviario Nacional de Colombia, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Trinidad, then make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and finally stop by El Centro Artesano.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cartagena online trip itinerary builder .

Stockholm, Sweden to Cartagena is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Stockholm to Cartagena, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Stockholm in November, things will get much hotter in Cartagena: highs are around 37°C and lows about 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Aviario Nacional de Colombia
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Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Iglesia de la Trinidad ©
Iglesia de la Trinidad
Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cristal Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Santa Marta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Santa Marta can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

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

2
nights
San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
On the 8th (Fri), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Charquitos, then stop by Esmeraldas Colombianas, and finally kick back and relax at Playa de Spratt Bight. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Morgan's Head, then see the vivid underwater world at West View, and then look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Andres Island trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Santa Marta to San Andres Island by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. In November in San Andres Island, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Morgan's Head
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Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
Scuba & Snorkeling
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Museo de Antioquia, admire the masterpieces at H by HDC, then look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Arvi, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): look for gifts at Duna Store, buy something for everyone on your list at El Tesoro Parque Comercial, and then browse the different shops at Centro Comercial Santafé.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Medellin trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Medellin takes 3.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Andres Island in November: high temperatures in Medellin hover around 31°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Leticia.

Things to do in Medellin

Shopping Parks Wildlife
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Duna Store ©
Duna Store
Museo de Antioquia ©
Museo de Antioquia
Parque Arvi ©
Parque Arvi

2
nights
Leticia

Leticia ©
Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico, look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Natural Tanimboca, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de La Paz. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Isla de Los Micos and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

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Traveling by flight from Medellin to Leticia takes 4 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Medellin in November: high temperatures in Leticia hover around 37°C and lows are around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Leticia

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

5
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.
Visit Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira and Iglesia Basilica del Senor de Monserrate for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Laguna de Guatavita and Parque 93. When in Bogota, make a side trip to see Vinos Express in Chia, approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), hunt for treasures at Pasaje Rivas, shop like a local with Barrio La Candelaria, and take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Bogota trip itinerary site .

Fly from Leticia to Bogota in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Leticia in November, expect Bogota to be cooler, temps between 22°C and 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, Vinos Express, Laguna de Guatavita
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©

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