17 days in Colombia Itinerary

17 days in Colombia Itinerary

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17 days in Colombia Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  18 h 45 min
1
Cartagena
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
3
San Agustin
— 1 day
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  7 h 45 min
4
San Gil
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  7 h 15 min
5
Leticia
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Bus + Foot + Ferry:  10 h 15 min
6
Providencia Island
— 1 night
Ferry:  3 h 30 min
7
San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  23 h
End: Tel Aviv

1
night
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.
On the 3rd (Thu), make a trip to La Popa Monastery, examine the collection at Caribe Jewelry and Emerald Museum, then make a trip to Plaza de la Aduana, then examine the collection at ChocoMuseo, and finally explore the gorgeous colors at Oceanario. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Trinidad, then head outdoors with Boats4U, and then make a trip to Plaza de San Diego.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cartagena trip itinerary builder tool .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Cartagena is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Cartagena is minus 7 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Tel Aviv in January, with highs in Cartagena at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Transportation Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Oceanario
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Plaza de San Diego ©
Plaza de San Diego
Boats4U ©
Boats4U
Iglesia de la Trinidad ©
Iglesia de la Trinidad

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cristal Beach. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Parque de Los Novios, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Santa Marta.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Marta trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Santa Marta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Agustin.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Catedral de Santa Marta ©
Catedral de Santa Marta
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

1
day
San Agustin

San Agustin ©
San Agustin remains best known for its archaeological sites, which include the World Heritage-listed San Agustin Archaeological Park.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): delve into the distant past at San Agustin Archaeological Park, delve into the distant past at El Purutal, then get outside with Estrecho del Magdalena, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Lourdes.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Agustin trip maker app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Santa Marta to San Agustin in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Santa Marta in January, expect nights in San Agustin to be slightly colder, around 22°C, while days are cooler, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to San Gil.

Things to do in San Agustin

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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San Agustin Archaeological Park ©
San Agustin Archaeological Park
Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Lourdes ©
El Purutal ©
El Purutal

2
nights
San Gil

Providing some of the region's best opportunities for paragliding, rappelling, white-water rafting, kayaking, hiking, and caving, San Gil appeals to adventure seekers and nature lovers wishing to escape overcrowded Bogota, located several hours' drive to the south.
Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion. Visiting Parque Gallineral and Parapente Fenixtreme will get you outdoors. Explore San Gil's surroundings by going to Camino Real (in Barichara) and Parque Nacional de Chicamocha (in Bucaramanga).

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Gil online attractions planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from San Agustin to San Gil in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Agustin in January, you will find days in San Gil are somewhat warmer (31°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Leticia.

Things to do in San Gil

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Barichara, Parque Nacional de Chicamocha
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River Rafting & Tubing
Camino Real ©
Camino Real
Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion ©

1
night
Leticia

Leticia ©
Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de La Paz, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Santander Park. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Isla de Los Micos and then identify plant and animal life at Reserva Natural Tanimboca.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Leticia day trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from San Gil to Leticia in 7.5 hours. In January, Leticia is a bit warmer than San Gil - with highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Providencia Island.

Things to do in Leticia

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico ©
Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico
Reserva Natural Tanimboca ©
Reserva Natural Tanimboca
Isla de Los Micos ©
Isla de Los Micos

1
night
Providencia Island

Providencia Island ©
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
On the 13th (Sun), stroll through Fort Bay and then step off the mainland to explore Crab Cay. On the next day, make a trip to The Peak Forestry Reserve, then explore the striking landscape at Morgan's Head, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Providencia Island road trip tool .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Leticia to Providencia Island in 10.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Providencia Island can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Providencia Island

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Fort Bay
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Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo ©
Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo
Scuba & Snorkeling
The Peak Forestry Reserve ©
The Peak Forestry Reserve

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Aquanautas and Cayo Bolivar. Explore hidden gems such as Playa de Spratt Bight and Esmeraldas Colombianas. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Playa de San Luis, identify plant and animal life at Cayo El Acuario, kick back and relax at Playa Charquitos, and explore the gorgeous colors at West View.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Andres Island travel route website .

Traveling by ferry from Providencia Island to San Andres Island takes 3.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
Aquanautas ©
Aquanautas
Primera Iglesia Bautista ©
Primera Iglesia Bautista

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