7 days in Colombia Itinerary

7 days in Colombia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colombia journey planner

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Cartagena
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Barranquilla
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Marta
— 2 nights
Fly
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Bogota
— 2 nights
Fly

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Cartagena

City of Heroes

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 1st (Tue): make a trip to Plaza Santo Domingo and then step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cartagena trip app.

If you are flying in from India, the closest major aiports are Rafael Nuñez International Airport and Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport. In October, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Barranquilla.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites
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Barranquilla

— 2 nights

Golden Gate of Colombia

An industrial port city on Colombia's Caribbean coast, Barranquilla represents the fourth-most populous city in the country.
On the 2nd (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana Maria Reina de Barranquilla, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoologico de Barranquilla, then steep yourself in history at Castillo de Salgar, and finally stop by Todomono. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Bocas de Cenizas.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Barranquilla attractions planner.

You can take a bus from Cartagena to Barranquilla in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daily temperatures in Barranquilla can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Barranquilla

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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Santa Marta

— 2 nights

America's Pearl

Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Yo Amo Santa Marta and then explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Santa Marta online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Barranquilla to Santa Marta in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Santa Marta can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can fly to Bogota.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 5:

Bogota

— 2 nights

Athens of South America

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 (Sun): explore and take pictures at Monserrate, see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and then contemplate the long history of Bolivar Square. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira and then explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bogota trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Santa Marta to Bogota takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Marta in October, expect Bogota to be cooler, temps between 22°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.