7 days in Colombia Itinerary
7 days in Colombia Itinerary
— 1 night
San Andres Island
— 2 nights
— 3 nights
Sun, Sep 1 - Sat, Sep 7
Cartagena — 1 night
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 2nd (Mon), steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, don't miss a visit to Plaza Santo Domingo, and then explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas.
For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cartagena route maker site.
Newark, USA to Cartagena is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Traveling from Newark in September, things will get a bit warmer in Cartagena: highs are around 91°F and lows about 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to San Andres Island.
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San Andres Island — 2 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): head off the coast to Johnny Cay, contemplate the long history of Plaza Canon de Morgan, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Charquitos, and finally step off the mainland to explore Cayo Acuario. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Piscinita, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador.
To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read San Andres Island itinerary planner.
Fly from Cartagena to San Andres Island in 3 hours. In September, daytime highs in San Andres Island are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to fly to Bogota.
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Bogota — 3 nights
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.Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate and then steep yourself in history at Bolivar Square. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira and then admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.
For photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bogota travel route site.
Getting from San Andres Island to Bogota by flight takes about 4 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from San Andres Island in September, with highs in Bogota at 67°F and lows at 47°F. On the 7th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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Colombia travel guide
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.