11 days in Cartagena & Santa Marta Itinerary

11 days in Cartagena & Santa Marta Itinerary

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1
Cartagena
— 5 nights
2
Santa Marta
— 3 nights

5
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Torre del Reloj. Get outdoors at Playa Blanca and Aviario Nacional de Colombia. Spend the 27th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, examine the collection at Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and make a trip to Plaza Bolivar.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cartagena day trip planning tool.

Mexico City, Mexico to Cartagena is an approximately 8-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Cartagena is 1 hour. Traveling from Mexico City in October, you will find days in Cartagena are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are much warmer (30°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Isla Baru, Oceanario
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena

3
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 1st (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cristal Beach. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Santa Marta, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de Nuestra Senora de la Medalla Milagrosa, and finally steep yourself in history at Paseo El Camellon.

Before you visit Santa Marta, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Cartagena to Santa Marta by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. October in Santa Marta sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

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