6 days in Cartagena & San Andres Island Itinerary

6 days in Cartagena & San Andres Island Itinerary

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6 days in Cartagena & San Andres Island Itinerary

Start: Fortaleza
Fly:  15 h 30 min
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
San Andres Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  17 h
End: Fortaleza


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 20th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cartagena trip itinerary planning tool .

Fortaleza, Brazil to Cartagena is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Fortaleza to Cartagena, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in November, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

San Andres Island

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): head off the coast to Johnny Cay, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Primera Iglesia Bautista, and then kick back and relax at Playa de San Luis. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Cayo El Acuario, then identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Charquitos, and finally steep yourself in history at Plaza Canon de Morgan.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Andres Island road trip planner .

You can fly from Cartagena to San Andres Island in 3.5 hours. November in San Andres Island sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador