45 days in Colombia, Venezuela & Guadeloupe Itinerary

45 days in Colombia, Venezuela & Guadeloupe Itinerary

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Medellin, Colombia
— 4 nights
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Leticia, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly to San Andres Island, Ferry to Providencia Island
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Providencia Island, Colombia
— 2 nights
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San Andres Island, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 7 nights
Fly to Caracas, Fly to Los Roques National Park
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Los Roques National Park, Venezuela
— 3 nights
Fly to Sotavento, Fly to Margarita Island
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Margarita Island, Venezuela
— 6 nights
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Merida, Venezuela
— 3 nights
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Drive to Mayor Buenaventura Vivas International Airport, Fly to Pointe-à-Pitre Le Raizet, Drive to Saint Francois
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Saint Francois, Guadeloupe
— 7 nights
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Deshaies, Guadeloupe
— 5 nights
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Medellin, Colombia — 4 nights

City of the Eternal Spring

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Centro Comercial Santafé and Parasailing & Paragliding. For shopping fun, head to El Tesoro Parque Comercial or Makeno Tienda. On the 15th (Mon), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's much more to do: see Off-Road Tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De La Veracruz, let little ones run wild at Parque Lleras, and examine the collection at El Castillo Museo y Jardines.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Medellin trip itinerary planning tool.

Milan, Italy to Medellin is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Milan to Medellin, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. August in Medellin sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Leticia.
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Tours · Shopping · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 16:

Leticia, Colombia — 3 nights

Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
On the 17th (Wed), stroll through Reserva Natural Tanimboca, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de La Paz, and then stroll around Parque Santander. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then stroll through Isla de Los Micos.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Leticia trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Leticia takes 6 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Medellin in August; daily highs in Leticia reach 37°C and lows reach 26°C. On the 19th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Providencia Island.
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Find places to stay Aug 16 — 19:

Providencia Island, Colombia — 2 nights

Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): head off the coast to Crab Cay-Cayo Cangrejo, make a trip to The Peak Forestry Reserve, and then catch some excitement at Lighthouse Providence. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Almond Bay and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Providencia Island trip planning app.

Getting from Leticia to Providencia Island by combination of flight and ferry takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from Leticia in August, Providencia Island is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to fly to San Andres Island.
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San Andres Island, Colombia — 3 nights

The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa de Spratt Bight and Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres. You'll get in some beach time at Bahia Cocoplum and Playa de San Luis. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, admire the natural beauty at Hill Botanical Gardens San Andrés, explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Andres Island day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Providencia Island to San Andres Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, daytime highs in San Andres Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Cartagena.
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Cartagena, Colombia — 7 nights

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at La Serrezuela and Licopolis. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Centro Historico and Caribe Colombiano Diving. Go for a jaunt from Cartagena to Isla Baru to see Aviario Nacional de Colombia about 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Barrio Getsemani, don't miss a visit to Centro de Convenciones Cartagena de Indias, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and ponder the world of politics at Alcaldia Mayor.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cartagena visit planning site.

You can fly from San Andres Island to Cartagena in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. On the 31st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Los Roques National Park.
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Los Roques National Park, Venezuela — 3 nights

Indulge in a relaxing, tropical vacation in Los Roques National Park, a stunning chain of more than 300 coral islands.
You'll get in some beach time at Cayo De Agua and Madrisqui. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Noronky Beach and Cayo Fabian. There's more to do: head off the coast to Crasqui.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Los Roques National Park journey planner.

Getting from Cartagena to Los Roques National Park by flight takes about 10 hours. The time zone changes from Colombia Standard Time (COT) to Venezuela Time (VET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Margarita Island.
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Margarita Island, Venezuela — 6 nights

Pearl of the Caribbean

A popular holiday spot for Venezuelans, sunny Margarita Island boasts an exotic Caribbean location, but at the same time is easily accessible from the mainland.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Parguito and Guacuco Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sambil Margarita and Punta Arena Beach. Spend the 4th (Sun) exploring nature at Laguna de la Restinga. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica Nuestra Senora Del Valle, explore the historical opulence of Fortín La Galera, examine the collection at Museo Marino de Margarita, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Zaragoza.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Margarita Island road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Los Roques National Park to Margarita Island takes 5.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Margarita Island are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Merida.
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Merida, Venezuela — 3 nights

City of Gentlemen

An affluent and forward-thinking Andean city, Merida gives good access to a range of outdoor sights and experiences, while itself having a bustling and entertaining urban core.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Laguna de Mucubaji and Los Aleros. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Sierra Nevada, don't miss a visit to Plaza Bolivar (Merida), admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Merida, and get in on the family fun at La Venezuela de Antier.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Merida trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Margarita Island to Merida by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Margarita Island to Merida due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Saint Francois.
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Saint Francois, Guadeloupe — 7 nights

A modern seaside resort town, Saint Francois attracts visitors with its well-preserved landscape and coastline, along with its large number of luxury hotels.
We've included these beaches for you: Anse du Souffleur and Plage de la Datcha. Step off the beaten path and head to Plage de Petit-Havre and Anse a la Gourde. Venture out of the city with trips to Le Gosier (Ilet du Gosier, Les îles du ciel / Base Hydravion ULM du Gosier, &more), Pointe-a-Pitre (Memorial Acte & Spice Market) and Port-Louis (Les Marais de Port-Louis & Scuba & Snorkeling). There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, hunt for treasures at Village Artisanal Sainte-Anne, step off the mainland to explore La Desirade, and look for gifts at David Vanille et Epices - Mamie Christiane.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Saint Francois tour builder app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Merida to Saint Francois. The time zone changes from Colombia Standard Time (COT) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September, daytime highs in Saint Francois are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Deshaies.
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Deshaies, Guadeloupe — 5 nights

The sleepy town of Deshaies walks the line between tradition and development, possessing an international feel while also sticking true to its island roots.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Plage de la Perle and Plage Leroux. Relax by the water at Plage Cluny and Plage de Petite Anse. Change things up with these side-trips from Deshaies: Plantation Grand Cafe (in Capesterre-Belle-Eau) and Room Escape Games (in Baie-Mahault). Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, admire the natural beauty at Habitation Cote Sous-le-Vent, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascade Le Saut de L'Acomat, and get interesting insight from Regy Balade.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Deshaies trip planner.

Getting from Saint Francois to Deshaies by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Deshaies are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Sep 20 — 25:

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Beaches
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.
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Venezuela travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Gift & Specialty Shops
Land of Grace
A vacation in Venezuela, one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet, can be both affordable and highly rewarding. From snowcapped mountains and vast grassland, to tropical islands and lush rainforests, Venezuela's varied landscapes are a paradise for nature lovers. Whether you're looking to laze on the Caribbean beaches, trek through the verdant jungles, or immerse yourself in the vibrant city culture, a Venezuela holiday offers something for everyone. Admire the world's highest waterfalls, go island hopping, discover tasty local delicacies, and witness the sheer abundance of wildlife and endemic species in Venezuela.
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Guadeloupe travel guide

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Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Gardens
Butterfly Island
Experience a lively mixture of French and Afro-Caribbean culture on your Guadeloupe vacation. The archipelago consists of two main islands connected by bridges spanning a mangrove swamp, and a number of smaller islands to the south. The island of Grande Terre is mostly flat and arid, offering numerous scenic beaches and lively small towns, while Basse Terre features verdant jungles and mountainous terrain, crowned by a tall volcano. On a tour of Guadeloupe, you can enjoy a variety of beach activities, partake in hiking through a national park, and bask in the vibrant atmosphere of charming towns and villages.
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