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If we only had 2 weeks: Colombia itinerary | Whistlestop All-rounder

We’re lucky enough that our location independent business means that we can travel extra slow. If this is an option to you, we strongly recommend that you take your time; really getting to know and appreciate each country you’re in rather than try to cram as many passport stamps as you can into a few months. We would advise at least one month in each country in Latin America, perhaps with the exception of Panama and Paraguay, which have less going on. However, that’s not always possible, as we are often asked by people who only have a 2 week holiday from their jobs where we would prioritise in the given time. So behold! Here is our 2 weeks Colombia itinerary for anyone who is tight on time but still wants to soak up the best that this incredible country has to offer.

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Now travel in Colombia is so very diverse and offers so much that we couldn’t narrow it down very easily. Thus, we’re going to create 4 versions of the 2 weeks Colombia itinerary for you, depending on whether you’re looking for paradise relaxation, adventure, culture or a whistlestop all-rounder. First up…

 

2 Weeks Colombia Itinerary: WHISTLESTOP ALL-ROUNDER:

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1 Fly into Bogotá (where international flights are likely cheapest) Taking a tram to the top of Monserrate on the morning of a clear day. Get a chiva bus to Andres Carne de Res in Chía on a Friday or Saturday night. Check out our Where to stay in Bogotá post for your options
2 Bogotá Bogotá walking tour or the graffiti tour from La Candelaria. Stroll around Usaquén market on a Sunday or reserve a space at Click Clack Hotel brunch. Play tejo in the evening. Check out our Where to stay in Bogotá post for your options
3 Fly to Pereira or Armenia and get the bus to Salento Climbing to the mirador at the end of Carrera 4. Play a game at the pool bar with the locals. Hostal Ciudad del Segorbe (in the town) or Viajero Hostal (in the countryside)
4 Salento Get a willy jeep from the main plaza at 8am to hike the Cocora Valley to see the world’s tallest wax palm trees (without getting lost!). Take an afternoon tour of a coffee finca (Las Acasias, Ocaso or Momota). Hostal Ciudad del Segorbe (in the town) or Viajero Hostal (in the countryside)
5 Get the bus back to Pereira/Armenia and fly to Medellín Grab coffee or drinks in Parque Lleras (in El Poblado) – check out the ballpit bar at El Octavo and Envy rooftop! Selina Hostel in El Poblado, or the Backpackers Inn in Laureles
6 Medellín Comuna 13 walking tour, cable car ride to La Aurora station, dance the night away on Calle 70 (‘La Setenta’) Selina Hostel in El Poblado, or the Backpackers Inn in Laureles
7 Day trip from Medellín to Guatapé – get the bus from the North Terminal, leaves every 15 minutes Climb the steps of La Piedra to see the incredible Guatapé Lake, wander around the beautiful town of Guatapé and grab a cinnamon bun Selina Hostel in El Poblado, or the Backpackers Inn in Laureles
8 Fly to Cartagena Wander the town, have brunch at Stepping Stone Café, visit Getsemaní (just outside the walls) to watch the buskers during the evening The Clock Hostel & Suites
9 Early morning boat to Isla Barú (via some other Rosario Islands) Take the 40,000 COP (+16,000 tax) boat tour, do the snorkelling at the first stop. Get to Barú at lunchtime (lunch included). Find a spot on the beach and wait for the day trip boats to leave! Relax in the bath-warm turquoise sea. Hostel Ichtus
10 Ask hostel to organise a car or help you get the bus back to Cartagena. Get an afternoon bus to Santa Marta from Marsol terminal Wake up in paradise, spend the morning chilling. Get back to Cartagena for around midday to get a bus to Santa Marta. Chill out in El Parque de los Novios and grab dinner on Carrera 3 with Calle 17. If there on a Sunday, don’t miss out on the Masaya Hostel pool party! Masaya Hostel
11 Take short bus to El Zaino Explore Santa Marta on foot during the morning. Head to the bus terminal for a ride to El Zaino. Chill in your hostel (pick one with a pool!) Eco Hotel Chayrama
12 El Zaino Wake up early and get to the Tayrona national park entrance for around 8am. Do the 2-3 hour hike (horses available but it’s not too strenuous) to the incredible beaches and head back before it gets dark. Eco Hotel Chayrama
13 Early morning bus to Santa Marta and then to Cartagena Last minute souvenir shopping; sit on the city walls for your final Colombian sunset. Check out a salsa bar on a weekend. República Hostel
14 Fly back home from Cartagena, likely with a connection in Bogotá




If you want to see all the best of Colombia but don’t feel comfortable doing it alone, G Adventures offers a Colombia itinerary that is very similar to this (so it must be good!).

Stay tuned for the upcoming Paradise Relaxation-, Adventure- and Culture- focused 2 weeks Colombia itinerary. Subscribe to our mailing list to be alerted when they’re published!

If you haven’t yet decided where in Latin America to spend your 2 weeks holiday, you might also want to check these out before booking those flights!

 

We know Colombia like the back of our hands, so if you’re looking for bespoke help on organising a 2 weeks Colombia itinerary for your trip here, email us at hola@cuppatocopatravels.com.

 

 

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