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I’ve been lucky enough that a location independent business meant that I could travel extra slow. If this is an option to you, I 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. I would advise at least one month in each country in Latin America, perhaps with the exception of Belize, Panama and Paraguay, which have less going on.
However, that’s not always possible, as I’m often asked by people who only have a 2 week vacation from their jobs where I would prioritise going in the given time. So behold! Here is my 2 weeks in 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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This itinerary is fairly tight, but quite a normal pace for short-term backpacking, and it’s very similar to several itineraries we came up with for various family members and friends that came out to visit us.
If you have a couple of days more than this 2 weeks in Colombia, I would suggest getting a minibus from Cartagena up to Santa Marta, and then either staying in the small town of El Zaino or waking up super early the next day to get from Santa Marta to the entrance of Parque Tayrona for 8am. After an easy, flat hike through the forest, you’ll come to some of Colombia’s most beautiful beaches.
Santa Marta itself is also a pretty fun place to be; Masaya Hostel is famed amongst backpackers and locals for its Sunday rooftop pool parties.
If you have more than say 4 days to tack onto this 2 weeks in Colombia itinerary, consider adding another destination like Cali, the hot-hot city of salsa, or Villa de Leyva, a charming colonial town a few hours’ bus away from Bogotá.
Don’t wanna go it alone?
If you want to see all the best during your 2 weeks in 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!).
Not convinced on 2 weeks in Colombia?
If 2 weeks in Colombia doesn’t sound like it’s for you and you’re back to the drawing board on where in Latin America to spend your 14-day holiday, you might also want to check some of these itineraries out: