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.
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…
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).
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.
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!
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.