itinery ideas for 3 weeks please
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Nov 26, 2012 6:51 PM Last Post By: quebecgirl
Nov 14, 2012 1:08 PM
itinery ideas for 3 weeks pleaseWe are an older couple, used to back packing but to be honest are feeling a bit uneasy about safety issues in Colombia. Are looking for medium priced travel and hostels and ideas for a 3 week period which avoids treks but takes in some great beaches & interesting towns. Any help much appreciated
Nov 14, 2012 6:33 PM
1You shouldn't worry too much about safety in Colombia; mainly places that tourists want to go are today as safe as any tourist destinations in SA. Expensive accomodations are plentiful in Cartagena, and backpacker places not so much, so if you want a hostel for Cartagena, you should reserve in advance. As for the rest of the Carribean coast, reserving in advance is still probably the best idea.
Going further inland, you have the choice of two routes: the western route to Medellin and the Zona Cafatera, or the eastern route to Bucaramanga, San Gil and Villa de la Levya. There are interesting towns either way. And unless you are travelling during a holiday period, accomodations will be cheapest when booked locally, when you get to a town.
In my opinion, with 3 weeks, if you want to see a good portion of the country, you should book your air tickets to fly into Cartagena and out of Bogota, or vice versa. If you take care when making your reservation, it should not cost any more than a normal round trip.
Nov 15, 2012 9:54 PM
2I spent 3 weeks in Feb'12. LOVED COLOMBIA. Older. No problems at all any many similar travelers in the hostels. Much to see - I didn't want too much travel so I flew into Medellin (fabulous city), took a bus to Salento, back up to Medellin and a week a bit north in Guatape. Lovely people. Perfectly safe (people hate it when I say that, but it was true - plus I am not usually out very late). Very inexpensive. Pretty good food. Lovely scenery. Easy to navigate (via buses).
Nov 16, 2012 4:05 PM
3We loved Colombia and you can see the main destinations well in 3 weeks. It's a misconception that Colombia is currently dangerous. We found it one of the safest countries in Latin America, but of course, apply the same common sense caution, especially in crowded transport systems.
We first spent time in Bogota (I have a friend there) then Medellin, which is a great city with plenty to see and it was easy to navigate through with their Metro system. We went back to Bogota then flew to Cartagena (lovely romantic town) with Copa Airlines (good deal on Last Minute). We then went to Santa Marta where we started our hike to La Ciudad Perdida (the lost city). This was our highlight and I would highly recommend the 5 day trip if you like hiking and beautiful green mountains.
If you want more information about buses, hostels and things to do you are welcome to check out our blog at http://www.backpackingburgers.com/search/label/Colombia
Nov 18, 2012 10:21 AM
Nov 26, 2012 3:18 AM
Nov 26, 2012 6:51 PM
6my boyfriend and i (50s) are in colombia now. have been here for 2 weeks and after initial trepedition are having a great time. people are really nice and very helpful but very little english spoken so start learning now! we found Cartagena nice but over rated. Santa marta is a great base for trips out. dont bother with taganga. in san gil presently and loving it. the hike on the camina real to Barichara is great and the market here oustanding for good fresh food.
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