Colombia 4 week trip - friendly advice needed ;)
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Oct 30, 2013 1:37 AM Last Post By: hannahcurtis75
Oct 23, 2013 2:26 PM
Colombia 4 week trip - friendly advice needed ;)Dear fellow travellers,
I wanted to share with you my draft 4 week travel plan within Colombia to get feedback and tips/suggestions.
I will be coming from Panama via Puerto Obaldia-> Capurgaba -> finally reaching Turbo (Colombia)
From Turbo I plan to travel for 4 weeks within the following destinations in Colombia:
1. Medellin and spend there a few days visiting the city and surrounding towns such as Guatape and Santa Fe de Antioquia. In total maybe 5 days.
2.Then visit Zona cafetera (Salento , Manizales) - This could be another 2-3 days.
From here I am not sure whether to:
3 stop over in San Gil and Barichara on the way to Cartagena or x
4. Go straight to Cartagena, I would like to spend a few days in Cartagena, Santa Marta, Tayron and then do the 4 days trek of Ciudad Perdida. Then back to cartagena city to relax for a couple of days before heading back to Medelling (internal flight) where I will take my flight back home.
Do you think this is a feasible plan for 4 weeks, including 1, 2, 3 and 4? Or should I simply concentrate on 1,2 and 4?
I could spend a bit longer in Colombia and cut it short in Panama. Will that be a better option in your opinion?
If you have any suggestions of other towns/areas to visit please do let me know. Also if you have done the crossing from Panama to Colombia and have any tips to share, I would really appreciate it.
Muchas gracias and happy travelling!
Oct 23, 2013 5:44 PM
1I think you can easily get to all of these places in 4 weeks time, and that itinerary would include a lot of the best parts of Colombia. But you wouldn't be going to San Gil and Barichara directly from the coffee region. That would involve a bus transfer or air transfer in Bogota. If going by bus, you probably should stop for a day or so, to see the city. It's a bit wrong to say you've seen Colombia w/out having seen Bogota.
Alternatively, if flying out from Bogota, do more of a circle trip and go Medellin - Zona Cafatera - Medellin - Cartagena - Santa Marta - San Gil, Barichara - Bogota, with some stops along the way.
Oct 23, 2013 7:31 PM
2I have not yet been to San Gil and Barichara, but I have been everywhere else. That sounds fine for 4 weeks. For planning time, I would recommend adding more time to the Zona Cafetera, it is my favorite region of Colombia. I do agree that you should see Bogota, but you only need a day or 2 here, unless you decide to visit neighboring towns, Villa de Leyva would be the top pick, and is about 5 hours on bus or Lake Guatavita (the legend of El Dorado), only maybe 2 hours out of town. If you're going to Cartagena and Tayrona, you won't be missing anything if you don't make it to Santa Marta.
Oct 24, 2013 8:33 AM
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Oct 24, 2013 9:28 AM
Oct 25, 2013 4:44 AM
Thanks for the replies.
Regarding Bogota, I have been put off from going there due to be an insecure place and being a big city. I am not that keen in spending my holiday in a place like that.I much prefer the rural áreas and the pueblitos.
I am quite excited to start my trip! :)
Oct 30, 2013 1:37 AM
6Hi, we went to all of these places in 4 weeks (apart from Turbo) as well as Bogota and it did not feel rushed, so you will have plenty of time to do it all. We flew from Medellin to Bucaramanga with Vivacolombia (really cheap) and got the bus to San Gil from there, which saved a lot of time. From San Gil you can then get the overnight bus to Santa Marta and then travel on to Cartagena from there. San Gil was nice but not spectacular, so unless you are really going to do some activities there I would say this would be the part to cut out if you are looking to spend more time in other places. The bus ride from Bucaramanga to San Gil is amazing though.
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