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The Complete Two Week Itinerary

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Colombia is among the most biodiverse nations in all of South America. You might simply spend a whole 12 months exploring all of Colombia’s cities, seashores and landscapes. Since most of us would not have that a lot time to trip, we now have created the last word itinerary of what to do in Colombia in 14 days. In simply two weeks you possibly can go to probably the most iconic, touristic and vital locations on this lovely nation.

Remember the fact that though Colombia was a extra harmful vacation spot attributable to inner conflicts, that’s not the case. Like all South American nation, it’s important to watch out and concentrate on your environment, however it’s not a extremely harmful nation.

The million greenback query: What are the very best locations to go to in Colombia? On this Colombia journey information with the very best issues to see in 2 weeks together with Medellín, the Espresso Area, Cartagena, Tayrona Nationwide Park, Tatacoa Desert, Boyacá and naturally, Bogotá.

I hope you take pleasure in this two-week Colombia journey information to plan your subsequent journey.

Map with important plans to go to in Colombia:

Day 1: Bogota (Historic Heart)

Arriving internationally there’s a good likelihood you’ll be flying into El Dorado Worldwide Airport in Bogotá. The primary day once you arrive on the resort, depart your baggage and head straight to discover the historic heart of Bogotá. Begin out in La Candelaria neighborhood. Right here within the vibrant coronary heart of Bogotá one can find the very best museums within the metropolis; the Botero Museum, the Casa de la Moneda and the Museum of Up to date Artwork.

I additionally suggest visiting the Plaza del Chorro de Quevedo, Plaza Bolívar and the Presidential Home. Different museums that you could go to within the historic heart of Bogotá are the Gold Museum and the Worldwide Emerald Museum. Foe panoramic views over town go to Torre Colpatria or Cerro de Monserrate.

Learn extra: 2 Day Information to discover Bogotá

Day 2: Bogotá- Neiva (Botanical Backyard and La Tatacoa Desert)

Begin off your second at The Bogotá José Celestino Mutis Botanical Backyard. Right here you possibly can see numerous flowers and gardens, a sundial, a palmetum, a set of orchids and a tropicarium. As we love nature, that is one in every of our favourite vacationer points of interest in Bogotá. The José Celestino Mutis Botanical Backyard of Bogotá opens Tuesday to Friday from 8AM to 5PM and on the weekend from 9AM to 5PM. Admission is $5,000 COP with entrance to the tropicarium for a further $10,000 COP. One other fascinating place to go to is the Monserrate hill, which rises as much as 3,500 meters above sea degree and you’ll see the attractive Montserrate basilica.

Whenever you end visiting the Bogotá Botanical Backyard, it’s again to the airport for a flight to Neiva, from the place you possibly can take a bus or taxi to the Tatacoa desert. Relying on how drained you might be, I might suggest that you just journey to the desert that very same day and sleep there to reap the benefits of the darkish night time sky to see so many stars! The desert sky can be known as “place with black sky”.

Stargazing within the Tatacoa desert is one thing it’s important to do throughout your go to, for the reason that desert is among the finest locations to watch celestial our bodies in Colombia. On the Astronomical observatory, an astronomer will train you extra in regards to the galaxy, taking pictures stars and constellations. With luck it is possible for you to to see a number of planets, and different celestial our bodies that you could observe by means of telescopes. The fee to enter the Observatory is $10,000 pesos per individual, the speak begins at 6:30 pm and ends at roughly 9:00 pm.

Learn extra: What to do within the Tatacoa Desert

Day 3: Neiva – Espresso Area (Tatacoa Desert)

On the third day you are able to do the tour of the Tatacoa Desert. Go to the Labyrinth of Cuzco, Los Hoyos, the viewpoints, the Valley of the Xilópalos, the Villavieja Paleontological Museum, the Totumo Artisan Museum and in case you have time even take a stroll alongside the Magdalena River.

At night time take a bus or a flight to Armenia, Pereira or Manizales. If you happen to take the bus, the closest metropolis to Neiva is Armenia and sleep there.

Learn extra: What to do within the Tatacoa Desert

Day 4: Espresso Area (Filandia and Barbas Reserve and Bremen)

Declared a World Heritage Web site by UNESCO in 2011, the Espresso Area is positioned within the departments of Caldas, Risaralda, Quindío and Tolima. Colombia is know for its wealthy high quality espresso exports so don’t miss out. On the primary day I like to recommend you go to the quaint city of Filandia to stroll by means of its lovely streets. From there proceed to the Bremen reserve, the place with luck you possibly can see sloths and howler monkeys. Whenever you end your go to you possibly can go to town of Salento in a Willy (jeep-style taxi) or sleep in Filandia.

Learn extra: Information to go to the Espresso Area in 3 days 

Day 5: Espresso Area (Salento, Cocora Valley and Espresso Farm)

Begin your day visiting Valle del Cocora, from there you possibly can go to one of many many espresso farms within the area. Right here additionally, you will discover the well-known nationwide image of Colombia and the tallest palm tree on the planet, the wax palm. The Cocora Valley is throughout the Los Nevados Nationwide Pure Park. Finish the day touring the attractive city of Salento.

I like to recommend you do a espresso tour, which might final between two to a few hours. Right here you possibly can be taught all in regards to the espresso tradition and go to the espresso plantations. There are a number of varieties of farms, from probably the most elaborate excessive finish espresso expertise to probably the most rustic tour.

Learn extra: Information to go to the Espresso Area in 3 days 

Day 6: Jardín 

Leaving the Espresso Area on the best way to Medellín, you’ll go by means of the colourful city of Jardín. Jardín of Antioquia is among the most lovely and colourful cities in Colombia. Strolling by means of the streets is an expertise in itself. As it’s positioned within the Andes, Jardín de Antioquia is known for each its conventional colonial structure and for its spectacular landscapes.

It’s best to discover the the city on foot, visiting the central church, visiting a trout farm, bathing in its waterfalls, and naturally driving the garrucha (cable automotive). You’ll be able to spend the night time in Jardín and the subsequent day depart for Medellín.

Learn extra: The perfect issues to do in Jardín, Colombia 

Day 7: Medellin

Medellín is the second largest metropolis in Colombia. It has so many issues to do this I like to recommend you keep not less than two full days to take pleasure in it to the fullest. Begin your day on the Medellín Metrocable, the place you possibly can take pleasure in spectacular panoramic views of town from the air.

Then it’s on to the Botanical Backyard, Plaza Botero, the Rafael Uribe Palace of Tradition, the Basilica of Our Girl of Candelaria, Medellin Metropolitan Cathedral, Plaza Cisnero and Plaza Mayor, Nutibara Hill and Pueblito Paisa.

Medellin lengthy held a status from harmful drug cartels, however now it is among the most secure cities in Latin America.

There’s by no means a nasty time of 12 months to go to Medellín with its heat climate and sunny sky. When you have the possibility to go to Medellín in August, you’ll be greeted with the Pageant of the Flowers, the place town is flooded with flowers and over 100 cultural occasions together with parades, a horse honest and an orchestra competition. This lovely metropolis affords a wonderful cultural expertise and has many fascinating museums.

Learn extra: 2 day itinerary of what to do in Medellín

Day 8: Medellin

This second day in Medellin you possibly can go to the “El Castillo” Museum, the cemetery with Pablo Escobar’s tomb, and the well-known neighborhood of El Poblado. You can too reap the benefits of visiting among the following websites:

  • Comuna 13 (e book a guided tour): This was the place the daddy of medication, Pablo Escobar, lived. On the time it was one of the vital harmful neighborhoods on the planet, however right this moment it’s a commune full of lovely murals on the partitions and pleasant folks.
  • Metrocable San Javier
  • Museum of Antioquia
  • Berrío Park
  • San Antonio Park
  • Park of Lights

If you happen to didn’t have the possibility earlier than, don’t miss out on driving the Metrocable cable automotive in Medellin. You’ll take pleasure in unimaginable views of the totally different sections of town metropolis.

Learn extra: 2 day itinerary of what to do in Medellín

Day 9: Guatape

Guatapé is internationally identified for its colourful homes, cobblestone streets and the well-known Piedra del Peñol, a 220-meter-high monolith with 663 stairs to the highest, the place you possibly can glimpse one of the vital lovely landscapes in all of Colombia.

In Guatapé it’s important to go to the Peñol de Guatapé, the reproduction of the historic city of Peñol de Guatapé, take a ship tour passing by means of the outdated property of Pablo Escobar, climb the Rock of Guatapé and finish the day touring the historic metropolis of Guatapé. Return to Medellin and sleep there. I like to recommend taking a tour of Guatapé from Medillin because it permits you to see the whole lot in at some point, with no extra stress of scheduling.

Learn extra: Day journey to Guatape from Medellín

Day 10: Cartagena  

The port metropolis of Cartagena was as soon as the middle of Spanish colonial rule, a major port and the birthplace of quite a few pirate tales. The historic walled metropolis remains to be filled with picturesque squares, cobblestone streets and preserved colourful colonial buildings, including nice worth to the nation’s tradition. In 1984 the historic heart of Cartagena de Indias was declared a World Heritage Web site by the UNESCO. In Cartagena I like to recommend you spend not less than two full days to take pleasure in its walled historic heart at a relaxed tempo and its paradisiacal islands: San André Island, the Rosario Islands, Barú, Tierra Bomba Island and Isla Mucura.

The primary day you possibly can dedicate your self to visiting the walled metropolis. You’ll be able to reap the benefits of visiting Las Bóvedas, the Plaza de San Diego, the Heredia Theater, Santo Domingo Sq., the Zenú Gold Museum, the Palace of the Inquisition, the Clock Tower monument, stroll alongside the Pier of the Pegasus, go to the Plaza de San Pedro Claver, climb the fort of San Felipe de Barajas.

One of the vital really helpful areas to sleep in Cartagena de Indias is the Getsemaní neighborhood, since it’s a central level to achieve probably the most iconic websites of town.

Learn extra: What to do in Cartagena in two days

Day 11: Cartagena – Santa Marta

You’ll be able to proceed exploring Cartagena and take a tour to one in every of its closest islands, the place the seashores are prettier. Return to Cartagena and take a bus or airplane to Santa Marta. Sleep in Santa Marta. 

Learn extra: What to do in Cartagena in two days

Day 12: Tayrona Nationwide Park

Tayrona Nationwide Park is among the most vital pure parks in Colombia, not solely due to its paradisiacal Caribbean seashores with crystal clear waters, but additionally as a result of it’s house to a tropical forest with various fauna and flora. The primary entrance is positioned 32 km from Santa Marta and is called El Zaino. From there you may get to the seashores of Cañaveral, Arrecifes, La Piscina and Cabo San Juan or take buses that go to the start of the mountaineering trails.

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Inside Tayrona there are a number of mountaineering trails or you possibly can simply benefit from the seashores. The hike to Cabo de San Juan takes about two and a half hours and is among the finest experiences the Park has to supply. You can too go to Playa Cristal, which is rated one of many 25 finest seashores in South America.

Positioned within the division of La Magdalena, this park is a required cease in your go to to Colombia, much more so in case you are on the lookout for the well-known tropical seashores. You’ll be able to go by bus, personal automotive, tour or by boat. 

Learn extra: Information to go to Tayrona in at some point 

Day 13: Bogotá – Boyacá

The following day take a flight again to Bogotá. Earlier than your two weeks in Colombia is over and its time return house, I like to recommend you go to the division of Boyacá, which is three hours from Bogotá. You’ll be able to go to Villa de Leyva and Ráquira in at some point. There you possibly can go to the Salt Cathedral and spend your final night time at Andrés Carne de Res.

The Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral is taken into account the primary surprise of Colombia. There are a number of packages to go to that vary from $37,500 to $71,000 pesos for Colombians and $60,000 to $93,000 pesos for foreigners. It’s open day by day from 9AM to 6PM. The tour will take you about two hours and with the doorway charge you might be given an audio information to be taught in regards to the place.

Learn extra: Full information to go to Boyacá 

Day 14: Bogotá – Salt Cathedral – Departure   

In your final day in Colombia you possibly can spend the morning exploring extra of Bogota earlier than heading to the airport to go house.

Different locations in Colombia to contemplate in your itinerary:

Villa de Leyva: is among the 17 Colombian cities declared nationally of cultural curiosity by the Ministry of Tourism and Tradition. For the reason that city is comparatively small all of the fascinating locations to go to are conveniently shut to one another. We suggest you spend the night time on this magical place to have the ability to take pleasure in it extra peacefully, because it is among the most lovely cities in Colombia.

Santa Fé de Antioquía: You may get to Santa Fe from Medellín by bus. Take the bus from the Terminal Norte and the journey is simply over an hour every manner. You’ll be able to stroll by means of city to see the details of curiosity. The primary place of curiosity close to the bus cease is the Museum Juan del Corral the place you possibly can be taught the historical past of town, specializing in the declaration of independence of the area at the start nineteenth century.

Minca: It’s a disctrict of town of Santa Marta, within the division of Magdalena, about 15 kilometers from the historic heart of La Perla de América and positioned within the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, the very best coastal mountain on the planet. This little city is an ideal pure vacation spot to take pleasure in waterfalls, rivers, wells, hikes, breathtaking pure viewpoints and hen watching.

When is the very best time to go to Colombia?

December to February is winter in Colombia, additionally the interval with the least quantity of rainfall. Summer season is rather more humid and heavy rains are widespread primarily within the months of April to October.

Taking into consideration the climate and the instances of biggest inflow of vacationers (December, July and Easter), a superb time to go to Colombia is from January to March. Throughout these months, the costs of lodging are normally decrease and there aren’t as many vacationers vacationers. October, November and August are additionally a superb possibility.

Immigration necessities

Most nationalities are solely required to have a legitimate passport (which out of your date of departure has an additional validity of 6 months) to enter Colombia. Nevertheless, I like to recommend that you just confirm your personal entry necessities with the native Colombian embassy.

In case you are are from one of many member nations of the Andean Group of Nations (Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia) or MERCOSUR, you possibly can enter Colombia solely by presenting your id card or DNI. Remember the fact that entry solely with an ID is legitimate by land or by a direct flight .

Well being necessities

The doorway to any nation can be regulated by well being necessities, within the case of Colombia there aren’t any particular necessities. Nevertheless, take into account that to go to sure locations and areas (such because the Tayrona Nationwide Park or Loreto), you need to have the yellow fever vaccine.

As of the date this text was written and because of the COVID pandemic, you possibly can enter Colombia with none additional steps by presenting your vaccination card with the entire dosage and finishing a well being affidavit. In case you are not vaccinated, you need to current a PCR take a look at with a unfavorable outcome accomplished inside 48 hours earlier than your arrival in Colombia.

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