2 weeks Colombia's Caribbean Coast

Two weeks in Colombia enjoying the unforgettable Caribbean Coast. Best of all, it's all affordable!

Itinerary by Paul from Traveltocolombia.org
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Day 1 (Bogotá)

Church La Candelaria BogotaChances are you’re going to arrive in Bogotá, so take a day to recover from your flight wandering around La Candelaria. Visit Plaza Bolivar and take in the majestic palatial buildings heading to Museo Botero for your first insights into Colombian culture. Later, shoot for a meal in Zona Rosa - Zona T and have a nice drink in one of Bogotá’s many pubs. Tomorrow your trip starts in earnest.
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Day 2 – 4 (Santa Marta, Taganga)

Cathedral Santa MartaTravel to Santa Marta via an internal flight from Bogotá. From the airport you’ll need to take a taxi into the city, where you can stay at the Brisa Loca Hostel (Calle 14 # 3 - 58) For one night. Take a day to explore Santa Marta’s old square, it’s coastline and the old colonial streets. For dinner, be sure to head to Ouzo (located on the main restaurant square, ask for directions) for some of the best pizza you’ll try in South America. If you want to head out, go to La Puerta, located nearby.

Taganga Bay near Santa MartaThe next day try to rise early to take a bus to Taganga. Here you can unload your stuff at Divanga Hostel. Enjoy the swimming pool on-site (great value considering the price) before going straight for some diving with the Poseidon Diving Centre (Calle 18 # 1 - 69). Diving in Taganga is cheap and fun, so you’ll want to take advantage of it. Once you arrive back in the village, head to the coast and grab a beer as you watch the spectacular sunset. Night’s beginning, so grab a bite before inevitably heading to the inimitable Mirador.

Your next day in Taganga take your time at Playa Grande just around the hillside from the village’s main beach. Here there are great smoothies and plenty on offer for lunch. After lunch you’ll probably just want to relax around the beach and pretty much do the same thing as the day before. Which means Mirador.

=> But don’t forget to wake up early, because Day 5 will see you on a bus heading towards Tayrona National Park.
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Day 5 – 7 (Tayrona National Park)

Tayrona National Park ColombiaThis is your real chance to work off those hangovers. Explore the spectacular jungles and mountains, swim in the incredible Caribbean seas and relax on the beautiful golden sands. Stay in the on-site hammocks at Arricifes or camp at Cabo San Juan for maximum comfort and affordability. Get there early to ensure there’s space available.
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Day 8 – 10 (Barranquilla)

Leave Tayrona with a heavy heart and get straight into the action in Barranquilla. One of Colombia’s biggest, liveliest cities, you’ll soon be woken from your beach-induced slumber. In Barranquilla???
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Day 11 – 14 (Cartagena)

Travel to Cartagena where you can spend your final few days relaxing and wandering the historic streets of one of South America’s most prized cities. Full of colorful, colonial buildings and idyllic cobblestone streets, Cartagena never fails to charm those who visit. Be sure to visit the Museo del Oro, San Felipe de Barajas Fort, Plaza Santo Domingo and the Convento de La Popa.

=> For those interested in taking day-trips from the city, you can take an early morning boat to the idyllic island of Baru or take a day relaxing in the Totumo mud volcanoes.

For dinner be sure to try El Bistro (Calle de Ayos # 4-46) at least once during your stay, especially if you enjoy a good curry.
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