Only 10 days. Totally not doing Columbia any sort of justice, and not pretending to do so, but have been dying to go there so figured a little taste would do... Help a brother out!
I'm between classes and starting a new job and have about 10 days off. Was gonna camp in the U.S., but I found extremely cheap flights to Columbia so figured I would just get a taste of the flair. Totally not enough time, I understand, but figured a little was better than nothing.
Everyone raves about Cartagena and the parks in the area. I've also heard about some great hill towns. What would you recommend? I don't mind night buses (compared to other countries in S. America, how do they compare? i.e. are we talking Argentine luxury or Bolivia style?) but am also not trying to see everything.
Thanks for any tips!
Hi there - not sure if I'm going to be much help because although I was there for a month I didn't travel around a lot, but here goes. If I were you I would either go to Cartagena and the nearby parks - totally doable in 10 days, or to the coffee region and either Medellin or Bogota.
Cartagena is gorgeous, I absolutely loved it there. I didn't get up to the parks and beaches but from what I heard the transport was easy and not too long. I can't tell you about the buses sorry.
However my other favourite place is the coffee region, and for a 10 day trip that's what I'd do. You could fly into Bogota, spend a couple of days there, then head to one of the main cities. I stayed near Armenia for five days and loved it. There was heaps to do and you could easily spend more than five days there. Salento and the Valle de Cocora was a must! I also went horse riding, trekking, to an organic coffee farm.....the list goes on. You would probably have time to go to Medellin for a couple of days at the end, or just enjoy your time in the coffee zone.
Enjoy - I'm very envious!
Colombia is amazing, you are really doing the right thing. Me and my boyfriend went to Cartagena and Santa Marta - both two gorgeous cities by the sea! We also rented two fantastic apartments that we booked through http://oasiscolombia.com/. Our stay was perfect. I hope you will have a fantastic trip, when are you going?
Im colombian , originally from Cali....I would advice you to visit Cartagena as you dont have so much time to visit many places by bus... and Cartagena has enought to see 😊)
As you may know the distances here are really long and I think you dont want to waste so much time in a Bus even if you plan to travel at night.The buses are no that bad, you can visit this link: http://www.bolivariano.com.co/