Route for 3 to 4 weeks Colombia

I usually go for a long holiday of four weeks during our winter time January and/or February. These 4 weeks gives me the time to get a good impression of the country and allow myself some time to chill at the beach the end of the vacation (again the beach girl in me!). I spent a lot of time for the preparations; decide on the itinerary; how many days where; what can I do at certain places; what are the highlights; how long does it take to get from A to B; which transport and what are the best looking accommodations. I used the Lonely Planet, websites from well know travel agencies and blogs like this to prepare for this trip.

Colombian Flag; Colombia Travel Blog InspirationsColombia Travel Route

Five must do’s in Big High Bogotá

I loved Bogota, did three tours and booked three nights to get over my jetlag from Amsterdam and to adjusted to the height of this capital city of Colombia. Click on the header to go directly to the blogs on this part of Colombia.

Archeological San Agustín

 Via an overnight bus from Bogota, booked two nights in this quiet southern part of Colombia. The area is amazing green with the famous Magdalena river and a lot of archeological sites, which are worth the trip to this remote part of Colombia. Click on the header to go directly to the blogs on this part of Colombia.

White Colonial Popayán 

Popayán is perfect stop between San Agustín and Cali. The road in this part are not the best so it will take a while to travel in this part of Colombia. Booked one night here and continues to Cali the next day. Click on the header to go directly to the blogs on this part of Colombia.

Salsa in Cali

Cali is know for the Cali Cartel (watch Narcos) and Salsa. The Salsa Capital of the world, so you need to go if you like dancing. Booked two nights and did indeed some professional salsa classes. Click on the header to go directly to the blogs on this part of Colombia.

Salento & Zona Cafeteria 

Time for some coffee and hikes in Salento. Great natural area with the highest palm trees in the Valley. Slept three nights in Salento to do a intense hike and did a coffee tour. Check the blog on clicking on the header.

Wax palms valley sun behind clouds in Valle de Cocora near Salento Colombia; Colombia Travel Blog InspirationsMedellín & Guatapé y el Peñol 

Medellín is the example of the progress Colombia has gone though the years. Loved the tours here and the vibe of the city is unique. I did a day trip to the natural highlights in the area Piedra del Peñol and Guatapé. In total booked five nights in a cool hostel in Medellín, but could stay for ages here. Check the separate blogs on Medellín and Piedra del Peñol and Guatapé in the link above.

Palomino & Parque National Natural Tayrona

After the city Medellín time to head to the beach of Colombia. I booked six nights in this northern part of Colombia between Tayrona and Palomino. Chilled, walked, hiked and tubbed off the river. Perfect to relax and enjoy the nature here. Check the blog by clicking on the header.

“Carnaval de Barranquilla” 

I was lucky or not really to be honest, I new there was the famous Carnaval in the period I was in Colombia. And decided last minute to go with a friend that I met in Palomino. Booked one night and saw the parade during day which was a great experience. Click on header to see the blog with amazing pictures to inspire you.

Cartagena & Rosario Islands

Last part of my four weeks Colombia travel experience: Cartagena. Heard a lot about this hot and windy city on the north coast of Colombia. I loved the Caribbean vibe and colors of this city. The day trip to the Rosario Islands made my trip complete and all relax to head back to the Netherlands. Please check the blog!

Transport

I traveled via local buses, tour operators, taxi/Uber, plane, boats, bikes, horses and of course my feet. I will describe in separate blogs each destination in detail; What you can do and see there?; How you get at each destination? And how do you get away? I write some tips and experiences on the topics as well, that could help your planning.

Cootranshuilla Transport in Colombia; Colombia Travel Blog InspirationsOf course you can adjust the route and maturity of your stay for each destination. After reading my blogs you can decide what you find interesting and adjust your journey to your needs.

Palms sunset at accommodation Costeño near Tayrona; Colombia Travel Blog Inspirations

From Tayrona to Palomino

The only big disappointment in my whole travel trip to Colombia was that the Parque National Natural Tayrona was closed from 28 January till 28 February 2018. I only found...
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View from the boat at Peñol Colombia; Colombia Travel Blog Inspirations

Piedra del Peñol & Guatapé

Instead of going by myself with the local transport, I booked a tour to the Piedra de Peñol & Guatapé Colombia with Top10toursinMedellin. It was a big bus full of...
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Typical Las Murallas around Cartagena Colombia; Colombia Travel Blog Inspirations

Charming Cartagena & Rosario Islands

In this travel blog tips, inspirations and information on Cartagena and Rosario Islands, Colombia South America. I have heard very positive stories about “Cartagena de Indias” and as an experienced...
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Overview over Bogota Colombia; Colombia Travel Blog Inspirations

Five must do’s in Big High Bogotá

Bogotá really surprised me! It’s actually a big high altitude city, but on the other hand if you look for the nice areas in town it gets cozy and friendly....
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Costumes at the Carnival in Barranquilla Colombia; Colombia Travel Blog Inspirations

“Carnaval de Barranquilla”

The “Carnaval de Barranquilla”is the second largest carnival celebration in the world, next to Rio de Janeiro. I planned my trip around these four days of festivities; the most important...
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View balcony from Finca El Cielo in San Agustin Colombia; Colombia Travel Blog Inspirations

Archeological San Agustín

For my holiday I always like to do a combination of beach, shopping, food, activities, nature and culture. In San Agustín you can at least do tree at the same...
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Wax palms valley sun behind clouds in Valle de Cocora near Salento Colombia; Colombia Travel Blog Inspirations

Wax Palms, Coffee and Souvenirs in Salento

I was looking forward to this part of the trip! Salento is known for the Wax Palms in Valle de Cocora and I love palm trees in general. In this travel...
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Salsa nine steps in Cali Colombia; Colombia Travel Blog Inspirations

Salsa in Cali

The main reason for me to visit Cali was the salsa! I love to dance and I wanted to take salsa classes to get into the Colombian vibe. Cali is...
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Cable Car view in Medellín Colombia; Colombia Travel Blog Inspirations

Mesmerizing Medellín

Indeed Medellín, the city of eternal spring, really surprised me in a positive way! What a diversity and flexible city. Every traveler I run into was enthusiastic about this city...
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Parque Caldas in Colonial Poyayán Colombia; Colombia Travel Blog Inspirations

White Colonial Popayán

Next stop in my travel journey though Colombia is Popayán, a white colonial city in the South of Colombia. Perfect city stop between San Agustín and Cali. Check my travel...
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Botero sculptures in Bogota Colombia; Colombia Travel Blog Inspirations

Is it safe to travel to Colombia?

Yes it is safe to travel to Colombia; in fact I haven’t experienced any unsafe moment in the whole 4 weeks that I traveled through Colombia. In this travel blog...
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Cootranshuilla Transport in Colombia; Colombia Travel Blog Inspirations

Tips before travel to Colombia

Before you go to Colombia make sure you will be well prepared. In this blog my tips and inspirations that will help you to plan your holiday to Colombia. Is...
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