If you are planning a trip to Colombia it just wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Caribbean coast. Depending on how much time you have to spare if you only have 2 weeks in Colombia then here is how you could spend it.
Did You Get Travel Insurance Yet?
If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that you need to be prepared for anything! Travel insurance has always been high my list of things to get before I travel but now more than ever its at the top of my list.
I’m pretty sure we have all had travel plans messed up because of COVID and not all insurers covered this. So when looking for travel insurance it’s important to check it covers travel disruption due to COVID-19, Hey Mondo, Passport Nomads, Safety Wing, and Travel Insurance Master all provide cover for this.
Hey Mondo is great if you are looking for a great value flexible policy. They offer single trip cover, annual multi trip cover, and long term travel cover. You even have the option to start the cover when you are already on your trip, although you won’t be covered for the first 72 hours. For me my favourite feature is their app which offers you a 24/7 Dr chat and the ability to file a claim direct in the app.
Passport Nomads provides the most comprehensive cover for Digital Nomads. The game changer with them is that you have a red card and if you find yourself in need of medical care you just contact them and they will pre load your card with the funds to cover your treatment, meaning you won’t need to pay out of pocket and then put in a claim later.
Safety Wing is great value with monthly cover starting at $39. It’s super easy to use and it just renews each month. They have an excess of $250 and it’s simple to make a claim through their website. I currently use them as they offer me free cover for my son as part of my policy and I like that it renews on a monthly basis, so I don’t have to pay out a big lump sum up front.
I also use Travel Insurance Master for some short vacation type trips.
If you are doing shorter trips or an extended backpacking trip then Hey Mondo or Travel Insurance Master are the best option. If you are a digital nomad or planning travel of at least 6 months then go for Passport Nomads or SafetyWing.
Day 1-2 Cartagena
1-2 days here was enough for me to explore the old town and soak in the colonial vibes. Plus if you are planning on returning here to catch a flight or bus to your next place you can always extend your stay if you want to!
For my guide to Cartagena including accommodation, recommendations click here.
Need to book transportation in Colombia?
I highly recommend booking all of your Colombia transportation with GuateGo. You can search for buses, shuttles, ferries, and Flights on their website. What I love most about them is their customer service. I know these guys personally from my time living in Guatemala and they really do look after their customers. So if anything happens and you get delayed and miss your bus, you can just call them and they are always there to help.
If you book through them you will pay a little more than if you book in person at the bus station. But it’s worth it for the ease and security in my opinion. Click here to search for transportation in Colombia.
Day 3-4 Santa Marta
I preferred Santa Marta to Cartagena. As beautiful as Cartagena is it is the most expensive place I’ve been to in Colombia and has a very different more touristy vibe. It is the best place to buy anything you need for the best prices just in case you forgot anything. There are also some great beaches, museums and neighboring villages to explore.
For my guide to Santa Marta including accommodation, recommendations click here.
Day 6 Taganga
I haven’t written a full guide to Taganga as although I went there three times I don’t feel like I got to know the place enough to write a full guide. I have written about it in my Santa Marta Guide though and here are my accommodation recommendations:
Day 7-9 Parque Tayrona
You can’t visit the Caribbean Coast and not visit Parque Tayrona. If you have time I recommend staying for 3 nights. If the thought of camping for 3 nights makes you break out in a cold sweat then stay less time of book an eco pods. Although, they are on the expensive side!
For my guide to Parque Tayrona including accommodation, recommendations click here.
Day 10-11 Minca
Many people say just stay there for a day, but if you have the time stay longer. It’s cooler than the rest of the coast and I enjoyed escaping the heat of the beach for a few nights. There are coffee farms and waterfalls to explore so you won’t get bored! It actually reminded me a little of Guatemala which is probably why I loved it so much.
For my guide to Minca including accommodation, recommendations click here.
Day 12 – 13 Palomino
If you prefer a less crowded beach and more laid-back beach vibes then Palomino is likely going to be somewhere you won’t want to leave! I would stay for at least 2 days here chilling on the beach and tubbing on the river!
For my guide to Palomino including accommodation, recommendations click here.
Day 14 Return to Cartagena/ Santa Marta
I hope this is helpful if you are backpacking in Colombia be sure to check out my other guides! Also, you can follow my 1-week or 3-week Itineraries for the Caribbean coast.
Colombia is the most amazing country and there is so much more to it than you may think. Take a read of these 24 interesting facts about Colombia to learn more.
If you need help getting to your next destination take a read of my Colombia transport guides:
How to get from Medellín to Cartagena
How to get from Bogotá to Medellín on the bus or plane
How to travel from Medellín to Santa Marta
How to get from El Dorado airport in Bogota to La Candelaria
Using Public Transport in Medellin
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