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 a 3-week itinerary for the Caribbean Coast Colombia.
As this is a 3-week Colombia itinerary there are things you may want to skip like doing the Lost City, it’s a hard trek and not for everybody. So feel free to extend anyplace you arrive and like. Most places along this coast there is no need to book accommodation a long time in advance. I normally book the night before on booking.com unless it is peak season and then you might want to book a little earlier. The exception to this is Minca as for some reason it gets booked up quick!
Day 1-2 Cartagena
As much as I enjoyed Cartagena 1-2 days here was enough for me. 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!
Day 3-4 Santa Marta
I actually 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. Gringos vacation in Cartagena and Colombians vacation in Santa Marta. Here is the best place to buy anything you need for the best prices. There are also some great beaches, museums and neighboring villages to explore.
Day 5-8 Lost City Trek
If you want to do the Lost City tour all of the operators pick up from Santa Marta so it makes sense to do it while you are here. You are going to want a day or so to rest after the hike so you can either do that in Santa Marta or head to Taganga for a few days.
For my guide to The Lost City click here.
Day 9 -10 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 11 – Parque Tayrona
You can not visit the Caribbean coast and not visit Parque Tayrona if you can I recommend staying 3 nights. If you can’t cope with camping they do have eco pods available, although they are on the expensive side!
Day 12-13 Minca
I loved Minca! Many people say just stay there for a day, but if you have the time I would stay longer. It’s a lot cooler than the rest of the coast and I really 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.
Day 14 -16 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 3 days here chilling on the beach and tubbing on the river!
Day 17 -19 Cabo de la Vela and Punta Gallinas
This and the Lost City were my favorite things I’ve done in Colombia. It really was an incredible trip! I mean, just take a look at the pictures in my guide and this video.
For my guide to Cabo de la Vela and Punta Gallinas click here.
Day 20-21 Return to Santa Marta/ Cartagena
If you need help getting to your next destination take a read of my Colombia transport guides:
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Book your trip now
Are you ready to book your trip? To help you get the best deals and service here are the companies that I personally use to book all of my travel online. I always shop around before booking anything, but these are my tried and tested starting places.
- Skyscanner – I’m a bit fan of Skyscanner, it is who I use to book all of my flights. I often will check other like Google Flights or Momodo, but I always go here first and it is who I book 99% of my flights with.
- Booking.com – I LOVE booking.com especially when I can book and cancel free up until a certain point, mostly because my plans are forever changing. It’s easy to use and has one of the widest selections.
- Airbnb – I’m not a huge user of Airbnb, but sometimes I do like to use it, and I ALWAYS check it before I book anything else. You can get some really cool places to stay here, and it is especially good in places like Cuba. If you don’t have an account and you click on this link then you will get $36 off your first booking.
- Hostelworld – If you are looking for hostels then this is a great place to check first. They often have additional places that you won’t find on Bookin.com.
- Agoda – Although I don’t use it as much as booking.com, Agonda is especially good if you are traveling in Asia as they really do dominate there.
- Workpackers – If you want to travel on the cheap and save money on accommodation then you need Workpackers in your life. You can read more about it here. If you click this link to sign up and use the code CLAIRESITCHYFEET then you can get a 40% discount on your membership!
- 12Go – If you are traveling in Asia and want to pre-book your transportation then 12Go is a fantastic site to do so. They have buses, trains, and air travel.
- RentalCars – Looking to rent a. car while you are away? I always book through Rental Cars as they do a search of all of the big sites and find the best deals.
- Welcome Pickups – Very occasionally getting from the airport to my accommodation is a total pain in the butt, or I’m traveling in a group and it makes sense to arrange a pickup. When I do I use Welcome pickups.
- World Nomads – If you are looking for flexible travel insurance then it’s World Nomads all the way. I wrote all about insurance here if you want a more thorough review.
- SafetyWing – AsI’m a Digital Nomad and not moving around quite so much anymore I personally use SafetyWing now for my health insurance. I wrote a full review here.
- Viatour – Sometimes it can be a little expensive, but I like Viatour for somethings, especially if you can get a discount code! It’s also great for inspiration.
- Klook – If you are traveling in Asia, then Klook is great! You can book all kinds of tours, activities, and train tickets, plus they even have sim cards and WiFi.