1 week itinerary for Colombian Caribbean Coast

1 week itinerary for Colombian Caribbean Coast

If you are planning a trip to Colombia it wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Colombian Caribbean Coast. How long you spend there will depend on how much time you have to spare. To help make the most of your trip I have put together a 1 week, 2-week and 3-week itinerary. Keep reading for my 1-week itinerary for Colombia’s Caribbean Coast.

Day 1 Cartagena

Colombia Guides | How to spend a day in Cartagena

I did like Cartagena, but 1 day here was enough for me. Plus, if you are planning on returning here to catch a flight or bus to your next place you will get an extra day at the end. There is so much to see and more to this coastline that touristy Cartagena!

For my guide to Cartagena including accommodation, recommendations click here.

Day 2 Santa Marta

I really liked Santa Marta and 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 3 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 did write about it in my Santa Marta Guide though. Here are my accommodation recommendations.

El Alquimista Hostel

Casa Land Hostal

Hostal Casa Horizonte

Top Tip: If you only have 1 night I would book 2 nights either in Taganga or Santa Marta and then just hop on the bus to visit the one you aren’t staying at. This saves you moving and they are really close anyway.

Day 4 – 5 Parque Tayrona

Colombia Guides | Top Tips for visiting Parque Tayrona

You can not visit the Caribbean coast and not visit Parque Tayrona. If you can I recommend staying 3 nights. Don’t worry, if you can’t cope with camping they do have eco pods available. Although they are on the expensive side so this may not be an option! If you want to save time you can also just go for the day. Either by bus or boat.

For my guide to Parque Tayrona including accommodation, recommendations click here.

Day 6 Minca

I loved Minca! It’s a lot cooler than the rest of the coast and it was wonderful to escape the heat of the beach for a night. There are coffee farms and waterfalls to explore so you will have plenty to do!

For my guide to Minca including accommodation, recommendations click here.

Day 7 Return to Cartagena or 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 2-week or 3-week Itineraries for the Caribbean coast.

1 week itinerary for Colombian Caribbean Coast

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

This post was proofread by Grammarly


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. 
  • Worldpackers – If you want to travel on the cheap and save money on accommodation then you need Worldpackers 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! 
  • Book a Way – If you are traveling in Asia and want to pre-book your transportation then bookaway.com is a fantastic site to do so. They have buses, trains, and cars.
  • 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.

Claire Summers

Dancer, producer, traveller, photographer, cake maker, dog lover and knitter of Christmas scarfs.

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