The Ultimate 2 Weeks In Colombia Itinerary

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The Ultimate 2 Weeks In Colombia Itinerary

{The Certified Guide}

Impeccably tropical, daringly adventurous, and wildly entertaining are all accurate ways to describe the total awesomeness that is Colombia.

There are quite a lot of destinations to include when planning for your Colombia backpacking trip and although you might be tempted to try and see them all…

Unless you are preparing to visit for several months, don’t count on it!

While there are a handful of backpackers who are able to explore all the wonders of Colombia for months at a time, the vast majority of travelers will only manage to get holiday time of 1 to 2 weeks to travel Colombia.

Therefore, for these travelers, it becomes essential to have your 2-week Colombia itinerary fully planned out in order to maximize your relatively short travel time.

For this reason, in this blog, I have assembled some Colombia itinerary rough guides along with some other helpful tips and tricks in order to help you make the absolute most of your 2 weeks in Colombia.


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The Best Places To Spend 2 Weeks In Colombia For Beaches

Thanks to being partially located in the waters of the Caribbean, Colombia is the perfect holiday destination for anyone lusting for a tropical getaway.

Colombia is brimming with a number of impeccably tropical and secluded beach destinations and in this Colombia 2 week route, you will get the chance to explore a majority of the highlights.

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Days 1-7: Cartagena

Cartagena is one of the most popular destinations in Colombia with so many different things to do, essentially making this the perfect entry city for your 2-week Colombian holiday.

While a majority of the tropical goodness is located either a short bus or boat ride away, Cartagena is centrally located to a vast array of beach destinations.

Best Beach Destinations Near Cartagena


Playa Blanca

With a name that literally translates to “White Beach”, Playa Blanca is arguably the most popular tropical attraction in Cartagena.

Located on Isla Baru, just an hour away by bus from the city of Cartagena, Playa Blanca is in fact quite simple to reach.

While Playa Blanca is one of most memorable beaches in Cartagena, it is also the most crowded destination out of anywhere on this list which does manage to put a huge damper on its beauty.

However, as the most sold day trip in Cartagena chances are you will be visiting this beach at one point or another during your 2 weeks in Colombia.

Click Here To Learn More About Playa Blanca And How To Best Avoid The Crowds

Rosario Islands Cartagena

While Playa Blanca may be the most popular destination in Cartagena, the Rosario Islands are the true tropical gem of Cartagena.

Although technically Playa Blanca is a part of the Rosario Island archipelago, it serves no justice to the beauty found on the surrounding and less crowded destinations.

The Rosario Islands or “Islas del Rosario” in Spanish are absolutely packed with a collection of lust-worthy tropical escapes and are conveniently located only an hour away by boat from Cartagena.

Click Here to learn more about the beauty of The Rosario Islands

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San Bernardo Islands (Casa En El Agua)

Home to the illustrious Casa En El Agua, not enough can be said for the surrounding beauty found in the San Bernardo Islands.

While most lucky backpackers will visit the San Bernardo Islands just for a chance to stay in the famed hostel of Casa En El Agua (I mean, can you blame them?), there is so much more tropical goodness to be found throughout this stunning archipelago.

Although it is located around 2 hours by speed boat from the city of Cartagena, this is one destination you will not want to miss and will most likely be one of the highlights of your 2 weeks traveling through Colombia.

Click Here To Learn More About Casa En El Agua and The San Bernardo Islands

Days 7-9: San Andres Island

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On day 7 of your journey throughout Colombia’s most tropical destinations, you will be making the trip to San Andres Island.

Located off the coast of Nicaragua about 1.5 hours from Cartagena, San Andres Island is your connection to the paradise of the Caribbean.

Loaded with a plethora of beautiful attractions, some of the best things to do in San Andres Island include:

Bahia Sardinas – The most popular beach in San Andres, located near the downtown area of the island.

Johnny Cay National Park – A small tropical island covered in coconut trees and white sand located in the cerulean blue waters just off the coast from Bahia Sardinas.

Cayo Bolivar – A beautiful uninhabited tropical island located within the San Andres and Providencia area.

San Luis Beach – The most stunning and uncrowded beach on San Andres island located just a 20-minute bike-ride from El Centro.

*These are just a few brief descriptions of some of the best things to do in San Andres.

Click Here to read the full Best Things To Do In San Andres 

Days 9-12: Providencia Island

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Providencia Island is literally the sum of all my tropical obsessions.

This Caribbean hidden gem is the most astonishing tropical destination in all of Colombia and will without a doubt be the most treasured destination on your 2-week Colombia itinerary.

Though Providencia Island may be small, there is no shortage of tropical goodness flowing throughout this Caribbean paradise.

Be sure to visit some of its most popular attractions like:

Crab Cay – With the fourth largest barrier reef in the world and the most mesmerizing hue of blue water I’ve ever seen, it’s a wonder that Crab Cay is not on more people’s bucket list.

Manzanillo Beach – This tropical escape is the most beautiful beach on the island so don’t forget to pick your jaw up out the sand when it’s time to leave.

Santa Catalina – Santa Catalina is the gorgeous neighboring island to Providencia connected by a small bridge.

Morgan’s Head – A stunning viewpoint and swim spot located on Santa Catalina Island.

*These are just a few brief descriptions of some of the best things to do in Providencia.

Click Here to read our full blog post to see the entire list.

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Other Providencia Blogs:

Crab Cay Providencia {Colombia’s Secret Paradise You Simply Can’t Miss}

How To Get To Providencia Island {San Andres To Providencia Island}

Days 12-14: Make Your Way Back To Cartagena

On days 12-14 you will proceed to take your flights back to Cartagena for your final departing flight.


The Best Places To Spend Two Weeks In Colombia For Nightlife

If experiencing Colombia’s dangerously hedonistic lifestyle is your main focus, then you are in for a treat.

Colombia is home to some of the best nightlife in the world, and make no mistake it will absolutely be one of the wildest two weeks of your life.

On this Colombia 2 week route, you will journey to Colombia’s most infamous party destinations.

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Days 1-6: Cartagena

For a chilled-out coastal town with super relaxed vibes, they sure do know how to party in Cartagena.

With several different party hostels scattered throughout the city along with a relentless nightlife scene, Cartagena will not disappoint.

This is one of those cities if you know where to go, you can find a good party any day of the week.

Suggested Blogs:

Cartagena Nightlife Guide 2019 {Where To Party In Cartagena Colombia}

Where To Stay In Cartagena Colombia {The Certified Guide 2019}

Days 6-9: Santa Marta

 You’re surely not going to want to party the entire time during your 2 weeks in Colombia, right?

Well whether you decide to continue partying or it’s time to relax for a bit, Santa Marta has got you covered.

If you are looking to party then be sure to stay at La Brisa Loca Hostel, which hosts massive nightly rooftop parties Thursdays – Saturdays.

Not to mention there are tons are bars and clubs located just 5 minutes around the corner.

On the other hand, if you are looking for some rest and relaxation, then you will want to avoid La Brisa Loca at all costs because that place is a genuine party hostel which can make sleeping quite difficult.

Additionally, Santa Marta has plenty of awesome sightseeing attractions that will most likely offer some much-needed diversity to your 2 week Colombia party trip.

Suggested Blogs:

The Certified 9 Best Things To Do In Santa Marta Colombia

The Certified Best Santa Marta Hostel For Backpackers {Updated Guide}

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Days 9-14: Medellin

The city of Medellin is synonymous with the word party and serves as a beacon for senseless and promiscuous nightlife entertainment.

Which is why it makes perfect sense that this is where you will finish your 2 weeks in Colombia.

In a city where anything and everything is possible, as long as you know the right places to look, Medellin is just one of those party destinations where it is extremely easy to lose yourself along with your longstanding moral compass amongst the madness.

While partying in Medellin is definitely at its peak on the weekends, there is still plenty of nightlife to be had on the weekdays.

However, be aware that the Medellin nightlife just won’t get nearly as wild or crowded as the weekends typically would.

Suggested Blogs:

The Ultimate Medellin Nightlife Guide {Where To Party In Medellin}

Where To Stay in Medellin Colombia 2019 {The Official Backpackers Guide}

The Best Places To Spend 2 Weeks In Colombia To Visit The Points Of Interest

Colombia is home to a number of famous attractions and on this Colombia 2 week route, you will venture to some of the most popular destinations loaded with some of the most well-known points of interest.

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Days 1-4: Cartagena

Similar to the rest of this list, Cartagena is the first stop on your Colombia 2 week route.

The average price to fly into Cartagena is usually lower than any other Colombian destination, along with a plethora of attractions, Cartagena the perfect place to begin your trip.

While you won’t have time to make it to every item on our top things to do in Cartagena, 4 days of exploring should allow you to feel quite satisfied.

Click Here To Read All The Best Things To Do In Cartagena

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Days 4-6: Santa Marta

While the city of Santa Marta is relatively unimpressive, the city serves as an excellent gateway destination to a number of attractions such as Tayrona National Park, Palomino, Taganga, and Minca just to name a few.

Related Blogs:

The Certified 9 Best Things To Do In Santa Marta Colombia

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Days 6-8: Minca

Spend 2 days exploring the mountain town of Minca located along the famous Sierra Nevada Mountain range.

While you‘re there I highly recommend staying at the popular Casa Elemento Hostel which is perched upon the highest peak boasting remarkable panoramic views as you lounge upon their massive cliffside hammocks.

Related Blogs:

Casa Elemento Minca Colombia {The Most Stunning Hostel In Colombia?}

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Days 9-14: Medellin

 It’s important to end every trip with a bang, so we’ve saved the best for last, Medellin!

Medellin is such an enormous city dripping with culture and brimming with so many different things to do and see that it is more than well deserving of being your final stop in Colombia.

However, even though you will be spending the most time here when compared to any other particular destination on this 2 week Colombia itinerary, there will still be moments where you feel a bit pressed for time.

Therefore, I recommend you really try to narrow down the things you want to see the absolute most to help avoid this feeling.

Some Of The Best Things To Do In Medellin:

Comuna 13 – Formerly known as the most dangerous city in the world, Comuna 13 has since been completely revitalized and thus transformed into one of the most popular things to do in Medellin.

Click Here To Read The Full Guide On Comuna 13

Trip To Guatape – Located about 1.5 hours outside of the city, taking a day trip to Guatape is an absolute must for anyone visiting Medellin.

Click Here To Read The Full Guide On The Best Things To Do In Guatape

Explore El Poblado – Known as the tourist hub in Medellin, the neighborhood of El Poblado is an absolute delight to explore.

Experience The Medellin Nightlife – In case you haven’t heard, Medellin nightlife is to die for… however, try not to as you party it up in one of the best nightlife cities in Colombia.

Click Here To Read The Full Medellin Nightlife Guide

Related Medellin Blogs: 

Top Things To Do In El Poblado Medellin {The Last Guide You’ll Ever Need}

Where To Stay in Medellin Colombia 2019 {The Official Backpackers Guide}

Frequently Asked Questions

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How Long To Spend In Colombia?

 While you could easily spend several months in Colombia and still feel like you haven’t seen everything, traveling to Colombia for 2 weeks should be a good first taste.

Although you won’t get to cross nearly everything off your Colombia bucket list, spending 2 weeks there should serve as a nice introduction and allow you to decide where you want to visit when you return.

Because trust me, you will want to return ASAP.

Is It Cheap To Travel In Colombia?

Yes, Colombia is a very cheap place to travel and is the perfect destination for backpackers on a budget.

There are plenty of budget-friendly backpacker hostels throughout the country, all of which are quite modern and comfortable considering their low price.

In addition to this, flights throughout Colombia are extremely cheap and buses are even cheaper, allowing backpackers to travel freely without breaking the bank.

How much money do I need per day in Colombia?

The average budget backpacker can expect to spend around $40 – $50 USD per day between accommodation, transportation, food, and tours.

However, if you plan on partying a lot as well while you’re there, then you will surely want to budget in some extra spending money.


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