E.T.G Tours: A 14-Day Tour of Colombia | Bogotá, Medellín, Cartagena, Santa Marta, and Tayrona

Cartagena, Colombia. photo by E.T.G Tours

Colombia, a nation well-known for its culture, fascinating history, and stunning scenery, provides visitors with a unique experience. On this 14-day itinerary, you will visit the creative metropolis of Medellín, the historic charm of Cartagena, the stunning beaches of Santa Marta, the natural wonders of Tayrona National Park, and the bustling capital of Bogotá. Every location offers a different perspective on the various areas and cultures of Colombia.

Day 1-3: Bogotá - The Heart of Colombia

Day 1: Arrival in Bogotá

Start your trip at the nation's capital, Bogotá, which is 2,640 metres (8,660 feet) above sea level. After you've settled in, enjoy a leisurely stroll through the energetic La Candelaria neighbourhood, which is famous for its street art, bustling cafes, and colonial architecture.

Day 2: Exploring Bogotá

Visit the Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) first thing in the morning to see an amazing collection of gold artefacts from pre-Columbian cultures. After that, pay a visit to the Botero Museum, which features artwork by the brilliant Colombian artist Fernando Botero. Take a cable car ride to Monserrate, a peak with expansive city views, in the afternoon.

Day 3: Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral

Venture to Zipaquirá, around an hour's drive from Bogotá, for a day excursion to witness the magnificent Salt Cathedral—an underground chapel fashioned like a salt mine. After dinner, head back to Bogotá and have a classic Colombian meal in the Zona G neighbourhood, which is renowned for its fine dining establishments.

Day 4-6: Medellín - The City of Eternal Spring

Day 4: Travel to Medellín

Fly to Medellín, known for its pleasant climate and innovative urban development. Upon arrival, visit the Comuna 13 neighbourhood to see how this once troubled area has transformed through community projects and street art.

Day 5: Discovering Medellín

Explore the top attractions in Medellín for the day. Explore the Botero Plaza, which is the location of numerous enormous sculptures by Fernando Botero, as well as the nearby Museum of Antioquia. Travel to Arví Park, an ecological nature reserve with hiking and picnic areas, in the afternoon by Metrocable.

Day 6: Guatapé and El Peñol

Embark on a day trip to Guatapé, a colorful town about two hours from Medellín. Climb the 740 steps of El Peñol, a massive rock formation, for great views of the surrounding lakes. Spend the afternoon wandering through Guatapé’s vibrant streets before returning to Medellín.

Day 7-9: Cartagena - The Walled City

Day 7: Travel to Cartagena

Fly to Cartagena, a coastal city rich in history and culture. After checking in, explore the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with its cobblestone streets, colonial buildings, and bustling plazas.

Day 8: Historical Cartagena

Explore the bastion known as Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, which provides information on the strategic significance of the city throughout the colonial era. Explore the Gold Museum and the Inquisition Palace in the afternoon. Take a stroll along the city walls at sunset to cap off the day.

Day 9: Rosario Islands

Visit the Rosario Islands for the day. The archipelago is a one-hour boat ride from Cartagena. Savour swimming, snorkelling, and lounging on the immaculate beaches. In the evening, head back to Cartagena for a seafood meal in the Getsemaní district.

Day 10-12: Santa Marta - Gateway to Tayrona

Day 10: Travel to Santa Marta

Fly to Santa Marta, the oldest city in Colombia. Spend the afternoon exploring the city’s historic centre and visiting the Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, the estate where Simón Bolívar spent his final days.

Day 11: Tayrona National Park

Head to Tayrona National Park for a day of hiking and beach exploration. The park is known for its stunning landscapes, combining lush jungle with beautiful beaches. Visit the famous Cabo San Juan beach, where you can swim in crystal-clear waters and relax in hammocks.

Day 12: Minca

Visit the little community of Minca, located in the Sierra Nevada highlands, for a day excursion. Minca, well-known for its waterfalls and coffee plantations, provides a tranquil get-away from the coast. Take a walk to the neighbouring waterfalls for a cool bath and visit a local coffee plantation to learn about the process of producing coffee.

Day 13-14: Return to Bogotá

Day 13: Return to Bogotá

Fly back to Bogotá for your final night in Colombia. Spend the evening shopping for souvenirs in the Usaquén market or enjoying a farewell dinner in one of the city’s top restaurants.

Day 14: Departure**

Depending on your flight schedule, you might have some time for last-minute sightseeing or shopping before heading to the airport for your departure.

From the creative cityscape of Medellín and the high-altitude capital of Bogotá to the colonial appeal of Cartagena, the seaside beauty of Santa Marta, and the natural marvels of Tayrona National Park, this 14-day tour of Colombia provides a wide range of experiences. Every location offers a distinctive window into Colombia's diverse cultural landscape, making this trip an amazing experience.

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