As more and more international travelers choose Colombia as a vacation destination, we’re seeing increasing numbers of people try to fit the best of Colombia into just two weeks. While a 14-day trip may seem like a long amount of time, Colombia is such a vast and diverse destination that planning a two week trip to Colombia can be a daunting task. Should you focus on a couple of distinct destinations or try and pack as much in as possible? Andes or Amazon? Pacific or Caribbean?
However, there are several different ways to make the most out of a two week trip to Colombia. Let us help take away some of the holiday planning stress with these Colombia travel tips provided by our certified travel advisors.
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1. Internal flights are essential
While exploring Colombia by car or bus can be a wonderful way to experience the scale and diversity of the country, when you only have a two weeks to enjoy, it makes more sense to fly between your destinations to maximize your time. Luckily, Colombia is blessed with a wealth of airports in both large and small destinations, so you won’t suffer from a shortage of flight options.
Our top tip would be to schedule your flights for early in the morning or the evening. That way, you won’t waste valuable day time sitting around at the airport.
2. Think about the time of year
There are many things to consider when planning a holiday to Colombia, and the time of year is one of the most important. Do you want to see humpback whales on Gorgona Island in the Colombian Pacific? Easily done, but only if you visit between June and October. Have you been dreaming of the rainbow river of Caño Cristales? Again, only if you plan to visit between June and November can you experience the “most beautiful river in the world.”
The weather will also play a factor in your holiday planning. If you want to take a wildlife safari in the Eastern Plains then the best time to plan your trip is between December and March when the weather is dry and animals are easier to spot.
Connecting with out travel advisors will help you make sure you don’t lose too many days to bad weather or delayed flights.
3. Focus on diversity
Colombia is exceptionally culturally and naturally diverse so in order to really get the most out of a two week trip to Colombia, it is important to try and plan a diverse and nicely balanced itinerary. For example, if you plan to visit Bogotá, Medellín, and Cartagena then you will end up spending a lot of time in cities and even taking plenty of day-trips will may result in too much time wasted sitting in traffic.
Instead, try to mix in some time spent in more rural areas to give more balance to the holiday. You could combine three days in Bogota with an Eastern Plains wildlife safari and a trip to Cartagena for instance: this will offer a great balance between beaches, cosmopolitan cities, and wildlife and will really show off the best of what Colombia has to offer.
4. Focus on your passions
Colombia really does have something for everyone but it’s important to not be too swayed by all the “Top 11 Colombia Sights” you will surely have seen on our blog or in guidebooks. If you really aren’t a city person then don’t feel pressured into spending half of your time in big cities like Bogota or Medellin. You will only waste time dutifully traipsing between museums, counting down the days until you get into the countryside.
Conversely, if you are the opposite of an adventurous traveler don’t feel like you have to hike to the Lost City or rough it in the Amazon: book some gorgeous boutique hotels and enjoy the incredible variety of restaurants, bars, and galleries that Colombia’s largest cities boast. Remember, it’s your holiday in Colombia, not the guidebook author’s, so focus on what makes you happy.
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