Cartagena - Tayrona NP - Palomino - Medellin - Jardin - Salento

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Highlights & Details

Hotel Nights


for 2 persons, 26 nights
in October 2018

Selina, Cartagena


Dreamer, Santa Marta


Hammock, Tayrona NP

Dreamer, Palomino


Valdivia Plaza, Jardin

El Poblado, Medellin


Finca Campestre, Salento

El Viajero, Cali




for 2 persons,
in October 2018

Cartagena – Santa Marta

  • by Bus
  • 07.15 – 12.45
  • 4h 30min
  • $35
  • Santa Marta – Tayrona

  • by Bus
  • 07.00 -08.00
  • 1h
  • $5
  • Tayrona – Palomino

  • by Bus
  • 16.00 – 17.00
  • 1h
  • $5
  • Palomino – Cartagena

  • by Bus
  • 09.00 – 15.00
  • 6h
  • $55
  • Cartagena – Medellin

  • by Flight (one-way)
  • Avianca
  • 10.35 – 11.50
  • 1h 15min
  • $90
  • Medellin – Jardin

  • by Minivan
  • 13.00 – 18.00
  • 4h 45min
  • $30
  • Medellin – Salento

  • by Bus
  • 12.00 – 19.00
  • 7h
  • $33
  • Salento – Cali

  • by Bus
  • 15.00 – 19.00
  • 4h
  • $23
  • Activities


    for 2 persons,
    in October 2018


  • Free City Walk, $7
  • Islas Rosario, $125
  • Important: This day-trip to the Islas Rosarios was very touristy and in our opinion too expensive for what we got!

    Tayrona NP

  • Entrance $50
  • Hiking
  • Playa Del Cabo
  • Playa Nudista
  • Sleep in a Hammock
  • Horseback Riding, $27
  • Palomino

  • Endless Beach
  • River Tubing
  • Medellin

  • Spanish School, $373
  • Real City Tour, $17
  • Graffity Free Walking, $17
  • Parque Arvi
  • Plaza Botero
  • Day-Trip Guatape, $65
  • Jardin

  • Nature Tour, $47
  • Enjoy excellent Coffee
  • Salento

  • Valle Cocora Hike, $17
  • Coffee Tour Ocaso, $60
  • Best Places to visit in Colombia


    Colonial Beauty

    Day 1-4: Cartagena
    The old town is full of beautiful colonial buildings with matching balconies and doors and everything looks like it had been repainted the night before. It only takes a few hours to explore the entire area but to get the best experience we can clearly recommend a free walking tour.

    An insider tip is also the suburb called Getsemani with its beautiful pieces of art, the small restaurants, cafes and bars.


    Pure Nature

    Day 5-6: Tayrona NP
    From Cartagena you will reach the crown jewel of the Colombian Caribbean coast in less than 5h by Minivan. It is an absolute gem with a magnificent rainforest and spectacular beaches. And for the really adventurous there is the chance to spend the night in a hammock on a tiny peninsula at the Cabo San Juan beach with the most amazing view on the sea and the rainforest you can imagine.


    Relaxing Days

    Day 7-10: Palomino
    Only a one-hour drive from Tayrona NP there is the charming coastal town of Palomino. It is situated right at the Caribbean coast of Colombia and offers warm temperatures, nice beaches, beautiful rainforest, tubing and great pizza.


    City of Transformation

    Day 11-17: Medellín
    Medellin is probably one of the most interesting cities we have ever been to. The change this city and Colombia as a whole is undergoing is impressive. You can best experience this change from violence to prosperity by taking a free city walking tour and a free walking tour through comuna 13. And don’t forget to fly over this city by cable car.


    675 steps of Guatape

    Day 18: Daytrip to Guatape
    The main attraction of this day trip is a monolith, 220m in height and shaped like an egg. He stands there completely on his own and after climbing his 675 steps you can enjoy a marvelous view over the maybe most beautiful artificial lake there is.


    Green Hills of Jardín

    Day 19 – 21: Jardín
    Jardin is located in the most beautiful green hills you can imagine. And in this beautiful colonial town everything is centered around a big plaza in front of an even bigger church. On this plaza the entire town meets for a chat, a coffee or a drink. And on the weekends the caballeros present their skills on the horses.


    Zona Cafetera

    Day 22 – 25: Salento
    Salento sits right in the center of the coffee region of Colombia. There you can learn everything there is to know about coffee and of course also taste as much as you like from this marvelous drink. Besides drinking coffee there is a six-hour hike into the Valle de Cocora to enjoy. This hike not only leads you through beautiful green hills and up the rainforest, you also have the chance to observe hummingbirds and the gigantic wax palm trees.

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