route & costs colombia

Whether you like beaches, nature, colonial towns and/or enormous impressive cities: Colombia has it all. This country is famous for its drugs history and Pablo Escobar but is profiling itself as a beautiful holiday destination nowadays and we can confirm this definitely. We did all of the above mentioned, and more, and we made a map of our route so you can easily see which stops we made.

Flying in from Havana - Cuba, we started our trip in Bogota. We had to adjust to the height and took it easy. We did the impressive graffiti tour and walked around town. From Bogota we went to the small colonial town Villa de Leyva. This town has undergone little development the last 400 years and has preserved its colonial style and architecture. Beautiful place to visit, as well for its surroundings.
We went from cute and colonial to big and not so pretty but we didn't go to San Gil for its city. We went here to get our adrenaline pumping. San Gil is famous for its real extreme sports action.
From excitement to relaxing: Tayrona National Park was our next stop. This place has some incredible beaches and is the perfect spot for some time offline.
Next stop was Cartagena which is again a beautiful colonial town. It's colorful, vibrant and a good place for souvenirshopping. We flew from Cartagena to Medellin since it's almost the same price as taking a bus.


Medellin is huge and quite impressive. We took the cablecar up and admired the city from above. A day trip to Guatape was part of our itinerary as well.

Salento was our official last stop in Colombia and we loved this place. Especially the Valle de Cocora is a place we highly recommend visiting. Really impressive with its up to 60 meter high wax palms! From Salento we took the bus to Ipiales where we visited the impressive Santuario de las Lajas church before crossing the border to our first stop Otavalo in Ecuador.

average daily spendings

In total we spent 27 days in Colombia. We think this is a perfect time for this country. We didn't travel really fast, spent about 3 days at each place and therefor had enough time to enjoy and see most of it.


In the 27 days we were in Colombia, our average daily spendings come down to 97.202,93 Peso (= € 29,77) p.p.p.d. Keep in mind that traveling with someone else can be cheaper because you can share a room. Unless you don't mind sleeping in dorms, than it even can be cheaper to travel alone.


Within this budget we integrate all costs such as ATM costs. How dit we spent this budget? We travel with night buses, mostly used Uber taxis for smaller distances en walked a lot, we went to cheap restaurants or we cooked ourselves. We do always book a double room with private bathroom.


Hopefully our info is useful to future Colombia travelers. If you have any questions, don't hesitate and let us know!

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