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1 month backpacking on the Colombian Caribbean coast

Backpacking from the historical Cartagena to the mysterious bays of Taganga, inside of the Tayrona national park, visiting waterfalls and coffee farms in Minca and a 3h tubing in Palomino river

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South AmericaColombia25 days / May - June 2017

Highs & Lows

The carribbean landscapes and sunsets are ones of the best I ever seen

Take care the coast can be really hot in the dry season from 11 am to 4 pm so if you choose to go out: drink a lot of water

Itinerary Overview

The caribbean coast of Colombia as an incredible and distint environement in a short territory, on this trip report is from the west to the east starting in Cartagena, passing by Santa Marta to Taganga, Minca the Tayrona national park by bus and hitchhiking.

- Cartagena, 3 nights

- Taganga, 5 nights

- Tayrona, 5 nights

- Minca, 5 nights

- Palomino, 3 days

  • 5 Nights: Cartagena
    Discover the colonial old coloful Cartagena
  • 5 Nights: Taganga
    The incredible sunsets and bays of Taganga
  • 5 Nights: Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
    Camp inside the wild Tayrona park and visit its indigenous reserv
  • 5 Nights: Minca
    The enchanted Minca between waterfalls and coffee farms
  • 5 Nights: Palomino
    3h tubing experience on river

Q & A

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    Rains in the tropical part (Tayrona, Minca) are really spontaneous and strong. Always find a roof or a closed space to stay meanwhile it pass

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Stay as longer you wish in your destinations if you are feeling hood and relax, you are on the Carribeans

  • Packing tips?

    Northern colombian coast has two season but it's always really hot: travel light and bring your swimsuit. Good shoes for trails and light pants : mosquitos are your worth enemy and it is not affrayed