My husband and I are planning to go to Colombia in mid-September to celebrate his 40th birthday! It's not nearly as long a trip as we would like to take but we are leaving behind our almost 3-year old with my mom so we're nervous to be gone for much longer.
We typically enjoy places that offer architecture, culture, walking tours, people watching and good food. Based on the research I have done so far, I'd ideally like to visit Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena however I am concerned 5 days is too short to cover all 3 cities. We definitely want to go to Cartagena for the Old City. Not interested in beaches per se so we won't try to go to Rosario or Santa Marta etc. The decision we have to make is whether we stay in Bogota (we will be flying into El Dorado) or just pass through and go straight to Medillin.
I did try to pull together a scenario in which we are able to cover all 3 cities and it's really tight!
Day 0: Depart US late night
Day 1: Arrive Bogota morning. Explore Bogota all day
Day 2: Leave for Medellin morning. Medellin all day
Day 3: Explore town/s around Medellin. Leave for Cartagena in the evening
Day 4: Cartagena all day
Day 5: Cartagena all day. Leave for Bogota in the evening.
Day 6: Depart Bogota early morning
Any input to help make our decision is much appreciated!