Does someone have an itinerary and time plan for Colombia based on public transport/planes/single day drivers?
* How did you connect to Ecuador?
Sitting in Pasto now having just entered Colombia from Ecuador. The overland route and border are easy and safe enough if kind of long to get anywhere. We made if from Otavalo, Ecuador to Pasto in about 10.5 hours with all the bus changes, border formalities and a 2-hour detour to the Las Lajas Sanctuary just outside Ipiales.
I have a month here so looks like I'll get to update the reviews next :) I won't go out of my way for the TWHS and we will be more rushed in the north by the end.
Roughly planned itinerary using public transport (and always flexible) is:
1. Pasto to Popayan (6 hrs)
2. Popayan to San Agustin (5 hrs)
3. San Agustin WHS for a couple days
4. San Agustin to Tierradentro (long day, multiple changes)
5. Tierradentro WHS
6. Tierradentro to the coffee region (most likely stopping another night in Popayan en route to Salento) (stay a few days)
7. Coffee region to Medellin (or maybe a stop en route in Jardin or Salamina or both)
8. Flight Medellin to Bogota (domestic flights are cheap but watch the baggage and printing ticket fees)
9. Bogota (2 nights)
10. Bogota to Villa de Leyva (half day bus) (stay 2 nights?)
11. Villa de Leyva to San Gil/Barichara (half day bus) (stay 2 nights?)
12. San Gil to Mompox (looks like this is via Bucamaranga and overnight to El Banco to transfer to Mompox) (stay and recover a bit?)
13. Mompox to Cartagena (8 hrs) (stay whatever time we have left)
14. Flight from Cartagena to Panama
So this seems like the best routing based on south to north and no backtracking. Obviously it is slower than what most of you guys have planned but my flights are booked and I have company joining halfway through in Bogota so hopefully I've figured out how to kill the time right. I can try and let you know if any of it seems relevant to what you want to do to.