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First trip to Colombia in April/May 2014 -opinions requested

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I recently saw some flights from Dallas to Bogota for $430 round trip next spring and became excited about possibly visiting Colombia for the first time. I've been doing some research and have hit a wall with information overload. I was hoping some of you might have opinions on which direction I should go.

General info:
* 2 week duration in April or May 2014, with 3-4 days in each location.
* 2 adults in our 40s (no hostels for us anymore!)
* Expense level: budget to moderate
* Have traveled extensively, but Mexico and Peru are the only Central/South American countries we've been to (and we love them!).
* LIkes: outdoor activities, jungles (especially cloud), mountains, animal sanctuaries, snorkeling, easy-moderate hiking, pre-columbian sites, small villages, renting cars & driving ourselves, sightseeing on our own, budget-moderate accommodation.
* Dislikes: large cities and towns (the older we get, the more we like quiet vacations), tent camping in the jungle, organized tours, long hiking trips, all-inclusive accommodation.

* Ideally we would like to experience the caribbean coast, jungle and mountains. Given that we like to stay put for a few days in each place, would we have enough time to do all three things? Colombia is a larger country than I realized, and we don't want to feel rushed.
* Everything I've read recommends NO RENTAL CARS! This is really a disappointment, since it is our favorite way of traveling around a foreign country. Are there any areas in Colombia where renting a car would be appropriate to see the scenery?
* Caribbean coast: I'd originally thought that we'd snorkel around the Santa Marta area, but it looks like the rip tides are pretty strong. I'm looking for a place to snorkel where you can just jump into the water without having to take a boat out. We loved doing this in Akumal, MX and are looking for something comparable.
* Jungle: Looking at Leticia for an Amazon experience. This area looks amazing, but it is SO far out there. Is it worth it? Should I save my Amazon experience for when we (eventually) go to Brazil? Are there other jungle areas that would be better for this trip?
* Mountains: I'm at a loss when it comes to the Andes. We'd like to maybe stay in a large village with some amenities like a restaurant, grocery shop and bar. Do some hiking, get to know the local culture. Totally open on this one.

I'm feeling very indecisive and a little bummed that we don't have the time or the money to do all the things we want. Any advice would be appreciated!

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