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Colombia Travel Guide

Quick Facts

💰Currency Colombian Peso (COP)
🔄Exchange Rate US$1 = COP3830.13
💬Language Spanish
🗣️English Fluency Moderate
🏙️Capital Bogota
👥Population 48 million
🚘Driving Side right
🔌Plugs A, B
🕑Time Colombia Time (UTC-5:00)
🍽️Must-Try Bandeja Paisa, Ajiaco, Arepa, Sancocho, Empanadas

Backpacker Budget: US$29 (COP 111,074)

Hostel Dorm US$10 (COP 38,301)
Takeaway Meal US$5 (COP 19,151)
Public transport US$2 (COP 7,660)
Long-distance bus US$12 (COP 45,962)
Entrance Fee US$8 (COP 30,641)
Beer US$2 (COP 7,660)

When to go?

January-March High season with warm weather. Great time for beach activities and outdoor adventures.
April-June Shoulder season with mild weather. Ideal for exploring cities and cultural attractions.
July-September High season with warm weather. Popular time for activities in national parks and hiking.
October-December Low season with cooler weather. Best time for visiting coffee plantations and hiking in the mountains.

What's unique?

Welcome to Colombia, a country of vibrant culture, stunning landscapes, and warm hospitality. Nestled in the northwest corner of South America, this diverse nation is renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty and rich history.

One of the most unique aspects of Colombia is its incredible biodiversity. From the towering peaks of the Andes Mountains to the lush Amazon rainforest and pristine Caribbean coastline, this country offers a plethora of ecosystems just waiting to be explored. Whether you're hiking through cloud forests in Tayrona National Park or discovering rare species in Los Nevados National Natural Park, Colombia's natural wonders will leave you awe-inspired.

In addition to its natural splendor, Colombia boasts a vibrant cultural scene that reflects its diverse heritage. The rhythmic beats of salsa music fill the streets of Cali while colorful street art adorns the walls of Bogotá. Don't miss out on exploring colonial towns like Cartagena with their cobblestone streets and well-preserved architecture.

With an emerging culinary scene featuring exotic fruits, fresh seafood, and bold flavors influenced by indigenous traditions and international cuisines, food lovers will have a delightful time indulging in local delicacies such as arepas and bandeja paisa.

Whether you're seeking adventure in nature or immersing yourself in captivating culture, Colombia has something extraordinary to offer every traveler.

The mysterious statues of St. Agustin
The mysterious statues of St. Agustin

Colombia Highlights
(3 weeks)

  1. 1

    Visit the stunning Las Lajas Sanctuary, a basilica church built inside the canyon of the Guáitara River.

  2. 2

    Explore the beautiful Cascada Fin del Mundo (End of the World Waterfall) surrounded by lush rainforest.

  3. 3
    San Agustín

    Discover the ancient San Agustín Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its mysterious stone sculptures.

  4. 4
    Tatacoa Desert

    Experience the unique landscapes of the Tatacoa Desert with its red and gray rock formations and star-filled skies.

  5. 5

    Immerse yourself in the vibrant capital city of Colombia. Visit the historic neighborhood of La Candelaria and the famous Gold Museum.

  6. 6

    Explore the picturesque coffee region of Salento. Hike through the colorful Cocora Valley and visit a coffee plantation.

  7. 7

    Experience the transformation of Medellin from a notorious past to a vibrant and innovative city. Take a cable car to visit the comunas and enjoy the thriving street art scene.

  8. 8

    Visit the enchanting colonial city of Cartagena. Explore the historic old town, take a stroll along the city walls, and relax on the beautiful beaches of the nearby Rosario Islands.

Tatacoa Desert
Tatacoa Desert

Fun Fact

Colombia is the second most biodiverse country in the world, with over 10% of the world's biodiversity.


Is Colombia safe for tourists?

Yes, Colombia has made significant progress in terms of safety and security in recent years. However, it is always important to take normal precautions and be aware of your surroundings, especially in crowded tourist areas.

What are some popular tourist destinations in Colombia?

Some popular tourist destinations in Colombia include Cartagena, Medellin, Bogota, the Coffee Region, and Tayrona National Park.

What are some essential phrases in Spanish to know in Colombia?

Some essential phrases in Spanish to know in Colombia are: - Hola (Hello) - Gracias (Thank you) - Por favor (Please) - ¿Cuánto cuesta? (How much does it cost?) - ¿Dónde está...? (Where is...?)

What is the best way to get around in Colombia?

The best way to get around in Colombia is usually by flying between cities, as the country is quite large. Within cities, taxis and public transportation are widely available.

Travel Tips

  • Money Cards are accepted at most places
  • ATM Fees Most ATMs charge fees, but you can find fee-free ATMs
  • ATMs to avoid (high fees) BBVA, Colpatria, Davivienda
  • Do try traditional Colombian dishes and drinks.
  • Do dress modestly and respectfully, especially when visiting religious sites.
  • Do be respectful of local customs and traditions.
  • Don't drink tap water, stick to bottled or purified water.
  • Don't wear revealing clothing, especially in rural areas or traditional communities.
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Cover: Las Lajas Sanctuary

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