Travel to Colombia

Colombia is a really up and coming destination, many of those who have never been associate this country with drugs, violence, guerrilla fighters, and paramilitaries. Fortunately, it only takes a few glances upon the warm, smiling faces to understand how different life is in this destination today. Many people don't know Colombia is the oldest democracy in Latin America and following nearly forty years of insecurity, this nation has emerged in the last decade and is now one of the safest countries in Latin America. 


 
 

Things to Do, Travel Ideas & Holidays in Colombia

Find activities, experiences, travel packages, backpacking ideas, eco & adventure holidays in Colombia.

Colombia Travel Guide

Colombia Travel Guide

Get information, tips, itineraries and inspiration for visiting on our guide to travelling in Colombia.

  • Country Area: 1,138,900 km2
  • International Dailing Code +57
  • Language: Spanish + local languages
  • Population: 45,400,000 (approx)
  • Capital: Bogotá (population 7,100,000 approx)
  • Visa & Eligiblity: You can enter Colombia on a tourist visa, this is provided on arrived and you can stay for up to 90 days. 
  • Language: Spanish is spoken in Colombia and sometimes it can be rare to encounter many local people who speak English fluently. Before departing download a language app, buy a phrase book or try to learn some words and phrases before departing
  • Weather & Best Time to Visit: You can visit Colombia all year round and there is no one best time to visit. The Caribbean coast is generally warm with lots of sun whilst the highlands are generally cool most months. The Amazon jungle is always hot and humid
  • Getting There: From the UK flights can take around 14 hours to Bogotá although you will need to get a connection due to there not being any direct flights. There are direct flights from mainland Europe and other destinations like Miami in the USA

 

Passport/Visa Requirements

  • Is a visa required?: Yes
  • Allocation of Tourist Visa: At destination airport
  • Duration of Tourist visa: Two Months
  • Cost of Tourist Visa: No Cost
  • Tourist Visa Extension: Yes, extended for up to two months at a time for up to six months in-country
  • Cost of Tourist Visa Extension: 40USD for two months
  • Passport validation: 6 months required before expiry
  • Return/onward flight ticket: May be required
  • Confirmation of Funds: Not required

 

Money/Currency

  • Currency: Colombian Peso (COP)
  • Inform Banks: Give the dates of travel and destinations to prevent security blocks on your bank and credit cards.
  • Cash: Always take enough cash to cover your expenses for the first week in case there is a problem with your bank cards or access to ATM’s is limited.
  • Credit Options: Good idea to have at least two different credit/debit card options i.e. MasterCard, Visa, Maestro, or Cirrus.
  • Travellers Cheques: Can be cashed in major centres.
  • Western Union: If at any time you have any problems in accessing money you can use Western Union transfer. Money can be sent from your home country and received in Colombia the same day.

 

Healthcare

  • Vaccinations: There are no required vaccinations. There are recommended vaccinations. You must contact your local health clinic or family doctor for any medical advice.
  • Malaria medication: Recommended depending on location in Colombia.
  • Other Medications: Before leaving you should visit your travel clinic or family doctor for information on other medications you may need
  • while travelling.

 

History

In 1500, the first Europeans set foot on what is present day Colombia. Settlements grew, and in the later half of the sixteenth century, the inhabitants began to diversify; Indigenous communities and Spanish settlers were joined by African slaves in Cartagena. Today, telltale landmarks in Cartagena give testimony to this diverse cultural landscape. Colombia declared independence in 1819. Instability, lost territory, and civil wars riddled Colombia for much of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Present day Colombia is considerably safer than it was during its shaky past. Its cities are exceptionally vibrant, and Colombians are happy to be welcoming more foreigners than ever before.

 

Colombia Holidays

Colombia Holidays

If you would like to do more than just sightseeing our activity and adventure holidays will appeal to you. Colombia is a beautiful country and we have small group holidays from the worlds leading international travel operators where you will get a local authentic experience. You will get to meet local people and also do something meaningful far better than just sunbathing. There are lots of different packages available and where you go and for how long really comes down to personal choice. We recommend choosing an itinerary which includes visiting cosmopolitan cities like Bogotá and Cartagena which are both facsinating cities with lots of sights and activities.

 

Travelling & Backpacking in Colombia

Colombia has some of the best beaches on the continent, as well as pretty colonial towns, there are also lush National Parks including Tayrona where you can go trekking to see ancient ruins from lost civilisations at Ciudad Perdida (Lost City). This country is also the home of salsa dancing and lessons can be booked in locations throughout the country. All these places can be explored on a Colombia adventure holiday. The tourism industry is growing every year and its recommend you get here before the crowds arrive. Don't miss out, book your travel to Colombia with One World 365 today. The only risk is wanting to stay! 

 

Colombia Adventure Holidays

Best Things to See & Do in Colombia

  • Bogota – A vibrant and bustling capital city, the urban center of Colombia, home to over 8 million
  • Medellin- “The City of Eternal Spring” that has a consistent spring-like climate year-round. It is Colombia’s second largest city and capital of the state of Antioquia, home to over 2 million Paisas. Situated in a picturesque valley hugged on all sides by beautiful green mountains, it has a booming nightlife and cultural scenes.
  • Colonial Villages – The villages are home to warm friendly people, and are where you can experience traditional Colombian lifestyles
  • Cartagena- Described as South America’s most beautiful colonial city
  • Taganga and Santa Marta-Snorkel, tour islands, visit beaches, fish, and hike in the national park
  • La Ciudad Perdida- A breathtaking five day jungle trek to the mystic ruins of a lost civilization
  • The Coffee Zone – Trek through this amazing region and see where Colombia produces its world-renowned coffee
  • The Amazon – Go on a rainforest excursion, do some river rafting, and visit indigenous communities
  • Barichara
  • Cali
  • Caribbean coast and islands
  • Coffee Region (Zona Cafetera)
  • Pamplona
  • Popayan
  • San Gil
  • Santa Marta
  • Tayrona National Park

 

Colombia Adventure Tours

Festivals & Events

  • Carnival, throughout the country - Februrary - March
  • Easter, throughout the country - March - April
  • Flower Fair, Medellín - August
  • Hay Festival, Cartagena, January
  • International Jazz Festival, Bogotá - September

 

 

      

 

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