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. View travel opportunities in Colombia.
Find inspiration for the best things to do if you would like to go travelling, backpacking or take a gap year in Colombia.
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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
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
There are so many places you should see in Colombia, here are some things you should add to your itinerary:
Colombia is one of the hottest gap year destinations in the world right now. Expect a a rapidly developing economy, modern cosmopolitan cities, gorgeous Caribbean beaches, the luscious Amazon rainforest, charming colonial villages, buzzing night-life and much more. We have an exciting range of gap year programs available to book all year round. Researching ideas for your trip? The following pages will help you book an experience:
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. You will learn so much when visiting.
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.
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 when backpacikng or travelling in Colombia . 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!
There are no required vaccinations for entering Colombia, you might want to consider taking maleria tablets if you are going to be in rural areas. Recommended depending on location in Colombia. Before leaving you should visit your local gp or travel clinic for information on other recommended medications you may need while travelling.
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. 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.
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