Saturday, December 4, 2021

Colombia

Colombia is twice the size of France and almost twice the size of Texas, having extensive Caribbean and Pacific coastlines, as well as hilly regions and even some Amazon rainforest interior. Additionally, ethnic groupings and cultures are very varied. Almost every traveler will find something to like in the nation.

Choose a temperature and enjoy it—if you find Bogotá’s light jacket weather too chilly, travel an hour down into the mountains and sunbathe next to the pool of your rented hacienda. If you’re not up for sitting still, go into the Amazon or one of the country’s many other interior jungles, snow-capped mountains, rugged deserts, vast plains, lush valleys, coffee plantations, alpine lakes, or desolate beaches.

In terms of culture, intellectual Bogotá may lead Latin America in experimental theater, indie rock, and sheer volume of bookstores, but you can also get a completely alien education in an Amazonian malocca, or delve into the massive Latin music scene of salsa and cumbia, with the most exciting dance display being the enormous Carnival of Barranquilla.

For history buffs, explore the winding alleys of South America’s original capital, Bogotá; visit ancient Spanish colonial provincial getaways like as Villa de Leyva; and travel into the northeast’s dense jungle-covered highlands to the Lost City of the Tayrona Indians. Walk the walls of Cartagena’s achingly gorgeous ancient city, gazing out over the towering fortifications that shaped South America’s colonial history.

For nightlife, this is hot. Cali is now the global center of salsa, edging out Colombia’s other lively major city party scenes, which keep the music going into the wee hours of the morning. Not to overlook the hipster playground that is the El Poblado neighborhood in downtown Medelln.

Dining options range from common inexpensive, delectable Colombian home-style meals to world-class upmarket and contemporary culinary arts in the major cities, with cuisines from every corner of the globe represented.

And although there are beautiful tropical beaches throughout Colombia’s Caribbean and Pacific coastlines, the picturesque and unspoiled Caribbean island of Providencia offers even more relaxed and quiet getaways.

Political violence has significantly decreased across the bulk of the nation, and smart tourists from around the globe have already rushed here—come before everyone else does!

Colombia | Introduction

Colombia is twice the size of France and almost twice the size of Texas, with long coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific, as well as mountainous regions and even Amazon jungle areas in the interior. It also has a wide variety of ethnic groups and cultures. The country has...

How To Travel To Colombia

By air Regular international flights serve the major cities of Bogotá, Medellín, Cali, Barranquilla, Bucaramanga, Cartagena, Pereira and San Andrés, as well as other smaller cities on the borders with Venezuela, Ecuador, Panama and Brazil. There are daily direct flights to and from the USA, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Spain,...

How To Travel Around Colombia

By air The main domestic airlines in Colombia are Avianca (Colombia's main national airline) VivaColombia (the cheap Ryanair-type airline). This airline offers the cheapest fares, but the worst booking system for foreigners. For 2014, foreign credit cards are not accepted to book a flight. VivaColombia has no offices and hardly any tour...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Colombia

Citizens of most Western countries, including most European countries, all South American countries, Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Brunei, Philippines, Taiwan, South Korea, Bhutan, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore do not need a visa...

Destinations in Colombia

Regions AndinoRugged Andean landscapes and altiplanos with Colombia's two largest cities, Bogotá and Medellín, as well as beautiful national parks and coffee plantations. Costa NorteColombia's vibrant Caribbean has much to offer, with both historic and modern coastal towns and opportunities for diving, trekking and exploring the jungle and desert. OrinoquíaThe endless eastern...

Things To See in Colombia

A large part of Colombia is located in the Andes, which means that there are beautiful mountain landscapes. On the other hand, there are also beautiful beaches in the lowlands. The height of some of the peaks allows you to see snow even though they are in the tropics.

Things To Do in Colombia

There is a lot to do in Colombia and you can find parties and celebrations everywhere you go. Colombians especially love to dance, and if you don't know how, they will be happy to teach you. Colombia is known for its exciting nightlife. There are many groups and agencies that...

Food & Drinks in Colombia

Food in Colombia In many parts of Colombia, it is common to eat buñuelos (fried cornmeal balls with cheese in the batter) and arepas (fairly thick corn tortillas, often made with cheese and served with butter) with scrambled eggs for breakfast. Bogotá and the central region have their own breakfast...

Money & Shopping in Colombia

Currency Colombia's currency is the Colombian peso, but the symbol you will encounter is the $. Most banks and exchange offices accept major world currencies such as the US dollar and the euro. ATMs are widely available, with different withdrawal limits. The banks with the highest limits are Citibank, (1,000,000 COP,...

Festivals & Holidays in Colombia

Colombia has 18 public holidays (12 Catholic and 6 civil), plus Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. The city of Barranquilla has two additional holidays to celebrate Carnival Monday and Tuesday. The following days are public holidays in Colombia: Año Nuevo / (New Year's Day) (1 January) Día de los Reyes Magos /...

Internet & Communications in Colombia

Post There is no government postal system in Colombia. However, the private company 4-72 is Colombia's de facto postal service, although it tends to be somewhat slow and unreliable. Residents rarely use the 4-72 service and usually turn to courier services such as Servientrega, which has many more branches than...

Traditions & Customs in Colombia

Colombians are aware of their country's bad reputation, and any indelicate remark about the history of violence may earn you a derogatory remark (probably about your country of origin) and an abrupt end to the conversation. However, Colombians are eventually willing to talk about these topics if they feel...

Language & Phrasebook in Colombia

The official language of Colombia is Spanish. Some indigenous tribes in rural areas continue to speak their own language, but almost all people from these tribes will be bilingual in their own language and in Spanish. If you have recently learned Spanish, you will be relieved to know that the...

Culture Of Colombia

Colombia lies at the crossroads of Latin America and the wider Americas, and as such has been affected by a wide range of cultural influences. Amerindian, Spanish and European, African, American, Caribbean, Middle Eastern and Latin American cultural influences are all present in modern Colombian culture. Urban migration, industrialisation,...

History Of Colombia

Colombia was inhabited by many large indigenous cultures such as the Muisca, Tayrona and Quimbaya. Some indigenous groups, such as the Caribs, lived in a permanent state of war, but others had a less warlike attitude. The region that is now Colombia was conquered by the Spanish through alliances...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Colombia

Stay Safe in Colombia WARNING: Although security in Colombia has improved considerably, drug-related violence is still evident in some, mainly rural, areas of the country. In particular, the kidnapping of foreigners for ransom - although not as great a problem as at the beginning of the millennium - still occurs...

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