Located in the north of South America, Colombia has everything to ensure a unforgettable adventure. The country is blessed with an array of landscapes and ecosystems, warming and friendly locals, incredible cuisine and rich history and architecture.
Why Visit Colombia
LANDSCAPES & NATURE
Colombia is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. From snow-capped mountains in The Andes mountain range to idyllic beaches in both Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, the Amazon rainforest (which covers 35% of its territory), deserts, and much more to impress your sight.
CULTURE & LOCALS
Colombia has an unique culture, that originated from the mix between the spanish, indigenous and african that occurred during the colonial period. Colombians are famous for being warm and friendly, always welcoming tourists and encouraging them to explore they beloved country, as their tourism industry is steadily growing.
Thanks to its mix of cultures, Colombia has some unique, fresh and delicious cuisine that you wouldn’t find anywhere else. Its cheese is particularly famous, as well as its coffee, that thanks to its climate, allows the country to produce some of the best coffee in the world.
ARCHITECTURE & HISTORY
Colombia’s history dates back a couple centuries, when the pre-columbian indigenous settled in the region. As the spanish and europeans came, they influenced the country greatly, building cities and leaving a heritage that can be seen nowadays on its churches, houses and some other colonial landmarks that can be found in cities like Bogota, Tunja and Cartagena.
What to expect
Spanish is the official language in Colombia, however there also 65 amerindian languages spoken around the country. Generally, colombians are not fluent in english, except for people in tourist areas, but they will try to help you regardless.
In Colombia the standard voltage is 110 V and the frequency is 60 Hz. That’s the standard voltage in the US, Canada and most South American countries.
The Colombian peso is the official currency in Colombia. Other foreign currencies, like dollars and euros, won’t be accepted, but credit cards are widely accepted, and you can exchange your money at any bank or withdraw directly from the ATM. 1 USD equals 3937.03 pesos (as of 2020)
The climate in Colombia is generally tropical, with an annual average temperatures usually above 74 °F (23 °C). However, the country has different regions, with different altitudes and weather, like in Bogota where temperate and chilly temperatures are common.
Colombia was known as an unsafe country thanks to the narco-violence, however that is not the case anymore. Although the country still has some rate of petty crime, violent crime is not common, and the country is generally safe. Just like anywhere else, common sense and caution is encouraged. It is recommended to stay away from the areas where the guerrilla still has some presence and from some comunas if you are not going with locals.
Visa Policy & Pasports
Citizens of the following 99 countries are allowed to enter Colombia without a visa for a period up to 90 days, including All European Union Citizens, Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bhután, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Costa Rica, Chile, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Japan,Kazakhstan, Liechtenstein, Marshall Islands, Moldova, Montenegro, Malta, Micronesia, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Solomon Island, South Korea, Suriname, Switzerland, Suriname; Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, UAE, United Kingdom Of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, US, Uruguay, Vatican city and Venezuela.
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