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From dense Amazonian jungle, stunning tropical Caribbean beaches and islands to snow-capped Andean mountains, beautiful coffee landscapes and reincarnated cities of Medellin and Bogota; Colombia has so much to offer. Sitting at the top of South America, Colombia is the only country in the region with both a Pacific and Caribbean coastline to enjoy and straddling the equator it’s one of the world’s most verdant and diverse countries in the world. Those who throw away their misconceptions about Colombia will find that it contains all of South America’s allure, charm and more.
As spectacular as the landscapes and diversity of Colombia, it is the change of the country’s fate that is truly impressive. Out to prove that there is more to Colombia than its stereotype image that is held around the world;
The Colombian hospitality is one that is difficult to find anywhere else in the region and the world, ensuring that you leave with a different perception of the country than the one you arrived with. As varied as its landscapes the bright culture of Colombia is contagious. From the ancient civilizations of the Tayrona to the legend of El Dorado and the City of Gold, Colombia’s history is shrouded in mystique and wonder which will entice you to explore deeper into the country’s past.
Now let’s talk about the fresh Caribbean seafood, simmering Andean stews and soups to delicious and some of the world’s best quality exotic fruit juices; Colombia will satisfy every one of your senses. With spectacular landscapes and a diverse culture seeking to change the world’s perception, Colombia is a true gem to feel welcome and explore this gateway to South America. Traveling to Colombia you will experience immaculate beauty of the country and its people, you will leave wanting to return back for…
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Due to Colombia’s proximity to the Equator, the temperature varies according to altitude rather than the season. In the high altitudes of the Andes, days are cool and the nights can dip to the near freezing mark with the dry season falling between December and March and July and August. In the lowlands of Colombia, the climate is tropical and humid with very little difference between the daytime and nighttime temperatures. Rainfall in Colombia is heaviest on the west coast and in the Andean region with the rainy and dry seasons alternating in three-month cycles. Bogota’s heaviest precipitation takes place between April and June as well as October and December. The northern areas have one long rainy season running from May through to October. The country can be divided into three distinctive climatic regions:
The Tierra Caliente is the tropical zone and covers roughly about 82.5% of Colombia with the land from sea level to about 3,500ft (1,067m) falling into this category. The annual average temperature is 75-81°F (23-27°C) will the sea level destinations having a mean maximum of 100°F (37°C).
Between 3,500ft. (1,067m) and 6,500ft. (1,981m) marks the temperate zone of Colombia with average temperatures reaching about 64°F (17°F).
The Tierra Fria or cold country can be found between 6,500ft. (1,981m) and 10,000ft. (3,048m) with yearly temperatures averaging a little over 55°F (12°C). Bogota, lies at 8,525ft (2,598m) with an annual mean temperature of 57°F (13°C)
AT A GLANCE:
SEASONS & PEAKS
Summer (Dec-Feb) – Hot & Sticky – Avoid the North Side, flooding.
Autumn (Mar-Apr) – Fewer Crowds – Great time to go. See Wineries!
Winter (Jun-Aug) – Icy and Snowy – Ski lodges are open.
High season: Late Nov-Feb & July – Peak Pricing
Shoulder season: Sept-Nov & Mar-May
Low season: June & August – Low Pricing
Capital City: Bogota
Currency: Colombian Peso
Unlike in other Latin-American countries, the US Dollar is not widely accepted in Colombia, except in a few high-end establishments but you can convert your currency at hotels, casas de cambio (money-exchange houses), most banks, and at the airport. It is worth noting that changing large notes can be problematic outside of large cities. Using moneychangers on the street is not recommended. There are plenty of ATMs in Colombia, with at least one even in small towns. Traveler’s checks aren’t recommended as although they can be exchanged at some banks, few businesses accept them. We recommend visiting the website XE Currency Converter to get current exchange rates.
We recommend visiting the website XE Currency Converter to get current exchange rates.
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Few countries in Latin America or elsewhere have done more to turn around their own image than Colombia which today is far safer and more accessible than it has been in decades. Colombia is now safer on average than all the country’s immediate neighbors although that is not to say that there are no problems. Street crime still exists, particularly in poor neighborhoods of the big cities as it does anywhere else in the world so vigilance and common sense are required when you’re in the urban centers of Colombia. Remember you’re foreign and so will stick out already. Keep a close eye on your belongings and don’t wear lots of eye catching jewelry or flash expensive cameras, laptops or iPhones around. When out and about exploring Colombia, take only as much cash as you need for the outing, and leave the rest (as well as your passport) in a safe in your hotel. Always carry a photocopy of your passport with you – the main page and the page with your entry stamp.
Vaccinations: No vaccinations are required to visit Colombia. We do recommend visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as check the vaccines and medicines list and visit your doctor (ideally, 4-6 weeks) before your trip to make sure everything is up to date.
Nationals of the USA and the EU do not require a visa to enter Colombia and are granted a 90 day travel visa upon arrival. Citizens of other countries may require a visa to enter Colombia and it is generally advised that they contact the Colombian embassy in their home country for information. The Wikipedia Visa Policy of Colombia is a great starting point to begin exploring whether or not any particular nationality might need to obtain a tourist visa to visit Peru.
Electricity in Colombia runs at 110 Volts, so transformers are not necessary for tourists from the USA. If you are planning to use anything with a three-prong plug, bring an adapter, as some establishments only have two-prong outlets. If you’d like to learn more about the types of plugs in Colombia, check out the website What Plug Info – Colombia..
GETTING AROUND COLOMBIA
Colombia is South America’s fourth-largest country. While buses are both reliable and numerous for intercity travel, the increase in domestic airlines (about half a dozen domestic airlines) means that air travel is only slightly more expensive than traveling by bus and is much faster and more comfortable. People therefore prefer to take an internal flight or two in order to save time, avoid lengthy journeys by road and to enjoy seeing Colombia’s diverse landscapes from above. In the Coffee Triangle, the most common mode of transport is the Willy Jeep, with two rows of seats in the covered interior. These tend to be inexpensive, but the ride can be bumpy.
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