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Located where South America meets Central America, Colombia is quickly overcoming a dark reputation from the days of Pablo Escobar, and more travelers are discovering the joys of this Latin country. Rich cultural cities like Medellin, Bogota, and Cartagena compete with magnificent tropical islands and Caribbean beaches. Rainforests are home to many species of animals and birds, making this a new popular eco-tour alternative to Central America.


Currency: Colombian peso can be withdrawn from ATMs throughout Colombia, however keep in mind that smaller cities or towns may not have access to ATMs and its recommended to withdraw cash and take it with you.

Power Points: Most power points are the same as most North American power points (2 flat prongs). Obviously I would recommend you take a Travel Adapter especially for non Europeans.

Official Language: The official language of Colombia is Spanish, which is different to Spanish spoken in Spain.

Health: There are a number major health concerns in Colombia for travellers including; Yellow fever, Zika virus, Malaria, dengue fever, Chagas disease and leishmaniasis. I would recommend that you contact your doctor a few weeks before you travel as in some cases you need to start any medication a few days before your trip or you may need to get a vaccination. The tap water is generally safe to drink, however, if you are unsure, make sure to ask your hotel receptionist or host.

Unsure about travelling during COVID? Check out the COVID travel requirements and restrictions for Colombia.

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