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.
QUICK COLOMBIA FACTS
Currency: Colombian peso can be withdrawn from ATMs throughout Colombia, however keep in mind that smaller cities or towns may not have access to ATMs and its recommended to withdraw cash and take it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.
Drinking Tap Water: The tap water is generally safe to drink, however, if you are unsure, make sure to ask your hotel receptionist or host. Some rural areas make not have access to clean tap water.
Visa: Most countries don’t require a visa for short stays, to visit Colombia.
– Arepas (made of ground maize dough stuffed with a filling).
– Ajiaco (Chicken and Potato soup – three kinds of potato with capers and cream milk).
– Obleas (round wafer sandwich – usually a sweet treat).
– Empanadas (deep fried pockets, filled with meat, potatoes, chicken, and rice).
When to go: The ideal time of year to travel to Colombia is from December to March, when the country has the driest weather and least amount of rain. However, Colombia gets consistently warm temperatures all year long because to its geographic location near the equator, making any season comfortable for travel.
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