Country Information

Colombia, a misunderstood country, is making a come back in the tourist scene. Currently, Colombia  is now attracting visitors from all over the world thanks to its friendly people, biodiversity, attractions such as Cartagena and Caño Cristales and most of all because is safe to travel. Furthermore, it still has lots of undiscovered regions/areas that make it, a magical place to discover it´s hidden misteries…

Culture:

The joyous, colourful cultural heritage of the Colombian people is visible in festivals and carnivals where music plays a leading role. Our roots are also reflected in crafts and archaeological sites, as well as paintings and sculptures by great artists.

Nature:

Thanks to the Andes that split into 3 different chains of mountains after entering from Ecuador, Colombia has all sorts of ecosystems. Jungle, Deserts, Plains, Permanent Snowmountains, etc. However, colombia is #1 in bird species, in Orchid species and 2nd in biodiversity per square kilometre.

Climate:

We have many climates to choose from warm to freezing Colombia is privileged in having all known climate zones, making the country a destination with a wide variety of landscapes. Nevertheless, You can see different wildlife and ecosystems by travelling short distances over land, making this one of the best travel experiences enjoyed by many people including birdwatchers.

Current Time & Date:

COT (UTC – 5)

Currency:

The currency in Colombia is the peso. There are $ 1,000, $ 2,000, $ 5,000, $ 10,000, $ 20,000 and $50.00 bills and $50 $ 100, $ 200, $ 500 and $ 1,000 coins. Then you can convert other currencies.

Languages:

Official language is Spanish but thanks to its diversity, there are many more.

Food & Drinks:

Food is varied depending on the country area where you are. Main gastronomical destinations are Bogotá, Medellín, Cali and Cartagena.

Holidays:

Colombia has over 20 holidays per year.

Money:

You have to have Colombian pesos, because US Dollars are not accepted.

Health:

You must be vaccinated against yellow fever at least 15 days before departure to these departments:
Santander, Norte de Santander, Bolivar, Boyaca, Huila, Arauca, Caquetá, Casanare, Cesar, Guainía, Guaviare, La Guajira, Meta, Putumayo, Vichada, Amazonas and Vaupés. However, the vaccine is not suitable for people with HIV, pregnant women and children under 6 months of age, among others. Nevertheless, to visit nature parks or wilderness areas. Also, other vaccines, such as tetanus and hepatitis A and B are also recommended. Visitors from countries offering a dengue vaccine should have it applied before traveling if visiting sites below 1,800 m.

Visa:

Citizens of the following countries do not require a TP-11, TP-12 or TP-13 Visa, to enter and temporarily stay in the country: Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Bhutan, Canada, Czech (Republic), Chile, Cyprus, Korea (Republic of), Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, United Arab Emirates, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, USA, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Granada, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, Norway, New Zealand, Netherlands, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Dominican Republic, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Samoa, San Marino, Saint Lucia, the Vatican, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uruguay and Venezuela.

International Airports:

Bogotá, Medellín, Cali, Barranquilla, Cartagena, Armenia, Pereira, Bucaramanga, Riohacha, San Andrés,

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Country Stats

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Capital: Bogotá
Dialing code: +57
Population: 48.32 million (2013) 
Official language: Spanish