Colombia Quick Guide

Colombia is emerging as one of the top travel destinations in South America. From here, you will travel through Venezuela, Bolivar, and go through Guyana to reach Cartagena, your next stop on your journey to Colombia. Colombia is a diverse country in terms of geography, culture, and people. You can choose from a wide range of activities and destinations as you make your way through this Latin American country. The country is also famous for its spectacular scenery, which is why hundreds of thousands of travelers visit every year.

After visiting Bogota and Colombia's largest city, you can continue by traveling through Colombia's jungle wilderness, the Guarija National Park, where you can hike and trek through the rainforests and rivers. In Bogota, you can enjoy the delicious local cuisine at one of Colombia's many charming cafes or try one of Colombia's signature restaurants. From here, you can travel through Colombia's vast countryside, stopping in small towns along the way as you go, and enjoy a delightful countryside eating tour. If you are looking for an eco-tourism adventure, you will probably want to visit the colorful Amazon forest and see some of the indigenous tribes live in harmony with nature.

If you are looking for the perfect Colombian holiday, there are plenty of trips that can make this possible. One of the most popular trips that travel agents often offer is a Colombia holiday that include a visit to the famous Colombian rainforest, the Bogota River Delta, and the sizzling nightlife of Cartagena and Cali. Travel organizers suggest that if you would like to see the Colombian jungle, it is best to book a Colombia holiday in the months of January and February. Travel organizers also suggest that if you want to see the sizzling nightlife of Cartagena and Cali, it is best to book a Colombia holiday in June or July. No matter what your budget, a trip to this beautiful country, and its amazing natural beauty and nightlife are a great and memorable experience.

What vaccinations do I need?

Up to date information for vaccinations before you travel to Colombia are available from the NHS Fit for Travel website.

Is it safe to travel?

Best time to visit?

December and March as it rains the least during these months, especially in the Andean regions. This isColombia's peak tourist season.

Do I need a Visa?

British nationals can enter Colombia for up to 90 days as a visitor without a visa at the discretion of the Colombian Immigration Officer on arrival. You may need to provide evidence of return or onward travel.

See which forms you may need for entry into Colombia.

What currency do i need?

The official currency of Colombia is the Colombian Peso (COP). If you're looking to transfer or spend money in Colombia you can grab amazing Colombian Peso deals via (GBP to COP).

What about the wildlife?

Some of the most common animals that are found in Colombia are anteaters, sloths, tapirs, spectacled bears, deer, capybaras, pumas, jaguars and several monkey species.

What is the traditional food?

Spanish food? Colombia's national dish, without a doubt, is the Bandeja Paisa. It contains white rice, red beans, succulent ground beef, fried plantain, chorizo, a corn variety called morcilla, crunchy chicharron (pork crackling), an arepa, and fresh avocado. It is all topped with a fried egg.

What Languages are spoken?

Minority languages spoken in Colombia include Romani languages, sign language, and English. English has official status in some regions of Colombia, including Providencia and Santa Catalina. A total of 101 languages are listed in the Ethnologue database for Colombia. You can learn some basic Spanish before you travel to Colombia and really impress the locals!

How much do you tip?

The currency in Colombia is the Colombian Peso (In small restaurants, some people tip 1000 pesos or less (about $ .50 US); A few tip 2000 pesos (about $1 US). MostColombians tip very little or not at all. In the finer restaurants, wealthy people tip more, about 10%.).

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Useful Numbers

  • Police: 112
  • Ambulance: 125
  • Fire: 119
  • UK Embassy: +57 1 3268300

Time Difference

The GMT time difference is -5 hours

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