ULTIMATE COLOMBIA TRAVEL GUIDE

Colombia is a country located in South America. Bogota is the capital and it is a country known for its history, architecture, landscapes and beaches.

Colombia is a country with a torrid past and one that people are only just starting to think about visiting in the past 10 years, with good reason, as it has a lot to offer the tourist.

There are exquisite ruins in the dense jungles, megacities with so much culture on offer you don’t have to wander far, amazing coffee and beautiful beachside resorts in the north.

It’s a country we have only scratched the surface of but it’s one we will be back to explore more of in the near future.

DESTINATIONS

COLOMBIA TRAVEL: QUICK TIPS

Colombia
  • Do you need a visa? US Citizens get a free 60 day Visa on Arrival

  • Currency: Colombian Peso (COP)

  • Climate: Tropical, humid and very warm with temperate climate at altitude

  • Primary Religion: Christianity

  • Local Languages: Spanish

  • Etiquette Tips: Dress modestly, don’t wear expensive jewelry, do not give money to begging children, do not flash valuables

  • WIFI: Available in most, if not all, accommodation throughout the country. Many restaurants and tourist offices offer free WIFI too.

  • SIM Cards: If you have an unlocked phone, it is possible to pick up a local SIM card at any Colombia airport on arrival. This will enable you to have data like you would at home. Another alternative is a universal SIM card that works in multiple countries.

  • Travel Insurance: With all travel, we highly recommend you take out a travel insurance policy when you book your trip. This will cover your trip in case of any unforeseen events happen.

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WHERE TO STAY IN COLOMBIA

Below you will find some of the places we have stayed during our travels in Colombia. These are individual properties that we enjoyed and would recommend to other travelers.

TOP COLOMBIA TOURS

Bogota Cathedral, Colombia

Colombia Journey

9 Days Bogota to Categena

Visits: Bogota, Armenia, Medellin & Cartegena

Street in Bogota Colombia

Classic Colombia

16 Days Bogota to Santa Marta

Visits: Armenia, Salento, Medellin, Cartegena, Minca & Taganga

Cartegena, Colombia

Colombia Caribbean & Lost City

14 Days Bogota to Santa Marta

Visits: Minca, Taganga, Tayrona NP & Lost City Trek

Plan the ultimate South America trip!

TRAVEL TO COLOMBIA: BOOKING RESOURCES

  • Skyscanner - A fantastic flight search engine that searches a lot of different airlines, including many of the budget carriers that larger sites miss. Every single flight search we do starts here.

  • Airbnb - A great accommodation alternative for renting out apartments, condos, townhouses and rooms while traveling. (If you’re new to Airbnb, get $35 off your first stay!)

  • Hotel Seach Engine – Our custom-built hotel search engine allows you to search hotels all over the world and compare prices before booking. It pulls the best prices from all the major online travel agents, such as Expedia, Priceline, Booking, etc. to one place.

  • Discover Car Hire - Allows you to search car rentals across multiple rental agencies worldwide. 

  • Viator - The best trips are made up of multiple smaller tours to really dig in and get to know the places you are visiting. Our preferred place to book day tours, day trips and shorter multi-day tours is Viator. 

  • G Adventures – If you want to do a group tour around Colombia, go with G Adventures. They offer great small group tours that use local operators and leave a small environmental footprint. If you go on a tour with anyone, go with them. 

  • World Nomads – We don't travel without insurance and you shouldn't either! 

COLOMBIA TRAVEL GUIDE: RELATED ARTICLES

Looking for more info? Check out all the articles we’ve written on Colombia travel and start planning your dream trip.