Vibrant culture, rich history, and gritty reputation draws crowds from all around the world to Colombia. It has become a travel hotspot, especially among young adventurers. Not sure what to expect when you touch down in Colombia? With our Colombia travel guide, you are in great hands. Whether you’re looking for the best cities or the best beaches in Colombia, we have got you covered.
From exploring the beautiful Sierra Nevada National Park on a lost city trek in Colombia to enjoying the street art in Bogota to partying the night away in Cali, you will have an amazing time. It does not matter whether you spend one week in Colombia or more, a fun time is guaranteed.
Just check out our recommendation on how many days to spend in Colombia. While you are at it, also find out when to visit Colombia. We hear Colombia in March is particularly awesome. For more inspiration, check out our tours in Colombia.
Top Destinations in Colombia
Discover the highlights of Colombia.
Trek the Lost City of Ciudad Perdida
Spend 4-6 days trekking around Sierra National Park, searching like an intrepid explorer for the Lost City of Ciudad Perdida. Soak up the natural beauty, enjoy the historic sights, and learn more about indigenous villages and ancient Tayrona culture. View Tours
Explore the Marine Life in San Bernardo
Spend your days on a beach under the palm trees, sipping on rum and snorkeling. On this 20-day adventure around Colombia’s best-loved spots, you will get to experience this paradise. Exploring marine life on the stunning San Bernardo archipelago. View Tours
View the Stunning Landscape in Cocora Valley
Enjoy a delicious cup of Colombia coffee before you spend the day hiking in the beautiful Cocora Valley. Home to the national tree of Colombia - a waxy palm that stretches 60 meters into the sky, and some of the country’s most outstanding biodiversity and wildlife. View Tours
What to do in Colombia
Read all about the top things to do in Colombia.
15 Fun Things To Do in Bogota
Bogota, the capital city of Columbia, is such an exciting and diverse place it easily rivals New York with its cosmopolitan atmosphere and busy cultural calendar. There's never a shortage of things to do in Bogota. If you're planning on visiting the city, ...Read more
12 Things To Do On A Short Trip To Colombia
While Colombia may not have always been a popular tourist destination, the country has been attracting more and more visitors over the years particular after the 1990s. The country offers some incredible excursions and tour options - from coffee tasting a ...Read more
Colombia at a Glance
Quick facts about Colombia.
The capital city of Colombia is Bogota. It is the third highest capital in South America, and is home to a bustling creative scene. Wander the cobblestones, explore the colonial architecture, and enjoy the stunning street art.
1.139 million km². It is actually twice the size of France and although the country’s bus system is improving, traveling around is best done by internal flights.
+57. If you are calling Bogota, simply add the area code 601 after the country code followed by the phone number.
Colombia uses the Colombian peso. Although ATMs and cards are pretty common in cities, you are going to need cash in rural areas. If you are in the Amazonas region, bank branches can be hours away, so make sure to withdraw enough cash while you are still in the city.
El Dorado International Airport in Bogota is Colombia’s main airport. Situated 12 kilometers from the city center, it is also one of the busiest and biggest airports in South America. CODE: BOG CLOSEST CITY: BOGOTA
If you are traveling as a US citizen, you can visit or work in Colombia for up to 90 days without a visa. For other nationalities, we recommend checking the travel advisories or inquiring about visa requirements at the Colombian embassy in your country.
The official language of Colombia is Spanish. Although Latin and South American Spanish can sound different to European Spanish, much of it is transferable, and knowing the basics can go a long way.
If you only want to remember one emergency number in Colombia, it is 123. This will get you to all the emergency services. The police-specific number is 112. For the fire department, call 119, and dial 132 for the ambulance service.
Colombia is the second most biodiverse country in the world behind Brazil. With world class marine parks, rainforests, mountains, and beaches, it is a paradise for nature lovers.
When to visit Colombia
Read the below travel guides to find the best time to visit Colombia.
- Jan Avg Daily: 19 ° C Avg Nightly: 9 ° C
- Feb Avg Daily: 18 ° C Avg Nightly: 7 ° C
- Mar Avg Daily: 19 ° C Avg Nightly: 10 ° C
- Apr Avg Daily: 18 ° C Avg Nightly: 11 ° C
- May Avg Daily: 18 ° C Avg Nightly: 11 ° C
- Jun Avg Daily: 17 ° C Avg Nightly: 11 ° C
- Jul Avg Daily: 17 ° C Avg Nightly: 10 ° C
- Aug Avg Daily: 17 ° C Avg Nightly: 10 ° C
- Sep Avg Daily: 18 ° C Avg Nightly: 9 ° C
- Oct Avg Daily: 19 ° C Avg Nightly: 8 ° C
- Nov Avg Daily: 20 ° C Avg Nightly: 7 ° C
- Dec Avg Daily: 18 ° C Avg Nightly: 6 ° C
Colombia in May: Weather and Travel Tips
The low season month of May is a wonderful time to explore the diverse topography and climatic features of Colombia. Being a low tourist season, travelers who travel to Colombia in May can discover the country at a comfortable pace. Take this opportunity ...Read more
Colombia in April: Post-Summer Siesta
After the long summer holidays full of festivals and celebrations, Colombia in April is a quieter month. This is the best time to go on a Colombia tour, as flights into the country are much cheaper, accommodation is good value for money, and it is easy to ...Read more
Colombia in February: Carnivals and Fair Weather
February is carnival time in Colombia. The port city of Barranquilla comes alive at the end of the month with one of the biggest carnival celebrations in South America. This is an experience not to be missed. Besides the extravagant carnival, there are al ...Read more
Where to go in Colombia
Discover the best places in Colombia.
10 Best Beaches in Colombia That are out of This World
Imagine laying on the sand with miles and miles of soft ground ahead of you and waves crashing at your feet, doesn't that sound amazing? Colombia, a country split between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, is blessed with some of the best beaches yo ...Read more
12 Best Cities to Visit in Colombia
Home to a traumatic but rich history, gorgeous colonial cities and stunning scenery, Colombia has something for every fellow traveler to enjoy. You can jump on a plane and in less than an hour find yourself in a completely different world, be it the silve ...Read more
How long to stay in Colombia
Read about the ideal duration to stay in Colombia.
One week in Colombia: Top 3 Recommendations
The land where Martian landscapes and the lush Amazon meet, Colombia is probably the most diverse yet least visited country in South America. Visitors to the country can follow in the footsteps of Escobar in Medellín and hike through the lunar land ...Read more
Great Colombia Itineraries: How Many Days to Spend?
Known for its lively cities balanced by vibrant greenery and home to ten percent of the world’s biodiversity, Colombia is an assemblage of everything that a traveler expects from a Latin American country. A typical Colombia itinerary will meet the n ...Read more
Colombia Tour and Holiday Packages
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FAQs for Colombia
Read the most frequently asked questions and answers about traveling to Colombia below.
- How many days should I spend in Colombia?
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- Is a week enough in Colombia?
- Is Colombia friendly to tourists?
- Can I use my credit card in Colombia?
Sustainable travel — How to travel through Colombia responsibly
In line with Bookmundi’s vision, we wish to provide our travelers with a sustainable travel experience through Colombia. As part of this effort, we carbon-offset any Colombia tour that you purchase through us. You can read more details about our carbon offsetting efforts.
Here’s what you can do to travel Colombia more responsibly:
- Carbon-offset your transport to Colombia via airlines like Avianca. The moment your tour starts in Colombia, and provided that you have purchased your tour through Bookmundi, we will carbon-offset your tour from its starting point to its ending point.
- As one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet, Colombia has a ton of nature conservation programs and organizations that you can donate to like The Nature Conservancy.
Colombia travel tips and insights
- The Colombian way of life is relaxed, and nothing is rushed.
- Carry your essentials with you during your trip. Even something as simple as hair conditioner can be hard to come by in this country.
- Tips are usually included in the bill. If you want to be sure, look for a line that says ‘propina’.
- You need to pay for soap and toilet paper in public restrooms.
- Take all the safety precautions, as incidents of drug and gang violence are fairly common in Colombia.
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