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.
Embark on a journey to Trek the Lost City of Ciudad Perdida in Colombia. Explore the ancient ruins nestled within lush jungles, traverse cascading waterfalls, and hike through breathtaking landscapes. Immerse yourself in the mystique of this hidden gem, encountering indigenous communities and uncovering the wonders of Ciudad Perdida. View Tours
Explore Bogotá's captivating mix of colonial heritage and modern energy. Stroll through La Candelaria's medieval alleys, steeped in history and vibrant hues. Delight in top-notch museums, indulge in Colombian delicacies, and dive into the city's lively salsa-filled nightlife. Bogotá's allure lies in its panoramic views and vibrant street art, creating an enchanting tapestry of beauty and excitement. View Tours
Enjoy a delicious cup of Colombian 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. Admire Cocora Valley , a true paradise for nature enthusiasts. View Tours
What to do in Colombia
Read all about the top things to do in 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.
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January is the end of the summer holidays in Colombia, but the streets are still abuzz with parties and celebrations. But away from the bustling cities, Colombia invites travelers to explore diverse landscapes, from its shimmering Caribbean beaches to the ...Read more
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 a ...Read more
Contrasting landscapes and rich culture and biodiversity best define Colombia. This is a country for travelers of all shades and preferences. From hiking around the misty coffee plantations of Cocora Valley in Zona Cafetera to seeking some thrill in the c ...Read more
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
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
Where to go in Colombia
Discover the best places in Colombia.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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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.