Destination Guide - Colombia

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The below information is correct, to the best of our knowledge, when compiling in 2017. Please use for guidance only.

Rainforests and mountains combine within this most interesting of countries at the northern tip of South America. Check with the FCDO before travel as there is a travel advisory against visiting much of the country (you may need specialist travel insurance for visiting these areas). The capital, Bogota, is at high altitude and offers an array of dining, shopping and entertainment options. Annual events include a yearly carnival in Barranquilla.

Land area: 1,141,748 square kilometres (440,831 square miles)
Population: 46,039,000
Capital city: Bogota
Language: Spanish
Religion:  Roman Catholic
Currency: Columbian Peso (less keen to take US Dollars, unlike most of South America)
Time Zone: EST (GMT-5) – Colombia is 5 hours behind the UK
Electricity: A/B

It’s always a good idea to check where you’re travelling to is safe to go:

Top excursions in Columbia:

  • Walk Old Cartagena – world heritage site
  • Trek to Ciudad Perdida (The Lost City- up to 2,000m)
  • Parque Tayrona – national park

It is also essential to take a look at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) website prior to travelling, to check that there are no travel advisories in place for destinations on your itinerary, as your travel insurance could be invalidated if you travel somewhere against FCDO advice. 

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