Traveling to Colombia is a wonderful experience and requires some preparation, so we have here some good tips that you have to know before traveling.
Colombia is a country full of diversity in every aspect. It is full of culture, flavors, mountains, nature, beautiful people and beaches, but most importantly it is filled with happiness and fun things to do. Traveling to Colombia is one of the goals of more than one traveler, and to enjoy your stay here we will give you some of the best travel tips that as Colombians we can give you.
As nationals, we simply know how it goes here and what the deal is. We known how to get the most out of every situation in our trip; from food to transportation, activities, and accommodations. An initial recommendation is to figure out in advance what type of trip you want, it can be low-cost, tourist or luxury; by defining this in advance you will be able to organize your trip according to your wants and needs more easily. Another important thing to define is, of course, your budget
Now, let's start with these tips for traveling to Colombia.
Is it safe to travel to Colombia?
Yes, we know, we have had a complicated history and the media sometimes doesn't help; but really at the moment, it is safe to travel to Colombia. Although we must bear in mind that some risky areas are better to avoid, the reason why we leave you here the map with the red areas (not so good areas) so that you can take it into account while planning your trip.
On the other hand, in terms of cities, security is very relative and mostly depends on the sectors, which are generally out of reach of travelers and/or tourists; so in general, it is safe to move around in any of the main cities of the country such as Bogotá, Medellín, Cali, Costa Norte (Cartagena and Santa Marta), the Coffee Region (Pereira, Manizales, and Armenia), Santander and Amazonas. We want to clarify that you must take some precautions and for that, we are with these tips.
Here are some tips to keep in mind so that you are safer
- Always carry your identification documents
- Avoid mobilizing by your self late at night
- Use recognized transportation platforms (Uber, Beat, Cabify) to make trips in the cities.
- Avoid partying with strangers
- When booking activities in Colombia do so with recognized companies and verify the RNT (National Tourism Registry) code. You can do so in this link: https://www.rues.org.co/RNT
- In case of emergency call 123
- Limit the use of your electronic devices in crowded places
What is the best time to travel to Colombia?
The best time to travel to Colombia is the whole year! Why? Because thanks to our strategic location in the world (very close to the equator) we have a tropical climate in which temperatures vary very little during the year. The only thing that changes is the amount of rainfall in the country.
Nonetheless, when talking about seasonal wonders, between July to November, it is possible to enjoy two unique spectacles of nature: the sighting of humpback whales and Caño Cristales "The river of the 5 colors"; this can give you an idea about what dates to schedule your trip for.
If instead what you want is to enjoy the joy and the Colombian holidays the best months are between October and January, where you can enjoy the end and beginning of the year; and some parties that are blooming at this time. Of course, keep in mind that it is high season and there is little availability and consequently the rates are higher.
Learn more about Colombia's events and holidays HERE
What currency is used in Colombia?
The official currency of Colombia is the Colombian peso (COP), which is a great advantage if you come from any of the countries that handle dollars or euros; since the money will last you a great deal. We recommend you bring your dollars and euros, and upon arrival at the Colombian airport make the respective change; you could exchange them at a recognized exchange house in any of the cities in which you can find a good exchange value.
Regions of Colombia
Colombia is a large country in extension and diversity, in fact, it is divided into five regions: Caribbean, Pacific, Andean, Orinoquia and Amazon, each with a unique component that makes its destinations unforgettable places; Colombia, unlike countries like the United States, does not have decentralized political powers by states, but rather a centralized system that executes political actions by departments. That is, Colombia does not have states but departments, this data will be quite useful if you want to understand the structure of the country for multidestination circuits.
What to take to Colombia?
Going back to the climate, here in Colombia the weather varies a lot depending on where you are at and even the sector; that's why packing your luggage is a little bit more complicated than usual. You will have to bring a little bit of everything, from beach clothes to fury coats for the cold nights in certain cities and outdoor clothes (like pants and boots) if you are going for an adventure into the jungle.
For example, Bogotá is rather cold, its average temperature ranges between 10 ° and 19 ° Celsius; So the recommendation is to bring a good coat when you visit this city and/or have to make a stop there.
This is the city of eternal spring, so this will give you an idea of what to wear; casual clothes with a jacket that can cover you from the windy nights; also keep in mind that in some occasions occasional rains may occur, comfortable shoes are also important for any of the routes you want to do in Medellin or in its surroundings which by the way are very beautiful.
The Coffee Region is one of the most beautiful and diverse when talking about climate. This region is made up of Caldas, Risaralda, and Quindio; in addition to this, its geographical structure makes it one of the most diverse due to its different thermic floors. So in case you want to visit the coffee Region bring light clothes for the hot days and the intense sun and a coat for the colder cities like Manizales and/or high mountain activities require appropriate clothing for the cold. Don't forget to bring comfortable shoes to walk and of course a bathing suit. Oh! and don't forget your camera
The Caribbean Region
Well, this region is pure coast, so prepare your swimsuit, a good book, sunglasses and a lot of sunscreen; In addition to this wearing hiking shoes is important since in some places you can enjoy spectacular hiking trails such as those of Tayrona Park in Santa Marta.
Types of Electrical Connection
In Colombia the common voltage is 110 V, it is usually it is possible to use the electrical appliances of your country, as long as it ranges between 110V and 127V (USA, Canada, and South American countries). If the voltage of your country is between 220V and 240V as is in Spain, Australia, and the United Kingdom, you should buy a converter or voltage transformer.
If the frequency of the alternating current in Colombia (60 Hz) differs from your country of origin, we do not recommend that you use your electrical devices.
These are some general tips and recommendations that we want you yo know when you to travel to Colombia; surely this blog will be expanded with your questions and comments, and with our daily activity. If you want to know about a specific topic, do not hesitate to contact one of our Travel Agents HERE.
Colombia is waiting for you!