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Tips for visiting Colombia

Viajar a Colombia es maravilloso y requiere cierta preparación, así que hemos definido para ti algunos buenos consejos que tienes que saber antes de viajar a Colombia en este tiempo de pandemia.

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. 

Sencillamente como nacionales sabemos cómo es la movida aquí y de qué manera sacar el mejor provecho de los destinos sobre todo en esta época, los desplazamientos, la alimentación y muchas cosas más; eso sí, una recomendación inicial es que definas con anticipación qué tipo de viaje quieres: low cost, turista o luxury; definir eso te ayudará a organizar tu plan de viaje acorde a tus necesidades, y obvio, tu presupuesto.

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
Warning zones Colombia

If you want to know more about this topic you can see our article: Is it safe to travel to Colombia?

Recomendaciones para viajar a Colombia en Pandemia

Para hacer que tu estadía en Colombia sea lo mejor posible, es necesario el compromiso de cada viajero con el autocuidado y el distanciamiento social para sus actividades en un destino.

En la nueva realidad, vuelven los viajes y las actividades familiares. Por eso te queremos dar algunas recomendaciones para evitar el contagio del COVID-19. Es importante seguirlas para que nos ayudes a garantiza que todos, incluyendo a tu familia puedan viajar a Colombia seguros:

  • No es exigencia la prueba del PCR, pero es la mayor recomendación si eres extranjero y deseas quedarte por un buen tiempo.
  • Nunca dejes de usar el tapabocas y mantén las medidas de autocuidado. Recuerda que el virus puede estar presente en tu cuerpo hasta por 14 días y no manifestarse con síntomas. Protege a tu familia, a tus amigos y tu círculo de trabajo y con los que estés en el destino
  • Consulta las restricciones de Los gobiernos locales de la ciudad que deseas visitar en Colombia, ya que pueden haber tomado medidas para proteger su población como el aislamiento preventivo, restricciones de movilidad (pico y cédula, pico y género, pico y placa) o normas de bioseguridad estrictas para el acceso al comercio o sitios turísticos.
  • Usa siempre tapabocas, de la forma correcta cubriendo la nariz y boca, y siempre que permanezca puesto, también evita tocar tu nariz y boca
  • Mantén el distanciamiento social de 2 metros.
  • Lávate las manos con frecuencia o usa desinfectantes que contengan gran cantidad de alcohol
  • En los viajes aéreos es necesario seguir con los protocolos establecidos por el aeropuerto, si eres extranjero, debes seguir los protocolos del aeropuerto el dorado.
  • Cuando llegues a Colombia debes aislarte, para no correr el riesgo de contagio.

Para viajar a Colombia recuerda seguir esas recomendaciones que son bastantes útiles para tu tranquilidad en tu destino, si deseas saber más a cerca de lo que debes hacer y tus beneficios para viajar a Colombia en Pandemia has click HERE

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.

If you want to know more about this topic you can see our post on frequently asked questions HERE

Regions of Colombia

Colombia es país amplio en extensión y diversidad, de hecho, está dividido en cinco regiones: Caribe, Pacífico, Andina, Orinoquía y Amazonía, cada una de ellas con un componente único que hace de sus destinos lugares inolvidables; Colombia a diferencia de países como Estados Unidos, no cuenta con poderes políticos descentralizados por estados, sino con un sistema centralizado que ejecuta acciones políticas por departamentos. Es decir, Colombia no cuenta con estados sino con departamentos, este dato será bastante útil si quieres entender la estructura del país para realizar circuitos multidestinos. ¿Qué llevar a Colombia? Retomando el tema del clima, aquí en Colombia las condiciones climáticas varían mucho de acuerdo a la ciudad y/o actividad; por eso armar tu equipaje va a ser un poco más complejo de lo normal; tendrás que traer de todo un poco, desde ropa de playa, pasando por ropa para caminatas largas como pantalones largos y botas, hasta llegar a abrigos para las ciudades en las que temperaturas son más bajas.

Bogota

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.

Medellin 

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.

Coffee Region

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.If you want more information to create your trip to Colombia, contact one of our Travel Agents HERE

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!

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