Colombia tours are becoming fashionable now, after so many years of being off the beaten path. The country has a lot to offer:
The prices shown are without the extra 19% VAT on top as foreign tourists do not have to pay this tax. We can therefore only guarantee this price if we have copies of the passengers´ passports as proof of their nationality.
DOCUMENTS AND VISAS
To enter Colombia, you need a valid passport. A visa is not required for stays up to 90 days but is required for longer stays and must be requested in the respective Colombian consulate. It is also possible to request a 30 day extension from the DAS (Departamento Administrativo de Seguridad).
CURRENCY AND EXCHANGE RATES
The unit of Colombian currency is the Colombian Peso. The notes are in denominations of $2.000, $5.000, $10.000, $20.000 and $50.000; and the coins are $20, $50, $100, $200 and $500
The exchange rate fluctuates from day to day and has the U.S. dollar as the official reference rate. Payment is made on the basis of the official daily rate, after discounting commissions and services, which vary between 2 and 3%. We recommend changing only in authorized money exchange bureau or “casas de cambio”, in banks and hotels and never on the street. The USA dollar is the easiest currency to exchange. Traveler’s checks are rarely used as it is difficult to change them outside of Bogotá. The most convenient brand to use is American
Express, but they need to be changed in a bank and these have limited bank hours. Major credit cards are widely accepted in most important tourist destinations where Visa and Master Card can also be used in cash machines or “cajeros automáticos” to withdraw cash.
Most immunizations are not necessary to travel to Colombia. We nevertheless recommend asking your physician or a specialized center for more detailed information. The Minister for Health has officially stated that the Yellow Fever vaccine is NOT mandatory to travel within Colombia. The vaccine is only required for travellers coming from or returning to Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Brazil. These travellers will be required to produce an International Certificate for the Yellow Fever vaccine upon arrival or departure from the country. However, it is still recommended that travellers who will be entering high-risk areas receive the vaccine by a minimum of 10 days before their trip. We suggest that travellers receive the vaccine if they will be visiting the following touristic destinations:
Riohacha, Cabo de la Vela, Santa Marta, Aracataca, Lost City, Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, Amazonas, Nuquí, Caño Cristales, Cerros de Mavecure
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All of Colombia is on the same time zone, five or six hours behind Greenwich Mean Time depending on the season.
All of Colombia uses 110 volt electricity with US type flat two pin plugs. It is best to bring an adapter.
Colombia is located near the Equator which allows for relatively minor climate variations over the year. Temperatures vary according to altitude creating different climate zones:
Warm: temperatures above 24°C in altitudes lower than 1.000 meters, which comprises 80 % of the territory. Tempered: temperatures between 17°C and 24°C above 1.000 and
2.000 meters. Cold: temperatures between 12°C and 17°C above 2.000 and 3.000 meters. Páramo (altiplano): temperatures below12°C with altitudes above 3.000 meters.
Altitudes also generate differences in temperature between day and night. Clearly, as the altitude increases, so does the difference in climate. There are no variations in the low lands where days and nights are warm.
Colombia experiences two seasons: the “dry” season or summer and the “rainy” season or winter. The length of the seasons and the amount of rain vary according to the regions. The Andes, for instance, have two dry and two rainy seasons a year. The main dry season stretches from December to March and July and August are rainy as well. The Llanos have a dry season from December to March and are rainy over the rest of the year. There is no uniform climate in the Amazon which is quite rainy all year round.
El Dorado Airport (Bogotá) is the main international hub and has connections to the most important tourist areas and cities. Most frequent air routes are Cartagena, San Andrés, Santa Marta, Riohacha, Cúcuta, Monteira, Medellín, Cali, Pasto, Neiva, Pereira, Armenia, Valledupar and Leticia. Main domestic airlines are Avianca, Aerorepública, Satena, Aires, Saerca and Ada. Colombia has an extensive internal road network which is relatively safe and in good condition. Nevertheless, in some areas, air transport is preferable. Numerous bus connections between the various cities offer night routes.