2018 is Colombia’s year to shine ! Live the Colombian life, like Pablo Escobar !
Colombia is often associated with violence and cartels, and you could say the newest pop culture kind of contributes to this image : with Netflix’s Narcos for example.
However, the Pearl of the Caribbeans is true to its name ! With its part of the Amazon Rainforest, coffee plantations, white sand deserts and translucide waters, Colombia is a country with a rich culture and a rare diversity.
Explore the country from city to nature in just a few hours, you will make unique encounters. Be sure to visit the colonial cities as well as the stranded islands !
And maybe, if you’re lucky you’ll get to see Shakira when dancing in the streets of Colombia !
Ready for adventure ? Vamos !
There are many national holidays all year long :
Before going, you need to know that Colombian is not a language, sorry ! The official langage is Spanish so I hope you took Spanish in high school ! ¡Claro que si !
But no, don’t worry, english is widely spoken in touristic areas.
For those who skipped Spanish classes or took french in high school.
The official currency in Colombia is the Colombian Peso (COP). Better get a money converter on your phone to manage your expenses more easily. If you need to exchange your cash money, there are many exchange offices in the big cities, ATMs are also pretty easy to find. If you prefer using your credit/debit card, don’t worry they are usually accepted. Be sure to warn your bank that you are traveling so that they won’t block your card for suspect abroad transactions.
Traveling in Colombia is best by bus but a car will be much faster and you won’t end up with a chicken sitting next to you. To rent or drive a car you will need a driver’s licence valid up to 90 days after your intended return date or an International Driving Permit.
If you were wondering what side the steering wheel is on, it’s on the left side and Malagasies drive on the right side of the road. But be careful, people do not really care about driving rules/ regulations !
If you are staying longer than 90 days, you will need a VISA. It will cost 137 815 COP /person.
If you need to join / go to you embassy while in Colombia, go to this website for the address, phone number, email address and website : https://embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-in/colombia
In case of emergency call : 123
Here are different platforms to book your trip from :
Rental cars :
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