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From Caribbean white sand beaches through tropical rainforests to mountains topping out at 18,000 feet, Colombia’s landscape is as varied as its culture. Visit the tropical seaport of Cartagena, throbbing with salsa and nightlife, and the cultural capital of Bogota in the center of the country. Travel nearly 600 feet beneath the earth into the Zipaquirá Salt Mine Cathedral to see the beautifully-lit stations of the cross, carved by miners themselves. Tour the mansions, villages and farms of the Coffee Triangle to discover what makes Colombian coffee, grown on the slopes of the Andes Mountains, so seductive and delicious.

Fast Facts

Already booked on one of our packages to Colombia? See everything you need to know before you go.

Overview

Capital: Bogotá
Population: 48.65 million
Currency: Colombian peso (COP)
Languages: Spanish
Drives on the: Right
Time zone: UTC -5

Entry requirements

U.S. citizens should have a passport valid at the time of entry to Colombia, though we strongly recommend a passport valid for at least six months. U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to enter Colombia for stays up to 90 days.  See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

Please see specific entry requirements provided by our partner, VisaHQ.

Booked on one of our packages with Scheduled Dates? If you hold a passport from another country, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and meeting all entry requirements. If a visa is required, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.

If you do not hold a U.S. passport, please see the entry requirements.

More information about passport, visa & entry requirements.

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

A certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required for travelers coming from Brazil, Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Uganda.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

Weather

The climate is tropical along the coast and eastern plains and cold in the highlands. Colombia is located on the equator so there is no change in seasonality. Cities along the Atlantic coast are hot and humid, while some cities in the Andes such as Bogota and the Coffee Triangle region have spring-like weather year round with cool temperatures at night.

Tipping

Add 10% to the bill in restaurants, except where a service charge has been included.

Money & Credit Cards

ATMs are widely available in Colombia.

Always notify your bank prior to departure to avoid any problems using your credit or debit card abroad.

Shopping

Colombia is the #1 producer of emeralds in the world, and there are many places to buy certified emeralds that can be brought into the USA. Another common item tourists shop for in Colombia is the mochila, a traditional, hand-woven Colombian bag, normally worn over the shoulder that comes in three sizes. Handicrafts such as jewelry and leather products are commonly sold in markets and on street corners. 

Electricity & Power Adapters

110 volts. Plug A & B. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

More information about electrical standards around the world.

Cell Phones & Internet

Want to take your cell phone, tablet or laptop, but not sure how to get cell service or wifi? See our blog posts on using your cell phone abroad and the top 5 ways to get Internet abroad.

Tours & Packages

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New Small Group Tour Colorful Colombia
Explore the heart of Colombia and indulge in its fascinating culture and diverse ecosystems: bustling Bogotá; the verdant coffee-growing Pereira region; historic Medellín & colonial Cartagena
from $2299 w/ Flights 10 days
per person, double occupancy*
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