Rich with the heritage of its colonial towns, thrumming with the rhythm of its vibrant capitals, and overflowing with the beauty of its tropical coasts – Colombia is a modern South American wonderland.

Once famous for cocaine and cartels, this South American hotspot has so much more to offer. No longer the infamous warzone that it was just 20 years ago, Colombia is blossoming into a haven of culture, history and natural beauty. Coastal towns like Cartagena are a beach-goer’s paradise, and the Los Nevados National Park offers spectacular rarely seen sights. Colombia’s cities too are brimming with sights and sounds to tantalise travellers, from the African beats of Cali to the ultra-modern streets of Medellin. 

Colombia travel highlights

Articles on Colombia

Colombia holiday information

Colombia facts

Local culture of Colombia

Geography & environment

Shopping guide to Colombia

Colombia festival calendar

Food & drink in Colombia

Further reading

Colombia travel FAQs

Australia: Not required
Belgium: Not required
Canada: Not required
Germany: Not required
Ireland: Not required
Netherlands: Not required
New Zealand: Not required
South Africa: Not required
Switzerland: Not required
United Kingdom: Not required
United States: Not required

Tipping is definitely a part of Colombian culture. Restaurants include a 10% surcharge, and although it’s optional, it’s probably a good idea to pay this as everyone usually does. It’s also customary to tip porters and tour guides. The exception to tipping culture is taxi rides, which has a metered fare.

Colombia has good internet access in its major cities and towns, however internet service may be less common in rural and remote places. 

Mobile phone service is good in big cities and towns, however may be unreliable outside of these areas. Remember to activate global roaming with your provider if you wish to use your mobile while traveling. 

Colombia has western-style toilets across most of the country. Soap and toilet paper aren’t always provided so you may like to carry some with you.

Soft drink = 1,500 COP
Beer = 2,000 COP
Simple meal in a local restaurant = 6,000 COP
Meal in an international restaurant = 15,000-20,000 COP

Drinking tap water is not considered safe in Colombia. For environmental reasons, avoid buying bottled water and bring a bottle or canteen with you. Ask your leader where you can access filters to refill your supply, or carry your own purification tablets with you. 

You may be able to use your credit card in tourist establishments, large shopping centres and hotels. However you’ll require cash when purchasing from small local businesses. 

Bogota and Medellin have plenty of ATMs, however ATMs are harder to find in rural and remote areas. 

Yes. All peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their trip. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day.

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