Colombia is an interesting country with beautiful country side, lush rainforests, stunning coastline, and exciting cities. Spend time hiking Cocora Valley, a valley near Salento with the tallest palm trees in the world. Explore La Candelaria and visit the Gold Museum in the country’s capital, Bogota. Catch a ride over the city of Medellin on the cable cars. Visit the coastal city of Cartagena where you can walk around the colorful old time or spend time relaxing on the beach.
(English is not common so it is important to know some Spanish to get around)
BEST TIME TO GO
Temperatures remain similar in Colombia throughout the year, the main change is dry versus wet season which varies between different parts of the country. The main rainy season is April to June and October to November. The temperature within the country varies widely depending on where you visit, with Bogota typically having highs in the 60s and Cartagena with highs in the 90s. Try to visit outside of the peak season which runs from December to March.
Airbnb: Airbnb is a great accommodation option in Colombia, with many Airbnbs in the cities. In most cities you can find better Airbnbs for a lower price than hotels. Airbnbs will also provide you more space than hotel rooms because you can often find apartments and houses.
Hotel: The best site for hotels in Colombia is booking.com. Most hotel rooms are basic and often do not have hot water, so make sure to check the listing before booking.
Hostel: You can find many cheap hostels throughout Colombia. Look for hostels on booking.com.
Bus: There are options to take a bus throughout the country, but as Colombia is a big country the distances are large and often take a long time. If you have a lot of time and want to save money, then a bus can be a good option. Keep in mind that the busses often run behind schedule and can have problems along the way.
Airplane: The main airlines that fly within Colombia are Latam, Avianca, EasyFly and VivaAir. Flying is a great option to get you around the country faster, but it does cost more. Domestic flights can vary from $20 USD to $100 USD one way depending when you purchase the flight and where your origin / destination is. Most of the airports are very small so you only need to get to the airport about an hour or 1.5 hours before the flight.
Rental Car: This is an option in Colombia if you feel comfortable driving on the roads here, but this option is significantly more expensive than taking busses and will still take you a long time to drive the long distances.
Voltage / Outlet Type
110V / 60 Hz, Plug type A, B
Words to Know
Thank you= Gracias
Good morning= Buenos días
Good night= Buenos noches
Beer = Cerveza
Wine = Vino
Wifi: Wifi is present at most hotels, Airbnbs, and some restaurants. In some cities there are Wifi hotspots like Medellin.
Sim Card: You can find a sim card and data plan at many vendors in the cities by looking for small stores that have signs for phone plans. The main companies in Colombia are Claro, Tim, and Movistar. We got a sim card and data plan through Claro, which cost 5K Colombian Pesos for the sim card plus 15 for two weeks of 2 gb of data. A sim card is very help in order to get around with google maps, call an Uber, and research your plans while on the go.
Tayrona National Park is a protected area in Northern Colombia located near the city of Santa Marta. Tayrona National Park offers a mix of lush forest and breathtaking beaches. Most
Guatape is a colorful town about 1.5 hours from Medellin beside a beautiful lake. The lake surrounding Guatape is man made, created by a dam. Guatape has comfortable weather similar
Salento is a colorful town west of Bogota, known for its coffee farms and the nearby Cocora Valley. Your two days in Salento will be the highlight of your trip
Hiking Cocora Valley was one of the highlights of our trip to Colombia. In Cocora Valley you will find Colombia’s Wax Palms, which can grow up to 200 feet tall