COLOMBIA DESTINATION GUIDE

Stretching from the Caribbean coast to the Amazon jungle, Colombia is one of South America’s most alluring countries. Pure white beaches melt into misty Andean mountains, and lively cities give way to ancient ruins. You’ll find cobbled towns with gorgeous colonial architecture, exceptional museums housing pre-Columbian treasures, and spectacular gardens in Medellín, the City of Eternal Spring. Our Colombia travel experiences take you from the magical Cocora Valley, home to the world’s tallest palm trees, to the Coffee Triangle with lush coffee fields and historic haciendas. You’ll enjoy lunch with the prominent Davila family in Santa Marta and learn how they became South America’s leaders in sustainable farming. You’ll also meet anthropologist Dr. Santiago Giraldo in Tayrona National Park, who will take you on an exclusive journey to meet the region’s elusive indigenous tribes. From meeting local farmers and traditional artisans, to a rare cultural encounter with Colombia’s indigenes, you’ll connect with the Colombian people in a way you’ll never forget.

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"Meeting the indigenous tribes of Tayrona National Park with Dr. Santiago Giraldo in Colombia will be one of the greatest experiences of your life."

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Colombia at a glance
Explore unspoiled Caribbean beaches, misty Andean mountains and beautiful colonial towns. See the spectacular gardens of Medellín, the lush coffee fields of Cocora and experience a rare cultural encounter with an indigenous tribe. Join your expert Trafalgar Travel Director and discover one of South America's most alluring countries.
Currency
Colombian peso
Winter avg temp
23°C
Summer avg temp
17°C
Time Zone
GMT-5
Capital City
Bogota
Language
Spanish
Good morning
Buenos días
Good evening
Buena noches

What to pack for Colombia

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Spanish phrasebook

Spanish is the national language of Colombia. Learning a few Spanish phrases is always appreciated and will make it easier to connect with the locals.

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Versatile clothing

From the heat of Cartagena to the cooler weather of Bogota, Colombia has a diverse range of climates. Be sure to pack layers, including a raincoat for the wet season.

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Comfortable shoes

Whether you’re strolling the gardens of Medellín or hiking through Tayrona, you’ll need a reliable pair of shoes on your Colombia vacation.

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Adaptor plug

In Colombia, the standard voltage is 110 V and the power plugs and sockets are of type A and B. The standard frequency is 60 Hz.

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Bug spray

Colombia lies on the Caribbean coast and the Amazonian region, so you’ll need plenty of bug spray to avoid mosquitoes and other insect bites.

Other things to know before you go

Depending on your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter. Please check this well in advance of your trip departure date here. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.