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Part Caribbean. Part Amazonian. Part Andean. What else is there?

Colombia is magical realism. Unspoiled beaches. Untamed jungles. Unforgettable mountains. It's a land of colonial charm and high-rise modernism. With massive fortresses that speak of yesterday's might. Museums that tell us of stolen treasures. People that gladly make you feel at home. And of course, emeralds.

In Columbia, you can step back in time and lose yourself in the colonial architecture and shady plazas of Spain's glory days. Or take a multi-day tour into the jungle and discover a lost city. You can dive, mountain hike, go rafting, and learn to salsa. See a Museum of Gold. And a Palace of Inquisition.

This is a vibrant, verdant, vivacious country that's been through a lot. And it's making up for it. True, there are places where you just can't go wandering off. But the places where you can are going to grab your attention and stay in your memory bank indefinitely.

Let us be your guide. VIVA Travel knows everything you need to know about a vacation in Colombia. Where to go, what to do, how to make the most of your time. We also know how to get the best deals. So if you're thinking Colombia, what else is there?

Other things to do:

  • Visit Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, Cartagena
  • Explore the Lost City of Teyuna
  • See Parque Nacional Natural El Cocuy
  • Take a mud bath at El Totumo Mud Volcano
  • See the Gold Museum in Bogotá
  • Visit the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá
  • See the Caño Cristales also known as the “River of Five Colors”

Temperatures range from 45ºF (7ºC) to 89ºF (32ºC).

Time Zone: 

Universal Time Coordinated, UTC-05:00




Colombian Peso (COP)


110 and 120 volts. If using a US or Canadian 120 volt appliance, or an appliance that is compatible with multiple voltages, an adapter is all you need.

Tipping Customs: 

A service charge may be added to your bill but, if not, it’s customary to give a tip of 10%. Taxi drivers are not usually tipped. 


Safety has improved in major cities in recent years, however crime persists in rural areas. It is advised to check the current US Department of State Travel Warning.

Communication & Technology: 

Wi-Fi is readily available throughout the country. Mobile operators include Claro, Movistar, and Tigo.


Smoking is allowed in public places. 

Travel Documentation: 

For US citizens, a valid US passport is required for entry to Colombia. If you have dual nationality in the US and Colombia, you will need to use your Colombian passport to enter Colombia and your US passport to re-enter the US. 


San Luis Airport (IPI), Antonio Nariño Airport (PSO), El Dorado International Airport (BOG)

Car Rental: 

Car rental is available but not recommended for intercity travel. 

Public Transportation: 

Buses, taxis and airplanes are the safest modes of transportations.