Colombia, at the northern tip of South America, is a country of lush rain forest, towering mountains and coffee plantations. In the high-altitude capital, Bogotá, the Zona Rosa district is known for its restaurants, bars and shopping. Cartagena, on the Caribbean coast, features a walled colonial Old Town, a 16th-century castle and popular beaches. Nearby, culture-rich Barranquilla hosts a massive yearly Carnival.
Colombia is one of the few countries in Latin America that has not been overrun with western tourists. When you tour Colombia, you usually get the feeling that there are things to discover; things that few of your neighbors or friends have done. If you like adventure, traveling in a country full of contradictions, traveling in a country with great natural and cultural diversity and you want to meet the nicest people Latin America, then Colombia is the right destination for you.
Colombia has all the ingredients the other touristic Latin American countries have to offer, including the Andes Mountains, the Amazon, the beaches, the culture, the food, the historic ruins, the colonial building, the architecture, archaeological places and so much more… without the great numbers of foreigners. This is your chance to discover a country still pristine and native.
Whether you are hiking in the mountains, enjoying the beaches, trekking through jungles, dining on wonderful cuisine or admiring the precolonial architecture, you will fall in love with Colombia. That is our job and we take is seriously!
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the water safe to drink in Colombia?
The answer is Yes, in most major cities and resorts. There are many places that tourist go to that are remote and it is recommended to take bottled water or purchase it along the way. Your travel guides can advise you as to when this will be important.
What are the people and culture like?
The people are among the friendliest in all of South America. You rarely find such joyful, kind and openhearted people as you do in Colombia.
Colombia recently grew past 44 million and the population has significant racial integration. Due to the rugged terrain, the country is broken into regions allowing each group to become self sufficient and to develop independently. A good portion (50%) of the population is Mestizo or combined European and Amerindian descent. Mulato’s (20%) are of European and African decent. Zambo’s (5%) are Amerindian and African decent and the balance are Caucasian, Black and Amerindian.
Every region has it’s own special customs, clothing, food, music and dancing. It is always festive and time to celebrate in Colombia!
What is the exchange rate?
As of July 2016, the time to travel is NOW. With the strong American dollar, the exchange rate is at 2918.71 Colombian Peso to 1 USD. This means your money will go almost twice as far as a year or so ago!