Colombia has risen from the ashes of decades of political conflict and is quickly gaining a dedicated cohort of champions who have visited and fallen in love with this magnificent country. Discovering everything Colombia has to offer would take several lifetimes, but you can start with a vacation.
Flights to Colombia
El Dorado International Airport (BOG) near the capital of Bogotá, is the biggest and busiest airport in the country, and it’s where most international travelers arrive. It serves more than 25 million people every year, and is the main hub for Avianca, the national airline of Columbia. Avianca’s agreements with airlines such as Delta Air Lines, Iberia, Air Canada, Lufthansa, and Air France make it simple to arrange flights to Columbia from most major cities around the world.
The major domestic airlines in Columbia are COPA Colombia, LAN Colombia, EasyFly, Satena, VivaColombia, and ADA, which all have well-kept fleets and regular flight schedules to destinations all around the country.
What to do in Colombia
From the lush rainforests of Amazonia to the heart-rending rugged beauty of the Andes, Columbia has an endless array of beaches plains, forests, lakes, and wetlands scattered throughout the vast country. The cities are all lively and modern, while retaining a historical richness at their hearts.
Bogotá is enormous, comparable in scale to NYC, and blends contemporary skyscrapers with stunning colonial plazas and buildings. Cartagena de Indias is ridiculously beautiful, a confection of flower-strewn balconies and cobblestone streets, spiced with a Caribbean spirit. Cali is the salsa capital of Latin America where the dancing and music blaze on into the wee hours every night.
Advice for Tourists Visiting Colombia
If you’re traveling outside the cities, you should stick to bottled water, take antimalarial drugs (they are very cheap and available without a prescription) and get vaccinated for yellow fever in advance.
You’ll need a valid passport before you book flights to Colombia, but citizens of most western countries don’t need a tourist visa for stays of up to three months. If you decide to extend your stay, (you lucky thing!) you can apply for a 90-day extension.
The official language is Spanish, and you’ll want some lessons or at least a good phrasebook in your pocket to get by, but you may meet Colombians who are happy to practice their English with you. The currency is the Colombian peso, though they use a $ symbol. The climate is as varied as the landscape, and you can probably find
whatever weather you’re looking for at some point somewhere in the country at any time, so anytime is a good time to visit. Whenever you decide to go, try Skyscanner’s free hotel price comparison tool to make sure you’re getting the best price on a great room.
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