Colombia, Colombia Vacations


Our Opinion of Colombia

Colombia is one of the equatorial countries of the world, but unique in its extreme topography and abundance of water. From Bogota, a drive of one or two hours North, South, East or West can take you to landscapes which are as diverse as they are beautiful. To the East are the oriental plains which stretch out far beyond the horizon with little modulation. To the North are the more rugged contours of the higher Andean region. To the South the weather is sub-tropical and has the accompanying flora and fauna, and to the West you can find the Magdalena River valley and its hot weather. A few islands can also make it the perfect beach holiday.

Although there is a certain amount of violence in remote areas, the current government has increased its presence in the countryside and in all major tourist areas, so whereas in the past travel might have been risky, this is no longer the case except in the areas of known guerrilla presence.

Colombia is one of the equatorial countries of the world, but unique in its extreme topography and abundance of water. From Bogota, a drive of one or two hours North, South, East or West can take you to landscapes which are as diverse as they are beautiful. To the East are the oriental plains which stretch out far beyond the horizon with little modulation. To the North are the more rugged contours of the higher Andean region. To the South the weather is sub-tropical and has the accompanying flora and fauna, and to the West you can find the Magdalena River valley and its hot weather. A few islands can also make it the perfect beach holiday.
 
Although there is a certain amount of violence in remote areas, the current government has increased its presence in the countryside and in all major tourist areas, so whereas in the past travel might have been risky, this is no longer the case except in the areas of known guerrilla presence.

Things to know about Colombia, Colombia Vacations

Capital: Bogota
Currency: Colombian peso
Electricity: 110 V, 60Hz
Time Zone: GMT -5 hr. Daylight savings time is not applied.
Government: Republic
Land size: 1,138,910 km2
Language: Spanish, some English and Creole
Population: 43,600,000 approx
Religion: Roman Catholic 90%, other 10%
 
Driver's License: International driver's license required.
 
Entry Requirements: A passport, valid 6 months beyond intended stay, and an ongoing or return ticket are required. No visa required for touristic stays of up to 90 days.

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