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Essential information

At a glance

‘Hello’ in:
‘hola ’
( o-la )
Spanish
‘hello ’
English
Plug combo ab
Electricity
110V/60hz
Jan-Mar
Best time to go
Dry

Money and costs

Currency
Pesos ($)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated March 14, 2019 11:19AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
COP$100,000
  • Dorm bed: COP$25,000–50,000
  • Comida corriente (set meal): COP$8000–15,000
  • Crosstown bus ride: COP$1000
Midrange
COP$100,000–250,000
  • Double room in midrange hotel: COP$80,000–120,000
  • Main dish in decent local restaurant: COP$20,000–30,000
  • Museum entry: COP$5000–15,000
  • Short taxi ride: COP$10,000–15,000
Top end (more than)
COP$250,000
  • Double room in a top-end hotel: from COP$160,000
  • Multicourse meal with wine: from COP$60,000
  • Paragliding outing: COP$120,000

Visas

Nationals of many countries, including those from Western Europe and the Americas, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, don't need a visa. Otherwise, expect a nominal fee.

Get the latest visa advice for Colombia from our community.

When to go and weather

°C°F
mmin
COL
Leticia
Go Mar–Nov
Mar – May
30238674
0.97
0.04
Jun – Aug
30228672
0.97
0.04
Sep – Nov
32238873
0.67
0.02
Dec – Feb
30238674
1.03
0.04
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Cali
Go Jul–Sep
Mar – May
29208567
Jun – Aug
30198566
Sep – Nov
29198466
Dec – Feb
29198467
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
San Andrés & Providencia
Go Jan–Jun
Mar – May
29258478
0.33
0.01
Jun – Aug
30268679
0.5
0.02
Sep – Nov
29258578
0.83
0.03
Dec – Feb
29258377
0.13
0.0
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Parque Nacional Natural El Cocuy
Go Dec–Feb
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Medellín
Go Jan–Mar
Mar – May
26197966
0.2
0.01
Jun – Aug
27198066
0.0
0.0
Sep – Nov
26197965
0.07
0.0
Dec – Feb
27197966
0.0
0.0
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Cartagena
Go Dec–Feb
Mar – May
31268878
0.13
0.0
Jun – Aug
31258877
0.3
0.01
Sep – Nov
31268878
0.5
0.02
Dec – Feb
31248776
0.0
0.0
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Bogotá
Go Jul–Aug
Mar – May
19106649
0.27
0.01
Jun – Aug
1896448
0.2
0.01
Sep – Nov
1996647
0.37
0.02
Dec – Feb
2086746
0.2
0.01
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Armenia
Go Mar–Jun
Mar – May
27198065
1.13
0.04
Jun – Aug
18125443
0.6
0.02
Sep – Nov
18125343
1.0
0.04
Dec – Feb
27197965
0.8
0.03
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season

Getting to Colombia

It's possible to arrive in Colombia by air, road, river and sea. The majority of visitors fly in through the major gateway airports of Bogotá, Medellín, Cartagena and Cali.

Colombia borders Panama, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru and Ecuador, but has road connections with Venezuela and Ecuador only. These are the easiest and most popular border crossings, although the political crisis in Venezuela has led to the borders operating irregularly.

You can also cross the border to Santa Rosa in Peru and Tabatinga in Brazil at the three corners near Leticia. There are privately run charter yachts to and from Panama and regular local boats running to Ecuador from Tumaco.

Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Flights to Colombia

The best price found from United States to Colombia is on April 2nd, 2019, travelling with Frontier Airlines. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

ICT
Wichita Mid-Continent
from $196.00
MDE
Medellin Jose Maria Cordova

Getting around Colombia

Air Domestic flights in Colombia are the best way to travel longer distances.

Boat The only way to get around in most of the Amazon and Pacific coast, boat travel is far more expensive than a comparable trip in a bus.

Bus There are frequent bus connections between all major cities in Colombia. Long-distance services tend to be large comfortable buses while shorter runs are often covered with less roomy vans and even sedans.

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