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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
Thursday
HRS
19
19
MINS
44
44
Current Time
GMT -5

Money and costs

Currency
Pesos ($)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated April 25, 2019 9:07AM 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

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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.

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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