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Frequently asked questions
Is it safe to travel to Colombia?
Before the Covid pandemic, governments around the world declared it safer than ever before to visit. In 2018, the US government raised its safety level to level 2, the same as Belgium. And, in 2019, the UK declared much of the country safe to visit. Our chosen destinations have for many years been safe to visit and have welcomed tens of thousands of visitors every year. Click here to read our blog on whether Colombia is safe to visit on a school trip.
Do I need a visa to visit Colombia?
The majority of visitors do not need a visa to enter Colombia and will receive a stamp for 90 days as a tourist when they arrive. You do not need to apply beforehand for the visa, simply show your passport at immigration. If you wish to stay longer, you can extend your stay by 90 days. There are some exceptions to the visa rule and the residents of the countries that are not permitted to enter or that need to apply can be found here https://www.cancilleria.gov.co/en/procedures_services/visa/requirements.
What language do they speak in Colombia?
Spanish with a range of indigenous languages still remaining in some parts. In major cities many people also speak English, especially the younger generation.
Is Colombia a cheap place to visit?
Due to a regular decline in the strength of the Colombian peso against many other currencies, most notably the US dollar, it is deemed cheap to visit Colombia. As of January 2023, the Colombian peso converted at 4,679 for 1 US dollar. To put this in perspective, you can buy a menu del dia (menu of the day) in most cities for around 3-4 US dollars. Transport such as buses, trains, trams and taxis are generally cheap and if you visit towns outside of the big cities you will find your money going further.
Are there good beaches?
Colombia has a range of fantastic beaches along its Pacific and Caribbean coasts. The best places to visit along the Pacific coast are Bahia Solano, El Valle and Capurgana. The Caribbean has great beaches in Parque Tayrona, near Santa Marta and a hidden gem would be Rincon Del Mar. Cartagena is very popular but the best beaches here are on islands close by and need to be reached by boat in most cases. For those who like island life, San Andres is the place to head and Providencia which boasts unblemished white sands and waters shimmering with seven colors.
Can I drink the water in Colombia?
You can drink the water in most main cities including Medellin and Bogota. Once you get into the rural areas, small towns and villages and along the coast it is better to drink bottled water or use a filter for the water.
What is internet access like?
You might be surprised at the availability of free Wi-Fi in Colombia. Many cities and towns have central parks and plazas with often a free connection to a fairly speedy Wi-Fi. Obviously, hotels, hostels, eco lodges will have access to Wi-Fi and even the camps on the Lost City trek allow you to purchase access to internet. If you really need full coverage you will be able to buy a SIM card when you arrive. We recommend opting for Claro or Movistar.
How many days in Colombia is enough?
As the second most biodiverse country on the planet, you could quite easily travel Colombia for years and not see all the spectacular sights. However, you will be able to fit in a lot with a 2-week trip if you plan well. You could visit bustling cities, explore Spanish colonial towns, hike mountains and relax on the Caribbean beaches with a well-planned itinerary.
What is the most beautiful part of Colombia?
Colombia declared 17 of its towns the most beautiful that needed protecting and the list includes the stunning Villa de Leyva, unblemished Barichara, Jardin and its coffee plantations and the sultry Santa Fe de Antioquia. Elsewhere, the highest coastal mountain range in the world, La Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, holds a distinct beauty as does the city of Medellin and the UNESCO-listed city of Cartagena.
Do I need a Covid vaccine to enter Colombia?
Passengers may be required to complete an online form before boarding their flight.
What vaccines do I need?
Currently, no vaccines are required to gain entry to Colombia. However, if you wish to visit tourist sites such as the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta National Park, the Tayrona National Park or the different Amazon reserves, the Colombia authorities will require that you are properly vaccinated against yellow fever. Remember that this vaccine must be administered at least 10 days prior to traveling to these destinations. Check out this website for more information.
When is the best time to visit Colombia?
You can visit Colombia all year round as the rainy and dry season occurs in different regions at different times of the year and with different effects. Generally the best time to visit is January, February and March as many parts of the country are less crowded and experiencing dry weather. Check each destination before going as certain places close at certain times of the year like the Lost City trek which is closed during September. You should also bear in mind dates for natural phenomena such as the humpback whales migrating along the Pacific Coast from June to December. We would advise against traveling during Semana Santa (easter) which is usually in April as this is the most popular time for locals to travel.
What is the safest city?
Colombia in general is much safer now than it was a decade or so ago. However, like anywhere in the world, travelers should be sensible and research the places they will visit ahead of time. Generally major cities like Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena are safe to visit, especially in tourist-heavy areas. However, there are still areas that should be avoided so it is best to ask a local expert ahead of time. Thinking of visiting, contact one of Kagumu’s expert team today. We would advise visitors to steer clear of areas that border other countries like Venezuela and Ecuador and be cautious when visiting rural areas, especially in the Amazon. If you are planning to visit such areas, you should travel with a certified and reliable Colombian travel agency or operator.