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Colombia

Colombia: a dream destination? Absolutely! In Colombia you can find almost everything. Snowy peaks, deserts, bustling metropolises, small mountain villages, beautiful sandy beaches and jungles. Colombia has dozens of different faces as you focus on culture, nature or adventure. Sun worshippers and adventurous souls blend in with the welcoming colourful population. But we gladly admit it: nature is the biggest magnet of this beautiful country. Want to learn about the many special sights of Colombia. Chack out our tour(s). Personally, that's a 'Yes please!'.

Hotels & Meals

Colombia offers a very varied cuisine based on ancient, region-specific traditions. Of course it is slightly seasoned with influences from neighbouring countries. Columbia does not really have one national dish, but two competitors come very close. Arepas (a kind of pancake made of cornmeal) and Sancocho (a soup made of a certain kind of banana, potato and meat). For fruit enthusiast Colombia is the place to be. Fruits such as pineapple, banana, pitahaya, etc abound and are juicy and delightful thanks to the ideal climate! What we call exotic fruit grows naturally right in the woods or the countryside.

Insurances

Have a safe and carefree trip: travel fully insured with our Protections travel insurance! Our Protections insurance policies offer various formulas in order to offer you the widest possible cover (with even a fly-on-time, natural catastrophes and epidemics) for both single journeys or for the entire year. We guarantee you the best protection at the best price.

Tailored travel

The tours in our brochure is just an example of a possible travel itinerariy. Our trips can be tailored to suit your specific needs. If you want to book a specific destination or combine it with a mini-tour then we will gladly make you a tailor-made offer. For a personalised day-by-day program please contact our destination experts.

Would you like to travel in a group; with your entire family, friends or colleagues? (min. 10 people required). Put our know-how to the test and send us your details and wishes. We will gladly turn the blueprints of your trip into a detailed quote and a lasting memory for you to cherish. Contact our Connections’ Group Service by e-mail at groups@connections.be or by telephone on +32 (0)2 550 01 65. We would love to hear from you.

Travel Documents

  • All Belgian nationals travelling on a Belgian passport (children and babies included) must be in possession of an international e-passport (electronic) containing min. 2 blank pages and valid for 6 months after your return flight date.
  • Travellers with a non-Belgian nationality and / or travellers travelling on a foreign passport are invited to spontaneously report this matter to the Connections travel consultant and shall contact their respective embassy (s) or Consulate (ate) to obtain the latest updates concerning all current travel requirements and documents.

Health

No mandatory vaccinations. To verify the latest updates on health requirements , please surf to www.itg.be.

Time Zones

  • -6h (winter)
  • -7h (summer)

Currency

Currency
  • Columbian Peso: 100 COP = 0.028 EUR; 1 EUR = 3.525 COP (22/11/17)
Payment Methods

The most convenient method of payment is by credit card but cash euros and dollars in small amount come in handy.Some ATM should be available.

Climate

The country offers a year-round excellent climate for travelling. Temperatures will vary according to your position in relation to sea level. As a general rule, deduct 6°C with every 1000m altitude. Below the 1000 m level Colombia enjoys a tropical climate with an average of 25 ° C, also known as 'Tierra Caliente', but even between 1000m and 2000m the climate is mild and similar to a European summer.

In Colombia there are no real seasons: there is only the difference between winter (rain) and summer (dry). Summer usually lasts from December to March and from July to August. The rainy winter season usually sets in around April, May, October and November. Rainfall is never constant though. Due to the influence of the meteorological phenomena such as El Nino "and" La Nina "it may proff difficult to predict the weather.

Average Temperatures (°C):

Destination J F M A M J J A S O N D
Bogota 20 20 20 19 19 18 18 18 19 19 19 19
Armeria 22 23 20 25 26 25 26 26 25 26 25 26
Santa Marta 30 30 31 31 32 32 31 31 31 31 31 30
Cartagena 31 31 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 31 31 31

Highlights

  • Bogotá
A attractive city with quaint buildings, cheerful districts oozing with South American charm and lots of art. The historic part will definately enchants you. Near Bogotá you find Chicaque and Chicaque. Two breathtaking parks perfect to escape the hussle and bustle of the city. Two more nearby nature sites which are absolutely worth a visit are Zipaquirá, a cathedral of salt, and the impressive Chorrera waterfall.
  • Medellin
Medellin has been nicknamed the cultural capital of Colombia. Thanks to many positive efforts during the last few years its has evolved from a cold-blooded capital to cool tourist destination. As the town was founded in the 17th century, it is dotted with beautiful colonial facades, churches, squares and museums. The story in a nutshell? Pablo Escobar, the infamous Colombian drug baron, created quite a few murder scenarios. Yet his image, more than 20 years after his death, still present in the street and he remains popular among many Colombians.
  • Caño Cristales
Welcome to the most stunningly clear river in the world! After an adventurous trip through the tropical vegetation you arrive at this beautiful spot in nature. Sometimes referred to as 'the river of the five colours, the bed of this waterway is covered in red, green, yellow, black and blues from late July to November . Highly recommended!
  • La Guajira woestijn
Of all deserts in the world, the Colombia desert is the nearest to the equator. In the background you can see mountains and the Caribbean Sea. A must-see. Absolutely unique!
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