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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

  • Travel documents: All Belgian nationals*  (children and babies included) must be in possession of an international e-passport (biometric) containing min. 2 blank pages, valid for at least 6 months after the day of departure. In order to organize consular services even better, may we recommend you register your stay in the country via www.travellersonline.diplomatie.be. 

  • All passengers who travel to and /or via the U.S. must apply for an electronic travel authorization at least 72 hours prior to departure. The ESTA procedure must be requested via the official website link https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov and paid by a personal credit card only. Please verify the latest updates on travel advice, documents and requirements on http://diplomatie.be/nl.

  • 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

  • Armenia

Armenia is located next to the beautiful Cocora valley, where the national tree of Colombia, the Palma de Cera, flourishes. The city was largely destroyed by an earthquake in 1999, but has since been almost completely rebuilt and has grown into one of the most modern cities in the country. The area around Armenia is also known for its many coffee and banana plantations and its handmade bowls made from dried peels of local fruits.

  • Bogotá

Bogota is the capital and also the political, cultural and administrative centre of Colombia. This cosy city lies at the foot of the Andes, 2600m high and contains a mix of colonial architecture, contemporary buildings and quaint streets with South American atmosphere and art. Definitely worth a visit are the colonial La Candelaria and the Plaza de Bolivar as well as the main square of Bogota within walking distance of the cathedral, the Congress Palace, the Palace of Justice and the El Sagrario Church. For culture lovers, do visit the famous Gold Museum with the world's largest collection of pre-Hispanic Indian gold objects. In the vicinity of Bogotá you will find Chicaque and Chicaque. Two breath-taking parks perfect as a city getaway. In Zipaquirá, you will discover a cathedral made 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!

  • Tayrona

Tayrona Park, with its white beaches and exotic forests, is one of Colombia's most visited natural parks. The spectacular beach with picturesque bays and lush vegetation, is home to more than 100 diverse mammals and a wide variety of birds.

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