Colombia Travel Guide

In Colombia, verdant jungles dominate the landscape, adrenaline-fuelled adventures can be found at every corner, wildlife is abundant and the brightly coloured architecture will leave you starry-eyed.  While it’s no secret that Colombia was home to a troubled past, today it had triumphed as a must-see destination that attracts backpackers, seasoned travellers and everyone else in between. 

The Highlights

The Basics

When to Visit

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  1. Peak Season

    December to February

    While there is a distinct wet and dry period, the seasons are not extreme enough to cause any major problems and essentially makes Colombia a year-round destination. The best way to determine when you should travel is of course, based on your interests. From December to February, this is when the country is at its driest which in turn, creates what is known as the peak season and is when prices are at their highest. Hikers and travellers looking to visit the Andean region can travel with greater peace of mind knowing the weather conditions will be less extreme. This is also the best time for beach-lovers to visit the Caribbean Coast.

  2. Low Season

    October to November

    As mentioned, Colombia is enjoyable 365 days a year, however October through November is when Colombia experiences much greater rainfall. If your itinerary is mostly outdoor-based, you might find some restrictions on what you can do. On the other hand, if your plan mostly involves museums, galleries, foodie adventures and are undeterred by the climate, you will enjoy lower prices and smaller crowds around major attractions.

Colombia Tours

FAQs about Colombia

  • Do you tip in Colombia?

    There isn’t much of a tipping culture in Colombia, but it is recommended to leave a tip of 10% in a restaurant, although a service charge can already be included on the bill. In smaller, family-run restaurant, tipping is not customary, but a few pesos is perfectly reasonable. 
  • What is the internet access like?

    Internet connection can range in quality, but you should have no problem with day-to-day tasks like emailing or surfing the web in Colombia. WiFi is available in many cafes, hostels and hotels for free, but outside urban areas, this is not as common.
  • Is the tap water safe to drink?

    No. Buy bottled water, or you can boil the tap water or use water purification pills.
  • Can I use my credit cards?

    Yes, credit cards are widely accepted throughout Colombia. Please check with your bank about any foreign transaction charges.
  • What are the public holidays?

    Colombia recognises Epiphany Day January 6, St Joseph March 19, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Monday, Labor Day May 1, Independence Day July 20, Battle of Boyacá August 7, Assumption Day  August 15, All Saints' Day November 1 and Christmas Day plus other regional holidays.
  • What are the toilets like?

    Search for the word baño, to find the closest toilet, however, there are few public toilets in Colombia and you should expect to pay a few pesos for each use. Be sure to pack an emergency supply of toilet paper and put any used paper in rubbish bins. 
  • Is it safe for females to travel solo in Colombia?

    Of course, females can travel solo to Colombia however, there is an even greater need to take caution if you are by yourself. If you’re uncertain about a solo venture, you might want to think about joining a group tour for peace of mind. 
  • Is it safe to visit Colombia?

    There’s no denying that Colombia has faced a troubled past, but today it is a welcoming and mostly safe place. Be alert and walk purposefully as to not look vulnerable to criminals, and be careful when visiting an ATM as criminals watch these closely. Travelling in a group is recommended.