Colombia is popular for its world-class coffee, dense tropical rainforest, and beautiful coasts. A major part of Colombia is located in northwest South America, while
some territories lie in Central America. It is the only South American country that shares its borders with both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Bogotá, the
capital city of Colombia, lures an immense number of tourists every year because of its splendid museums, and unique historical attractions. Colombia possesses a very
rich geography and biodiversity that includes the llanos, the Pacific and the Caribbean coasts, the Andean and Amazon regions, the Coffee Triangle region (El Bosque
del Saman, Pereira, Armenia, and Manizales areas), and the deserts of La Guajira.
Best time to visit Colombia
The lowlands (Caribbean region) in Colombia experience a tropical climate throughout the year, while the highlands (Andean region) have chilly nights. December to
March is the best time to visit Colombia, when the days are sunny, with no rainfall. It is ideal for exploring Colombia’s coffee-growing regions and charming towns,
and beaches. You can participate in festivals like the Festival of Lights (Christmas) and the Hay Literary Festival. Plan well in advance as it is the peak tourist
How to get there
Fly to Colombia via the top international airlines
such as Air Canada, Vistara, Jet Airways, Etihad Airways, Cathay Pacific, Air India, etc., that provide many
connecting flights from India to Colombia every week. The El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá is the major airport in Colombia, with good connectivity to
different parts of the world. This airport is located nearly 15 km from the city center and is easily accessible by city buses. Have an amazing flying experience with
the wonderful facilities like in-flight entertainment, in-flight publications, delectable entrees, etc., provided by different airlines.
Places to stay in Colombia
Choose from a vast number of accommodation options, right from budget hotels, high-end hotels, and private apartments, to homestays, hostels, B&Bs (bed and
breakfasts), and shared apartments. Some of the best areas in Bogotá offering great accommodation options include the La Candelaria area, the Financial Center, Zona
Rosa, and Chapinero. The hotel prices for one night vary from INR 1,100 to INR 33,000 approximately.
Colombia offers a gamut of tourist attractions, from cities of historical importance to charming towns by the beach, as well as dense forests and vast
Do not miss out on some of the popular attractions in Bogotá, such as the bohemian neighborhood of La Candelaria, Museo del Oro Gold Museum, Botero Museum (displaying
the artwork of Colombia’s famous artist, Fernando Botero), Cerro de Monserrate (Church atop a mountain), and the Salt Cathedral (in Zipaquira). Colombia’s colonial
Mompox town is a must-visit for every tourist, where you can behold the amazing architecture and spectacular landscapes. Cartagena is known for its colonial charm,
romantic feel, massive churches, bougainvillea-covered balconies, and beautiful beaches! The Old Town of Cartagena is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Santa Marta is a city where you can enjoy water sports, nightlife, and trekking in the spectacular mountains of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta range. San Andres, the
beautiful coral island, also offers a myriad of opportunities for sightseeing and adventure. La Guajira’s Cabo de la Vela (north of the Caribbean coast) offers
fascinating views of the Ojo de agua Beach and the Pilon de Azucar peak. Enjoy a tour of the Coffee Triangle at the center of the Andes and learn the art of coffee-
Shopping in Colombia
Medellin, Bogotá, Cali, and Cartagena are the best places for shopping in Colombia. You can shop to your heart’s content from a wide range of products like clothes,
indigenous pottery, handmade products, stunning jewelry, handicraft items, coffee, and much more!
Food in Colombia
Colombian cuisine combines the practices and cooking traditions of the Caribbean shoreline in Colombia, ranchlands (large farms), the Pacific Coast, jungles, and
mountains. You must try the national dish, the Bandeja Paisa (made of rice, avocado, minced meat, etc.), Sancocho (traditional Colombian stew), Fritanga (fried offal
mix), Almuerzo corriente (power lunch consisting of various ingredients), and Chuzo desgranado (a post-party snack).
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