Two fascinating deserts, snow-capped Andean mountains, natural parks, and lush tropical Amazonian forests, plus sunbath golden beaches, gives you a spectacular look at fascinating Colombia. Indeed Colombia is one of the best tourist destinations in South America with an endless seam of superb attractions. Colombia’s largest city and capital, Bogotá, is just the perfect spot to start your tour with its excellent restaurants, cafes, bars, and hotels. Explore Colombia for an unforgettable experience.
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Main Things You Need To Know
Colombia is part of the ring of fire, a group of countries in South America which location makes it have unique animal and plant speices.
Colombia is located at the northern part of the South American continent, near the equator line, so don't be surprised if too much heat appears in during your day.
Colombia is the only country in South America, which has coastlines with the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean.
Happiness Rains in Colombia
According to the 2013 and 2014 barometer of happiness and hope, Colombia is the happiest country in the world.
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Main Things You Need To Know About Colombia
The Colombians use the ‘Colombia Peso’ as their official means of exchange and trading. One US dollar is equivalent to 2941.18 Colombia Peso.
Colombians use Spanish as their first official language spoken throughout the country. Over 99% of Colombians speak Spanish. A small minority of the population speak a few other languages. Among these minor languages is English. Foreign tourists who cannot speak Spanish will find it a bit difficult to interact with the locals. However, there are local guides who are willing and excited to show you around and teach you few things about the language.
Colombia requires that all the documents needed for a Colombian tourist visa should all be translated into the Spanish language. The following are required for a visa into Colombia.
1. A valid passport that will remain valid for at least six months.
2. A completed and signed Colombia visa application.
3. Three recent passport-sized photographs.
4. Bank statements to certify the ability of the tourist to cater for all his expenses financially.
5. Medical reports showing that the tourist is physically fit and will not be a threat to the country.
6. Visa fee.
PLANE, BUS, CAR
The easiest means of entering Colombia is by flight into any of Colombia’s international airports. El Dorado International Airport, José María Córdova International Airport, El Alcaraván Airport, Gustavo Artunduaga Paredes Airport, Simón Bolívar International Airport, and Matecaña International Airport are among the best gateways into the country.
The best point for tourists crossing Venezuela into Colombia is through Caracas-Bogotá route from San Antonio del Táchira in Venezuela to Cúcuta in Colombia. There are crossing points through Paraguachón from Maracaibo in Venezuela to Maicao in Colombia. Ecuador’s most preferred crossing point is through Tulcán into Ipiales in Colombia. However, there is also a legal crossing point at San Miguel to Nueva Loja.
Several cross routes exist between Panama and Colombia. Ecuador also offers tourist the chance to cross into Colombia while getting a taste of the adventure of crossing through the North Pacific Ocean.
Whichever way you prefer it, just make sure you rip off every fun your visit offers.
Peak Travel Periods
Colombia’s dry season starts from December through to February and from June through August, which tends to be the best periods for a tourist over there. The dry season doesn’t necessarily mean it’s totally without a drop of rain, but light showers are irregular at this period. Colombia records its peak number of tourists within this period. There is usually a heavy crowd of tourists during this period, with the accommodation and other amenity rates on the hike. To be on the safer side, you should plan your visit within March and May, or September and November to avoid the price hike and the rowdy visitors. Although there may be high amount of rainfall during this period, the cost of the accommodation and other rates are always low with low influx of tourist too.
Colombia’s tourist visas are initially valid for 3 months before expiration. At the end of the 3 months, it can be extended for another period of 3 months maximum with a fee that will be charged for when making the application for the extension.
Travelling In Colombia
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