Reasons to Visit
From the rugged, tropical paradise of Tayrona National Park, backed by equitorial rainforest, to the beautiful white-sand beaches of San Andres and Providencia, Colombia offers a wide range of beautiful beach options, although the accommodation options can be somewhat limited!
Synonymous with Colombia, coffee has been exported from Colombia for around 200 years. The Zona Cafetera is becoming something of an attraction, with visitors tasting coffee at traditional fincas. As well as the coffee, the region is geographically stunning with spectacular panoramas of rolling hillsides, lush fertile vallets and quaint colonial villages.
Whilst most renowned in the fortified city of Cartagena, there are fine examples of colonial architecture spanning Colombia from the historical La Candelaria in Bogota and Villa de Leyva to the pretty villages in the coffee region.
Despite having developed a reputation that may deter visitors from travelling, Colombia has entered a period of relative stability. It is now without doubt one our favourite destinations for a diverse and enthralling experience, albeit one for those with an adventurous spirit and a desire to see somewhere off the beaten track.
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Flights to Bogotá run with Iberia and Air France through Madrid and Paris respectively.
A trip to Colombia could combine the Caribbean jewel of Cartagena, the cosmopolitan city of Bogotá, the historic Villa De Leyva, the resplendent coffee plantations and some Amazon adventure on the border with Peru and Brazil.
We can arrange interesting and exciting excursions, fabulous boutique hotels and knowledgeable local guides.
The official language is Spanish, English is spoken in the main tourist areas and larger cities.
The nearest Colombia gets to a national dish is the "bandeja paisa" ("Paisa platter"). It consists of white rice, red beans, ground beef, sausage, plantain, morcilla, chicharron, arepa, avocado and a fried egg. To drink, Colombia is world-renowned for its coffee and its rum. Another favourite is Aguadiente which is a variation of the Spanish alcoholic drink "Anís".
Tipping for good service is an accepted fact. Amounts are obviously discretionary and tipping for good service is an accepted fact.
The Colombian currency is the peso. Automatic cash dispensers are widespread, especially in the major cities. Most machines take all credit cards, as well as Cirrus and Plus cards. Visa and Master card are widely accepted, as are bank debit cards.
Our country specialists can advise on any safety concerns you may have. For current information, please refer to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website.
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The nearest Colombia gets to a national dish is the bandeja paisa (paisa platter). It consists of white rice, red beans, ground beef, sausage, plantain, morcilla, chicharron, arepa, avocado and a fried egg.
Colombia is world renowned for both its coffee and its great rum. Another favourite drink is aguadiente which is a variation of the strong Spanish alcoholic drink, anís.
Colonial architecture, the Amazon, coffee, Andes, beaches.
Coffee, emeralds, handicrafts.
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