Colombia: Trip Preparation & Destination Information

Colombia: Trip Preparation & Destination Information

About Colombia


While Colombia may be known as the land of coffee and Salsa, the country has far more to offer. The mesmerizing Northern Andes mountain range, the mysterious Amazon rainforest and the pristine Caribbean coast are just some of its natural wonders. It also has a rich history and culture - from ruins of Pre-Colombian civilizations to Spanish colonial towns and bustling modern cities - Colombia has something for everyone.


Camping itinerary disclaimer: campsite amenities are very rustic, sleeping accommodations could be a bed or hammock and are assigned on the spot. Camp facilities will have electricity, bathrooms and showers.


Capital City: Bogota

Population: 50 million (2020 est.)

Currency: Colombian peso (COP)

Time Zone: Central Standard Time CST (GMT -6)

Emergency Number: 123

Outlet: Types A/B


Packing List

Speak the Language

Language: Spanish. Spoken by more than 99.5% of Colombians 


  • Hello - ¡Hola! (O-la)
  • Goodbye - ¡Adios! (AH-dee-ohs)
  • Thank you - Gracias (GRA-see-as)
  • Do you speak English? - ¿Habla inglés? (Ab-la in-GLAYS)
  • I (don’t) understand - Yo (no) entiendo (yo no en-tee-EN-doh)
  • How are you? - ¿Cómo está? (KOH-moh eh-STAH)
  • I’m fine, thank you - Bien, gracias (bee-EN, GRA-see-as)
  • What’s your name? -  Cómo te llamas? ((KOH-moh te ya-mas?))
  • My name is… - Me llamo… (May ya-moh… )
  • Where is... -  ¿Dónde está… (DON-day es-tah...)

- The bathroom - el baño (el BAH-nyo)

- An ATM - un cajero (un kah-HEH-roh)


Google Translate: Download the Google Translate app or click here  




Fun Facts

  • Colombia is the only South American country that has both a Pacific and Caribbean coastline.
  • As the equator runs through the country, Colombia doesn’t have four seasons - instead, they have a rainy and dry season which means it’s great to visit year-round!
  • It is commonly said that the Colombian accent is the most neutral accent in Spanish, making it easier to understand and learn. Ask any Colombian, they'll take pride in it.
  • High in the Andes mountain range, Bogota is the third highest capital in the world (8,660 feet).
  • Colombia is the second-largest producer of coffee in the world - if you’re a coffee-lover, it’ll be paradise.
  • On that note - a common way locals drink their coffee is with a side of cheese. The wedge of fresh cheese is commonly dipped in the coffee and stirred until a gooey consistency is formed. This is also done with hot chocolate!


Tipping Suggestions: Tips for Guides, drivers and restaurants are not included. Tips provide supplemental income, and, while not mandatory, are greatly appreciated. If the local teams have added to the experience, please reward them.

Guides USD $3-4 per person/per day
Drivers USD $2 per person/per day
Restaurants (full service)  10% of total bill



Where can I find information on travel safety?  Common sense safety rules apply here: Don't wear flashy jewelry, keep your phones and cameras out of sight, only carry enough money for the day, and avoid taking cards or passports out with you. Wear what you would normally wear, but try to wear clothing with hidden pockets to stash your important items.

Check out the US Department of State's website for the most up-to-date information on safety while traveling.


Is Colombia LGBTQ+ friendly? For LGBTQ+ travel advice and tips, this LGBTQ+ Colombia Travel Guide has been put together in partnership with EveryQueer to help you have an amazing trip, while keeping you safe.


Is the water safe to drink? While it is safe to drink in most Colombian cities, it is better to avoid it to be safe and always drink treated which can be found at all lodging accommodations.


Do I need a Visa? For Visa information, click here. Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months after you return home and has two or more blank pages. Otherwise, some countries may not let you enter.


What about vaccines? For vaccination information, click here.


Do you recommend travel insurance? While not required, we highly recommend all travelers get travel insurance for their trip to protect themselves from the unknown! Check out travel insurance options from our partner, worldnomads.comor from a provider of your choice.


What does public transportation look like? You can find taxis everywhere and they are cheap. In larger cities, taxis are metered but smaller towns will have fixed fares. There are subways in the major cities and local buses in towns and cities.


Is Uber or Lyft available? Uber is available in major cities including Bogota, Medellin, Cali and Cartagena. There are also other ridesharing apps like Tappsi or Cabify.


What about Wifi? Wifi should be readily available in most areas. For Travelers participating in the Lost City Trek, you will not have access to Wifi at all.

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