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Colombia

Why travel solo to Colombia?

Colombia is a country with a big reputation, yet one that belongs to another century. There’s much to be rediscovered about this beautiful and diverse destination.

The Caribbean coast is home to cities such as Cartagena and Santa Marta, where the tropical sea laps up on palm-fringed beaches, and the traditional is infused with the modern. Further inland, you’ll find the high-altitude sprawl of Bogotá set amid the Andes, with an atmosphere so vibrant you’ll be captivated by its energy.

Then there’s Medellin: a city battling against an infamous reputation (thanks to Pablo Escobar) yet one that will surprise you with its unexpected beauty and revitalised spirit. Nicknamed the City of Eternal Spring, this is a place where progress has never been more tangible.

Don’t let its reputation put you off. Colombia will surprise you, then it will enchant you.



Colombia facts

What’s the weather like in Colombia?

Colombia is home to various climates: tropical along the Caribbean coast, with the Andean climates varying depending on altitude. As a result, temperatures vary significantly depending on where you are in the country. The average summer temperature in highland Bogotá is 59ºF, and the average winter temperature is 54ºF.

59 °f

Average temp in high season

What’s the national language?

Spanish

What is the currency?

Colombian peso

Timezone

Colombia Standard Time is GMT -5

Top three activities

1. Explore Cartagena’s pirate heritage
2. Hike through Tayrona National Park
3. Uncover Medellin’s criminal past

Top five dishes to try

1. Bandeja paisa: a hearty dish consisting of sausage, beans, rice, egg and plantain
2. Ajiaco: an Andean chicken stew featuring sweet corn, potato and avocado
3. Arepa: a flatbread made from ground maize, with savoury fillings
4. Empanadas: a quintessential street-food dish of deep-fried pastries
5. Cazuela de mariscos: a thick seafood and coconut soup

Top places to visit in Colombia

Bogotá

Colombia’s highland capital, surrounded by sweeping views of the Andes, is home to elegant colonial architecture and vibrant neighbourhoods, beautifully-preserved churches and graffiti-adorned streets. An exciting mix of history and modernity awaits to entice you here.

Medellin

Once regarded as the most dangerous city in the world, Medellin has transformed beyond recognition in the last few decades. Nowadays, you’ll find a stylish and innovative city nestled between jagged peaks, complete with high-end restaurants and lively bars.

Cartagena

Cartagena offers that enchanting mix of sun-kissed streets, blue sea and pirate folklore. Known as ‘La Heroica’, this Caribbean port city was founded by slaves as the first free town in the Americas – a city immortalised in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s magical-realist novels.

Caño Cristales

Fringed by jungle and rugged earth, this canyon is home to a unique natural phenomenon: where a series of rivers and waterfalls flow in streams of crimson and magenta. Prised from the grasp of guerillas (who held it for two decades), it’s a fantastic spot for hiking and swimming.

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