Gifted with tropical rainforests, romantic towns, magical beaches and colourful cities brimming with culture, Colombia could just be South America’s best-kept secret!
Whether you’re seeking adventure sports, flamboyant fiestas, architectural wonders or wildlife encounters - charismatic Colombia is calling.
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Colombia tour reviews
Our Colombia trips score an average of 4.6 out of 5 based on 52 reviews in the last year.
Cafe Colombia, October 2016
Cafe Colombia is thoroughly recommended for a short tour of this fabulous country. The trip included diverse experiences, and provided the opportunity to meet interesting locals and experience part of their lives. Intrepid were thoroughly organised and our guide was fantastic.
Review submitted 01 Dec 2016
Cafe Colombia, November 2016
Miriam Kancha Guerra
Definitely colombia is a beautiful country with hairs landscapes, fields and beaches. Stop in salento and wander through a real cafe is priceless and go through medellin a beautiful city and go through tayrona is an unrepeatable spectacle
Review submitted 30 Nov 2016
Articles on Colombia
Colombia travel highlights
Learn about Colombian coffee on a plantation visit in Manizales
Travel to the top of Montserrate for panoramic views of Bogota
Tayrona National Park
Bliss out beachside in Tayrona National Park
Transport in Colombia
Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there! Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport - which usually carry less of an environmental impact, support small local operators and are heaps more fun.
Depending on which trip you're on while in Colombia, you may find yourself travelling by:
Accommodation in Colombia
Travelling with Intrepid is a little bit different. We endeavour to provide travellers with an authentic experience to remember, so we try to keep accommodation as unique and traditional as possible.
When travelling with us in Colombia you may find yourself staying in a:
Sleeping in a hammock while staying at a traditional hacienda is an authentic treat for travellers who are happy to forego a mattress for a few days in favour of a real life experience.
Colombia holiday information
At a glance
Best time to visit Colombia
Culture and customs
Eating and drinking
Geography and environment
History and government
Top 10 Must-See Cities of Colombia
Festivals and events in Colombia
Health and safety
Colombia travel FAQs
Australia: Not required
Belgium: Not required
Canada: Not required
Germany: Not required
Ireland: Not required
Netherlands: Not required
New Zealand: Not required
South Africa: Not required
Switzerland: Not required
United Kingdom: Not required
United States: Not required
While tipping isn’t mandatory, it's advisable to tip restaurant and hotel staff since many Colombians receive low wages. Any extra income will be welcomed.
Internet access is easily found in Colombia’s large cities and metropolitan areas, but less so in more remote areas.
Mobile phone coverage is good in Colombia, especially in large cities. Coverage may not be available in more remote areas, especially if travelling in mountainous regions. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your mobile carrier before you leave home if you wish to use your mobile while in Colombia.
Sit-down, flushable toilets are the standard in Colombia, although toilet paper and soap may not be provided, so be sure to carry your own. Public toilets are quite rare so don’t expect to find many, except at the airport or in museums or malls.
Soft drink = 1,500 COP
Beer = 2,000 COP
Simple meal in a local restaurant = 6,000 COP
Meal in an international restaurant = 15,000-20,000 COP
Drinking tap water isn't recommended in Colombia. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water. It's also advisable to avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit and vegetables before eating.
Major credit cards are widely accepted in tourist shopping areas and large hotels, but are less commonly accepted by smaller vendors, in remote towns and rural areas. Make sure you carry enough cash for purchases, since credit cards aren't always an option in Colombia.
ATMS are common in large cities like Bogota and Medellin, and are found in and near shopping centres, tourist areas and hotels. ATMs are less common in rural areas and smaller towns, so you're advised to prepare for this by having enough cash before travelling out of the city.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
- 1 Jan New Year's Day
- 9 Jan Feast of Epiphany Holiday
- 20 Mar Saint Joseph's Day
- 13 Apr Maundy Thursday
- 14 Apr Good Friday
- 1 May Labor Day
- 29 May Ascension Day Holiday
- 19 Jun Corpus Christi Holiday
- 26 Jun Sacred Heart Day
- 3 Jul Feast of Saint Peter & Saint Paul
- 20 Jul Independence Day
- 7 Aug Battle of Boyacá Day
- 21 Aug Assumption of Mary Holiday
- 16 Oct Columbus Day Holiday
- 6 Nov All Saints' Day Holiday
- 13 Nov Independence of Cartagena Holiday
- 8 Dec Feast of the Immaculate Conception
- 25 Dec Christmas Day
Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Colombia go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/colombia/public-holidays
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Colombia
- Be considerate of Colombia’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
- For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.
- Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
- When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!
- Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
- Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
- Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
- Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
- When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.