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Colombia Holidays

Despite its turbulent past, Colombia is once again flourishing. With its rich and diverse cultural history, grand colonial architecture, coffee-covered hills and natural biodiversity, it is an enchanting, captivating land. Capital of the fourth largest country in South America, Bogota is home to first-class museums, colonial mansions and stately buildings. It is also the gateway to the remainder of the country including the charming Andean colonial village of Villa de Leyva and the haciendas of the lush coffee growing regions. Colombia is the only South American nation to border both the Caribbean and Pacific with the former the location of Cartagena which, in addition to its fusion of African, indigenous and European cultures, has some of the best preserved colonial architecture on the continent.

Places to visit in Colombia

With its combination of unspoilt landscapes, atmospheric towns and distinctive culture, Colombia is a diverse and fascinating place to visit. Bogota, Colombia’s capital, is a mix of the cosmopolitan and the colonial and overlooked by the towering Andes Mountain range. West of Bogota are verdant coffee plantations, nestled between the cities of Pereira, Armenia and Manizales. For many this region is home to Colombia’s most attractive scenery with charming towns and far-reaching views. You can also stay in some lovely traditional haciendas here. Located on Colombia’s northern coast beside the Caribbean is Cartagena – a romantic city over-flowing with history and charm. This historic fortified city has some of the finest colonial architecture in South America and is a base for visiting the seaside town of Santa Marta and Tayrona National Park.

When to Visit Colombia

With its location close to the equator temperatures remain stable the year round – between 20°C and 25°C on the coast and low-lying areas but dropping to single figures the higher the altitude. Although rainfall is lowest from December to March and June to August the tropical climate means that short sharp rain showers can occur at any time making Colombia a year round destination. In the Amazon and some parts of southern Colombia wet weather can occur at any time of year. On the Caribbean coast temperatures generally always remain consistently warm and the risk of rainfall is minimal whatever the month you travel.

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Essential Information

Capital: Bogota

Main Language: Spanish

Time Zone: GMT -5

Currency: Peso

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Accommodation in Colombia

There is a vast range of accommodation available in Colombia from luxury modern hotels and charming haciendas to eco-resorts, coffee farms and homestays. In general, hotel standards are high and most properties offer a full range of facilities and amenities. The widest variety of hotels are in Bogota, traditional hacienda-style accommodation is generally found in the coffee region and some of the best heritage properties are located in coastal Cartagena.

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