From its bustling cities and beautiful beach resorts to the sprawling jungle of the Amazon, a holiday in Colombia has a lot to offer. The capital Bogota combines old with the new and you can find both skyscrapers and colonial architecture, as well as a wealth of restaurants and bars. Make sure you take a trip to the peak for stunning views over the city. Sun-seekers will be impressed by Colombia's beaches resorts such as Cartagena and little known island San Andres which lies in the Caribbean Sea. Those seeking adventure should head to the Amazon or Andes.
Airlines including Iberia, Lufthansa and American Airlines provide flights to Colombia. All flights to Colombia are indirect but offer a good range of arrival destinations such as Bogota, Cali and San Andres departing from most major airports in the UK.
Colombia is a pretty big country, so the quickest way to get around is by purchasing domestic flights. Budgets airlines such as Aires and EasyFly offer very affordable internal flightsto ensure you get the best price it's advisable to book well in advance. If you have more time on your hands you may wish to take the bus during your holiday in Colombia. Long distance buses serve most destinations, with costs never usually exceeding US$55 for a one-way journey.
Colombia offers all types of accommodation from budget hostels to five star luxury. It is relatively easy to find cheap hotels in Colombia wherever you are in the country as long as you shop around online for the best deals and book well in advance.
Eating out in Colombia is possible on a budget, especially in cities, but dining out can be more expense at the beach resorts and on the island of San Andres. There are plenty of street stalls though, selling delicious and affordable snacks. Try buñuelos, deep fried corn balls with cheese, and empanadas made using potato and meat.
There are plently of festivals to enjoy throughout the year in Colombia. The biggest include Carnaval de Blancos y Negros in January and Carnaval de Barranquilla usually in February or March. Although accommodation can sometimes be a little pricier, these festivals are great fun and free for everyone to enjoy!
Colombian emeralds and gold jewellery can often be picked up for a bargain during your holiday to Colombia, but ensure you haggle on price and buy from reputable establishments. Local handicrafts can also be picked up for next to nothing at many of the markets and street stalls located all over the country. Again be sure to employ your haggling skills and try to get at least 50% of the starting price!
Updated 23rd July 2014
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