The Ultimate Travel Guide to Colombia, South America

Colombia

There was a time in the not-so-distant past when Colombia’s drug trade and warring terrorist and military groups made the country an unsafe and unappealing destination for outsiders. Not so today. Colombia is safer than it’s been in decades and boasts one of the fastest-growing economies in South America. It has vibrant metropolises like Medellín and Bogotá and blockbuster natural attractions such as the Amazon rainforest, the Andes Mountains and stunning stretches of Caribbean coastline. Stick to the tourist areas and you’ll discover an exciting, dynamic melting pot.

travel tips

When to go

Colombia has different climates—from tropical to mountainous—and its annual temperatures vary by region. Major cities like Medellín and Bogotá, both of which are located in the Andes Mountains, have average year-round temps in the mid-60s°F.

SPRING
Every other spring, Bogotá, Colombia’s capital and most populous city, hosts the Ibero-American Theater Festival, which draws performing arts groups from around the world.

SUMMER
In August, don’t miss Medellín’s Festival of the Flowers, featuring parades, performances and exhibitions celebrating the city’s status as one of the largest exporters of flowers in the world.

FALL
It’s time for the Bogotá International Film Festival, which screens flicks from South America and beyond.

WINTER
The Caribbean city of Barranquilla is known for its four-day carnival festival, starting the Saturday before Ash Wednesday, when residents and tourists fill the streets for dancing, parades and live music.

Transportation

You’ll find reliable bus transport in most of Colombia’s large cities, as well as the Metro rail line in Medellín.

Insider tips

  • Colombia is known for its street food, including cornbread-like arepas.
  • Robberies and pickpocketing are relatively common in big cities, so keep your phone and cash out of plain sight.
  • A kiss on the right cheek is a common greeting for women and members of opposite sex.

top attractions

Walled City of Cartagena, Cartagena

A perfectly preserved colonial city by the sea.

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The Gold Museum (Museo Del Oro), Bogotá

If you’re into old gold—we’re talking ancient, pre-colonial gold—this is the museum for you.

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Mount Monserrate, Bogotá

Escape the crowds on a cable car ride up this urban mountain.

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featured properties

Radisson ar Hotel Bogota

Each of the 199 rooms and suites at Radisson ar Hotel Bogota features stylish décor and furnishings, including plush beds with 300-thread-count sheets to help make you feel right at home. The on-site fitness center, conference facilities, free breakfast, bar and restaurant make this a fantastic hotel for your stay.

Park Inn by Radisson Barrancabermeja

The Park Inn by Radisson Barrancabermeja is located directly in the heart of the financial district, giving it an unbelievable location in the city. The view of the city can be enjoyed from the Terraza Bar Lounge, which features a hot tub and restaurant on the roof of the hotel.

Radisson Cartagena Ocean Pavillion Hotel

Located on La Boquilla Beach, the Radisson Cartagena Ocean Pavillion Hotel provides you with the perfect tropical escape in the Walled City of Cartagena. Enjoy the view of the ocean from the outdoor pool or the hot tubs on the terrace, and make sure to try the outstanding food from the on-site restaurant.

Park Inn by Radisson Diamond Barranquilla

Perfectly located near the electric nightlife and fine dining found on Street 84, Park Inn by Radisson Diamond Barranquilla is the ideal hotel for your trip to Barranquilla. The hotel also flaunts an on-site restaurant serving Columbian and international cuisine, as well as 132 gorgeous rooms and suites featuring stunning city views.

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