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Destination: Colombia

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WHY VISIT COLOMBIA

Beyond the violent images portrayed so often by the media nowadays, the people themselves are generally surprisingly kind and the varied countryside is often grandiose in its views.

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Bogota is a paradoxical town: The contrast between the modernity of its architecture, the richness of its cultural life, the beauty of its monuments, and, on the other side, the extreme poverty, and street kids, will probably shock you.

Recommended places to visit here include the Museo del Oro, the National Museum, the Santa Clara church, and the José Celestino Mutis Botanical Gardens. Take some time to stroll around the markets and along the roads, in the Plaza de Santader, and go up the Cerro de Montserrate, a site made famous by its miracles.

The old colonial port of Cartagena has a fascinating historical quarter with churches, palaces, monasteries, and peaceful patios, a great place to discover through wandering along its streets. The old port is equally worth a detour.

Go into the jungle to explore the Ciudad Perdida, a town founded by the Taironas Indians, discovered in 1975, which makes a fitting finale to a hike of several days.

For those seeking relaxation then Bahia Solano and El Valle, both on the Pacific Coast are the places for you with their magnificent beaches. If you feel like a little exercise then both towns make great starting points for exploring the jungle and the Parque Nacional Ensenada de Utria is the perfect place to observe whales and dolphins.

WHAT TO SEE IN COLOMBIA

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WHEN TO GO TO COLOMBIA

The best period to visit Colombia is from xxx to xxxx.

Its proximity to the equator gives the Colombian climate uniformity in its temperatures: Globally speaking, the dry season lasts from December to March and the wet season, with strong rainfall, from April to November.

However, this general pattern is affected by regional geographic zones with a humid tropical climate in the Amazon, a harsher climate at altitude, and more akin to the desert in the Guajira.

The best time to visit Colombia is during the dry season but avoid the weeks between the middle of December to the middle of January which is the favorite time for holidaying Colombians.

Following a list of typical festivals and celebrations of Colombia.

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HOW TO REACH AND TRAVEL THROUGH COLOMBIA

Traveling inside Colombia can be done in several ways. Internal flights are frequent and practical. Taking the bus in an option both economical and efficient and taxis are inexpensive in town and will take you for longer trips.

GENERAL INFORMATION ON COLOMBIA

health tips & vaccination: hepatitis A and B, yellow fever, typhoid, and rabies too if you plan to visit the rural areas. Do not drink tap water

local currency: Colombian peso

local time zone: GMT-5

electricity:

WHAT TO DO IN COLOMBIA

typical food in Colombia

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souvenirs from Colombia

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SIMPLE DICTIONARY

Hello: Hola

Goodbye: Adiós

How are you?: Cómo estás?

Thank you: Gracias

What is your name?: Cuál es su nombre?

How much is it?: Cuánto cuesta?

Sorry: ¡Perdón!

 

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