Country Information Kolumbien Trips

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Since many years Colombia has suffered under the image of sufficient safety so that only a little number of tourists was able to enjoy the beauty of the country in recent years. The department of foreign affaires however has confirmed that efforts to stabilize the security situation for tourists have been successful and safety standards can now be compared to other South American countries. Nevertheless, tourist numbers are rising steadily the country remains a secret tip for nature lovers and those interested in culture. The Amazon region, coral reefs, the beautiful Caribbean coast, small islands in the sea on the one hand and an impressive wildlife including monkeys, alligators and other species in various parks on the other hand describe only a small part in order to give tourists a slight image of the impressive flora and fauna of Colombia. For those interested in culture the country offers the capital Bogota, the city of Cartagena (known as the most beautiful city in whole South America) and the city of Ciudad Perdida (a pre-Columbian city) which all are definitely worth a trip.

 

1. Cartagena

 

Cartagena is probably one of the most beautiful coastal cities in Colombia build in the colonial style and also protected as world heritage by the UNESCO. The city centre is surrounded by ancient walls and laid in a valley encompassed by a beautiful mountain landscape. In the town itself you will find countless palaces and cathedrals, superb examples of architecture in an Andalusian style. Typical for Cartagena are the quarters with its narrow streets and picturesque facades in between markets with handicraft. While getting to know the city of Cartagena you need to experience an evening out. You will discover infinitely many bars and restaurants in the little streets and listen to the sound of the Champeta, the music which has its roots in Cartagena and which combines African and Caribbean lifestyle.

 

2. The lost city – Ciudad Perdida

 

The lost city of Ciudad Perdida is one of the largest rediscovered pre-Colombian cities next to Machu Picchu in Peru. In order to reach the lost city you need to walk across the woodland. You might receive an impression of the exotic flora and fauna while you walk across hanging bridges, cross mountains and trek by impressive and beautiful waterfalls. Located in the middle of the jungle, an impressive picture is created for every visitor. The Tayrona Indians have built a memorial in past times, which nowadays can be interpreted as expression for outstanding engineering and quality of life. You surely might want to take a picture of the scenery like for example large terraces connected by steep paths and roads, which have been built on mountain slopes and reflect the highly developed culture of the country. It gives you an idea of how daily live of the Indians has taken place, how trading was performed but also how sacrificial ceremonies have been carried out. The city has been forgotten due to the war with the Hispanics however rediscovered in 1975 and named as ‘Lost City’.

 

3. The coffee cultured landscape around Chinchiná

 

Colombian coffee is always in the top ranking when you talk about good coffee. Colombia is therefore also called the land of coffee. The town Chinchina, laid in the Cordillera valley, gives an insight how the popular beverage is produced. You get the unique chance to visit coffee plantations and brew your own freshly harvested coffee. As the area is so exceptional, the UNESCO has also declared it as a World Heritage Sight. You might want to explore the impressive mountain landscape that surrounds Chinchana or visit the active volcano Nevado del Ruiz, the second highest active volcano in the northern hemisphere.

 

4. Bogota

 

Bogota is the capital of Colombia and not only the political, financial and cultural centre of the country but also a melting pot of different culture. In the historic district of La Candelaria, you will be able to sense the influence of the colonial era and the influence of the Conquistadors. In over 100 museums and galleries you have the opportunity to learn more about the original inhabitants of the country, or view local art. The city offers a variety of beautiful churches, squares, narrow streets and a variety of historic buildings like the Palacio de Justicia de Nariño. In order to start you trip into the inland of Colombia, Bogota is the ideal starting point for your journey.

 

 

 

Location:

The presidential Republic of Colombia is located in the northern part of South America. It borders the Pacific Ocean in the west and the Central American country Panama, along with the Caribbean Coast which extends to the northwest. Other bordering countries of Colombia are Venezuela and Brazil in the east as well as Peru and Ecuador in the south.

 

Capital:

Bogotá with a population of about 7.9 million

 

Important cities:

Medellín, Cali, Barranquilla, Cartagena

 

National language:

Spanish, Creole, indigenous languages

 

Climate:

Being on the equator, the climate in Colombia is tropical but varies from region to region depending on the sea level. The climate is relatively dry and warm on the Caribbean coast in the northwest due to the trade wind and moderately tropical at heights from 1000m to 2000m. Higher altitudes than 3000m mark the nival zone with glaciers. There are two rainy periods (November and April). It is still very sunny during those months.

 

Entry requirements for German citizens:

The passport must be valid for a minimum period of 6 months when entering.

German citizens do not require a visa as tourists for stays up to 180 days.

After your arrival at the airport you will receive a stamp in your passport which will determine the duration of your stay. Please have the respective documents ready (flight tickets, letter of invitation, etc.).

 

Vaccinations/Health:

Compulsory vaccinations: Generally none. It is possible that they require a proof of vaccination against measles.

Recommended vaccinations: standard vaccinations, hepatitis A, possibly hepatitis B, typhus and rabies

Malaria: There is a low risk of infection in regions lower than 1600m and an even lower risk in the north. Big cities, S.Andres and Provedenia are malaria-free.

Protective measures are recommended (mosquito net, skin-covering clothes, mosquito repellents).

Yellow fever: Yellow fever is not transmitted in regions higher than 2300m and in urban areas of Bogotá and Uribia.

There is a risk of infection in Departments of Amazonas, Antioquia, Arauca, Atlántico, Bolivar, Boyacá, Caldas, Caquetá, Casanare, Cauca, Cesar, Córdoba, Cundinamarca, Guainía, Guaviare, Huila, Magdalena, Meta, Norte de Santander, Putumayo, Quindio, Riasaralda, San Andrés, Providencia, Santander, Sucre, Tolima, Vaupés and Vichada; the cities of Acandí, Juradó, Riosucio and Unguía Department Choco, the cities Albania, Barrancas, Dibulla, Distracción, El Molino, Fonseca, Hatonuevo, La Jagua del Pilar, Maicao, Manaure, Riohacha, San Juan del Cesar, Urumita and Villanueva in La Guajira Department.

There is a lower risk of infection in Departements of Nariño, Valle de Cauca and Cauca, Choco and Cali, Medellín, Cartagena and Barranquilla.

 

IT’S YOUR TRIP does not assume any liability for the up-to-dateness and completeness of the climate information, as well as the health and entry requirements stated above.

Final binding information about entry requirements can only be obtained at the embassies and consulates of the respective countries, just as any information about health requirements can be obtained at the local public health departments. Related links can be found under Useful Wepages at this page.

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