With Tourist Travel, you get a unique opportunity to experience the best that Colombia has to offer. The experiences range from impressive coffee plantations and adventurous nature to numerous cultural experiences and relaxation on beautiful beaches. Colombia is a unique country with several areas waiting to be explored.
Whether you dream of trekking in the mighty mountains, visiting the animals’ beautiful habitat or enjoying the country’s beaches, Colombia simply has something for everyone. If you have decided to travel to Colombia, then it is a good idea to have it all in place before you travel. Therefore, here is an overview of what is worth knowing before leaving for Colombia.
Passport & Visa to Colombia
The rules for visas to Colombia are quite simple. Danish citizens can stay in the country without a visa for the first 90 days. So you should not do anything active if your trip lasts for less than 90 days. In return, it is important that you bring your passport, which must be valid for three months in addition to the length of stay.
If you would like more information about visa and passport rules applicable to Colombia, you can read more on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website . It is always a good idea to stay up to date on what rules apply as it may change from one day to the next. As a traveler in Colombia, it is your own responsibility to be up to date on the rules in this area.
Vaccinations when traveling to Colombia
At Tourist Travel, we understand that you are considering a trip to historic Colombia. Here are beautiful cultural experiences, challenging trekking trips, sensual taste experiences, and lots of relaxation. Colombia’s scenic features are extremely differentiating from what we know in the Nordic countries.
However, climate change poses some challenges, as the bacteria here are unfamiliar to us. Therefore, check which vaccinations you are recommended before traveling to Colombia. You can do this through the Danish Doctors’ Vaccination Service , where you can also find an overview of Danish vaccination clinics.
Currency in Colombia
The Colombian currency is called the pesos (COP). 1 DKK corresponds to a full 449.7 COP. When traveling to Columbia, it does not pay to bring USD to the country.
You can easily use credit cards in Columbia. Several parts of the country live extremely modern. There are lots of ATMs here, and the big shops and hotels also accept payment by credit card.
It is possible to get Colombian pesos in banknotes of 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000 and 100,000 pesos and in coins of 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 pesos.
Language in Colombia
In Colombia, where there are almost 50 million inhabitants, the vast majority speak Spanish. It is also the official language spoken by about 500 million people worldwide, of which about 400 million have it as their mother tongue.
Although the vast majority of Colombians speak Spanish, there are also some smaller groups of people who speak other languages. About 1.5% of the population speaks some form of Native American language.
These can be wayuu, guajiro or paez, among others, which are some of the most common. In all, more than 60 different Native American languages are believed to be spoken in Colombia.
Time difference between Colombia and Denmark
The time difference between Colombia and Denmark varies, depending on whether it is summer or winter time in Denmark, as Colombia does not use summer time. During Danish winter time there will be a time difference of six hours, which during Danish summer time will be five hours. When you travel to Colombia, your travel day will thus be 5-6 hours longer, and it may therefore be a good idea to take a nap, or otherwise adapt to the time difference.
If you do not do anything active to adapt to the time difference, your body will continuously adapt with approx. one hour a day.
Places to experience in Colombia
The capital Bogotá with its approximately 8 million. inhabitants Colombia’s largest city. The city is a popular destination because there is plenty to see here. Experience, among other things, the sumptuous gold museum or the city’s many markets.
Bogotá is a city full of contrasts and here are tons of unique experiences to pick up. If you travel with us, you must prepare to find a delicate balance between the new and the old as well as the peaceful and the hectic.
Medellín is home to over a handful of universities, creating a vibrant cultural and nightlife scene. Here are busy markets and a great street life, which forms a large part of the city’s undeniable charm.
Medellín is Colombia’s second largest industrial center and home to factories that work with everything from designer clothes to trucks. The architecture is modern and goes hand in hand with the citizens’ progressive approach to the city.
Manizales looks a bit like a small European town, which gives the feeling of being in Switzerland or the Alps. In the winter season it rains a lot, but in the summer you have to be unlucky to experience rainy days.
Manizales offers many things to see. It is a beautiful university town, famous throughout Colombia for the many private and public universities. 1/4 of the city’s (approximately 400,000) residents here are students.