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Colombia Holidays,  Colombia Holiday Packages Overview

Colombia boasts of a diversity of cultures and landscapes that is usually seen only in larger countries. Spread throughout the country are beautiful beaches, alpine lakes, plantations, valleys, plains, rocky deserts, volcanoes, jungles and much more, offering a variety of experiences to visitors within the country.

Colombia's culture is rich and diverse. The city of Bogata is one of the leading destinations in Latin America today when it comes to bookstores, theatre and indie-rock. The carnival celebrated in Barranquila showcases exciting Latin music and dance, bringing together cumbia and salsa lovers from around the world.

Colombia also has a long and interesting history that can still be witnessed and experienced in the narrow streets of Bogata, the original capital of South America. However, there are also many other ancient Spanish colonial destinations in the country like Villa de Levya and the Lost City of Tayrona Indians located in the densely forested mountains. The breathtaking old city of Cartagena and its ancient walls and fortified ramparts showcase the colonial history of Colombia.

The Pacific and Caribbean coasts of Colombia offer several peaceful, laidback retreats and beautiful tropical beaches for relaxing.

Colombia is also a major party destination, offering excellent dining and nightlife options. Head to Cali, the salsa capital of the world where the music and dancing go on till the morning. Colombia also offers a delicious variety of dining options. From home-style, inexpensive Colombian meals to modern, upscale culinary dishes served in the larger cities of Colombia, there are many options available.

Tourist Offices - Colombia Tourism, Bogota: +57 (0)1 212 6315 or www.turismocolombia.com

 

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Entry Requirements

 

All tourists visiting Colombia must hold valid passports, tickets and documents for onward or return travel, and sufficient funds to cover their stay. Those who plan to visit coffee plantations must apply to 'Vegetable Sanitary Control' at the airport on arrival, or to a Columbian consulate or embassy in advance. All foreigners entering for the first time holding a temporary or ordinary visa must report to the Bureau of Foreigners of Departamento Administrativo de Seguridad (DAS) in Bogota within 48 hours, with five passport photos and all papers. In other cities visitors must report to the Mayor's office.


- For Australians - Australians must have a valid passport and do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 90 days.


- New Zealanders require a passport, but no visa is necessary for a touristic stay of up to 90 days.


- US nationals must have a valid passport but do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 90 days.


- US nationals must have a valid passport but do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 90 days.


- British citizens must have a valid passport but do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 90 days.

 

Colombia Holidays - Currency of Colombia

 

The unit of currency is the Colombian Peso (COP), which is divided into 100 centavos. Banks have no fixed policy on exchanging cash and travellers cheques. Some provide the service, some not, and different banks can differ on this from day to day. Generally foreign exchange is only offered in the early morning. Cash can be exchanged at casas de cambio, or money exchange bureaux, located in cities and border towns. US Dollars are preferred for both cash and travellers cheque exchanges. Travellers cheques are difficult to exchange outside of Bogota. Visitors are warned to beware of fake US Dollars, which are printed in Colombia. Credit cards, especially Visa, are becoming more widely accepted and are welcome at top hotels and restaurants, travel agents and car rental agencies. In the main towns and cities ATMs are becoming more prevalent, but cards should be used with caution for security reasons.

 

Colombia Telephone Access Codes and Communications

 

The international dialling code for Colombia is +57. The outgoing code depends on which network is used to dial out on (e.g. 005 for Orbitel), which is followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 00544 for the United Kingdom). The area code for Bogota is 1, but the access code to make a call within the country from another area also depends on what network is used (e.g. (05)1 for Orbitel or (09)1 for Telecom). The country has cellular telephone operators with GSM networks. Mobile phone companies have active roaming agreements with many international network operators. Colombia, particularly Bogota, is well connected to the Internet with dozens of Internet cafes throughout the city, some doubling as bars.

 

Colombia Duty Free Allowances & Restrictions

 

Travellers to Colombia over 18 years do not have to pay duty on 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 50g of tobacco; perfume for personal use; and 2 bottles of alcohol per passenger.

 

Colombia Holidays & Packages- Tipping Information

 

Tipping is common and expected for most services. Waiters in restaurants should receive 10-15% of the bill if it has not automatically been added. Porters expect around US$0.50 per bag. It is not obligatory to tip taxi drivers, but 10% is appreciated. Hotels usually add a service charge of 16% to the bill.

 

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