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The Hospitality Club is the world's largest hospitality exchange organization. We are thousands of friendly members world wide who offer each other free accommodation when traveling. Membership is free and joining just takes a minute - we would love to have you onboard!

Travel Guide for Colombia

Here you will find travel information and insider tips about Colombia that has been cooperatively contributed by other friendly Hospitality Club members. Please become active as well, and share your vast budget travel and backpacking knowledge with other members and the internet community - it is very easy to edit any information here (more info in the Help File). We hope that these Travel Guides will quickly become a great and fun resource. If you want to print this guide out to take with you, we have prepared this Printer Friendly Travel Guide for you. Enjoy!
For Introduction, Top Things to See and Do, Neighboring Countries, Who is coming?, Want more guests!, Hospitality Club Meetings and the geographic navigation please see the main Colombia Page.

Basic Facts

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Official Country Name: República de Colombia Capital: Bogotá D.C. Population: 43.834.115 habitants Telephone Code: 057 Time Zone: Area: 1.141.748 km Language(s): Spanish (official), 64 indigenous languages, 2 "criollas" lenguages and English (San Andrés) and Portugues (Amazonas) Ethnic Groups: 84 inhdigenous groups Highest Mountain: Pico Colón in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Magdalena President/Head of State: Alvaro Uribe Vélez (2002-2006) Government: Democracy Currency ... more

Attractions and Things to See and Do

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Top Things To See • Bogotá, the capital, founded in 1538, is the largest city and situated almost in the centre of the country at an altitude of 2600m (8600ft). Bogotá reflects a blend of Colombian tradition and Spanish colonial influences. Many historical landmarks have been preserved, such as the Capitol Municipal Palace and the cathedral, the Capilla del Sangrario, on the main square, the Plaza Bolivar. Bogotá also contains the Gold Museum, with its unique collection of over 100,000 pre ... more

Maps

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Here you can include references to maps that are somewhere on the internet. Two conditions apply: they cannot be protected by copyright, (or you have to make sure that we are allowed to use them), and you have to make sure that it is ok if we call them up from here. If that is a problem, you can also send us the image file and we will upload it to our server.

Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

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Suggested Itineraries

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1 Day, 1 Week, 2 Weeks, 1 Month ...

Transport

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Getting there and away, Getting around by Air, Train, Bus, Car, Motorcycle, Boat, Hitchhiking, Bicycle ...Getting There by Air The national airline is Avianca (AV) (website: www.avianca.com.co). Avianca and British Airways each operate flights daily to Bogotá. Other airlines flying to Colombia include Air France, American Airlines, British Airways, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, Iberia and Spanair, but, as with Avianc ... more

Accommodation

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If you do not want to stay with other HC members, or noone is available, here is what other members suggest. Hostels Hotels Camping Other Options

Food and Drinks and Local Specialties

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Restaurants, Supermarkets, http://www.recipezaar.com/recipes/colombian>Street and don´t forget La Bandeja Paisa a traditional Colombian dish from Antioquia Region ************************************************************ Bandeja Paisa Ingredients: 4 cups red beans, or kidney beans 1 tablespoon salt 1 ripe plantain 1 small carrot, grated or shredded 1 pork trotter 2 tablespoons oil 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 avocado Directions: Rinse the beans before co ... more

Money and Costs

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Currency: Colombian Peso (COP) = 100 centavos. Notes are in denominations of COP50,000, 20,000, 10,000 and 5000. Coins are in denominations of COP1000, 500, 200, 100 and 50. Currency Exchange The exchange rate tends to be lower on the Caribbean coast than in Bogotá, Medellín and Cali. The US Dollar is the easiest currency to exchange at hotels, banks, shops and travel agencies, but all establishments charge an exchange fee. Travellers are advised to only use reputable exchange houses. Cre ... more

Visa and Documents and Embassies

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Who needs a visa? How to get it? Embassies & Consulates, of the country abroad and in the country Visa Information The Citizens of the following countries do not need a visa to enter Colombia as a tourist for up 180 days: ANDORRA ANTIGUA Y BARBUDA ARGENTINA AUSTRIA AUSTRALIA BAHAMAS BARBADOS BELGIUM BELICE BOLIVIA BRAZIL CANADA CHILE CHIPRE COREA COSTA RICA DENMARK DOMINICA ECUADOR EL SALVADOR FINLAND FRANCE GERMANY GRANADA GRECE GUATEMALA GUYANA HONDURAS ICELAND INDONESIA ISRAEL ITALY JAMA ... more

Borders and Customs

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Post and Communications and Internet

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Questions and Answers or Forum

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Here anything goes, you can post questions you have, and other members will answer you. If you do answer, please send the reply directly to the asking member as well, and try to integrate the information into the categories above. If too difficult to do, just answer right here and a volunteer will integrate in the future. Also, you can put thanks notes in here. Add new questions on top so they show up on the Travel Guide page. Please post messages not related to traveling or the aim of the Hospi ... more

Hospitality Club Meetings

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PRIMER ENCUENTRO HC COLOMBIA MARZO 25/06

Travelogues

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The culture of Colombia is diverse and rich and is mostly derived from a sharp sense of familial and regional tradition. Geography Colombia is the only country in South America to have both Pacific and Caribbean coastlines. More than half of the country is flat, however most people live in the mountainous Andes region, with tall peaks and high plateaux. The capital, Bogotá, is located in the middle of the country. The country is divided into five major regions: Los Llanos (Spanish: the plain ... more

Photos

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Activities and Sports

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Nightlife and Entertainment

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Bars, Cafes, Discos, Cinemas...

Population and People

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Culture and Conduct or Local Customs

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Colombia has a complicated topography and climatic variety due to the Andes mountains, which is divided into three mountain chains on entering Colombian territory. Inhospitable paramos alternate with high, cold climate plateaus and hot valleys with exuberant vegetation. The continental position with coasts on two oceans gives rise to extensive areas of jungle and tropical plains in the eastern part of the country. Different societies, governed by chieftains, inhabited the diverse ecological area ... more

Language and Useful Phrases

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Events and Holidays

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Festivals, Sports, Concerts, Public Holidays...

Climate and When to Go

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Geography

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Environment and Flora and Fauna

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Dangers and Warnings

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Tourist Traps

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Health

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History

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Government and Politics

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Economy

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GDP, GDP per head, Annual growth, inflation, Major Industries, Major trading partners...

Arts

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Museums FREE last sunday of every month. Siga esta es su casa, progarama en Bogotá donde algunos museos son gratis el último Domingo del mes, www.culturarecreacionydeporte.gov.co/, Theater, Movies ...

Media

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Newspapers, Radio and TV, Magazines ...

Religion

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Volunteer Opportunities and Work

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Organized Tours

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What to Bring or Packing List

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Shopping

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Books and Further Reading

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Guidebooks, Travel, History and Politics
Please enter Amazon links to the books - we will put info on how to do this here shortly. This way we hope to get a bit of funding for the running of the club, if someone buys the books you recommend.

Other Information

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Could not fit it into any of the categories above? Put it here...:-)

External Links

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http://www.minrelext.gov.co http://www.britishembassy.gov.uk/servlet/Front?pagename=OpenMarket/Xcelerate/ShowPage&c=Page&cid=1007029390554

Offtopic Messages

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Here you can add messages that are not exactly related to the aims of the Hospitality Club (but related to the country). Do you need a visa invitation? Looking for an internship, job or a flat to rent? Just add this here, and if you are lucky other members will read it and contact you. Remember: do not send messages like this directly to members - after giving you this space here, we will fight spam even more strictly!
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