SMILE. YOU’VE LANDED IN colombia.
Colombia offers the very best of South America—the essential spirit of the continent’s cultures, with vast landscapes distilled and concentrated. Visitors can time travel through colonial towns, dive into world-class outdoor adventure, or lose their cares in the sand and surf. With a rich tapestry of history, vibrant traditions, and mouthwatering cuisine, Colombia offers an extraordinary blend of experiences that will leave you in awe.
CURRENCY COLOMBIAN PESO
READ ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE
TASTE BANDEJA PAISA
SIP TINTO CAMPESINO
EXPERIENCE SALSA DANCING IN CALI
BARICHARA & SAN GIL
COLOMBIA’S CARIBBEAN ISLES
COLOMBIA’S COFFEE COUNTRY
POPAYAN & CALI
VILLA DE LEYVA
COLOMBIA’S CARIBBEAN ISLES
COLOMBIA’S COFFEE COUNTRY
COLOMBIA’S PACIFIC COAST
Long prized for its gold and emeralds, this land is also adorned with giant water lilies, great green macaws, shimmering glaciers, and sparkling shores. Here, passion for life is celebrated perpetually though cuisine, dance, music, sports, and spontaneous generosity. A visit to Colombia will forever alter your way of thinking.
Carnival of Barranquilla
Colombia sits at the junction of Central and South America—a location symbolic both of the nation’s cultural and geographic confluences. Its territory is bordered to the north by the Caribbean Sea, with the Panamanian forest and Pacific coast marking its east. In the west, you’ll find the grasslands of Venezuela and Amazon Basin of Brazil. Southern Colombia is home to the majestic Andes and lowland jungles of Ecuador and Peru.
Guatape Reservoir, Antioquia
Colombia’s legendary wealth extends well beyond city limits–its biodiversity is among the highest on earth. No other country is richer in avian diversity. More than 1,900 bird species have been identified here, 70% of which are concentrated in the Andean cloud forest. Off the Pacific Coast, migrating Humpback whales breach spectacularly from June to October. In the country’s southeast, visitors to Amazon Basin lodges can observe monkeys, jaguars, and pink river dolphins in their lush, natural habitat.
Humpback whale in Colombia’s Pacific coast
Its equatorial climate renders Colombia a year-round destination. Unbeknownst to some, Colombia is quite convenient to the continental United States. Direct flights are available to Bogotá from Miami (3.5 hours), Houston (5 hours), New York (6 hours), and Los Angeles (7 hours). Direct flights can also be arranged from Miami to Cartagena, with a flying time of only 2.5 hours.
Cartagena de Indias
“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.”
– Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Vacations to Colombia are easily combined with trips to Panama, Ecuador (including the Galapagos), and Peru. LANDED arranges personalized travel in Colombia and throughout South America and Central America. We organize luxury accommodation, private transportation, and tours with expert guides. Speak with a travel planner today at 801.582.2100. We’ll take care of the details.
Albums & Stories
Barichara Family Travel Album
Bogota Family Travel Album
Cali Family Travel Album
Camilo Garcia – Colombia’s Coffee Triangle
Cartagena Family Travel Album
El Cielo: Elevating Colombian Gastronomy to New Heights
Hacienda Bambusa Family Travel Album
Helicopter Tours & Charter Flights in Colombia
Medellin Family Travel Album
Michelin Stars & Social Change with Juan Manuel Barrientos
New Years in South America: 5 Destinations for Every Family
Savoring Latin America: LANDED’s Favorite Restaurants
Tayrona National Park Family Travel Album
Villa de Leyva Family Travel Album
Villa Rentals in Colombia
Winter Woes Be Gone: A Virtual Tour of Central & South America’s Best Beaches
What is the climate in Colombia?
Due in part to their altitude, Bogota and Medellin enjoy a perpetual spring-like climate. Daily temperatures in these cities usually range from the mid-40’s at night to the high 60’s in the afternoon.
Cartagena’s warm climate changes little throughout the year. Temperatures reach into the 90s, with 90% humidity. Welcome breezes cool the area from November to February.
Hurricanes are rare, and even in the wettest season (September – November) monthly rainfall almost never exceeds five inches.
The climate in Colombia’s Coffee Triangle is consistently spring-like, with highs rarely exceeding 72ºF and overnight lows hovering near 50ºF. Sunny skies are the rule, although average monthly precipitation for April, May, October, and November can exceed six inches.
What language is spoken in Colombia?
Spanish is the official and predominant language of Colombia. In addition, English has official status in the San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina Islands.
English as a second language is spoken in locations frequented by foreign visitors, and it’s estimated that 4% of the Colombian population speaks it fluently.
Additionally, an estimated 70 languages are spoken by Colombia’s indigenous populations.
What should I pack for Colombia?
What to pack for your trip to Colombia depends on which destinations you’ll visit, how long you’ll be away, what you’ll be doing, and the time of year.
Still, packing for Colombia is not difficult. Here are some of our recommendations:
- Sun protection (30+ sunblock, sunhat, and sunglasses)
- Camera, batteries / chargers, and data cards
- Prescription medications
- Daypack or small backpack
- Light, informal clothing for dining and hotel
- Comfortable walking / hiking shoes (preferably waterproof)
- Electrical adapters and converters. Colombian electricity is officially 110V and 60Hz frequency. Power plug sockets are type A or B.
How safe is Colombia?
Generally speaking, Colombia is safe for foreign visitors. Travel anywhere, and you’ll want to exercise increased caution. All travel carries inherent risks.
Colombia’s civil war was settled in 2016. With that peace, the country has opened to foreign travelers as never before.
The larger cities do have neighborhoods with high crime rates, but those are not the places you are likely to visit as a foreign traveler. Still, petty crime is a reality. It pays to have a professional guide and heed his advice.
As with many countries with a history of conflict, border regions and remote areas can carry a higher risk.