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TRAVELOGUE

TRAVELLING TO COLOMBIA

WHAT IS A GRINGO?

Thursday February 21, 2019

Though originally meant for Americans from the USA, some Colombians name all foreigners who don’t speak Spanish natively gringo/gringa. It doesn’t mean something negative. When you look a little different, you are a gringo/gringa, especially if you are tall, blond and blue eyed. The name emerged from the earlier days, around 1846 when the Mexican-American […]

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DO I NEED A BIG BUDGET?

Wednesday February 20, 2019

Colombia is not the cheapest country in South America, but certainly neither the most expensive one. Buses and taxis are very cheap, so are national flights if you buy them on time. Shopping is particularly expensive in the bigger shopping malls and supermarkets. And of course, if you buy the imported worldwide famous chocolate spread […]

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HOW CAN I GET MONEY AT ARRIVAL?

Wednesday February 20, 2019

You better don’t buy Colombian pesos (COP) in other countries. At the Colombian airport you can cash money at an ATM with a credit card (e.g. Visa, Mastercard…) or – less expensive – with a bank card (e.g. Maestro). Some banks just give you 300.000 COP (around 100 US dollar) but mostly you can receive […]

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WHAT IS WAITING FOR ME AT ARRIVAL?

Wednesday February 20, 2019

You definitely don’t need to expect a huge cultural shock at arrival. Colombia has large modern cities and airports. There is Wi-Fi on 90% of all public places; you can find Nutella in all supermarkets (expensive though); you will find stores and brands very much like in your country; there are good transport facilities and so on. […]

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WHICH VACCINATIONS DO I NEED?

Wednesday February 20, 2019

  Attention: right now vaccination against yellow fever is mandatory for various regions of Colombia. Never forget your vaccination certification document. You better consult a specialized health centre at least 2 months before your trip. It is recommendable to be vaccinated against: Yellow fever hepatitis A & B Typhoid Rabies DKTP (diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, polio)

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DO I NEED A VISA FOR COLOMBIA?

Tuesday February 19, 2019

  Citizens from the next countries DON’T need a visa to enter Colombia: Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Bhutan, Bonaire, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El […]

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WHEN SHOULD I TRAVEL TO COLOMBIA?

Tuesday February 19, 2019

  You can visit Colombia all year round. Every period of the year has its own (dis)advantages. The country is on the equator so the annual temperature difference is minimal (average daily temperature 24 °C/ 75° F). Colombia has two seasons: wet (winter) and dry (summer). Most rain falls in the months of April and […]

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PACK YOUR BAGS FOR COLOMBIA

Tuesday February 19, 2019

    IMMIGRATION/ FINANCE Do you need a visa for Colombia? http://www.colombia.travel/en/practical-information/visa Do you have a stopover in the United States? You need a visa! (www.esta.us) Arriving in Colombia, is your passport still valid for at least another 6 months? Can you show a travel ticket leaving the country? If not, immigrations and airlines are making more […]

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