Places To Visit in Colombia

Here are the top 3 tourist places in Colombia

1. Bogota

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The largest city and also the capital region of Columbia, Bogota is known for its excitement and vibrancy deep rooted in its sophisticated streets. The cosmopolitan capital has a population of about eight million people and is located at a great altitude of 2640metres amidst the Andean Peaks.

Best Time: December to March

2. Cartagena

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Cartagena or Cartagena de Indias, capital of Bolivar department is the fifth largest city in Colombia. Located on the Carribean coast, the city is known for its grand colonial mansions, plazas, beautiful beaches and a vibrant lifestyle, making it Colombia's top tourist destination.

Best Time: January to March

3. Medellin

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MedellÍn is the second largest city in Colombia and capital of Antioquia department. An important economic centre, MedellÍn is a bustling urban hub known for its textile industry. Located in the Aburra valley in foothills of majestic Andes mountains on either side, MedellÍn is known for its alluring...

Best Time: December to February

FAQs on Colombia

What is the currency of Colombia?

The only currency accepted in Colombia is Colombian Pesos. The bills are available in denominations of 1000, 2000, 5000, 10000, 20000 and 50000 and coins come in denominations of 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000. Major credit and debit cards are accepted at all big shops, shopping centres, hotels and restaurants. Carrying a good amount of cash is a good idea as several small vendors and transportation options accept only cash.

What is the history of Colombia?

Initially, the site of present-day Colombia was inhabited by native Indians as early as 10,000 BC. The Spaniards arrived in the first half of 16th century, and Colombia became a Spanish colony with lots of African slaves brought by the colonisers. The colonial charm in the form of architecture and traditions is reflected in the country's top tourist attractions. Colombia gained independence under the iconic leadership of Simon Bolivar and a new nation consisting of present-day Venezuela, Panama, Ecuador and Colombia under the name of the Republic of Colombia was formed. However, the Republic was unstable, and the regional differences led to an outbreak of numerous civil wars resulting in breaking of the Republic. Colombia's past is characterised by turmoil, conflicts, violence and massive bloodshed due to drug cartels operating in the country. However, the situation has improved significantly in the past few years.

What is unique about culture of Colombia?

Colombian culture is an interesting amalgamation of native Indian, African and European influences. This great ethnic diversity of the country is reflected in its social customs, society, and festivals. The society is stratified into three classes namely Upper, Middle and Lower with most of the whites being associated with upper caste. Colombian society is male dominated, and machismo is strongly inherent. The main religion is Christianity with nearly 95% of the population practicing Catholicism; the church has influenced most of the traditions by eliminating the indigenous customs. Most of the Colombians keep their religion in high regard. The official language of the country is Spanish due to the colonization. English is not widely spoken or understood and is associated with the upper class.

How is Colombia divided into regions?

Colombia can be divided into five regions based on its varied geography as Pacific Coast, Carribean coast, Andes region, Orinoquiaareasand Amazon region. Visit the coastal regions, inland savannahs and heritage cities of Carribean and Pacific coast in the North-Western region of the country, the beautiful cities with pleasant weather located in the foothills of Andes mountain range, the grassland plains of Orinoquia region or simply go for an adventure in the world's largest rainforest Amazon.
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