Colombia Travel Guide

Bogota, Colombia viewed from Monserrate Mountain (Photo: iStockPhoto/Nelson Mejia)About Colombia

Colombia is both geographically and culturally diverse. Although it has a reputation for being unsafe and politically unstable, security measures put in place in 2006 have increased safety for foreigners and citizens alike, as have peace negotiations between rebel groups and the current government. read more

When to Visit Colombia

Colombia's climate varies by location—Bogota and Medellin (also known as the "city of eternal spring") are milder with cooler nights, while coastal towns like Cartagena and Santa Marta are hot and humid year-round. You'll have guaranteed beach weather, since even in the rainy season storms only last a few hours. read more

Getting to Colombia

Flights from New York City (JFK) to Bogota are five hours, and the trip from Miami is only three hours. From Los Angeles, the flight to Bogota is seven hours. There are direct flights to Bogota from New York, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, and Washington, D.C. There are also direct flights into Medellin, Cartagena, Barranquilla, Cali, and Armenia from the U.S. read more

Things to Do in Colombia

Bogota, the country's capital, is filled with colorful street art; take the Bogota Graffiti Tour to see the city's best works. You'll also find the country's main political buildings here, as well as museums—including the Gold Museum, which has the world's largest collection of gold. Take the cable car or climb up Mount Monserrate for stunning views of the sprawling city. read more

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