Colombia will astound with its natural and cultural diversity, lovely people and amazing birding
Here is a little practical information about the destination to help with your planning, but please do contact us with any questions that you might have.
Bogota is the capital of Colombia and the official language is Spanish, although English is spoken in the main tourist areas and larger cities.
The nearest Colombia gets to a national dish is the "bandeja paisa" (Paisa platter). It consists of white rice, red beans, ground beef, sausage, plantain, morcilla, chicharron, arepa, avocado and a fried egg. To drink, Colombia is world-renowned for its coffee and its rum. Another favourite is Aguadiente which is a variation of the Spanish alcoholic drink "Anis".
The Colombian currency is the peso. Automatic cash dispensers are widespread, especially in the major cities. Most machines take all credit cards, as well as Cirrus and Plus cards, Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted as are bank debit cards.
Tipping for good service is an accepted fact. Amounts are discretionary, depending on how you valued the service provided.
Our country specialists can advise on any safety concerns you may have. For current information, please refer to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website.