Getting to Colombia
GETTING TO COLOMBIA
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Major international Airports are located in Bogotá, Medellín, Cartagena and Cali. With many others cities, including Bucaramanga and Armenia, now also receiving international flights.
BY SEA FROM PANAMA
The link between Central and South America via Colombia is for many the first port of call for foreigners arriving to this continent. A popular route into Colombia is by sea with a five day trip from Panamá via the San Blas islands and finishing in Cartagena. There is also a ferry from Colon, Panamá to Cartagena. Another option includes travelling by speed boat along the coast from Puerto Obadia (Panamá) via Capurgana (immigration) and then on to Turbo with connections to the rest of the country.
RIVER – BRAZIL AND PERU
Boats leave from Belén, Manaus (Brazil) and Iquitos (Peru) winding their way through the Amazon jungle and arrive at Leticia, Colombia’s most southern point. Cheap flights from Leticia link the Amazon to Bogotá and the rest of the country.
LAND – VENEZUELA
Entering from the Venezuelan coast you travel through the border city of Maicao and into the Guajira region. From here regular buses leave for Valledupar and Santa Marta. If you’re further south you can enter Colombia from Merida via Cúcuta on the border. This is 6 hours by bus and regular buses then run from Cúcuta a further 5 hours to the city of Bucaramanga.
Travelling from Ecuador you reach the Tulcan / Ipiales border in 6 hours from Quito. Here buses leave regularly to Pasto an 1 hour and half.
In all major cities there are convenient easy forms of public transport such as taxis, buses and articulated buses. Flying between cities is convenient with Avianca, ADA, Copa, LAN, Satena and Viva Colombia offering various routes. Intercity buses are cheap and convenient and should be taken from official Transport Terminals.
WHEN TO GO
There’s no one time to visit Colombia since the country varies so much in landscape and weather patterns. Generally speaking the temperature does not vary much within the respective regions, just on rainfall levels.
To best enjoy the country, aim for low season when fewer foreigners and nationals are travelling such as in the months of February, September and October.
HIGH SEASON IN COLOMBIA
Running from June 15 to July 15 and December 15 to January 15 and including Easter week, all public holidays, festivals, ferias and carnivals. In the aforementioned dates most Colombians travel for their vacations and prices in some major tourist destinations (although not all) increase accordingly. You are recommended to book in advance for accommodation, activities and transport.
WHAT TO BRING
Be sure to make copies of your Passport, bring the appropriate plugs to recharge your camera and of course clothes to accommodate the varying regions and climates in Colombia.