CAN I TRAVEL TO COLOMBIA?
Let’s be real, 2020 has been one big mood of holiday blues. Everyone with the travel bug is ITCHING to get away, we can all agree that we definitely deserve a holiday! A trip to Colombia perhaps? Strolling through Colombia’s most colourful town Guatapé and getting our coffee fix from a local coffee farm, sounds like a dream! So the big question is when can I travel to Colombia again? What are the Colombian travel restrictions? We could all do with getting our coffee fix at a Colombian coffee farm or sipping a cocktail at the private beach in Viajero Tayrona. So this is what we know about getting into Colombia right now.
WHAT ARE THE TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS FOR COLOMBIA?
What the Colombian Government Says:
As of the 19th of September, tourists can enter Colombia as long as you have proof of a negative COVID test from the last 96 hours! The best part is, you don’t have to quarantine upon arrival. You also need to fill out an immigration form 24 hours before departure. Lastly, once in Colombia, you must follow-up with health checks via the ‘CoronApp’ which is available on major mobile platforms.
What The UK Government Says:
Unfortunately, Colombia is not yet on the UK travel corridor so you will still have to quarantine upon return. Guess that means you’ve got more time to plan! For more information on travelling to Colombia, check the government website here.
So in short, yes you can travel to Colombia, but it likely isn’t advised by your local government yet. If you are willing to get a test and quarantine when you return home, Colombia may be a solid choice for your next trip!
WHAT'S THE BEST TIME TO VISIT COLOMBIA?
So the climate in Colombia changes hugely from region to region which means you can travel to places in Colombia all year round, winner winner chicken dinner (Quorn if you're veggie)! Colombia’s location is near the equator, which means the climate is tropical. However, the best time to visit Colombia generally is December - March, which are the driest months in the Andes. Although, Colombia’s Caribbean coast is hot all year round which means for some unreal beaches and maybe even a private island getaway?!
Colombia’s a country for all travellers, fancy hiking some mountains, exploring the jungle or hitting up the Caribbean coastlines? Well, Colombia’s got it all! There are even bustling cities to explore, give me your best Narcos impression I dare ya!
CULTURAL & COLOURFUL COLOMBIA
There is so much to do in Colombia so if you’re feeling overwhelmed with choice that’s understandable but, don’t worry because we’re here to give you the MUST sees and the MUST dos of Colombia.
Guatapé - Welcome to Colombia’s most colourful town! Guatapé is in the Northwest of Colombia to the east of Medellin and is well known for its fantastic street art and colourful houses. Fun fact, all the street art you’ll see tells a story, it can tell you about a family's heritage or business who owns the building! You’ll only find this street art in Guatapé so make sure you've got your cameras ready, or artsy ideas if you want to become the new Banksy of Guatapé!! Guatapé is also home to El Penol Rock which is a whopping 650 stairs to the top, but just think of the well-deserved beer you can have after and of course, the breathtaking view! So worth it! When in Colombia, you HAVE to visit a coffee farm, coffee lover or not! Here you’ll learn that the coffee industry is so vital for the local community and why it’s the country’s BIGGEST export (but I’m sure you already know this).
Private Island Getaway - Fancy an island-hopping getaway? Or staying on a private island for a couple of nights overlooking the absolute unreal views of the Caribbean sea set deep in the mangroves. Then this is most definitely for you! Islas De San Bernardo is a group of islands 2 hours away from the city of Cartagena. A picture-perfect retreat if you ask me! Incredible views with crystal clear blue waters, so get your snorkels and swimmers out! If you're looking for something a little more active, there's a bunch of water activities you can take part in such as kayaking and paddleboarding! You’ll also get the chance to see the serene island of Tintipán, home to exotic birds before stopping at a few different islands to relax and cool off!
Medellin, Comuna 13 - Comuna 13 is a MUST SEE in Colombia! Once known as the most dangerous area in Medellin, but now that Medellin has turned into one of the most popular cities in South America to visit, Comuna 13 has got a bright future! An experience you won’t forget, learning about the history and culture of Comuna 13 while exploring the streets, taking in the amazing street art (maybe even meeting a few of the artists if you're lucky!) and travelling the escalators into the vibrant neighbourhood. The street art is so popular in Comuna 13 that they hold graffiti festivals and competitions that bring loads of artists from all over South America, ARTSY VIBES YA FEEL?
Colombia is a country with so much to do; I would be here forever if I were to name everything, so there are a few highlights! Although it’s no good me just telling you about it, you’ll have to experience colourful and cultural Colombia yourself. Colombia’s waiting…
As Always, TruFam