Rainforests and mountains combine within this most interesting of countries at the northern tip of South America. Check with the FCO before travel as there is a travel advisory against visiting much of the country (you may need specialist travel insurance for visiting these areas). The capital, Bogota, is at high altitude and offers an array of dining, shopping and entertainment options. Annual events include a yearly carnival in Barranquilla.
Land area: 1,141,748 square kilometres (440,831 square miles)
Capital city: Bogota
Religion: Roman Catholic
Currency: Columbian Peso (less keen to take US Dollars, unlike most of South America)
Time Zone: EST (GMT-5) – Colombia is 5 hours behind the UK
It’s always a good idea to check where you’re travelling to is safe to go:
Top excursions in Columbia:
It is also essential to take a look at the FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) website prior to travelling, to check that there are no travel advisories in place for destinations on your itinerary, as your travel insurance could be invalidated if you travel somewhere against FCO advice.