Frequently Asked Questions
Is Colombia dangerous?
While the official peace deal was signed in 2016, there are still a few outlying conflict groups who are still active. Our tours do not engage with these areas and your safety is always our utmost concern. Keep in mind that big cities will always run many of the same inherent risks - so do try to ensure you use situational awareness while ensuring you and your personal items are secure at all times.
How much time should I spend in Colombia?
Colombia is an incredibly diverse country both climatically and culturally. We have a little bit of everything - from high altitude cold climates to low altitude hot climates. We also feature a phenomenon called "microclimates" which can vary wildly from one region to another. The point = Colombia has a lot to offer. Whether you feel like a weekend in a couple places, or several weeks or even months roaming the country - you can find more attractions than time to dedicate.
What vaccines should I have prior to arrival?
While Colombia does have modern bug control programs, we have had issues with dengue, yellow fever and zika virus. If you plan to visit the Pacific region or Amazonas, then all travelers are advised to have the yellow fever vaccine. If you will be in wet swampy low-land areas like the pacific and caribbean coast, then you may consider the zika vaccine as well. Always ask before drinking tap water and when in doubt, boil your water or buy bottled for consumption. For more information: http://www.colombia.travel/en/practical-information/health-and-vaccination
Does Colombia require a visa?
For most English-speaking countries like the US, Canada, UK, Australia etc - no visa is required. Your passport will be stamped upon entry for a period not exceeding 90 days. To renew you must go ask the immigration office to extend it for another 90 days. No more than 180 days per calendar year is permitted for tourism. Citizens of Nicaragua, China, India, Myanmar and a couple others may have special requirements for entry. For more information visit this link: http://www.colombia.travel/en/practical-information/visa
What is the currency exchange rate?
The currency exchange rate is a variable exchange that occurs when you sell your home currency and buy local currency. To check current rates, check www.xe.com. The airport, local banks and special places like Western Union, Efecty and exchange rate districts can help you convert your currency. The rate can vary from one place to another with banks being reported as often a bit higher. Be sure to check with your local bank as certain debit cards can use ATM's for free in Colombia based on international bank alliances.
Should I tip for services?
The typical rate is 10% - if at all. In nicer restaurants, a 10% optional tip is added to your bill. Be careful about tipping too much and too often. In Colombian culture, service people may start upping their rates when they are tipped - and then the service becomes unaffordable for local residents. If you get a haircut for 20,000 COP you can tip anywhere from 5-10,000 COP. If you are in a taxi - pay what the meter says, or the number reference on the cost chart (Bogota/Medellin). Tipping of tour guides isn't required, but it is greatly appreciated if you feel that their experience was worth it.