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Isla Baru: An Island Paradise Steps from Cartagena

The ultimate traveler’s guide about Isla Baru, Colombia: when to go, the best things to do on the island and how to get there. Keep reading.

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The 7 Best Beaches in Cartagena for Relaxation-Seekers

Going to Colombia to work on your tan? We’ve rounded up the best beaches in Cartagena. Visit any of these, and you’ll get your money’s worth

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Isla Grande, Colombia: Why it Should be on Your Bucket List

Isla Grande, Colombia, is a slice of paradise. Learn about the enchanted lagoon, other islands, the best beaches and all the reasons to visit

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Colombia at a glance

International dialing code
+57
Good to know
Colombia sits on the north end of the South American continent, serving as an almost connector to lands near it (Panama, Venuezela, and Ecaudor being it's closest neighbors). Colombia has huge and busy cities like Bogota, Medellin, and Cartagena, and yet the landscape of the country is incredibly deverse. There are desert areas and mountaineous regions, clear waters and starry nights. The country has produced some of the most talented artists, writers, and poets, and it totally makes sense considering the beauty that they grew up around. There are a few places that can give you an initial taste of Colombia. Visit the Tatacoa desert, El Peñón de Guatapé, or the Chichamocha canyon. Of course, these places are only the start to an amazing journey in one of the world's most beautiful countries.
Time zone
UTC−5
Spoken language
Spanish
Cost to avg. transport ticket
US$20.5

Your questions, our answers

Visa, MasterCard and American Express are the most commonly accepted credit cards in Colombia, in all major shops, hotels and restaurants in major cities like Cartagena and Bogota.

The standard voltage in Colombia is 110V. There are two plug types in Colombia: Types A and B.

It's recommended to have gotten the following vaccinations before visiting Colombia: Measles, Polio, measles-mumps-rubella, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, Chickenpox, and your yearly flu shot. Additional vaccinations you should get are Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Rabies and Yellow Fever. There are some rules regarding Yellow Fever vaccinations before a trip to Colombia, so we recommend double checking with the CDC or your doctor for more information.

These are the holidays celebrated in Colombia:

  • All Saints' Day
  • Ascension Day
  • Battle of Boyacá Day
  • Cartagena Independence Day
  • Christmas
  • Columbus Day
  • Corpus Christi
  • Epiphany
  • Feast of Assumption
  • Feast of Saints Peter and Paul
  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception
  • Feast of the Sacred Heart
  • Good Friday
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Maundy Thursday
  • New Year's
  • Saint Joseph's Day

Transportation types in Colombia

 

Buses in Colombia

 

Consider booking a bus ride for your journey through Colombia. Ultimately, this is a simple service, which provides each globetrotter with all the necessary amenities like comfortable seats, a bathroom, and an air conditioned cabin. A great feature of this service option is that the prices are all mostly in the same ballpark. Whether you're traveling solo or with your family, there's no need to stress about the rumours which follow travel in Colombia. Not only are bus drivers cautious and knowledgeable, but the roads are very safe.

 

Minivans in Colombia

 

Minivans are a perfect option for travel through Colombia. Most of the vans are shared. The shared factor of the vans makes the ticket prices super affordable. If you're traveling with a big group, consider booking in advance in order to save enough seats for yourself. If your journey's duration is multiple hours long, the driver will make a few stops on the way for bathroom use and snack buying.