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PRACTICAL INFORMATION

What is the best season to visit Colombia?

Colombia has a tropical climate that varies according to altitude and region. But the weather is usually very pleasant. The north (Caribbean Coast) is very warm and tropical. It is cooler in the upland areas but the days can be very warm and the nights quite cold. The Amazon region generally stays warm and wet year-round.  In the Coffee region, the weather can vary greatly in one day but is usually very pleasant with a perpetual spring feeling.

The best time of the year to visit Colombia might be at the drier times: from December to March. But keep in mind the major Colombian holidays take place as that time (Semana Santa, National holidays, New Year´s eve, etc.): the hotels book up fast and double their rates.

Of course, the best season varies as per the area you want to visit and the activities you want to do. Feel free to contact us at any time if you want more information.

Time Zone

Colombia is in the time -5h UTC.

Formalities

Entry: valid passport with expiration date at least six months after your return. No visa is required for most countries. Inquire before departure at the Colombian consulate located in your country to make sure.

Insurance: If you pay for your flight with Visa, Mastercard or American Express (to be confirmed by your bank), your coverage includes repatriation insurance for the duration of your stay. We can offer you cancellation and repatriation insurance if needed.

If you transit through the United States: You must be in possession of an electronic or machine-readable passport. Indeed, most citizens entering the US (in transit or stay) must have an electronic passport. In case of a machine-readable passport obtained after October 26th 2005, you will need a visa. Please note that it may take a while to obtain a visa at the US Embassy, sometimes it can be very long; please inquire beforehand. The indicative cost of the visa is about 85 euros.

ALL CHILDREN, regardless of age, must have a machine-readable passport to enter the United States under the Visa Waiver Program. Children registered on their parents' passport (even on machine-readable passports) must obtain a visa.

ALSO, as of January 12th, 2009, all passengers visiting or transiting the United States of America must have previously completed and submitted the questionnaire on the ESTA website: https: //esta.cbp.dhs.gov / following instructions to answer the questions. Do not hesitate to contact us.

Money exchange, banks

In Colombian, the official currency is the Colombian Peso (COP). Most credit cards are accepted at department stores and it is possible to make withdrawals by credit card or change money (avoid large bills) in main cities.

Luggage

In terms of luggage, we advise you to bring soft luggage bags rather than hard suitcases. Depending on your itinerary, please contact us for the authorized weight for domestic flights.

Tipping

It is customary in Colombia to tip the guide and driver who accompanied you during your trip. But it is, of course, up to your discretion.

Vaccines

No vaccine is mandatory in Colombia but we recommend, nevertheless, that you be up to date on " traveler’s typical vaccines " as DT Polio, Hepatitis A and B. Yellow fever vaccine and malaria treatment are highly recommended for any trip to the Amazon and Caño Cristales.

Electricity

In Colombia the standard voltage is 110 V. The standard frequency is 60 Hz. The power sockets that are used are of type A / B such as US standard plugs. Make sure you have a USA universal or specific adapter.

Hotels

Hotels are indicative, subject to availability when booking the circuit. If unavailable, a same type hotel will be given to you. As a warning, hotel services’ quality can be very uneven from one region to another, regardless of their category. Moreover, South American hotels’ quality may turn out to be lower than their equivalent in Europe or North America.
Usually, check-in starts at 2pm on the day of arrival and checkout is at noon. You can always book a room outside these hours, please contact us.

In case of emergency

In case of urgency during your journey (strikes, delays, road accidents, etc.) an emergency telephone number is available to our customers 24/7 to contact a member of our team. It will be provided to you few days before your arrival.

Safety

We suggest you get repatriation insurance if not covered by your credit card. We do not attempt to deny there are a few risks in this area; however, Ecuador is a relatively safe country. It is not dangerous to travelers who take minimum precautions and use common sense.

We specifically recommend:

  •  To hide any obvious signs of wealth,
  •  Travel "compact",
  •  Do not leave your bags and cameras unattended
  •  To use safes in hotels if available,
  •  To carry a photocopy of your documents (passport, driving license...) with you

Your safety is our priority. Some activities (rafting, hiking, zip lining, rappelling, cycling) may present risks that each participant must be aware of. Before engaging in any activity, you will receive safety instructions. You will also count on quality and complete equipment.

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