Colombia Festivals culture

Colombia's Unmissable Festivals, Carnivals and Holidays

Colombia's Unmissable Festivals, Carnivals and Holidays

Colombia is one of the countries in the world with the most national public holidays, with some 20 days spread throughout the year. The Colombian calendar is also peppered with a large number of carnivals and festivals, which bear witness to the national love of celebration.

As a Catholic country, the most important celebrations are those held around Christmas and Easter time. Admittedly, the religious elements of such celebrations are fairly minimal. December is one of the most widely celebrated months, with the very onset of the month energetically celebrated in Medellín with fireworks and all-night parties. Semana Santa, the Easter Holy Week, is also another important time, with a large proportion of the local population using these public holidays to visit domestic tourist sites.

The Colombian calendar is jam-packed with celebrations

The festivals and...

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7 Top Safety Tips for First-Time Travelers to Peru

7 Top Safety Tips for First-Time Travelers to Peru

Planning your first trip to Peru? Awesome!

Peru is a beautiful and exciting travel destination with a rich and vibrant culture. Whether you’re taking a long backpacking adventure around the country or just a short holiday, it’s sure to be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.

Before you hop on the plane though, there are a few things first-time travelers should know to stay safe and healthy and make sure your...

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Planning Your First Backpacking Trip in Latin America

Planning Your First Backpacking Trip in Latin America

First off, we should congratulate you on taking the decision to go on your maiden backpacking voyage, and also for choosing Latin America as your destination.

You’re about to embark upon an exciting journey which is all but certain to be one of the best experiences of your life. No doubt, it will spark in you a lifelong love of traveling – a habit you'll never be able to shake off, even if you wanted to (which you...

Colombia Money

How Much Does it Cost to Travel in Colombia?

How Much Does it Cost to Travel in Colombia?

As a whole, it is significantly cheaper to be a tourist in Colombia than in Europe or the United States. When the costs of travel in Colombia are compared to those in other Latin American countries, the place ranks around mid-table. While it is more...

Colombia culture

Why Colombia's Culture Makes No Sense

Why Colombia's Culture Makes No Sense

One of the major reasons why most people visit Colombia is to see and experience the beaches, mountains, lush landscapes and other natural attractions that are scattered throughout the country.

Yet, this is not the only sort of experience on offer...

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Bogota: Appearances Can Be Deceptive

Bogota: Appearances Can Be Deceptive

Bogota is not a 'love at first sight' kind of city. Sitting atop a mountain plateau at around 2,600m above sea level, Colombia's capital lacks the pleasant climate found in the rest of the country and is often grey and overcast.

With 9m residents...

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Is Traveling in Latin America Dangerous?

Is Traveling in Latin America Dangerous?

If you’ve never visited Latin America previously, it is natural to wonder if traveling there might be dangerous. Certainly, news reports don’t do the place any favors; on the basis of these alone, you could be forgiven for thinking that you'll find gangs,...

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Whale Watching in Colombia

Whale Watching in Colombia

Between July and November each year the stretch of ocean along Colombia’s pacific coast plays host to large numbers of humpback whales migrating to the region. The huge mammals, measuring up to 30m in length and weighing as much as 40 tonnes, travel some...

Colombia Attractions

Where to go in Colombia: Travel Highlights

Where to go in Colombia: Travel Highlights

Colombia is home to a wealth of world-class attractions, spectacular landscapes, tourist sites, and beautiful natural surroundings. Whether visiting just for a short break, or on a more extended trip, the country has more than enough to keep you...

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Santa Marta: Gateway to the Caribbean

Santa Marta: Gateway to the Caribbean

Santa Marta, founded by the Spanish in 1525, is the oldest city in Colombia and the second oldest in South America. As well as an important historic center, the region around Santa Marta is the site of one of the largest indigenous populations in Colombia,...

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Getting Active in Rio de Janiero

Getting Active in Rio de Janiero

Rio de Janiero is a city that holds a unique place in Latin America, if not the world. Nowhere else in this region will you be able to find a large, bustling city, complete with endless stretches of beaches, all nestled among dense jungle and rugged peaks....

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Visiting the San Blas Islands

Visiting the San Blas Islands

If you’ve not already heard of it, San Blas is an archipelago of about 365 islands off the southeast coast of Panama. Few places in Latin America can match it in terms of the quantity and quality of deserted beaches.

The archipelago forms part of...

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Guatape: Inexplicably Undervalued

Guatape: Inexplicably Undervalued

The charming town of Guatape is located in a geographically striking landscape dominated by lakes and mountains and offers a host of fun activities including boat trips, ziplines, swimming, kayaking, and climbing. The area is greatly, and somewhat...