Facts of Colombia

Here you can read more about practical information in connection with your trip to Colombia.

  • Language: Spanish
  • Capital: Bogotá
  • Population: 47, 2 mill.
  • Religion: Catholicism
  • Currency: Peso
  • Area: 1 141 748 km2

Worth knowing

Time difference

The time difference between Sweden and Colombia varies depending on whether we have summer or winter time in Sweden:

Summer time -7 hours
Winter time -6 hours

Transport in Colombia

Bus The
buses in Colombia do not have quite the same standard if we compare with Europe. We make sure that the buses we use have a good standard.

Flights
On our round trips in Colombia, we often fly longer distances with domestic flights. Prior to such flights, the Swedish tour guide informs about the time of departure and what applies at check-in at the airport.

Economy

You can get a good meal for about 80 kroner. When it comes to pocket money, 100 to 200 kronor a day is a good amount as a starting point. If you plan to buy things home from the trip, however, you should make sure to bring a little extra.

Tip

On our travels, you come into contact with everyday life and the country’s customs and usages. There may be certain conditions that you are not used to, such as tipping. In many countries, the system of tips is more organized than we Swedes are used to and there is an expectation that local guides and drivers will receive a certain amount of tips during the journey. We enter an amount in our travel program so that you can count on this when you make up your travel budget at home. The price of the trip does not include the cost of tips as you decide how much you want to give during the trip. The system of tips can be said to be part of the culture you visit and which you should therefore follow and respect. It is normal for a traveler to pay tips for hotel piccolo, at restaurants (10-15%), etc.

As a first-time traveler to Colombia, it can be tricky to know how much you leave to different people. But with a couple of pesos, you get far! In practice, it is possible to arrange for the tour guide to collect money for the entire trip and ensure that the right people get what they need. We would like to emphasize that it is of course voluntary to tip, even if it is common practice.

Currency and credit cards

The Colombian currency is called the peso (COP). It is easiest to bring a credit card (Visa or Mastercard) and withdraw pesos at ATMs, which are available at most places we visit. The fees are high if you want to switch from dollars, so it may be a good idea to only bring a small amount in dollars as a reserve. You can also pay by credit card at most better restaurants, in larger stores and the like.

Electricity

Colombia uses 110 volts. We recommend that you bring an adapter kit with many options.

Telephone and internet

According to allcitycodes, the international country code for Colombia is +57. It is expensive to call home, so feel free to contact your mobile operator regarding coverage and prices for calls from Colombia.

Internet cafés are now available in most cities, but we know from experience that it can be difficult to manage to visit such places other than during your own time or after the end of the day’s program. Most hotels have internet service, but expect a slower connection compared to home. Some hotels charge extra for this.

Hygiene

In Colombia, hygiene conditions are often worse than in Western Europe. However, hotels and larger restaurants have modern toilets. However, we recommend that you bring toilet paper or spring napkins if you go outside the big cities. Also bring hand disinfection (available at Swedish pharmacies, for example), so you will not be as dependent on access to water.

Smoking

Smoking is prohibited during all flights and bus transport. This also applies to most restaurants and hotels. If you are unsure, talk to your tour guide about what applies to smoking in Colombia.

Customs and traditions

Colombians are generally open and treat tourists in a friendly way. They do not like to get involved in how you behave. Instead, it is assumed that you as a visitor to the country have familiarized yourself with how to behave.

Although the locals are usually used to many tourists, it is expected that local customs and practices are respected. More important than anything else is nature conservation. Most often, the areas we visit are completely protected, and the preservation of these areas has the highest priority among the authorities and the local population. You should therefore listen extra carefully when the tour guide and local guide during the trip inform about nature reserves.

Facts of Colombia