Colombia Travel Tips

Transportation

Many airlines fly to Colombia. You’ll connect through Bogota. It is important to note that you must connect to Bucaramanga in the morning or mid day on the first day of the trip. This usually means an overnight flight from the U.S. The domestic flight is 50 min. long and there are departures every hour. Below are some of the major airlines. The easiest way to determine carriers in your area is to use Orbitz or Expedia to determine who flies to Colombia.
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Continental
Delta
British Airways
Air Canada
Air France

Domestic Carriers
LAN is the major domestic carrier www.lan.com. Also try Avianca, www.avianca.com, both of which fly to Bucaramanga daily.

Water

Unfortunately, water for consumption while traveling internationally is not always as reliable as your water at home. It is imperative that we all pay close attention to our own personal hygiene and staying healthy before and throughout the expedition. Please be dutiful in washing your hands continuously throughout the trip, especially before and after eating and using the toilet. We cannot trust tap water and water served from unknown sources. Drink only bottled water, or bring your own water purification system or tablets. The guides will always provide plenty of clean water throughout the river portion of the expedition.

Health Precautions

Recommended immunizations include Yellow Fever, Typhoid and Hepatitis A-B. Please contact the Center for Disease Control, your personal physician or the Global Descents travel desk for more information.

Visa Requirements

There are no Visa requirements for stay in Colombia up to ninety days. You need only to possess a passport that remains valid for at least six months after your planned departure date from Colombia.

Money

The national currency of Colombia is the Peso. At the time of this writing, the exchange with the U.S dollar was COP/2000 to 1 USD. Foreign currency can be exchanged in all banks and change bureaus. ATMs are also available throughout the country’s larger cities. Please remember to inform your bank of your travel plans prior to arriving to avoid problems with ATM withdrawals.

Shopping

There is excellent shopping throughout Colombia. All transactions will take place in Pesos so make sure that you visit the change house or ATM prior to heading to the market. Barichada is a great shopping destination with unique local artisanal shops scattered all around the twisting colonial streets. Textiles, wood carvings and jewelry are staples in the shops throughout Colombia.