Welcome to Colombia
When you come to ride in Colombia you will find some of the most beautiful and dramatic scenery in South America and routes that will lead you across Andean mountain peaks and descending into warm tropical valleys, across deserts and through old colonial villages. The roads are endlessly curvy and scenic and the tarmac on the main roads are mostly in good condition.
It is finally, after decades of civil war, safe to travel all over Colombia. The left-wing guerrilla have chosen a political path after signing a peace treaty with the Colombian Government and the right-wing paramilitary have been disarmed. Colombian military and police are taking good care of cities and roads all over the country and tourism is booming. The options are plenty. You can visit two oceans – the Pacific and the Caribbean, historic sites and cities, the Andes mountain range, the amazon jungle, coffee, sugarcane and banana plantations, volcanoes, beaches, lakes, ancient ruins and lost pre-Colombian cities. Colombia has awe-inspiring nature and staggering biodiversity, it is considered one of the world’s ‘MegaDiverse’ countries and is number one for bird and orchid diversity. Finally the Colombians are possibly the friendliest, warmest, most helpful people you’ll ever meet.
Visa needed: NO
Currency: Pesos (COP)
ATM: Everywhere in major cities
Traveler checks: Not recommended
Time: GMT -5
Climate: From 15-35 degrees Celsius tropical warm to cool depending on altitude
Rain: Can occur anytime a year due to microclimates created by the mountainous terrain
3 major cities: Cali, Medellin, Cartagena
Famous for: Biodiversity, Coffee, Birds, Orchids, Shakira, Salsa, Montoya, Pablo Escobar and the most beautiful women in the world