ABOUT It is really important to understand that Colombia is a country of civil conflict. Although the situation has improved, there are still many areas of the country that are considered too dangerous for tourism. However it is a country not to be missed and thanks to its privileged location on the continent, all the environments of the tropics are present: glaciers, beaches, plains, rainforests, and deserts. In addition, Colombian will show a perfect blending of three cultures - Indian, European, and African. Visitors of countries that have no restriction when they travel to Colombia, if they travel only for tourism, may stay in the country for up to 90 days from the date of entry that is indicated on the immigration seal, which is stamped on the passport by the official at the port of entry. On arrival the traveler will be given the Declaration of Baggage and Currency form, which will be signed by the traveler, specifying the personal effects, merchandise and the amount of currency that he is bringing into the country. On leaving an EXIT tax must be paid by travelers on all international departures. If however you do not a stay over 60 days, you can apply for an exit tax exemption in the Aerocivil modules at Colombian international airports. Tourist Information Points (generally known as PITs, for their accronym in Spanish) are spaces destined to provide, both local and foreign visitors, with free tourist information on a specific destination. PITs are located on strategic points of the cities and have a distinctive red “I”; their bilingual (Spanish and English) staff is professionally trained to take care of all tourist related concerns, and to deliver full and trustworthy information on the tourist attractions of a given destination, as well as on the cultural, sports, and recreational activities of the city.
CLIMATE The best time of year to visit is at either of the drier times: December to March or July and August. The climate is very warm and tropical on the coast and in the north, with a rainy season from May to November.
BEWARE There is a high threat from terrorism, indiscriminate attacks targeting government buildings, public transport, public spaces, and other areas frequented by foreigners occur throughout Colombia. Attacks are not limited to Bogotá and although the terrorist threat in most urban areas is not as high as it once was, it is still very real and could occur at any time. Street crime is a particular problem in major cities. You should avoid unnecessary travel to deprived areas of all Colombian cities. There are a number of illegal armed groups operating throughout Colombia, especially in rural areas. Many of them are involved in illegal drugs trade.