Colombia

Capital Bogotá

Population 48,759,958

Area 1,141,748 km2

Key facts

Colombia is a country located in South America. There are 5 countries (Brazil, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, Venezuela) that Colombia shares its borders with. The official language of Colombia is Spanish. Traveling across Colombia if English is your first (and only) language may be difficult due to language barriers.

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, Colombia was ranked 81st out of 100 countries in 2021.

The national currency in Colombia is Colombian peso (COP). The peso ($) is subdivided into 100 centavo.

With today’s currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 5089.83 COP and 1 USD is worth 4741.07 COP.

Colombian
Banknotes

$1000$2000$5000$10000$20000$50000

Colombian
Coins

$5$10$20$50$100$200$500$1000

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Colombia is 125.86 Mbps and mobile is 18.84 Mbs.The global average is 150.61 Mbps and 97.08 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density The number of ATMs per person in Colombia is close to the world average.41.15 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in Colombia, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There are 2 socket types used in Colombia. Type A & Type B are widespread in North America (incl. the U.S.), Central America, Japan, and the Philippines.

Type A 110 V, 60 Hz  Type B 110 V, 60 Hz  

The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2023, Colombia will celebrate 20 national public holidays. The next one Carnival will take place on February 20.

Date Holiday name
January 1, 2023 New Year’s DayAño Nuevo
January 6, 2023 EpiphanyDía de los Reyes Magos
February 20, 2023Moving holiday CarnivalCarnival
February 21, 2023Moving holiday CarnivalCarnival
March 19, 2023 Saint Joseph’s DayDía de San José
April 6, 2023Moving holiday Maundy ThursdayJueves Santo
April 7, 2023Moving holiday Good FridayViernes Santo
May 1, 2023 Labour DayPrimero de Mayo
May 18, 2023Moving holiday Ascension DayAscensión del señor
June 8, 2023Moving holiday Corpus ChristiCorpus Christi
June 16, 2023Moving holiday Sacred HeartSagrado Corazón
June 29, 2023 Saint Peter and Saint PaulSan Pedro y San Pablo
July 20, 2023 Declaration of IndependenceDeclaracion de la Independencia de Colombia
August 7, 2023 Battle of BoyacáBattle of Boyacá
August 15, 2023 Assumption of MaryLa Asunción
October 12, 2023 Columbus DayDía de la Raza
November 1, 2023 All Saints’ DayDia de los Santos
November 11, 2023 Independence of CartagenaIndependencia de Cartagena
December 8, 2023 Immaculate ConceptionLa Inmaculada Concepción
December 25, 2023 Christmas DayNavidad

Tourism

What hotel chains are present in Colombia?

There are Mariott hotels in 5 cities.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in Colombia.

The IHG hotel chain operates in Colombia.

The Best Western hotel chain operates in Colombia.

There are no Radisson hotels in Colombia.

The Accor hotel chain operates in Colombia.

What fast food chains are present in Colombia?

The McDonald’s chain operates in Colombia.

The KFC chain operates in Colombia.

The Burger King chain operates in Colombia.

The Subway chain operates in Colombia.

The Domino’s Pizza chain operates in Colombia.

The Starbucks chain operates in Colombia.

Weather

What is the weather like in Bogotá?

Today the sun in Bogotá, rises at 6:10 AM and sets at 6:10 PM. The climate of Bogotá may be categorized as a Marine west coast (Cfb), according to Koppen’s classification system.

WednesdayFeb 8OvercastLow: 8.6°C (47.48°F)High: 19.8°C (67.64°F)
TodayFeb 9OvercastLow: 10.1°C (50.18°F)High: 19.9°C (67.82°F)
FridayFeb 10OvercastLow: 10°C (50°F)High: 17.7°C (63.86°F)
SaturdayFeb 11OvercastLow: 10.1°C (50.18°F)High: 18.8°C (65.84°F)
SundayFeb 12OvercastLow: 11.2°C (52.16°F)High: 19.7°C (67.46°F)
MondayFeb 13OvercastLow: 11.1°C (51.98°F)High: 20.3°C (68.54°F)

Weather data for Bogotá (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are no passenger trains available.

Subway Systems The subway system is available in Medellín.

Taxi Apps Uber is available in 13 cities. Bolt is not available in Colombia.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are all available in Colombia.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 3.9, Colombia is placed 94th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Colombia traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  565.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2020.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 15.40 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 3: Reconsider travel. 

Emergency phones in Colombia

123 Police
123 Ambulance
123 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is forbidden in all public indoor locations, with limited exceptions.

Cananbis legality Recreational usage: Decriminalized up to 22g
Medical usage: Legal

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