Beginners Guide to Colombia

I love writing a destination guide – what can I say, I’m a sucker for research. This one on Colombia that I wrote back in 2012 as part of STA’s big Colombia campaign is one of my favourites. You can see the full blog here.

Beginners Guide to Colombia

I can’t get enough of Colombia at the moment. It’s the rising star of South America that seems to have everything any self-respecting backpacker could desire – iconic treks, adventure sports, a fascinating history, stunning beaches, friendly people and a location that’s still, somehow, off the tourist trail.

It’s no wonder that I just had to give Colombia a massive High Five a couple of weeks ago. If that Blog post got you googling all thing Colombia-related, this one will have you getting out your credit card and booking a flight.

I’ll take you through how to get there, when to go, what to do, what you just can’t miss and, of course, what to eat in South America’s most vibrant country. Ladies and gentlemen, flashpackers and backpackers – I give you the Beginners Guide to Colombia.




Well, you ain’t swimming! Grab a cheap flight to the capital Bogotá, and let your Colombian adventure commence.


Dry season is between December to March and in July and August – definitely the best time to go if you’re planning on doing the Lost City Trek or a similar hike.


Where do I start? If you’re flying in to Bogotá, it’s worth taking a few days to explore. Once considered a place to avoid, Colombia’s capital has emerged as one of South America’s hottest cities. If you don’t fall in love with it straight away, don’t let that deter you from getting under Bogotá’s skin. Take a few days, explore its beautiful buildings, sit in a few cafes and get involved in the buzzing nightlife, and you’ll soon discover its hidden charm. Our 4-day Bogotá Welcome Package will get you settled in nicely.

Want more? You can read the rest over on the STA Travel Blog right here.


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