Cheap Flights to Colombia
Flights to Colombia
Gateway to South America
Colombia, located on the northwestern corner of the South America, is emerging as one of the top travel destinations in recent years with its diversity of natural landscapes, distinct regional cultures and much improved tourist infrastructure. This abundance of beautiful mountain scenery, long stretches of beach along its coastlines, culturally rich cities and towns has this South American country captivating travelers from all over.
The country lies in the tropics, but much of Colombia is in the Andes, and snow-capped peaks are commonly seen of its mountainous regions. It is also the only country in South America with coastlines on both the North Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea. It borders Panama to the north, Venezuela to the east, Brazil to the southeast, and Ecuador and Peru to the south west.
The capital of Colombia is Bogota, a cosmopolitan city high up in the Andes, with a population of some eight million people. Bogota is world-class destination where you can find a unique blend of old and new. In its La Candelaria district you can find interesting historical landmarks and excellent museums. This commercial capital city also boasts modern skyscrapers and a vibrant restaurant and nightlife scene.
Spanish is the official language of Colombia, but this culturally diverse country has 68 other ethnic regional languages and dialects. Colombians are predominantly Roman Catholic and are a mixture of Europeans, Amerindians, Africans, and Middle Easterners.This stunning diversity of geography and regional cultures of Colombia can be experienced in its many beautiful cities and attractions.
Cartagena is one of Colombia's most visited cities and an a great introduction to the beautiful diversity in this country. The colonial architecture in its historic center, the gleaming skyscrapers, the beautiful beaches can be seen together in this seaside resort city that offers a unique and colorful experience.
One of Colombia's most popular attractions is the Ciudad Perdida, or the Lost City. Deep in the dense jungles of Colombia's Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Ciudad Perdida holds the archeological ruins of one of the largest and oldest pre-Columbian settlements in the Americas.
Medellin, fondly known as ‘City of Eternal Spring’ because of its beautiful weather, has so much to offer. It is a bustling and modern city yet retains much of its unique heritage and beauty. Medellin is a must visit for its vibrant cultural scene, thriving science and education institutions, and plenty of museums, galleries and enchanting public spaces.
Santiago de Cali, Colombia's third largest city, is known for its amazing nightlife and dubbed as the salsa capital of Latin America. Colombians especially love to dance and Cali offers everything from schools teaching dance to hot dance clubs and bars. Like most Columbian cities, Cali also has numerous heritage structures like the Iglesia de La Merced.
Pereira is one of the oldest colonial settlements in Columbia and today is a thriving city and popular destination for outdoor adventure activities and natural attractions. It is located in the coffee region of western Colombia at the foothills of the Andes, and is the gateway to attractions such as Los Nevados National Park and Lake Otun. Drop by the city’s main square, the Plaza de Bolivar, and see the distinctive 'Naked Bolivar' statue.
What to eat
Colombian cuisine is also reflective of the country’s diversity. One popular delicacy you must try in Colombia is the tamales - maize and chopped pork or chicken with vegetables and eggs, steamed in banana leaves. There are a great variety of tamales as they differ from region to region, but all of them are delicious.
Regarding coffee, you can find a lot of products that are both made commercially and home-made from this very famous Colombian product, like wines, cookies, candies, and ice-cream.
Colombians are also famous for having a sweet tooth, don’t miss most famous milk-based arequipe, similar to the Argentinian dulce leche, tres leches and leche asada.
Flights to Colombia
Colombia's biggest international airport is Bogotá's newly renovated Aeropuerto International El Dorado. Only 20 minutes from downtown Bogota, El Dorado is the most important airport in Colombia, accounting for majority of the domestic and international flights in the country. There are regular international flights from North America and Europe into many other major cities in Columbia.
Medellin has 2 airports, the José María Córdova International Airport, which serves international and domestic flights and the Olaya Herrera Airport for regional and other domestic flights.
Getting around Colombia is generally by bus services. The taxi services area also easily available and are reasonably priced in big cities.There is very limited train service in Colombia. The only metro system of Colombia is in Medellin. The metro system also has two cable car lines, which is quite unique to Columbia, as passengers travel up the mountains in gondolas. There are also cable car systems in other rural areas as may people live in the Andes region.
Great time to visit
Since Columbia’s geography offers unique variations in altitude and climate, there’s never a bad time to visit the country. The climate is tropical along the coast, eastern plains, and Amazon; cold in the highlands with periodic droughts.
There are lots to see and do in the colorful Colombia. Its unique topography, diversity of cultural wealth and friendly people are sure to make your trip a truly unforgettable and worthwhile experience.
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