1. Do I need a visa for Colombia?
Colombia has a relaxed policy towards visas and there are few nationals visiting Colombia that need one. A 90-day stay is permitted upon arrival to citizens from the United States, most of Europe and the Americas, as well as Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, South Africa, and Japan.
2. What is the currency of Colombia?
The Colombian currency is the peso (COP). As of 2019, $1 = 3080 pesos. It’s a good idea to get some Colombian pesos from an ATM (bring a debit card for this) after arrival to pay for budget meals, bus tickets, small souvenirs, and taxis. Credit cards are accepted in most restaurants, bars, and businesses.
3. Is it safe to visit Cartagena, Colombia?
100% Yes. Most visitors will spend their entire time in the areas of the walled city, Getsemani, Manga, Bocagrande, Castillogrande and La Boquilla. Nothing in life is certain, but it is extremely unlikely that you will encounter anything that could be considered unsafe in these neighborhoods. Within the last 5 years, the Colombian government has done everything in their power to make these neighborhoods safe to walk around at any time.
4. When is the best time to visit Cartagena, Colombia?
In terms of weather, Cartagena is always sunny and warm (hot). “Rainy Season” is defined by a few light sun showers around September and October. If you’re looking for a city that parties all night, then December is your month. The end of December through New Year’s is a time you must witness for yourself. From the lights in the Old City to the nonstop parties and events, everyone finds something to do in Cartagena during this time.
5. Can I drink the water in Cartagena, Colombia?
The water is potable so technically you can. However, we suggest sticking to bottled water during your stay. Don’t be afraid of ice though. It’s totally fine!
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