Colombia is increasingly being seen as a hidden gem in South America; moving away from the image of a country run by drug cartels.
Colombia has a plethora of sights and delights for holidaymakers to discover. Its towns and cities are a varied metropolis of skyscrapers, port towns with cobbled streets, lush greenery and feel-good party culture and its countryside is exotic and laid-back, with an abundance of pristine, Caribbean-style beaches.
Colombia Essential Information:
Major cities: Cali, Medellin and Bucaramanga
Major resorts: San Agustin, El Parque Tayrona and Ciudad Perdida
Time Zone: GMT -5
Language: Spanish. Learn the basics of Portuguese at www.bbc.co.uk
Currency: Chile uses the Colombian Peso (COP). For up-to-date exchange rates see: www.xe.com/ucc
International dialling code: +57
British Embassy: visit the website for information