Meet Colombia before traveling

  • Capital: Bogotá
  • Official Language: Spanish
  • Total population: 47.704.427 people
  • Time zone: COT (UTC-5)

The currency in Colombia is the peso. There are $ 1,000, $ 2,000, $ 5,000, $ 10,000, $ 20,000 and $50.00 bills and $50 $ 100, $ 200, $ 500 and $ 1,000 coins. Then you can convert other currencies.

where to change your currency

It is advisable to exchange dollars and other foreign currencies into pesos at exchange houses at airports, hotels and banks. Never do this in the street. Also, consult the website of the Portfolio newspaper (, which publishes the daily representative exchange rate 

entry of foreign currency

Those who bring in to Colombia over US $ 10,000 or its equivalent in other currencies, including Colombian pesos in cash must declare this in the Baggage and Money Declaration Form.

penalties and deduction

If the traveller does not declare the entry of foreign currency or makes false, incomplete, defaced or misstatements, authorities may retain the currency and impose sanctions.

You can bring in temporarily and without taxes goods for personal and professional use that should be mentioned in the Baggage and Money Declaration Form then taken out of the country by the traveller.


Capital cities have ATMs on major roads and shopping centres which mostly operate 24 hours in English. Do not give your card or reveal your password to strangers.

debit cards 

Most high category department stores, shops, supermarkets, hotels and restaurants in Colombia accept debit cards.

credit cards

Most hotels, restaurants and commercial establishments accept credit cards like Visa and Master Card. Some places accept American Express and Diners Club.

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Travel to san andrés

San Andrés

Be apart from the world in a tropical paradise on an island that has a variety of exotic locations like the sea of seven colors. Visit San Andrés Island the place where you can practice adventure activities like kite surfing, windsurfing and jetski. Enjoy the beautiful beaches that San Andrés has for you.

Enjoy the beaches in santa marta

Santa Marta

Fall in love with Santa Marta the oldest city in Colombia and be captivated with its beautiful beaches or with the snow in the Sierra Nevada, where you can find indigenous reserves. Meet the shocking waves of the Tayrona Park nature reserve an experience that will be hard to forget.

Barranquilla city


Discover an incredible architectural beauty, surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes and the joy of the people of the Colombian Caribbean. Explore Barranquilla city known as the Golden Gate of Colombia. Meet the house of la selection Colombia and El Club Deportivo Junior in the Metropolitan stadium. Share the joy of the Barranquilla carnival with your friends.

Colombia in your smartphone

When you download the Colombia travel app you will discover why Colombia is Magical Realism. Through the app you can find calendar festivals, events and celebrations; use a map to explore our colorful destinations, look up for practical information on the different tourist attractions, and search for information about hotels and restaurants in many parts of the country.