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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 15, 2013
cash machine capurgana  (1 Answer)

hola a todos! i will travel to sapzurro soon. of course i don´t want to run around all the time with all of my money. i know that in turbo is a cash machine, but how its with capurgana? is there another cash machine, too? some people say yes, some people no.., i´m a bit confused. anybody can help me, please?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 22, 2013
Bogota or Medellin  (8 Answers)


I'm going to Colombia in May and can not decide on Bogota or Medellin. Anyone's thoughts would be greatly appreciated.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 29, 2012
Dental Clinics in Colombia  (3 Answers)

Hi, I have been to Colombia 2 times in the recent past, and really love the country. I wish I had of researched it more when I was there before, but I didn't. I would love to know if any members can recommend a Dental clinic in Colombia that does cosmetic procedures. I know that there are many websites, but would prefer to have someone with some personal experience. Any experience or advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 03, 2012
Medical insurance in hotel  (1 Answer)

I was told that hotels in Colombia charge a mandatory medical insurance fees by law from every guest, to cover potential damages/accidents during the stay.
I found no info about this on the Internet.

Is this true? Will this cover potential hospital visit I may need in emergency?

Thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 24, 2012
Airport tax  (1 Answer)

Can the airport tax when leaving Colombia be paid in Euro's?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 21, 2012
Caragena, New years Evening  (3 Answers)

Hi there,

I will be arriving in Cartagena on the 31th of dec.
So New year's eve will be a celebration I suppose!
What is a good place to be?
I am 35 and European. :-)
I Would like to meet lovely people from all over the world!!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 10, 2012
Bus companies  (3 Answers)


Which are the good long distance bus companies?
Which bus companies go from Cartagena to Turbo?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 10, 2012
Sapzurro vs Capurgana  (5 Answers)


I am planning to go to Sapzurro and Caprugana in January.
What is the best place to stay? Sapzurro or Caprugana?
I am a single female traveller.

What is the best way to get there from Cartagena?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 12, 2012
The food  (7 Answers)

Hi - I am allergic to coconut and am wondering how frequently it is used in the food in Columbia and the ease/difficulty of avoiding it. I will be in Bogota, Santa Marta and Cartagena. It is not just shredded coconut I have to avoid but also coconut milk/water and oil. I was recently in Cambodia, and while trying very hard to avoid coconut products, I was served it and got quite sick. It was pretty hard to avoid in Cambodia because it is pretty much a staple in their diet - like salt and ketchup in the US.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 09, 2012
Rain in September?  (3 Answers)


I am planning a trip to the Caribbean Coast of Colombia, the first two weeks of september. I know it is wet season then, but does rain the who day? Or just showers at night/daytime?

thanks very much!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 04, 2012
Two weeks along Caribbean Coast-Cartagena, Capurgana, etc. -need a little travel advice  (6 Answers)

Hi all,
I'm planning a trip to Colombia, flying into Cartagena, I want to visit some laid back beach areas. I'm thinking of traveling out of Cartagena heading west along the coast visiting spots like Tolu, Isla Baru, and I'd really like to end up in Capurgana. It seems that the best way to get to Capurgana is to fly from Medellin, so I'm wondering if it's easy to travel along the coast via bus, then by bus to Medellin, where I can fly straight to Capurgana, then somehow get back to Cartagena. I know that the boat leaves Turbo for Capurgana, but I've heard that Turbo is a great place to avoid so I don't mind flying...
I've got about two weeks to do al of this...
Has anyone done anything like this?
How many days should I spend in Cartagena?
Can anyone recommend good beach/islands that have a laid back vibe?
Is bus travel between most destinations pretty common?
I had considered traveling east out of Cartagena as the scenery is supposed to be great, but it sounds like the areas around Santa Marta are overpopulated. Any thoughts?
Thanks for any advice!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 07, 2012
Do you know when any festival are happening in Colombia in May?

Hi, I'm trying to find out when any Colombian festivals are this month but finding it hard to find out any dates. I searched on the net and found lists of some that are happening but can't find dates for this year. And there's always some festivals that are not popular but maybe very special and aren't listed on sites and would really love to know about any of those also!! If you know of any and when they are, please let me know and I'll appreciate it very much as vistiting a place and it's people during a festival is very special to me.

Some that I found on the net without dates are:


– Feria de La antioqueñidad en Medellín y en otras ciudades y pueblos de Antioquia.

– Feria exposición de ganado cebú puro en Puerto Berrío.


– Festival del samuro blanco en Feliciano.


– Cine a la calle / Feria industrial agropecuaria AGROCARIBE en Barranquilla.


– Festival internacional de la cultura / Fiestas patronales en honor a San Isidro y a San Antonio, en Tunja,


– Feria agroindustrial en Yopal


– Festival del mango en Palotal


– Festival de la cultura wayüu en Uribia,


– Festival de la cachama en Puerto Gaitán.

– Encuentro nacional folclórico en Acacías.


– Fiestas de aniversario en Pijao,


– Feria ganadera en Socorro.


– Ferias y fiestas de Natagaima.

Valle del Cauca:

– Festival de intérpretes de la canción “Mono Núñez” en Ginebra

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 01, 2012
Help with Colombia Itinerary  (2 Answers)

I'm planning to visit Colombia in a month, and would appreciate some input on my itinerary. I have 12 days, and of course am finding that it's not nearly enough to visit all the places on my short list. I think I already know the answer, but any thoughts on whether the tentative itinerary I've posted below is overly ambitious? I want to see as much as possible, but obviously don't want to come back from vacation more tired than when I arrived!

June 1 – Friday Bogota
June 2 – Saturday Bogota
June 3 – Sunday Cartagena (arrive on early morn flight)
June 4 – Monday Cartagena
June 5 – Tuesday Tayrona (3-4 hrs from Cartagena) OR Playa Blanca (35 min boat ride from Cartagena)
June 6 - Wed Tayrona or Playa Blanca; back to Cartagena in eve
June 7 – Thurs Cartagena; fly to Medellin in eve
June 8 – Friday Medellin
June 9 – Sat Medellin
June 10 – Sun Coffee triangle (not sure where yet but probably stay at a finca - early morn flight from Medellin or 5-hour bus ride)
June 11 – Mon Coffee triangle; back to Medellin in evening
June 12- Tues Fly back to Bogota in morn (late night flight back to US)

So, is there something you would cut from this itinerary? (If push comes to shove, I'm thinking I may have to skip Medellin or coffee country.) Is Tayrona as breathtaking as my guidebook makes it out to be, or should we visit nearby Playa Blanca to save time? (I'm not a huge beach person, but when I go, I really like feeling secluded; I want a really scenic, mellow place where I can sleep in a hammock, not a resort.) 3 days in Bogota and Cartagena doesn't seem like much, but should I consider shaving off a day in one of those places and adding it somewhere else?

For what it's worth, I love places with a lot of history, beautiful architecture, great food, etc. I'm not sporty, but I like the idea of spending at least part of the trip in a more rural/rustic part of the country (hence the finca idea).

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 01, 2012
rainy season  (3 Answers)

Hi. I was planning on traveling thru Colombia this October or Novemmber for a month, but the first few guide books I've scanned all say this is a time 'not to go' as it is the rainy season. How bad is Colombia's rainy season?

I presume this is area-contingent. Most of our time will be spent snorkeling/diving on beaches and islands and visiting Bogota, Cartagena and other worthwhile cities. While I'm normally drawn to the jungle I won't be delving this time as my girlfriend will be along, and she still hasn't recovered from my bot fly episode in Ecuador.

Is the rainy season bad enough that we should cancel and go another time, or no worries?

much thanks in advance


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 26, 2012
flights  (1 Answer)

Hello, does anyone have any tips for finding cheap one way flights to colombia, preferably from the UK or Spain? I've checked skyscanner and found prices at roughly £400.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 06, 2012
Any inexpensive (or moderate price) hotels in Barranquilla?

Any inexpensive (or moderate price) hotels in BAQ?

Haven't been to BAQ since 2001, looking for something for a couple of weeks to a month, but want to stay within budget (i.e. moderately priced hotel,) with kitchen (stove, fridge) - possible. But staying in a relatively safe area where I can walk most of the day, or early evening.
Would like something closer to shops or restaurants, easy walking distance. (but not into the nightclubs too much). Not looking for women, etc. as the main purpose of my trip.

Would like some suggestions/guidance on how to secure the room, should it be online (I somehow think that's not a good idea), etc.
Might stay for extended period if it goes well.....
All info (up-to-date) would be appreciated...


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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 26, 2012
Cartagena -worth a trip?  (3 Answers)


I am going to be travelling down to Columbia from panama and ehading down towards Ecuadors coast. Is it worth me getting a boat from Panama to Cartagena and working my way down from there instead? Ive been told the Carribean coast of Columbia is amazing so dont no what to do! Any help would be much appreciated.

Also if anybody could advise on costs of eating out in cheap restaurants in Columbia it would be very helpful.

Thanks in advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 15, 2012
Providencia - go to live there

my dream is to go to live at providencia..
but i don't know where to start..
i only want to live near the beach.. living of fishing..
with some money maybe open a bar-disco...
is there somebody that you know that i can contact, to start my dream?
any help will be wellcome..

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 27, 2012
To Study Spanish for One or Two Years in Colombia  (1 Answer)

I currently live in the United States and want to learn Spanish in Colombia and live there for one to two years. But it looks like I can only live there for 6 months in any given year... and I have to leave the country every 60-90 days in that 6 month period. From what I am seeing, I have to be in a special student program working towards a degree of some kind. I just want to study Spanish and concentrate on that. And it doesn't look like I have the requirements for any other type of visa. Any advice on how I can obtain a visa to live in Colombia for 1-2 years to study Spanish?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 24, 2012
Where is this town called Macondo?  (4 Answers)

I've heard a lot about Macondo, especially through Garcia Marquez's books. People tell me that it doesn't exist, that it's an imaginary town. Other people say that it's based on some other Colombian town and others again say that it's a village in Angola. I'm in Colombia and interested in the roots of Magic Realism.
Where do i go?

Thanks Tim

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 17, 2012
Puerto Obaldia Route between Panama and Colombia

I am planning a trip with my boyfriend and am interested in taking the Puerto Obaldia boat route between Panama and Colombia. Namely, flying to Pueto Obaldia, taking a boat to Capurgana, taking another boat to Turbo and then busing from Turbo to Monteria. I was wondering whether anyone has done this trip recently and whether it is still possible/advisable! I'm looking for a bit more adventure than the regular sail or plane trips, but a little less than hiking the Darian Gap!

Thanks for your input!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 15, 2012
Suggestions on what to do  (3 Answers)

Hi all!

Me and my wife have finally decided to go to Colombia for our vacations. We will be staying two nights in Cartagena and then about a week in San Andres Island.

What are the must-dos in both places? How would you organize your stay there? In Cartagena we will be staying inside the walled city, and in San Andres in an All Inclusive hotel.

All suggestions are welcome!

Thanks for your help!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 15, 2012
Countryside between bogota and cartagena  (2 Answers)

Hola amigos,

me and my girlfriend plan to visit colombia in august/septembre for 1 month.
we will start our trip in bogota and leafe colombia from cartagena. in between we plan to get around by bus if possible.
1.) Fitting in this rough schedule, are there any safe places with access to deep jungle (interested in big insects and centipedes, hot humid climate).
2) Are there any places with scenic countyside, preferably with hiking options.

we both are students, so we plan on a rather moderate budget..

it would be nice if anyone familiar with traveling in colombia could help us


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 12, 2012
Best Budget Airlines  (7 Answers)

Hola Travelers - I'm planning a three week trip to Colombia. What is the cheapest way to fly from Bogota to Cali, from Cali to Medellin and from Medellin to Cartagena. How far in advance should I make my purchase - or if I even need to ? Online or from a local travel agent once i'm in Colombia. Also, if I were to take a bus on one leg of this trip, what would would be the most scenic or interesting route? Muchas gracias !

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 20, 2011
Where is the best place to spend New Years in Columbia!!!!!!  (2 Answers)

Hello I a am traveling with my 2 best friends so we are 3 male 26 year old guy traveling Columbi. Where would you recommend spending New Years, we want to have an epic new years party. We are planning on spending new years in Medilin and then going to Cali afterwards. IS that good plan?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 17, 2011
Retired Canadian couple looking for suggestions  (8 Answers)

We are budget travelers but have gotten a bit spoiled as we have aged. Need clean, safe, hot showers and nice wine to have a good time these days. Our VW van days are over. Don't need ruins, churches, temples or 'sights' anymore, thank you. But living amongst the people, going to real (not tourist) markets and eating in local cafés is the most fun. Hanging out with the folks. I confess to having some fears of Colombia but it is all from US and Canada propaganda. No idea what the truth is. Can anyone recommend a nice, quiet village that has a nice quaint 'boutique-y' hotel or B&B that would be a nice place to stay for a week or two. Maybe suggest a few of them if possible. We are going to try to spend two months down south and so any kind of recommendations would be appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 27, 2011
Massage scam?  (8 Answers)

Anyone experienced or heard about women on the beaches of Colombia who offer massages, seemingly for free but then turn around and charge you for it? What actually happens and what do they do if you don't pay?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 29, 2011
Ecoparque Los Yarumos

I heard Ecoparque Los Yarumos is closed. Is it true? And if it is, when will be re opened?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 11, 2011
International Health Insurance  (1 Answer)

I will be traveling to Colombia on a work Visa in September. To obtain the Visa, however, I must first purchase international health insurance. I am a 23 year old recent college grad, and I'm looking for a basic plan with a low premium. Can anyone recommend an affordable plan?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 07, 2011
Is Colombia a kid-friendly country?  (2 Answers)

Hi. I am bringing my kid to Colombia (8 years old) this summer and I was hoping someone could share with me some of his experiences in the Colombia and how safe they felt in the cities with their kids. Is Colombia a kid-fiendly country?. what kind of enriching experiences did you live? I appreciate your feedback.

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