Colombia le encantará

Colombia le encantará

Colombia’s bloody history has long been in the forefront of people’s minds, and has acted as a deterrent against travel there. Stories of kidnappings, rebel guerilla activity, and warring cartels have painted Colombia as a country to steer clear of when planning a vacation. Times have changed in Colombia, however. In fact it’s one of the best kept secrets that Colombia is a vacation hotspot with something for just about everyone to enjoy. The best part is that even for those looking to travel in luxury, Colombia is a relatively inexpensive destination.   Colombia is the king of salsa dancing throughout the world. If you like to dance, you’ll find a soul mate in the Colombian people. But salsa is not the only attraction in this country. A wide array of architecture styles permeates throughout the big cities such as á, making every view a breathtaking one. Ruins from ancient pre-Columbian cultures sit deep in the tropical jungles, and Colombia is one of the few places in the world where you can see snow-capped mountains from your vantage point, relaxing on a sandy beach. For a country that lies almost entirely in the tropics, Colombia has diverse climates throughout. Pack for both cold and warm weather and everything in between.   Getting in, out, and about   In order to enter Colombia, you will need a US passport that will remain valid for the duration of your stay, a return ticket home or a ticket to another country, and a clear idea of your planned length of stay. Passport stamps include a date of return, usually after 30-90 days. If you stay over the allotted time, you may be required to stay in the country until you have paid a fine. However, Colombia, unlike other South American countries, allows you to apply to extend your stay for an additional 90 days provided you do so before your initial stay is up.   If you have ever had Colombian citizenship or are traveling with minors who have or have had Colombian citizenship, please see the travel website at the US Department of State for additional information before making your travel plans: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/colombia.html   In addition to the standard vaccinations, which should be up to date, most travelers should also consider getting vaccinated for Hepatitis A and typhoid. If your plans take you into the jungle areas, you may also consider...

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