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Cartagena
Washington
Day 8
5h 22m
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3,870 km
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Travel Tips

Absolutely! I'm thrilled to hear about your upcoming trip to Colombia's most popular cities: Bogotá, Medellín, and Cartagena. Here are some helpful travel tips:

Best Time to Visit:
The weather in Colombia remains fairly consistent throughout the year due to its proximity to the equator. However, the dry season from December to March and July to August is known to be the best time to visit these cities.

Route and Accessibility:
Flights are available from most parts of the world to Bogotá, the capital city. From Bogotá, you can take domestic flights to Medellín and Cartagena.

Altitude and Acclimatization:
Bogotá sits at a high altitude of 2,640m (8,660 ft) So, it might take a day or two to acclimatize. Remember to stay hydrated and get plenty of rest. Medellín and Cartagena are at much lower altitudes.

Accommodation and Booking:
Booking accommodations in advance is always advisable, particularly during peak seasons. All cities provide a range of accommodations from luxury hotels to budget hostels.

Clothing and Essentials:
The weather varies significantly between these cities. Bogotá is cooler, Medellín has a spring-like climate year-round ("City of Eternal Spring"), and Cartagena is hot and humid. Pack accordingly.

Health and Safety:
Take standard travel precautions. Drink bottled water and protect against mosquitos. Additionally, Colombia has specific vaccination recommendations, so check with your healthcare provider before your trip.

Local Etiquette and Respect:
Colombians are friendly and warm. Politeness is highly valued, so remember to greet with a smile. Spanish is the main language so learning a few basic phrases will be much appreciated. When in cities like Cartagena, modest dress when not on the beach is appreciated out of cultural respect.