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My advice is to avoid street food. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3209856/ A study in Santa Fe de Bogota, Colombia revealed that over 30% of a group of food handlers examined were carriers of pathogenic microorganism including Salmonella typhi, Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella enteritidis, and Shigella The report details a number of ...


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Disclaimer: I've not been to Colombia yet, but I have it on good authority that this is one of the most typically Colombian street foods, and I've tried it from Colombian places in other countries and it's pretty distinctive. Arepas They're a kind of stodgy corn (maize) bread, often served with cheese. Surprisingly filling, good for breakfast or after ...


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I've just been able to find references in Spanish but it seems that you don't have to pay that tax. Here is a website explaining general taxes in Colombia. The tax you're referring to would be the IVA (VAT in english). If you google something like "IVA hoteles Colombia" (VAT hotels Colombia), you can find numerous websites stating that foreigners do not ...


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I use http://www.rome2rio.com to find local bus routes. http://www.rome2rio.com/s/Cartagena-Colombia/Barranquilla


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Like JoErNanO suggests, you should look at websites of the bus hubs, called "Terminals". That being said, the info is probably out of date. I'd suggest asking the locals and arriving super early. Latin american transportation is not as punctual as what you'd expect from the first world. Terminal Cartagena Terminal Barranquilla Santa Marta doesn't ...


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Insulin requires a prescription in Costa Rica. I know this because I'm currently on my honeymoon here, lost my insulin, and I'm trying to buy it unsuccessfully. Balls.


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Bus it to Aipe then Taxi Rome2Rio suggests a bus from Salento to Pereira, followed by another bus from Pereira to Aipe, and from there a Taxi to Villavieja. Below is a screenshot of the suggested route: Quoting from the Terminal Pereira website, the scheduled departures for Aipe are: Buses to/from Salento seem to depart/arrive every 2 hours. Public ...


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According to the Barranquilla’s carnival 2016 program, the festival takes place at many different locations around the city: So you would have to go to different streets/stadiums depending on which day you'll be there.


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The limit exists but is rarely enforced, never had a problem with several pieces of luggage


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In most airlines, the tax is included in the ticket, I never had to pay the tax after 2008.


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The Bogota bus station has this service


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I think that you should go to Armenia (1 hour from Pereira) and then go to Filandia. Here you can find Armenia to Filandia schedules and rates. There are regular services every 15-30 min from 6am to 8pm. Expect the same schedules from Pereira to Armenia, they are two major cities in the zone and are plenty of options to do that route.


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On one on my last trips, in the immigration counter next to me, the agent was telling a traveler (with issues with dual nationality) that Colombia couldn't refuse colombian nationals the entry to Colombia, but if they want to leave the country again they had to resolve the problem with the colombian passport. So I think that you won't have problems entering ...


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Just got back from three weeks in Colombia. Here are notes based off my travel in Jan 2016. I'll be comparing prices to US dollars. Exchange rate The exchange rate is approximately 1 USD = 3300 COP at the time of this writing. To estimate prices, you're better off just dividing any price you see by 3000 to get a fair estimate of its USD price after any ...


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In Rodadero (tourist town 1km from Santa Marta), there are tours that go to Tayrona park, and cost around 10~15USD per person (YMVV, if you bargain you could get better prices).


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Short answer: It depends. Long answer: If you are traveling to important cities (Bogota, Medellin, Barranquilla, Cali). The norm is a 5mbps minimum. In towns far away from main cities, could range from nightmare to 10mb. 3G coverage in most parts of the country is generally good.


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2 hours are more than enough. Customs and immigration in Colombia are efficient, I fly regularly using this connection and never had problems with this connection. You'll be in your gate in less than 45 minutes.


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I was in Leticia, Colombia several years ago and they offered amazon tours. If you do a quick google you will find a couple of companies that offer tours there. The following site is in Spanish, but it will give you some information on their tours: http://www.amazonascolombia.com/ The tour that I did took us out on the Amazon river. We ate lunch explored ...


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Go Northeast, to Maicao, there is a Colombian-Venezuelan border. You should note that is very probable that border is closed, due to Venezuelan government decision. Other way to go to Venezuela: Go to Cartagena, there is a flight from Cartagena to Maracaibo


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Currently, no. There is no road connecting the two countries. Briefly and recently, a ferry ran between Panama and Colombia. However, it seems it is no longer available: Their Facebook page is empty, their website is suspended. Outdated information at Wikioverland suggests the ferry didn't run for most of 2015 either.


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Results of quick online research: There seem to be good, comfy buses. At least Bolivariano (see Bogota-Medellin route info). Based on their marketing (see e.g. DuoBus video), it seems nice and safe (but I don’t know about the road and areas passed through etc). Plenty of departures. Bolivariano has ~13 daily (6:40 AM to 10:47 PM) (for Wednesday) Cost is ...


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You're asking a bunch of questions, but, in short: There are plenty of cash machines in Colombia. There is no real need to bring much cash if you've got a card that works. Whether you will be charged for withdrawing money from ATMs depends on your bank and the bank you withdraw money from. To avoid paying a 'convenience fee', typically, don't use ATMs ...


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Every (tourist) hostel in the old town of Cartagena in Colombia can arrange a taxi for you at any time. I would think any hotel can as well. If you're on your own, you could try your best at calling a taxi company and arranging a pickup. But, asking for help at one of the tourist offices would probably be a better bet. Unless your Spanish is good. If you ...



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