I have heard great things about Colombian food?
Breakfast is provided everyday and is usually eggs (fried, boiled or scrambled), bread or arepas (thick corn pancakes), local cheese, tea or coffee and a fruit juice. In the finca where all meals are provided you get a good mix of Colombian dishes principally rice, frijoles (local beans), meat, salad and vegetables, often accompanied by a soup. In Tayrona National Park the principal restaurant has a great menu of locally caught fish, with meat and vegetable options. Please note that Colombia is not very vegetarian friendly, especially
in rural areas, as meat forms a major part of the diet and many soups are often made with a meat base or products. However in Bogota and Cartagena there are a wide range or restaurant and eating choices, to
cater to all needs.
Karol Rogacki - Americas Operations
Is Colombia expensive?
A set lunch or dinner in a local restaurant will cost about US$6, and a la carte dinner in European standard restaurants can cost US$18 or more. Soft drinks and bottled water cost approximately US$1 and beers in a medium scale bar or restaurant between US$3 and US$4. Note that it is only possible to buy small measures ('tragos') of spirits in larger restaurants and bars, whereas smaller places will only sell spirits in half litre or full litre bottles. Please note that in many restaurant a 16% sales can be added to the bill on top of menu prices, tips are also sometimes added to bills and so your final bill in an upmarket restaurant can be as much as 25% higher than the menu price - it's always best to double check the menu before ordering and also your bill when it arrives!
Tim Fearn - Product Manager
What clothing is best for this part of the Americas?
It can get hot and sweaty here at times, so lightweight cotton (or quick-drying fabrics) is best as a starting point! Long sleeved shirts and trousers will help prevent mosquito bites, especially in the evenings when they could be buzzing around. You should also take a jacket and/or sweater for evenings, as it will cool down. Essential kit includes some sunglasses and a sunhat, along with good sunscreen. A lightweight waterproof jacket or rain poncho is optional, as you can get some tropical rain here now and again!
Karol Rogacki - Americas Operations
Are dollars best for this trip?
Yes, taking a mix of dollar denominations is the best idea for this trip. Taking cash is fine, as long you exercise the same degree of common sense you would at home. The leader will best advise you on changing it once you arrive. ATMs are becoming more common but you shouldn't rely on them 100%, in case there are any problems.
Brendan Phelan - Customer Operations
The night of day 11 of the trip is spent in Tayrona N.P. Am I correct in assuming that the bulk of the luggage is left behind an
We have 2 options and really clients can choose which ever one they think best suits them.
Firstly we can swing by the Aluna hotel in Santa Marta and quickly drop off big bags and store then there until pax arrive back to this hotel the night after the park, its a slight detour but 25 minutes max. So if pax want they can pack a day pack for the park in the morning and the rest of their gear they can leave at the hotel in Santa Marta ready for their return after the hammock night.
Alternatively if clients want ALL their gear with them then they can either carry it the 40 minutes or so down the trail to the hammock site or hire a horse to take them/thier luggage. At the hammock area there is locker facilities so lock stuff away. You will need your own padlock.
Is travel through Colombia difficult?
Although we do not have any significantly long drives and road conditions are generally good, there are a lot of winding roads in the mountainous central regions, and those with acute travel sickness should be well prepared with suitable medication. These roads can occasionally be closed due to landslides and this can lead to delays - our local agents will do all possible to make sure we visit all the places listed if this occurs.
Karol Rogacki - Americas Operations
Do I need a visa for Colombia?
Citizens of the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and most European countries do not require a visa and will be granted a 90-day entry permit on arrival. Please ensure you have at least 3 blank pages in your passport.
It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit.
Dan Cockburn - Product Manager
I'm travelling via the US, do I need a visa?
Most clients are eligible to travel via the US under the US Visa Waiver Programme, however to do this you must register for an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority). This must be done prior to departure - more details can be found at www.exodus.co.uk/usvisa.
Rebecca Caldicott - Customer Operations
My trip goes to a country with cases of Zika Virus – do you have any more information?
Please see our Zika Q&A page for the latest information.
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