Colombia has one of the highest rates of national public holidays which are referred to as ‘puentes’ (bridges). Most holidays are moved to the following Monday, so travellers should check beforehand when they are planning to visit, because all public and private offices are closed.
Lying close to the equator, climates vary little during the year, but each city has a different climate depending on its altitude.
Bogota is known for having a cool climate compared to other Colombian cities, and many Colombians equate Bogota as being the closest they will come to experiencing winter. Average temperatures in Bogota hover around 14 degrees Celsius, but can drop as low as 4 degrees Celsius and rise to 19 degrees Celsius on some days.
Medellin is known as the ‘city of eternal spring’ due to its favourable climate and diversity of flora. Temperatures in Medellin normally fall around 22 degrees Celsius.
For weather details in Colombia, please visit the World Meteorological Organization.
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The official currency in Colombia is the Colombian Peso (COP).
Time zones and time differences
Colombia is 15 hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time.
To find out the current time in Bogotá, view the World Clock.
Colombia's country code is 57.
For calls to Colombia from Australia dial: 0011 + 57 + area code + telephone number.
For calls from Colombia to Australia dial: 0011 + 61 + area code + telephone number.
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Electricity and water
Colombia uses 110 volt American style two or three pronged powerpoints, with either two flat pins or two parallel flat pins and a third round pin. Adaptors for Australian plugs are not easily available so it is recommended you bring one with you.
Tap water is safe to drink in Bogota, Medellin and Cali but should be avoided in other areas.
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