The Rough Guide to Colombia

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Practical travel guide to Colombia featuring points-of-interest structured lists of all sights and off-the-beaten-track treasures, with detailed colour-coded maps, practical details about what to see and to do in Colombia. The Rough Guide to Colombia also includes details on how to get there and around, pre-departure information, as well as top time-saving tips, like a visual list of things not to miss in Colombia, expert author picks and itineraries to help you plan your trip.

The Rough Guide to Colombia covers: Bogotá and around; the Caribbean Coast; San Andrés and Providencia; Medellín and the Zona Cafetera; Cali and the Southwest; the Pacific Coast, Los Llanos and Amazonas.

Inside this travel guide you'll find:


Experiences for every kind of trip to Colombia, from off-the-beaten-track adventures in Providencia to family activities in child-friendly places, like Parque Nacional Natural Los Nevados or chilled-out breaks in popular tourist areas, like Villa de Leyva.


Essential pre-departure information including Colombia entry requirements, getting around, health information, travelling with children, sports and outdoor activities, food and drink, festivals, culture and etiquette, shopping, tips for travellers with disabilities and more.


Carefully planned routes covering the best of Colombia give a taste of the richness and diversity of the destination, and have been created for different time frames or types of trip.


Clear structure within each sightseeing chapter includes regional highlights, brief history, detailed sights and places ordered geographically, recommended restaurants, hotels, bars, clubs and major shops or entertainment options.


Tips on how to beat the crowds, save time and money and find the best local spots for whitewater rafting, caving or exploring coffee farms.


Rough Guides' rundown of Medellín, Bogotá, San Gil, Cartagena's best sights and top experiences helps to make the most of each trip to Colombia, even in a short time.


Written by Rough Guides' expert authors with a trademark blend of humour, honesty and expertise, to help to find the best places in Colombia, matching different needs.


Comprehensive 'Contexts' chapter features fascinating insights into Colombia, with coverage of history, religion, ethnic groups, environment, wildlife and books, plus a handy language section and glossary.


Features inspirational colour photography, including the stunning Johnny Cay and the spectacular Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.


Practical full-colour maps, with clearly numbered, colour-coded keys for quick orientation in Cali, Mompox and many more locations in Colombia, reduce need to go online.


With helpful icons, and organised by neighbourhood to help you pick the best spots to spend your time.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780241311707
Series: Rough Guides Main Series
Publication Date: 10/31/2018
Pages: 416
Dimensions: 129 x 198mm


This title is a part of Rough Guides Main Series

Practical travel guides series covering countries, cities and regions, with detailed factual travel tips, perfect for independent, long-stay, backpacking and budget-conscious travellers seeking comprehensive travel information and off-the-beaten track experiences

  • Extensive practical travel information including getting there, getting around, climate information, safety tips, accommodation explanations, food & drink advice and shopping essentials 

  • Curated author picks with destination highlights at the beginning of each guide

  • Ready-made itineraries covering every corner of the destination

  • Colour-coded places chapters with detailed coverage of places and sights, presented in a points-of-interest structure 

  • Extensive recommendations for accommodation, restaurants, shops and leisure activities for all budgets

  • Colour-coded detailed maps with marked-up key sights 

  • Insights on history and nature highlights  

  • Easy to use, newspaper-style layout

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Format: 129 x 198mm

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4.5 out of 5, 2 global ratings

Amazon Customer

All you need to plan your trip

Reviewed on January 02, 2020
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Great for a pre- visit

Amazon Customer

A readable and informative guide

Reviewed on November 10, 2018
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This 416-page book - the second printed edition of November 2018 - is an interesting and readable (the two are not always found together) guide to the attractions of this South (or possibly Central) American country, located at the junction of the Central American isthmus with South America.

Unlike many guides, this is not a glossy booklet dotted with colourful photographs to make it look superficially attractive, but a (literally) rough guide in terms of comparative paper finishes, but well-designed and presented, with readable text, useful maps, and (well-chosen) photographs only where space allows. The excellent design and layout means that you don’t need unnecessary spot illustrations to break up column after column of small-printed data.

The Contents are
P004: Introduction (Where to go, when to go, what to see, itineraries, etc.)
P022: Basics (travel, transport, accommodation, food & drink, activities, and other important stuff for visitors, such as “Culture & etiquette”)

P052: The Guide
This contains 8 chapters on the various regions and cities of Colombia
P053: Bogota
P087: North of Bogota
P131: The Caribbean coast
P197: San Andres and Providencia
P219: Medellin and the Zona Cafetera
P269: Cali and the southwest
P321: The Pacific coast
P343: Los Llanos and the Amazon

P362: Contexts (articles on history, music, religion, the natural world, etc.)
P399: Language - Spanish
P404: Index

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