Destination Information for Colombia
Perched at the Northern tip of South America, Colombia is knowns for rainforests, the mountains of the Andes and its several, excellent coffee plantations. The country’s natural beauty makes this a popular South American destination for many tourists, despite the fact that it is still in recovery from decades of brutal civil war. There’s something here for every kind of traveller, whether you’re looking for sunbathing opportunities, history, culture, nightlife or stunning natural beauty.
The capital of Colombia, Bogota, is one of South America’s most fashionable and cosmopolitan destinations. The city has a reputation for gangs and drug cartels, but in reality, this is a vibrant and fascinating mix of traditional culture and a modern urban centre. There are many other pretty colonial towns in Colombia, as well as historic settlements, including the mysterious ‘lost city’ - or Ciudad Perdida, which is said to have been built in the Colombian jungle by Tayrona Indians between the 8th and 14th centuries.
From mountainous scenery to brilliant tropical beaches, Colombia is a country of contrasts and variety. The climate and temperature changes throughout the country, and you can find snow-capped peaks, alpine lakes, rocky deserts and lush jungles, depending on your specific destination and your personal taste. In general, the dry season runs from January to March, offering sunny skies and warm temperatures for the Columbian high season.
Chikungunya Virus Infection in Colombia
As of 6 June 2015, a total of 373 585 cases of chikunguya virus infection have been reported nationally in Colombia since the outbreak began in 2014. Of the total, 263 247 clinically diagnosed cases have been reported in 2015, of those, 538 have been laboratory confirmed.
Advice for Travellers
Avoidance of mosquito bites, particularly during daylight hours, is recommended. Bite avoidance measures include: covering up with clothing, the use of insect repellent and bed nets impregnated with insecticide. Reduction of mosquito breeding sites around hotel rooms/homes is advised for longer term stays.
Malaria and regions within country:
There is a high risk of P.Falciparum malaria in the areas of Antioquia, Choco, Cordoba, Guaviare, La Guajira, Narino, Putumayo and Vichada. There is a variable risk of P.Vivax malaria in areas below 1600m, with the exception of the city of Cartagena. There is low to no risk in Medellin and Bogota.
Malaria chemoprophylaxis for high risk zones:
Doxycycline or Atovaquone/Proguanil or Mefloquine
Chloroquine plus Proguanil should only be used if other anti-malarials cannot be tolerated as it is less effective in these regions.
Malaria chemoprophylaxis for variable risk zones:
Chloroquine plus Proguanil is recommended for variable risk zones.
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