The minister of Business, Industry and Colombian Tourism, Santiago Rojas Arroyo, ensured in January that “Colombia is a economic opening to the world”. Rojas pointed out the opportunities in the mining and energy sector. Despite recent negative news the minister reemphasized the “importance of exports” and reiterated that Colombia is allied to do business (in fact it occupies third place in Doing Business 2014).
Mudinmar will help you find your accommodation, be it temporary of permanent. If you travel independently or as a student, Bogota offers 500 euro rooms, adequately furnished in safe areas. Before giving you the sites we recommend, the diverse offer of places is limited if you looking to avoid longer commutes. Living close to work, services and children’s schools, within Bogota’s capital district it is located in the Usaquén area.
Colombia enjoys a tropical, humid climate on the coast and the plains, and is milder in higher altitude. From December to April you can enjoy the diverse landscapes (plateaus, mountains and large valleys). Aside from football and cycling, Colombia also stands out for its ‘tejo’, played for over 500 years, largely to the east of the centre of the country. It began as so called “turmequé” amongst the indigenous: a gold disc was launched on to a clay pitch, 18 metres away, with the aim of exploding envelopes with gun powder, but still remains very popular and forms part of Colombian culture (in 2000 it was declared the Colombian national sport) and has even been adopted by surrounding countries.
In terms of written press you can keep up to date thanks to the free daily paper ADN (Bogota, Medellin, Cali, Brranquilla and Bucaramanga), Diario del Sur (San Juan de Pasto), El Catolicisimo (the country’s oldest paper, delivered inside El Tiempo), El Colombiano (Medellin), El Heraldo (Barranquilla), El Universal (Cartagena de Indias) La Opinión (Cúcuta), La República (Bogota) and El Mundo (Medellin), amongst others.
Beyond the traditional celebrations, in Colombia there is Sacred Heart, Saint Peter and Saint Paul day, 13th and 29th of June respectively. On the 7th August the battle of Boyaca is celebrated and on the 11th of November Independence from Cartagena.
WHAT TO VISIT
Mudinmar recommends that your visit Cartagena de Indias, the Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (Cundinamarca), the San Augustín Archeological Park (Huila), Cabo de Vela (Guajira), Tayrona Park (Magdalena), San Andrés Island, the Lost City (or Teyuna, in the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta) and Isla Gordona.
Other cultural elements / Festivals / Night Life
Bogota is theatre, music, ballet, dance, and open-air art. During you stay in the capital it is worth visiting the Iberan-American festival of Theatre, which is said to be the biggest in the world, Rock in the Park, Jazz in the Park, Bogota cinema festival, Univesity festival of contemporary dance, Ballet in the Park, Opera and Zarzuela in the Park, Rhythm and popular world traditions festival. The XVII and XVIII century churches are still preserved, places of pilgrimage etc. (Detailed information here).
Colombia is divided in three large zones: the andean mountains, the inter-andean coastal valleys, the eastern flats and Amazon rainforest. We recommend the following areas: Santa Bárbara and Santa Ana, exclusive and safe areas with parks and all necessary services; La Carolina, where you can get studio apartments for 1200000 pesos per month or 120 meter apartments for 400 or 450 million pesos; Rosales, where the political class has traditionally chosen to live; and Salire, which in the last decade has become the ‘in-trend’ areas, where the only inconvenience is that the house values triple. Don’t forget to check out the Candelaria area.
Colombia is divided into ‘departamentos’. Mudinmar offers services to the following cities from Valencia, Balearic Islands or Canary Islands (or vice-versa): Bogotá, Medellín, Cali, Barranquilla, Cartagena de Indias, San José de Cucutá, Soledad, Ibagué, Bucaramanga, Soacha.
Colombian regulations make a distinction between what is non accompanied furniture or luggage, among other things.
One of each piece of electrical equipment is permitted, and a maximum of three televisions. Only one piece of furniture can be brought in and this requires 120 days of previous immigration stamps indicated on your passport. (The furniture has to have been obtained during the period of your stay at your overseas property and come from your residence country).
Personal family items, such as:
Furniture storage in Colombia: through our network of agents. We offer you a storage service in any city in Colombia.
Insurance: we highly recommend full insurance for transoceanic and intercontinental shipments. Don’t forget to ensure goods to be signed for by the client.
Delivery at destination: you can choose the day for the door to door services. Our agents in Colombia, with whom we are in close contact with, will advise you about all the details of delivery at your address with the relevant restrictions.
After arriving in Colombia and registering your pet, Mudinmar explains the next step: you must go to the office known as ‘ICA Sanidad Portuaria’ in the airport or port with the following documents (together with your pet for its inspection and subsequent authorisation).
To consult the requirements for exportation of pets within or outside the European Union, check here.
For the transportation of vehicles, such as from the US to Colombia. The vehicle, as a general rule, has to be new.