Bienvenidos to Colombia

Colombia is a country ideal for those who seek authentic experience, both naturally and culturally. Explore Amazonian forests, glimmering beaches, and green valleys, while enjoying the warm welcome of local multiethnic community.


Colombia is the musical heart of Latin America and the largest hit song exporter. Fairs and festivals, theater and jazz — a true delight for adventurous travelers!


As Colombia lies on the Equator, there is little difference between the seasons: it’s warm and pleasant all year round. The annual temperatures are between 14°C and 23°C.

Family life

Traditional respect for ancestors and relatives has created many centers for family activities. Some malls, restaurants and bars are also pet friendly.

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Key facts

Colombia is the only country in South America with access to both the Pacific and the Atlantic Ocean. Its rapid economic growth is only outmatched by China, and the country has extensive supplies of coal and petroleum. Despite this, about 70% of the territory is powered by renewable energy sources. The industries of electronics, IT, shipbuilding, and tourism are actively developing and contributing to the wealth of the country.

50 mln




Roman Catholic

Dominant religion


Official language

Colombian peso / COP




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Colombia makes continued investments in its film industry. Every year, it holds the Cartagena Film Festival — the oldest in Latin America. It also supports the export of pop culture and has already produced such music stars as Shakira, Carlos Vives, and Juanes. 

The Colombian Academy of Language is the oldest Spanish language academy in Latin America. It promotes literary traditions of prose and poetry which date back to the first works of indigenous tribes. Probably the most notable of the Colombian writers is Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the author of “100 Years of Solitude”.

Climate and nature

Colombia can boast numerous endemic species of butterflies, birds, and fish. A country of wild greenery, it has over 50,000 different types of plants. The landscapes also vary dramatically: from snow-capped mountain peaks in the Andes to the Amazonian rainforests to savannas and sandy beaches — Colombia has it all. 

The climate of Colombia is diverse. Even though the country sits on the Equator, it counts 4 different climate zones due to the height differences throughout the terrain. The temperature doesn’t fluctuate much in the course of the year, however there is a different amount of rainfall depending on the season. 


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The medical services in Colombia are of the highest quality in Latin America. Over 97% of the population is covered by either public or private health insurance, which explains the high healthcare index of the country. 

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Private healthcare plan for the employee and two family members. Life insurance for the employee. Reimbursement of eye care expenses up to $53 annually. 100% coverage for temporary disability expenses with a medical certificate. 



Pre-school educational standard, entry requirements and tuition plan may vary considerably depending on the kindergarten you choose. Expats can enroll their children to public kindergartens, however many go for private centers as they run higher standards, smaller groups and a wider choice of extracurriculars.

Kids who do not speak Spanish may find it difficult adapting to a public kindergarten. However, there is a high number of international schools in Bogota offering kindergarten programs in English, German or French.

At the age of 5, children enter a transitional year to prepare for elementary school.


The basic education cycle is compulsory and consists of 9 grades. A child can then complete grades 10–11, which are not compulsory.

As with kindergartens, there is a number of international school available which run tuition in English, German and French, where English is by far the most popular option. In addition, private schools base their curriculum on international standards and have special academic, sports, artistic and technological programs.

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Top cities for relocation

Key facts

Bogota is a multicultural city, attracting people from all over Colombia and from abroad. It is the capital of Colombia and the fourth most populated city in Latin America. Numerous parks and hills on the city territory ensure it maintains a connection with nature and is fairly green.

7.18 mln



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Cost of living

Monthly expenses estimate

Single person (rent excluded)

$ 424.40

Family of four (rent excluded)

$ 1,479.41


Monthly food expenses per person (average)

$ 145.60

Rental cost per month

Apartment in the city center (1 bedroom)

$ 360.58

Apartment in the city center (3 bedrooms)

$ 698.53

Utilities (monthly)

Basic (electricity, heating, cooling, water, garbage) for 85m2 apartment

$ 76.94


$ 23.13


Preschool or kindergarten (private, full-day, per child per month)

$ 271.98

International primary school (per child per year)

$ 5,683.50


Meal, inexpensive restaurant

$ 3.74

Meal for 2 people, mid-range restaurant, three-course

$ 20.59


One-way ticket (local transport)

$ 0.66

Monthly pass (regular price)

$ 31.82

Taxi 1km (normal tariff)

$ 1.68

Gasoline (1 liter)

$ 0.60

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The two major public transport providers in Bogota are the Integrated Public Transport System (SITP) and TransMilenio. Both of them mainly rely on buses to get you anywhere you need to go within the metropolitan area. A transport card called Tu Llave allows you to board buses from both providers.

Taxis are another great way to get around Bogota. It is advised to take Radio Taxi service for better security during the ride.

The metro system is in development now and the plans are to put in in operation by 2028.


Bogota has a temperate subtropical climate with dry warm summers and equally warm winters. The spring and autumn bring the most rainfall to the capital of Colombia. 


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