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Camping in Colombia


If you are interested in camping in Colombia, contact local tourist authorities for information on camp sites, or suitable areas to put up your tent or park your camper van. Camping, especially if unplanned, can be dangerous as it generally done away from safer urban centers. However, as the security situation improves and Colombia’s tourism industry grows, the popularity and number of camping opportunities is expanding.


Although the number of campsites is growing throughout the country, they are rarely signposted from main roads and can often be difficult to find. In no instance should you camp on private land without permission. This is not only illegal but extremely dangerous. You should always ask permission to camp on someone’s land but only do so when assured of the area’s security.


A few free sites can be found throughout the country and others go from as little as $1 per person per night. Some national parks also offer the opportunity to camp and are generally safer than non-supervised camping. Hostels are increasingly catching on to the popularity of camping for budget travelers and nature lovers and are offering camping opportunities in their grounds.


NOTE: White gas (gasolina blanca) is now virtually impossible to obtain in Colombia. There are only a few places in Bogotá where it can be bought, one place in Bucaramanga. Campers now have to use gasolina roja (i.e. regular gasoline) in their camp stoves. If you are going to use a camp stove in Colombia, it must be a multi-fuel equipped to use regular gasoline.


Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Colombia: A Quick Bolo Primer, Safety, Travel Tips for Specific Groups, Refugees of the War on Drugs, Keeping in Touch, When to go to El Valle, Getting Around, When to go, Safety and Málaga Services.

28 Sep 2011

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