Visas necessary for Irish and SA passport holders - takes a long time. No
visa required for UK. Used the carnet.
Internet is fast and cheap, at least in the big towns.
roads, well signposted and maintained, with a few badly potholed exceptions.
We didn't really use any secondary roads. Lots of police and military
presence on the roads, friendly and polite, mainly waved us through.
Toll roads abound, and are expensive - we passed through more than 30 toll
plazas, averaging $4.
Not as spectacular as Bolivia, but perhaps the most widely beautiful
scenery in South America - very few areas were bland or dull.
Still fairly expensive, but no evidence of discriminatory pricing. In
general, the most friendly and helpful people in South America in our
experience - and all the travellers we met in the country said much the same
Sad that people are so scared to visit Colombia - propaganda is an
amazingly effective tool. Not that Colombia doesn't have real problems -
guerrillas and drug cartels - but the main problems are now restricted to
certain parts of the country, and the government has it largely under
control. As long as one sticks to sensible travel practices it's probably
safer in many ways than most of the other countries we have travelled in.
For information on shipping a private vehicle from Cartagena, see the
Colombia section of the Journal. The last section of that page describes in
detail the process that we went through.