Between the three sub-ranges of the Colombian Andes and the second highest coastal mountain range in the world – the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, there are few mountains that won’t impress you as a mountaineer. The highest peaks of the country are some of the world’s most prominent, while the Andes have seamless access to the towns and cities of this incredible beautiful, diverse, and wonderfully unique South American country.
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Colombia is a country in South America bordered by Panama, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, and Ecuador. Known for its mountainous terrain, the country has myriad options for intrepid mountaineers, from the Andes reaching across the southern border to the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in the north with the country’s tallest peaks (Pico Simon Bolivar and Pico Cristobal Colon at 5,700m). The countless options objectives across a wide spectrum of altitude and terrain include rainforests, deserts, high plateaus, and savannas. Most of the populations are in the elevated central part of Colombia, making access to a majority of the mountains and climbs manageable.
While most of the country is tropical, the high mountain areas have a much different climate. At extreme altitudes (4,000m+), constant snow and ice is common. Cold weather defines the Andes, and mean temperatures fall below 10 degrees (Celsius) once you exceed 3,000 meters.
Bogota is centrally located, so flying into the capital is the best way to get there. Direct flights connect much of North and South America, with some flights to Paris and London. Within Colombia, buses run efficiently, though it takes a longer amount of time.
December through March are the best months to visit, boasting the most popular and common mountain climbing trips. Depending on your objective, it is possible to take on some of the mountains are various times throughout the year.
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