About Colombia

Colombia is located in the northwestern zone of South America, it has a extension of 1,141,748 km2 and it is the only country in South America that has 2 coasts Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean. The official language of Colombia is Spanish and its capital is Bogotá. Colombia is one of the richest countries in the world in biological and cultural diversity. It has all climates but there are no seasons.

Colombia is known as:

  • 1st Orchids, birds, butterfly, emeralds, carnations and palm
  • 2nd Plants, fish, fresh water, roses
  • 3rd Coffee, reptiles, bananas
  • 4th Carbon, mammals, ferro-nickel

Quick Facts of Colombia:

  • The currency of Colombia is the Colombian Peso (COP). Banks are open from 09:00 am to 04:00 pm, Monday through Friday, some offices open on Saturdays.  We recommend you to change money at the El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá or at Rafael Nuñez Airport in Cartagena. Generally in the commerce, restaurants, hotels accept credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club).
  • Currency: Colombian Peso (COP) – Dollar exchange rate at the close of February 28th, 2019: USD 1.00 = COP 3,090
  • 1 EURO varies between $3400 and $3600 COP
  • 1 US DOLLAR varies between $2900 and $3400 COP
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  • Tipping is a common practice in bars and restaurants. The percentage in general is 10% on the price of the invoice, this value in most places is included in the invoice, but this value is voluntary..
  • Language: The official language of Colombia is Spanish.
  • Time zone: Bogotá time is UTC / (GMT-5).
  • Telephony: The area code of Colombia is 57 and that of the city of Bogotá is 1.
  • Electricity: In Colombia, the voltage type is: 110V. Some hotels may have 110V and 220V. It is recommended to check the voltage of each device before connecting it to the electrical network.
  • Climate: Because of its high altitude, Bogotá has a cold mountain climate; due to its low latitude it has a low thermal oscillation throughout the year. The temperatures regularly oscillate between 6 and 22 ° C, with an annual average of 14 ° C.

About Cartagena

Cartagena de Indias, located in Colombia at the north of South America by the Caribbean Sea, is one of the most beautiful cities in Colombia, an ideal location to host congresses, conventions and meetings. Cartagena de Indias enjoys a strategic location ideal for touristic, industrial and commercial development. Cartagena was named by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Its population is about 1.000,000 inhabitants.

Quick facts about Cartagena:

Foundation: June 1st, 1533
Location:10° 26′ North Latitude 75° 33′ West Longitude
Total Area: 609.1 Sq Kms
Altitude: 2 mt. above sea level
Relative Humidity: +90%
Day temperature: 32° C
Night temperature: 24° C
Population: 1.000.000 habitants aprox.
Currency: Colombian Peso
Religion: Catholic Predominance, Cult Liberty
Official time: GMT-05:00 hours
Phone Prefix: Country: 57 City: 5 (57 5)
Weather Tropical Humid (+90%)
Winter (Rainy) Season: From May to November
Summer (Sunny) Season: From December to April
Strong Wind Season: From December to March
Clothing: Light clothes, short sleeves, light and fresh fabrics

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¿What to do in Cartagena?

Cartagena is known by its night life, you can have a romantic dinner at the best restaurants of Colombia or have a walk at the Historical Center (old city) for you to know its history related to the Spanish crown, slavery and pirate invasions.

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Airport and Transportation

Rafael Núñez International Airport receives international and domestic flights. The Airport is located at: Calle 71 N° 3-89, Barrio Crespo, Phone: + 57 (5) 666-6610.

Once you arrive to Cartagena, you can take a secured taxi to take you to the place you want. We also recommend ordering your taxi on authorized places such as: hotels, restaurants or use Uber. Taxis minimum fare is about $4000 COP.

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Hotel in Cartagena

During the days of the Congress the host Hotel will be HOTEL LAS AMERICAS, which is a 5-star Hotel, 5 minutes from the Airport and 15 minutes from the CCCI.

Hotel Las Américas is located on Anillo Vial, Sector Cielo Mar, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. Toll free 01 8000 953777.

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¿Do I need Visa to go to Colombia?

Some countries are required to issue a Visa for entering to Colombia, you can check your Nationality if a Visa is required at:

¿Do I need Vaccination ?

Vaccination against yellow fever is mandatory for various regions of Colombia. Never forget your vaccination certification document. You better consult a specialized health center at least 2 months before your flight.

It is recommendable to be vaccinated against:

  • Yellow fever
  • hepatitis A & B
  • Typhoid
  • Rabies
  • DKTP (diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, polio)

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ANDICOM is the most important ICT Congress in Latin America and the meeting point of the regional industry, where business opportunities are generated through networking activities, with a commercial exhibition attended by decision-makers from companies and entities of different sectors, the Congress has a high level academic agenda that allows the transfer of knowledge to the participants on the technological trends that define dynamics of the digital economy.

About the Convention Center Cartagena de Indias - CCCI

The Convention Center Cartagena de Indias – CCI, emerged as a project of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism in 1978, as a mechanism to generate poles of regional development through the realization of activities of broad conventions, such as congresses, events and conventions. Its infrastructure and strategic location, in the Historical Center of Cartagena de Indias, Historical Heritage City of Humanity, gives it an important competitive advantage that has allowed it to host the main events held in Colombia since its inauguration in 1982.

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