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Car Rental in Colombia:

Car Rental in Colombia: A Prime Alternative to Private Transfers

Opting for car rental in Colombia is an alternative that can make perfect sense if freedom and autonomy align with your way of traveling.


Tempo offers tailor-made itineraries highlighting this mode of transportation along with all the logistics that come with it: booking accommodations always well-located at each stop, easily accessible, parking recommendations, suggestions for good stops along the way for gastronomic, artistic, cultural breaks, or ideal for contemplating landscapes. You get all the practical advantages and personalized expertise for tracing your road trip through Colombia, from the Andes to the Caribbean.


Access to Colombia's most typical locations

Freed from the constraints of private transport schedules and pre-established itineraries, you can now hit the road whenever you please, choosing your own stops that will lead you to remote places and immerse you in the local life of Colombia's typical villages.


Practical Advice

Colombian roads are generally in good condition, but it's important to remain vigilant, especially approaching large cities where traffic can be denser. The "pico y placa" system, which restricts traffic based on license plate numbers, can also pose challenges. Tempo will assist you in real-time and at the time of vehicle handover so that you are not constrained by these restrictive measures, which also apply to rental cars.


To best accompany you during your travels, we invite you to download the Waze and Google Maps applications, which work very well in Colombia. Also, consider subscribing to our E-Sims to avoid being restricted by accessibility limitations to Colombia's 3G or 4G networks. You will travel serenely and at a lower cost this way.

Driving in Colombia is generally easy, but some precautions should be taken. It is recommended to avoid driving at night due to the lack of lighting on roads and the frequent presence of pedestrians. Additionally, you may encounter potholes, but these are usually signaled by navigation apps such as Waze. The majority of Colombia's roads are equivalent to national roads found in Europe. Three or more lanes are very rare in the country. Most roads are one or two lanes. Don't be misled by distances; it can easily take 2 hours to travel 100 km.

Roads are dotted with speed cameras, often indicated by Waze. In such cases, it is advisable to slow down and strictly adhere to the speed limit. For tolls: Prepare cash before departure. On a journey, take between 100,000 COP and 150,000 COP to travel with peace of mind.


Car Seats and Boosters

For young children, we recommend bringing your car seat and booster from your home country.


International Driving Permit

An international driving permit is not necessary for driving in Colombia. Your original country's license is sufficient. However, as these regulations are subject to change, it is advisable to verify this information with the relevant authorities (foreign affairs ministries) before taking over your vehicle.


Car Fleet

Our various rental partners offer a wide range of types of rental cars, manual or automatic. We also note the quality of the fleet provided, ranging from manual economy cars to automatic intermediates and even large SUVs.


Why Rent Your Car with Tempo Colombia?

At Tempo, we provide you with our detailed knowledge of itineraries, travel times, and the best addresses throughout your road trip, ensuring you an optimum Road Trip experience in Colombia. Additionally, our concierge service is available 24/7 to answer all your questions and assist you throughout your journey.


Finally, here are 4 flagship itinerary ideas you can follow:

Pereira and the Coffee Region: A Gourmet and Picturesque Adventure

To start your journey in Colombia, immerse yourself in the exotic atmosphere of the coffee region. You can rent your car upon arrival at Pereira airport and head straight to the iconic routes of this region so emblematic of Colombia.

Over a period of 3 to 4 days, you'll drive along the country roads and verdant paths winding through coffee plantations, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

Your route will be dotted with typical and colorful villages that so characterize the region. Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere while listening to salsa or Merengue and savoring the delicious local fruits offered along the roadside. Don't miss out on tasting the small sweet bananas, a true favorite of the most gourmet travelers.


From Pereira to Medellin: A Journey Through the Landscapes of the Antioquia Region

For a longer experience, we invite you to continue the journey to the Antioquia region for a road trip of about 7 days. Starting from Pereira, you'll quickly take picturesque roads lined with banana and mango trees, offering colorful panoramas of the valleys of the western Andes.

Along the way, you might stop in iconic villages such as Salento, Filandia, Jardin, and Jerico. These lesser-known but equally charming places allow for a better understanding of the remote coffee region and Antioquia from the inside. Between stages, take the time to explore the hiking trails offered by the surroundings for a total immersion in Colombian nature.


From Bogota to Bucaramanga: A Cultural and Artistic Journey Through the Colombian Andes

For culture and art enthusiasts, nothing beats a 7-day road trip through the typical villages of the Colombian Andes. After leaving the capital Bogota, head to typical villages such as Villa de Leyva, Barichara, and Guane.

Along the way, Tempo Colombia guides you to the best addresses: contemporary painters' workshops, small shops selling local crafts, and preserved natural reserves. This itinerary is an invitation to discover the heart of Colombian coffee culture.


From Cartagena to Santa Marta: An Epic Journey Along the Colombian Caribbean Coast

Finally, for an unforgettable beach experience, opt for a 5 to 10-day road trip along the Colombian Caribbean coast. From Cartagena to Santa Marta, passing through paradisiacal destinations such as Rincon del Mar, Mompox, and Barranquilla, the full range and diversity of the region's landscapes are yours to explore in one trip.

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