Five Essential Android Apps for Tourists in Colombia

Colombia is becoming an increasingly attractive destination for tourists from all over the globe. Boasting a beautiful landscape and rich culture, the country has climbed the ladder in Latin America to become one of the more popular places to visit within the region. And its clout among tourists is sure to gain strength – Colombia’s government invested US$55 million in the travel industry from 2010 to 2012 and shows no signs of stopping.

Headed to Colombia soon or looking to visit the country during your next vacation? Here are a few Android apps to help you make the most of your trip:

Stay Informed: Neo News

When traveling to any location, it’s a good idea to stay up-to-speed on related news. The Neo News Colombia app gathers the latest updates and stories from the country’s top news publications in one place. It gives users access to information from El Tiempo, El Pais, El Mundo, DNA and other media outlets, featuring coverage on Bogotá, Cali, Medellín, Barranquilla, Ibagué and more.

Traveling to other Latin American locales? Neo News apps are available for various countries in the region – see a list of options here.

Get Around: Tappsi

The Tappsi app is an essential tool for getting around some of Colombia’s biggest cities. Designed to help tourists and locals book taxis in a secure and simple way, Tappsi is currently available in Bogotá and Barranquilla and will add new locations soon.

Traveling beyond Bogotá? Then you’ll also want to download this offline map of Colombia. This Colombia Navigation app could be of use, too.

Eat Well: Colombia Recipes Collection

Love the food you eat while in Colombia and want to bring those dishes home? The Colombia Recipes Collection app will help you do just that. The app boasts a library of hundreds of Colombian recipes, from simple dishes and traditional meals to more modern creations.

While you’re in Colombia, use Restorando to book tablets in the country’s top restaurants.

Experience Colombia: Colombia Travel

Produced by Proexport Colombia, this app boasts an extensive database of all the wide array of tourism-related products the country has to offer. With information on 17 destinations, the app tells you where to go and what to do. It features itinerary suggestions, image galleries and valuable data, and it connects to social media as well. For the time being, the app is available in Spanish only – other languages are sure to come soon.

Speak the Language: Duolingo

Recently launched for Android, Duolingo is a great way to learn Spanish – and did we mention it’s free of charge? Based on a unique business model through which students provide small translations, Duolingo offers educational content for learners of all levels, from beginners to those with skills that are more advanced. And no matter how much you use it, you’ll never have to pay a dime.

So what are you waiting for? Book your ticket, pack your bag and enjoy Colombia!