The currency in Colombia is the peso. $...Bills come in denominations of 1.000, 2.000, 5.000, 10.000, 20.000 and 50.000 pesos. They’re all the same size. Coins are made in values of 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 pesos, and vary in size.
Credit cards are used in the majority of Colombian establishments.
Banks in Santa Marta adhere to the same schedule as the rest of the country.
Bancolombia: Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 7:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 to 1:00 pm.
Cr3 14 - 10 P-3 Colombia, Santa Marta
Teléfono: (57) (5) 4210185
Banco Bogota and Davivienda: Monday to Thursday, 8:00 – 11:30, 2:00 – 4:00; Friday, 8:00 – 11:30, 2:00 – 4:30, Saturday 9:00-2:00 pm
C.C. Ocean Mall L-131 Colombia, Santa Marta Teléfono: (57) (5) 4300118
For a comprehensive list of banks, hours, and addresses, go here:
Money Exchange houses: Monday to Friday 9: 00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm.
ATM Machines: This is an excellent option for travelers, as they’re open 24 hours/day, and the Exchange rate is virtually the same. It’s also possible to take money out in English. Ask your bank, though, about fees incurred by using foreign tellers.
Be careful to use “public” tellers, ones located on busy streets and in malls. It’s important to be safe, above all. Many stores, also, use debit cards as credit cards. Some tellers allow withdrawals using Cirrus, Visa and Master Card.
Debit cards: Most big stores, supermarkets, and superstores accept debit cards as well as restaurants and hotels.