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Is Bogota safe to travel?


in Bogota, Colombia by @jackgopack | 2yr  | 6 comments

HI All!

Considering Bogota for a while but recent reporting indicates quite a few robbery related deaths and the fact that US State Dept personnel and their families are not allowed to use inter- or intra-city bus transportation, with flights mandatory between Colombian cities. Anyone have any insight as to the current reality vs such reporting?

I know they often donโ€™t match but since our nomadlist.com rates Bogota safety as โ€œbadโ€, I would greatly appreciate anyone providing a current or recent boots on the ground status report as to this effect.

Jack

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I spent three weeks in Bogotรก this last April walking through the city and I didnโ€™t suffer any kind of robbery, nor I met someone who suffered one. This said, there are some places where you need to be cautious at night (La Candelaria). Keep your belongings in sight at all times and donยดt move in empty areas. Talk with the local people, they will advise you wisely. The best place to stay is Chapinero Alto.

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@jackgopack | 2yr

Many thanks!

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@levelsio | 2yr

Not sure what you want to hear. The data on the internet almost unanimously agrees Bogota is unsafe for travel.

Why not go to Medellin instead?

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@jackgopack | 2yr

Thanks and great info!
Will look into Medellin a bit.

Jack

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@natelpiper | 2yr

I donโ€™t think Medellin is that much safer than Bogota to be honest. Pickpocketing, robberies, and scopolamine attacks all happen frequently in Medellin too (http://latinamericacurrentevents.com/medellin-colombia-two-tourists-drugged-with-scopolamine-one-dead/39810/)

Personally speaking from my experience with Bogota, if you stick to the areas around Zona T and Parque 93 for the majority of your stay, you will be just fine. This area of Bogota is quite modern and has pretty much everything you could ask for (apartments, co-working, gyms, supermarkets, cafes (Colombian coffee is so good and cheap), good restaurants, cool bars, and all kinds of shops). I really liked Bogota a lot and didnโ€™t experience any trouble during my 2 month stay. All the things above combined with the low cost of living, I thought the city was a bit of a hidden gem. Just my two cents.

Same best practices and tips apply in Bogota as they do in every Latin American city.

  • Keep a low profile and donโ€™t flash a ton of wealth.
  • Donโ€™t stay out too late at night and donโ€™t get too drunk if you go out and party. (Most incidents with Gringos that Iโ€™ve seen in Colombia involve either late nights out and/or partying, so if you avoid these two things then youโ€™ll be keeping yourself much safer than you otherwise would be)
  • Donโ€™t regularly use taxis off the street (especially at night) - use Uber or a professional private taxi company.
  • Speak conversational Spanish (Very doable for native English speakers).
  • Be more suspicious of people than you normally are.
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@jackgopack | 2yr

Excellent comprehensive info. Thank you!

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Is it easy to renew your tourist visa for 6 months in Colombia?


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Hello everyone,
I will come to live in Colombia for one year.
What is the best solution with the Visa?
I thought to have a Visa for tourists for 3 months and renewal the visa for 6 months. Is that hard to renewal a tourist Visa in Colombia?
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What system do you use? How does it work for you?

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What tools do you use to map out your travel plans for the year ahead (if you even do) - I donโ€™t mean tools for finding cheap flights - but the actual schedule planning.

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Thanks
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Best coworking space in Medellin?


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Shipping From US to Medellin


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We purchased an apartment in Medellin and are looking to ship some stuff from our storage unit there. Value of the stuff varies from Vitamix to iMacsโ€ฆ

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in Medellรญn, Colombia by @jodie_taylor | 3yr 3 years ago | 30 comments

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Where should we live in Colombia for six months?


in Colombia by @almccann | 4yr 3 years ago | 2 comments

Hola!

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Weโ€™re planning our next location in Central and South America to rent for six months and weโ€™re hearing great things about Colombia.

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How do I get an Independent Work Visa (TP7) for Colombia


in Colombia by @matthieudrula | 4yr 4 years ago | 0 comments

I work as remote freelance developer (might become permanent) for US companies and I want to go back to Colombia. I already used my tourist visa. I have seen that itโ€™s possible to get a TP7 for independent work but I donโ€™t understand two points :

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in Colombia by @matthieudrula | 4yr 4 years ago | 6 comments

Hi,
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I need to get some time out of Bogota so I can come on the remaining days of my touristic visa in order to enrol in a cheapest university to study Spanish.
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Iโ€™m trying to find the cheapest flight + hotel combination for this period of time using Nomadlist.
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