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Traveling to Colombia, Bogota

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Traveling to Colombia, Bogota

Hey guys,

Me and my friend are visiting Colombia in November. We are thinking about going to Bogota, Cali and Medellin for sure and maybe visit some places around the coast.

After reading a lot about safety we got a little bit scared. We are just two girls, around mid twenties who don't speak Spanish at all. The reason we decided to go to Colombia is because we got a couple of friends living in Cali. They will join us in Cali but aren't able to join us at the other places. We already asked them about safety and they said it won't be that bad if we are just careful. Even though they've said that I still wanted to have some other opinions as well and hopefully some reassuring.

Also we would like to know what places you guys would recommend visiting and some tips about accommodation and activities.

Thanks in advance!

Paris, Canada
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1. Re: Traveling to Colombia, Bogota

Read this thread:


I do think it is a good idea to learn a few Spanish phrases. And take a phrasebook.

You only mention cities. If it were my trip I would add a few colonial villages. Salento for example. And/or Jardin. Cartagena is of course beautiful and then you could also go to Santa Marta for Tayrona (hiking, beaches, wildlife) and Minca (waterfalls, swimming holes, birds, hiking...). We don't know how long you have or what your interests are.

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2. Re: Traveling to Colombia, Bogota

Thank you for your message. We have three and a half weeks to visit Colombia. I would love to check out some villages as well, as long as it is safe for us to go there by ourselves.

As far as it comes to learning Spanish I know a little bit as I have studied Spanish but I am not very good at it. I just know the basics but I will try to improve myself the following months.

If you have any more advice or tips please do share! Thanks

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3. Re: Traveling to Colombia, Bogota

From Medellin try and visit:

- Guatape and El Penol. A lake with a massive rock you can climb. Easy day trip.

- Sante Fe De Antioquia. Colonial town, very close and easy day trip. Very hot.

- Jardin - amazing pueblo, a very long day trip (35 hours each way), or go overnight.

- Tamesis - as per Jardin. Beautiful scenery and trek up a mountain to rappel down a waterfall.

In Cali, as your friends about San Cipriano. A beautiful liite pueblo that you have to take modified carts that run on a rail track to get too. Lovely river - overnight trip.

See if you can fit Cali in - the most touristic place in Colombia, for good reason.

Nearer to Cali, there is also Salento (next to Armenia) a stunning mountain town with the tallest wax palms in the world.

Paris, Canada
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4. Re: Traveling to Colombia, Bogota

Maybe Bogota 2 nights. Cali no idea (I have not been there and I don't know how long you want to stay with your friends). Salento 3 nights. Manizales 2 nights. Jardin 2-3 nights. Medellin 4 nights (we liked the day trip to El Penol and Guatape). Cartagena 3 nights. Santa Marta 1 night. Tayrona 2 nights. Minca 1-2 nights.

My Spanish is very basic and I got by just fine. But it is good to have some Spanish or to at least try which is much appreciated.

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5. Re: Traveling to Colombia, Bogota

You will need to be VERY careful in Bogota (my son was just there - it's the wild wild west there - especially Candelaria). He was told that Cali was worse (that's not substantiated, just what he was told). He's in Cartagena right now and says it feels much safer. I'm not normally somebody that is an alarmist; you can get robbed anywhere. But Bogota is crazy. Enjoy your trip!!

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Manizales, Colombia
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8. Re: Traveling to Colombia, Bogota

I have my doubts about this Police app.

The greatest risk out on the street is of property theft and one of the first things that thieves go for is the cellphone.

You will not have a chance to get your phone out and launch the app.

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9. Re: Traveling to Colombia, Bogota

Ia m very surprised to read this topic. Wild wild west in Bogota? I wonder where your son has been in Bogota?

If you stay in Chapinero, or the zonas T or G than I can't believe something bad will happen to you. My favorite spot is VIRREY PARK and I can walk there 24/7 on the streets...no problem at all.

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I agree with Thomas, as a European expat Bogota has a lot of really cool and safe zones! Also Usaqen is amazing, Santa Barbara, etc. If you have any question just let me know I am happy to help you because I am just building up a touristic service agency around Bogota (day trips from Bogota). Enjoy Colombia, Peter

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