Bogota, Colombia: Our detailed 2020 guide from how to get there, best tours, the must-sees and much more!
El Dorado International Airport is found 14 kilometers outside of the city and is the largest airport in Colombia and most likely where any international flights will land. It is advisable to take a taxi from the airport to the city. Be aware the Uber is illegal in Colombia, and while you can still find cars, it is not as safe as it is in other countries.
Colombia has a complex bus system and there are three main terminals where transport arrives, one in the North of the city, one in the South, and one in the center. As with all bus stations, it is advised to watch your belonging at all times and to stay aware of your surroundings.
Colombia Hop offers a safe option for making your way to Bogota with stops along the way to appreciate the real beauty of Colombia. With a variety of passes to choose from, all including an onboard bilingual guide to assist you, you will be glad to have discovered so many gems on the road to Bogota. Best of all, Colombia Hop will drop you off right at your hotel/hostel’s door wherever you visit.
With a wealth of different things to see, do and appreciate in Bogota, you will not be left wanting for anything here. From the bustling city and its magnificent views to its colonial streets, the capital city of Colombia is a hub for travelers. Settled between beautiful rolling hills and with cobbled streets leading you through the city, Bogota is unforgettable.
Colombia is a country that struggles with its reputation, and the people of Bogota have worked very hard to change the image that it had several years ago. You can take a walking tour of the city to find out plenty of information about the history and the culture from a local, discover some of the best places to eat incredible Colombian food, and fall in love with Colombia.
Another great thing about Bogota is its proximity to some incredible adventures. From the underground salt cathedral which draws 3,000 people every Sunday to pray, to the Guatavita Laguna, which is said to be the birthplace of the legend of El Dorado.
Nightlife in Bogota is focused in one party area that is known as “Zona Rosa/Zona T”. Zona Rosa is a safe neighborhood that is great to stay in if you are looking to party while staying in Bogota.
The second best, and slightly cheaper option when it comes to where to stay and where to party in Bogota is Chapinero. This is a student area and so you can expect to enjoy an authentic Colombian night out.
While the people of Colombia have been working hard to improve the reputation and the safety of their country, there are still precautions that you should take, similar to every large city.
Keep your valuables close to you and don’t flash them about, make sure to take taxis at night. It is also a known scam that “plain-clothed police officers” will ask to inspect your passport or your money. They will then declare them as fake and confiscate them. If someone does approach you and ask to inspect your belongings, find the closest uniformed officer and ask them to confirm. This will most likely make the thief move on.