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Official language: Spanish // Colombia capital city: Bogota // Approx population: 48.5 million // Government type: Unitary state, Presidential system // Currency: Colombian Peso // National emergency phone # 123, Tourist Police Tel: (1) 3374413
Power outlets and source: Voltage: 110 V, Frequency: 60 Hz, Power sockets: type A / B
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Found in any local cell shop, some retailers might ask for your passport to make photocopies and some won't bother. The price ranges from 5.000 to 20.000 pesos. Your smart phone needs to be unlocked.
List of Internet Cafe's in Bogota... Not sure how reliable the list is.. Let me know! Click HERE
Well, just like any other south American Latin country, public transport is... what it is! For Colombia it's not any different, yet they do obviously have some established public transport. In the capital, Bogota, there is a public transport in place to travel by bus rather efficiently. The web site is only in Spanish and you get it HERE TRANSMILENIO
UBER MOVES: Bogota, Cali and Medellin
Intra National Bus Travel:
Bolivariano: Offers multiple buss routes within Colombia.
Rapido Ochoa: Also offering multiples routes within Colombia
Apart from that, getting around majority of the country you will have different options, such as motorcycle taxis, tricyle moto-taxis (tuk tuk's) and hitchhiking. Hitchhiking is a little uncommon in Colombia, not many people will stop their cars to pick up people as I have read, regardless, no matter the country you are in, be safe and be cautious when hitching a ride.
Something to consider when traveling into Colombia, there are no major roads coming from 3 neighboring countries: Panama, Brazil and Peru. There are no roads from Panama, and there are small roads between Colombia and Peru or Brazil, but they do not lead to any major cities or regions. From Panama, entering by boat is a possibility.
Staying safe in Colombia: Remember if Colombians take the time to give you advice and tips on where not to go, it is in your best interest to listen. While Bogota, Medellin, Cali, and Cartagena are the most popular tourist areas, you must still remain vigilant and probably should minimize your time outdoors after dark. I also recommend from the readings I have done, avoid doing drugs or buying any for the matter. Just something you DO NOT want to get caught with, especially in Columbia.
WATER: Safe to drink in major cities, but it is very chlorinated. Advisable to still drink bottled water.
San Agustin Archeological Park: Home to more than 500 monoliths, statues, petroglyphs and sarcophagi, ost of the stone carvings at San Agustin were created between 100 A.D. and 1200 A.D. - Google Maps
NIGHTLIFE IN COLOMBIA:
(Within a 20 KM radius)
(Within a 50 KM radius) Not much around this airport, as its afurther away from the city roughly an hour away. About 60, 000 Pesos for an hour taxi ride.
"Almost twenty years ago Karen left her hometown of Philadelphia to pursue expat life, and she’s still loving it. Once co-editor of a literary magazine in Philadelphia, she now lives in Bogota, Colombia, and writes about what moves her; eating, traveling and listening to people’s fascinating stories." -Karen-
Be sure not to miss out on any of these fantastic podcast episodes where all the focus is on Colombia
"Sarepa.com is a documentation of my love affair with Colombia and is my way of saying thank you to a country and a people that has given me so many wonderful memories." -Sarah Duncun-
Welcome to Colombia, very well known for Colombian coffee.
Bienvenida a Columbia, el país de café increíble.