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Bogota at a Glance

Colombia's robust capital buzzes with activity, improvement projects and new energy. After decades of unrest, Bogota is safer and visitors find the city's charm by wandering through the historic districts looking at elegant colonial buildings, riotous flowers and historic churches. 

Bogota is a museum-lover's city. Colombian history, art and culture can be experienced in exhibits across the city. Marvel at pre-Colombian statuettes made from pure gold, or puzzle over a surrealist painting. Learn more about the ancient civilizations who lived here, or dig in to Colombia's modern and messy history. 

For gourmands, Bogota's cafe scene is booming. Stop in for a casual lunch and some people watching with locals. Alternatively dine on white tablecloths with the fare of a renown chef in front of you. Where ever you eat in Bogota, relax and enjoy a long, slow meal and re-charge for the rest of the city's delights be they admiring old churches or grooving to music until late.  

What to Expect
High Season
December - May
Low Season
June - November
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      • Major Airport El Dorado International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Most visitors to Colombia do not need a visa for trips under three months. A valid passport from your country of origin with at least six months remaining and one page for stamping is required. Contact the Colombian Consulate to learn more about the entry requirements for your personal situation. American citizens can learn more at the  U.S State Department website.

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather and Seismic Activity Colombia's higher elevations can have extreme variation in temperature between day and night. Lower elevation areas are uniformly warm. Earthquakes occur in Colombia. 

      Safety Concerns The U.S State Department routinely flags Colombia with travel warnings. Check the U.S State Department's list of travel alerts and warnings  for updated information. Drug violence and kidnapping are chief concerns, especially in unsecured rural areas. Petty criminals are interested in your cash and you should be alert for pickpockets and hold-ups. Carry a decoy wad of cash and leave your valuables behind at home or in a hotel safe. 

      Health Concerns Travelers should contact their doctor at least two months before their trip to learn about required vaccinations. Do not drink the water in Colombia. It is easiest to purify or boil it to avoid getting sick.