Bogota, Colombia – Is it Safe?

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Yes. Bogota, Colombia is safe. I often got asked this when voicing my plans to travel here, which is somewhat understandable due to the country’s 50 year civil war. Yet this is an all too common question I receive when traveling to many foreign countries. Something is only foreign and often frightening because it is not familiar or comfortable and fear has a tendency to ignite in such circumstances, particularly when only exposed to the ‘6 o’clock’ news or mainstream media that is one-sided and intentionally fright-provoking, and fear is unknowingly instilled in us. I encourage everyone to get out of their comfort zones in any way, and learn something new about the world and yourself; it does not have to involve traveling to a strange country, perhaps just talking to someone out of your own demographic or going out for dinner by yourself.  bogota_2 Bogota perched at 2600m is now as safe as any other city in the world as it has been in recovery from its turmoil for a few years now, and has evolved into an alluring destination. As long as you have your wits about you, such with any place, you are just as safe in Bogota now as anywhere. So let go of your preconceived notions of Bogota and Colombia, and you will find beauty here that matches any other place, as well as everyday human connection that surpasses that of the western world. For the majority of the 45 million Colombians life is better, safer and more stable than ever before. bogota_19bogota_17 The capital city offers charm, and friendliness with its gentle & engaging people that will always offer to help. There are a plethora of a cafes, restaurants and bars amidst delightful, legendary architecture. The main square, Plaza de Bolivar is the heart of the historic town and is fantastic for people watching. bogota_20Plaza de Bolivarbogota_8bogota_1 Bogota has countless museums and churches to examine, or simply wander the cobble stone streets.  The mountain summit of Cerro de Monserrate offers a spectacular panoramic view of the city and the surrounding area; take a cable car up or train or power walk your way up in 1 1/2 hours or so. I chose to ride up and hike down. Overall with my three days in Bogota, I felt safe, content and more than welcomed by the locals, and to me the latter combined with beauty and appeal makes any destination rewarding. bogota_21bogota_5bogota_16 bogota_18bogota_15 bogota

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2 comments for “Bogota, Colombia – Is it Safe?

  1. Erika
    February 26, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    Hi there !

    Great photos. I’m leaving for a three weeks trip in Colombia in a week. I will also spend 3 days in Bogota. I really want to go up Cerro de Monserrate, but I read it’s not safe to climb it during weekdays ? What are thoughts on that ?

    Thanks !

    • the curious rambler
      February 29, 2016 at 8:56 pm

      Colombia and its people are beautiful! Check with the locals in Bogota, at your hostel perhaps, for up-to-date info on the safety of the climb. Pick-pocketing was apparently common but i’m not sure. You can always go with other travelers to ensure safety. Happy journey!