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Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK :
Street crime is an issue, and it’s on the rise in Bogota, so standard safety precautions are recommended. Although violence against travellers does not occur often, there have been a few reports of robberies involving violence. Exercise common sense and remain vigilant for suspicious behaviour as you would in any other major city.
PICKPOCKETS RISK :
Pickpocketing and purse snatching are common in tourist locations and public transportation. Distraction is often the strategy, so always be alert and keep an eye on your belongings.
MUGGING RISK :
Muggings have happened in urban areas. People walking alone are often the targets, especially at night. In case of being robbed, do not resist and hand over your valuables. Express kidnappings or short-term kidnappings can also occur. Most cases in major cities involve victims that have been picked up by taxis stopped from the street.
SCAMS RISK :
As in any other country, taxi drivers will try to take advantage of travelers by overcharging them. Remain vigilant for thieves that use different strategies to rob you like a tap on the shoulder, spitting or getting something spilled on you. Credit card skimming is also common. Thieves have been known to pose as police officers, so always ask to see official identification and record the officer’s name, badge number, and district. Do not hand them your passport or money for inspection as a legitimate Colombian police will never make such request. Insist on calling a bona fide police station if this happens.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK :
Overall, taxis and public transportation are safe. Make sure you book a ride or use radio taxis from places like a hotel when possible as there have been reports of traveler being robbed and assaulted by taxi drivers.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK :
Flooding and landslides can happen during heavy rains and may result in public transportation disruptions. Bogota is also subject to earthquakes. Monitor local media and follow the advice of the local authorities.
TERRORISM RISK :
There is a general threat from terrorism that is linked to organised crime. Control of the drugs trade is one of the major drivers. Remain vigilant and take advice from authorities, hotels and tour operators.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK :
Many women travel safely without any issues. However, there have been reports of sexual assault throughout the country. Avoid isolated locations and traveling alone after dark. Women may be subject to verbal harassment as well. Remain extra vigilant at bus terminals and in taxis.
WHAT TO DO?
The art hub and elegant architecture are found here, in the beautiful historic center of Bogota. This is one of the most popular districts in the city, and it is also the oldest neighbourhood that is now filled with cafés, museums, restaurants, and theatres. Over 200 pieces of world-known art from Picasso to Dali are found in the Museo Botero, and over 34,000 pieces of gold artefacts dating from the pre-hispanic to the modern era are in display at the Museo del Oro.