PRE-IMMERSION

Have you made up your mind? Are you ready to dive in your immersion? But… You still have some questions about your trip.

Getting ready for your trip can be overwhelming. Allow us to help you with some tips and useful information that will help your immersion go more smoothly.

PASSPORT AND VISA

PASSPORT AND VISA

Citizen of several countries in the world don’t need a visa to enter Colombia if they are staying no longer than three months in a tourist status. However, just to be safe, check the immigration policies to make sure you are not required to apply for a visa (you can also contact us). Don’t forget to check your passport’s expiration date. Renew it, if needed. Make a copy of your passport and any other travel documents you consider important.

TICKETS AND FLIGHT

TICKETS AND FLIGHT

You can easily find non-stop flights to Bogota from mostly all main cities in the world. Flights from New York City last approximately five hours, a flight from Paris 11 hours. Depending on your location you can use search engines that offer good deals on tickets. There are several websites that you can use to find your ticket; from Europe, we recommend Skyscanner and from North America, Orbitz. You can always go to the airlines websites and explore their options. Have in mind that these are only suggestions.

EMERGENCY TRAVEL INSURANCE

EMERGENCY TRAVEL INSURANCE

Before you travel, we recommend purchasing an Emergency Travel Insurance with emergency medical coverage. If you don’t have one, find the most convenient for you. Make sure your travel destination is included in the policy; check how many consecutive days abroad you'll be covered for and the limit amount on claims. And, if you are planning on doing some extra fun activities, check that your policy will include 'hazardous' activities

LOCATION AND WEATHER

LOCATION AND WEATHER

Bogotá is located on the mountains at 2,640 meters (8,660 feet) above sea level. It is the capital city and is situated in the center of Colombia. Due to its geographic position, Bogotá doesn’t have a very warm climate. The average temperature is 15°C (60°F) and varies from 6°C (43°F) to 20°C (70°F) during the day and it remains approximately the same throughout the year. From Bogotá, you can easily get to warmer or colder places. If you feel like warming up, going to the pool and experiencing a more tropical weather, you just have to drive three hours and find very nice towns. If you just want to cool down and explore different landscapes, one hour drive is all you need.

CURRENCY

CURRENCY

Colombia’s currency is the Colombian Peso. The lowest denomination is 50 pesos and the highest 100,000 pesos. With 50 pesos you can buy a tiny piece of candy, with 100,000 pesos you can have a very nice (not so fancy) dinner for two. We have 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 pesos coins, and 1,000; 2,000; 5,000; 10,000; 20,000; 50,000 and 100,000 pesos bills.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

In Bogotá there are three alternatives for public transportation. The cheapest option is the bus ($1,650); it offers a variety of routes and stops nearby any location all across the city. Transmilenio (articulated buses) is a rapid transit system with dedicated bus roads; it is faster and covers long routes but it is a bit more expensive ($2,300). Taxis aren’t so expensive in Bogotá, but at some times of the day with traffic congestion, it isn’t the best option. The minimum fare is $4,400 for 50 units. Every unit represents 100 meters ride. They can also apply extra charges for waiting time, holidays and service to the airport. Bogotá also offers an alternative for bikes lovers. You can use the exclusive bike trails located on many of the city’s main roads.

COLOMBIAN FOOD

COLOMBIAN FOOD

Contrary to popular belief, Colombian food is not spice; you can find hot salsa to add to your food but most of our traditional dishes won’t be spice. Our food has some similarities to Mexican food but it definitely differs in flavors and presentation. In Colombia we do eat many of the same products as they do in Central America and the Caribbean but we take advantage of the products of our land to give our dishes that traditional taste. One of the best things about Colombia is the variety in fruits. Try as many as you can: Try them fresh, in salads, in ice cream, in juices, in deserts.

SAFETY

SAFETY

Colombia is a safe country for tourism. The tourism in our country has increased significantly in the last decade and that is because visitors understood there is nothing to be afraid of. If you’ve visited any big city in the world, you should know there are some precautions you need to take to be safe and allow yourself an enjoyable trip. For example, you should always keep an eye on your belongings, don’t leave them unattended; pickpocketing also happens in Bogotá, be extra careful in crowded or busy spaces; don’t carry your passport or any important documents with you, as well as large amounts of money; keep in mind that there are some areas on the city that aren’t so safe especially at night. If you follow this safety measures, be ready to have the best experience in our city.
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