Visas: Travelers receive a 90-day tourist visa, which can be extended another 90 days per calendar year. Nationals of some countries, including most of Western Europe, the Americas, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, don't need a visa to enter Colombia.
Local transportation: Bogota has the largest BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) system in the world, and is the best way to get around the city. The service is frequent and cheap (fares, either COP$1400 or COP$1700, fluctuate throughout the day according to peak and off-peak time frames). Most lines operate from 4:58am to 12:15am Monday to Saturday, 5:55am to 11:15pm Sunday. You can buy your ticket(s) at the counter at all stations. Buses travel in exclusive bus lanes, bypassing the infamous city traffic.
Privately owned buses cruise all the main thorough fares and many side streets, and are the principal form of transport for the working and student classes. Though they do follow specific routes, they do not have bus "stops"; you merely call to them like taxis and they will stop for you where you are standing. The cost for riding on a private bus is usually 1550 COP during the day and 1600 COP during the night.
Taxis are ubiquitous and affordable, however travelling by taxi in Bogotá entails many risks. It is dangerous to flag them on the street, and it is safer to get an Uber or if you really need a taxi, to order it by App (EasyTaxi). Do a quick check to make sure there’s no one crouching in the passenger seat nor in the trunk (sometimes you can see the inside of the trunk from the backseat) and lock the doors.
Where to buy a SIM card: Colombia has three main telcos and several smaller mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) that use one of the main networks: Claro, Movistar and Tigo. Claro is the largest telecommunications provider in Colombia, and has the best network coverage. Go to a Tigo, Claro, or Movistar store to sign up for a data plan or buy a SIM card. Prepaid (Prepago) SIM cards cost around $2 and calls are less than $0.10 a minute. Contract (postpago) phones are a cheaper option but you will need a Colombian ID to sign the agreement.
Popular areas: El Centro, La Candelaria, Chapinero, El Salitre, La Macarena, Parque de la 93, Usaquén
Popular food: Arepas (corn flour based pancakes), Empanadas (similar to a pot pie), Tamal (mixture of meat, chicken, potato, vegetables and yellow corn wrapped in plantain leaves and then boiled), Ajiaco (traditional soup)
Things not to do: Don't hail a taxi from the street due to safety issues - always use an app like EasyTaxi or Uber.
Home to about 8.8 million people, Bogota is Colombia's capital city and a city of contrasts. The city is both old and new, frantic and peaceful. Century-old plazas and churches are shadowed by towering skyscrappers, while peaceful tree-lined bicycle routes cut through wild-traffic avenues. The city has been exposed to European and North American influences, which ensures that anything from traditional dishes (Ajiaco) to sushi or fast food restaurants can be found.
The city has generally gotten safer over the course of two decades, however tourist knife-point muggings have been common especially in La Candelaria. You should take caution walking alone or with valuables at night in the area. Avoid Calle 9 up the hill nearer to the poorer neighborhoods of Barrio Egypto all-together (do not venture beyond Carrera 1). Parque de los Periodistas, the road between Universidad de Los Andes and Monserrate and Marcarena (take a taxi and stick to the main restaurant streets) should be avoided. The northern districts are safer to walk around at night (Zona Rosa and Parque de la 93).
Women digital nomads should be aware that sexual harrasment from men can happen on buses and BRT, especially during peak hours and at night.
Cheap cost of living, good internet access and a sizeable digital nomads community makes Bogota one of the top places for digital nomads.
The best time of year to travel to Bogotá is probably during the months of December, January, February and March. These are the months when the weather is driest. April and May usually have the highest amounts of rain, with June and July following.
Coworking Spaces in Bogota
Cafes with wifi
Don't want to work at a coworking space? Check out these cafes with wifi instead.