Resources

  • This is Colombia (www.colombia.co/en) A superb website aimed at promoting Colombia to the world.
  • Proexport Colombia (www.colombia.travel/en) The official government tourism portal.
  • Colombia Reports (www.colombiareports.co) Top English-language news source.
  • BBC News (www.bbc.com/news/world/latin_america) The Beeb has excellent South American coverage.
  • Parques Nacionales Naturales de Colombia (www.parquesnacionales.gov.co) Detailed parks information.
  • Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com/colombia) Destination information, hotel bookings, traveler forum and more.

Top Tips

  • After soliciting a taxi via phone or the booking app Tappsi (www.tappsi.co), you'll need to give the driver a password (clave), which is normally the last two digits of the phone you used. Without it, the driver cannot begin the meter.
  • During rush hour, taxis are scarce: unless you add a tip from the app, most taxi drivers won't accept your solicitation. On Tappsi, click 'More,' enable 'VIP' and add an amount to help encourage their response (COP$3000 to COP$4000 should do it).
  • Consider altering your TransMilenio trips in order to take advantage of express routes – you'll save oodles of time and discomfort, even if it means an extra 15 minutes of walking to a different station.
  • Save a bundle on breakfast: Bogotá does a brisk street-food trade during morning commutes.