Toilets

  • There are very few public toilets in Colombia. In their absence use a restaurant's toilet. Museums and large shopping malls usually have public toilets, as do bus and airport terminals and some supermarkets.
  • You'll often (but not always) find toilet paper in toilets; it's wise to carry some with you. Never flush toilet paper. The pipes are narrow and the water pressure is weak, so toilets can't cope with paper. A wastebasket is normally provided.
  • The most common word for toilet is baño. Men's toilets will usually bear a label saying señores, hombres or caballeros, while the women's toilets will be marked señoras, mujeres or damas.
  • Bus-station restrooms will usually charge COP$800 to COP$1000 plus COP$200 to COP$300 for toilet paper.