Colombia - a paradise for travellers or a taboo due to civil war? Tell us your opinion about Colombia!
BackgroundA military conflict between the Colombian government and the guerilla threatens the country since the 60s. The rate of homicide and kidnapping has risen mainly in the 90s. Nevertheless, is it safe to visit the country after the recent developments or would it be better to stay away from the country? The opinions vary. Federal foreign offices of various countries advise against traveling through the country. On the other hand, many travelers returning from Colombia report that it is safe enough to visit. The purpose of this forum is to get a general idea about travel experiences in Colombia.
LinksTravel advices of foreign ministries
U.S. Department of State
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Info pages about Colombia
south america tours
Wikipedia Travel Guide
Colombia Travel Blog
Internet Forums About Colombia
The poorbuthappy Colombia guide
Virtual Tourist Forum Colombia
My experience in Colombia: The security situation is better than its reputation, as long as common rules are respected and certain areas are avoided, Colombia is a save place to explore.
My experience in Colombia: The security situation does not permit to visit the country. Therefore my opinion corresponds to the warnings of foreign ferderal offices of various countries.
Steve Dickerman, USA, wrote on 20.03
My relation with Colombia: I'm an american, I lived in Colombia for 11 years, never had a problem, just use common sense.
Read this article from CNN and this is happening now, I moved back to the US 5 years ago.
Colombia is an amazing country, you will be safe as long as you use common sense, do not go to a bad area at night, you would not do it in your own city. You will have a great time.
Matt Bladowski, , wrote on 25.02
My relation with Colombia: visited 4 times
Let me assure you, you have no idea what the country is like until you actually visit it. You might think that Venezuela or Peru, is somewhat like Colombia. Let me tell you, the difference between Colombia and Venezuela is like between France and Switzerland - they are close, but nothing alike. The more I go there, the more I like it. Sure, you don't want to wear a golden chain around your neck when you get on the bus in a not so good part of Bogota, because you'll lose it, just as I did.
But let me tell you, it is a much safer place than downtown Atlanta for example.
If you are going to take the necessary precautions, this will be a trip of a lifetime. It is true what others say about the country and people - it is a spectacular experience. I recommend going to the coast, and bring your dancing shoes! If you like to party, there is no better place. You have to see it. And make sure you dress well, or you will feel out of place.
Maria Ximena Plaza, Colombia, wrote on 21.02
My relation with Colombia: my home town
Besides the enchantment and the beauty of the women, the incredible weather that can pass from a really chilly cold to the breezy hotness of the beaches during all the year, you can enjoy a life time experience by visiting Colombia. Nature in it´s maximum expression will make you allucinate mean while you hit the road. People will reveal the most deepest secrets of our rich culture. Let go of the fears, because as you meet Colombia you will find the happinnes of the parties and the harmony of the environment.
Robert Jäger, Austria, wrote on 17.02
My relation with Colombia: I am living in Bogotá
I am living in Bogotá, the capital of Colombia, for two weeks. For sure this is not a long time, but I can write about my first impressions:
Bogotá is a huge city with many different neighbourhoods. Some seem to be more safe than others. However, it is no problem to walk alone on the streets during the day. The fact that I am one of few foreign people here (there is not much tourism in Bogotá) and that I do not look like a Colombian doesn't change anything. People are friendly and nice and it is easy to get in touch with them.
At night you should be more careful and avoid to walk in certain areas, especially alone. But there is no difference to other cities in Southamerica or even Europe.
So I can recommend everybody to come here to meet fantastic people and to enjoy the great nightlife, particulary if you love Salsa music. Just one thing, I think it is important to know Spanish, however, this shouldn't be an exclusion criterion either.
Regards from Bogotá,