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Introduction

Church of Maria del Carmen, Bogota

Church of Maria del Carmen, Bogota

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Bogota is the capital and largest city in Colombia with well over 7 million people living in the city and more than 10 million in the metropolitan area. It is located in the central mountainous part of the country on a plateau at a height of 2,640 metres, which makes it one of the biggest cities in the world at this altitude, together with Quito, La Paz and Lhasa. The city has been inhabited for almost 500 years. Today it is the economical and cultural heart of the country and has good infrastructure for travellers. Still, while it is much more safe than it used to be, crime can be a problem in the city. However, with the normal precautions you shouldn't worry too much about the stories you hear outside Colombia.

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Events and Festivals

With the majority of the city being Catholic all major Catholic holidays are celebrated.

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Weather

The climate is mild yearround and because of its height it is never very hot and humid like most other cities in the tropics. The dry period is from December to March with clear days, frost is possible at night and during the day it is pretty warm. It is never warmer than about 28 degrees Celcius. During the June-August period it is relatively dry as well, but cloudy and windy conditions rule the city and temperatures vary less than during the sunnier dry period.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max16.4 °C16.7 °C16.7 °C16 °C16.2 °C15.7 °C14.9 °C15.4 °C15.8 °C15.9 °C16 °C16.1 °C
Avg Min5.6 °C6.5 °C7.6 °C8.6 °C8.7 °C8.3 °C7.7 °C7.3 °C7.1 °C7.7 °C7.9 °C6.3 °C
Rainfall29 mm44 mm66 mm101 mm93 mm54 mm43 mm46 mm72 mm107 mm91 mm53 mm
Rain Days81114182018171616181712

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Getting There

By Plane

El Dorado International Airport (BOG), located 15 kilometres west of Bogota, is the base of the Colombian national airline Avianca. Avancia has flights from Bogota to countries in Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States and Madrid. To the latter, Iberia has flights as well. Air France flies to and from Paris.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
A mi Refugio. Casa Cultural y de HuespedesCarrera 19 - 33 - 21 Barrio TeusaquilloGuesthouse86
Alegria's HostelCarrera 2 # 09 - 46Hostel89
Anandamayi Hostel & HotelCalle 9 No. 2 - 81 (antigua)HOSTEL91
Casa PlatypusCarrera 3 No. 16 - 28Hotel-
ChapiNorte HostelCalle 79 numero 14-59 apto 402 Zona RosaHOSTEL76
Destino NómadaCalle 11 # 00 - 38, La CandelariaHostel89
Hostal Bogota RealCalle 103 B No. 46-05Hostel86
Hostal CampobelloCarrera 45A N 104A-13GUESTHOUSE88
Hostal FatimaCalle 12c No. 2-24 Barrio de la CandelariaHOSTEL82
Hostal La Candelaria BogotaCalle 16#2-38, La Candelaria district, HistoricalGuesthouse84
Hostel Sue CandelariaCarrera 3 # 12c-18Hostel89
Hotel El VirreyCalle 18n. 5-56Hotel81
La Quinta Hostelcalle 58a-#14a-39Guesthouse-
Musicology HostelCalle 9 #3-15 La CandelariaHostel83
PlatypusCalle 12F No 2 -43HOSTEL-
The Cranky Croc HostelCalle 12d No. 3-46 La CandelariaHostel89
Bedbreakfast Chorro de QuevedoCalle 12 B bis a 1-53GUESTHOUSE87
Villacandelaria HostelCarrera 3 15 - 97Hostel83
La PintaCalle 65 # 5 - 67Hostel87
Colombia Apartamentos Amoblado/ EdificioSantanaIICalle 44 Carrera 14Apartment-
Ivy HostelCrr 2 # 17-67 Int 1 Las AguasHostel92
Chapinorte V.I.P.Calle 79, N 14-59, Apart. 301 Zona RosaHostel88
Hostal AventurerosCarrera 3 N.14,82HOSTEL81
Hotel Marques de la PlataCalle 56 # 37 A - 08 Nicolas de FedermanHotel84
Hotel Casa PaulinaCalle 63 # 17-18Hotel85
Los Andes HostelCarrera 13A No. 79-07 Zona RosaHostel87
Hostal Colonial La QuintaCalle 12B BIS # 1-23Hostel82
Baluarte Hostel La CandelariaCarrera 12 B # 0 - 43GUESTHOUSE-
CheckinflatCarrera 21 No. 127D-79Apartment-
Swiss Hostal MartinikCarrera 4 # 11-88 Barrio La CandelariaHOSTEL86
Color HostalCalle 95#69-14 Barrio la Alborada a 20 min del aeropuertoGuesthouse-
Chocolate HostelCalle 12 F # 2 -43HOSTEL83
Hostal Casa QuevedoCarrera 1 A # 12B-30HOSTEL88
North House HostelCra 18 #80-66 Zona RosaHostel88
AlteregoCalle 13 #3-85 (old) Calle 12-B # 3-81 (new)Hostel84
Casa Bellavista HostelCarrera 2 # 12B - 31Hostel90
hostal color roomsCarrera 71B Barrio NormandiaGuesthouse-
Sayta HostalCalle 12B #0-57GUESTHOUSE88
Casa McGeorgiesCalle 12 No. 1-60 La CandelariaHOSTEL-
Apartaestudio PanoramaCalle 31 No. 13A-51 Torre 1 Apto. 701Apartment-
A Bogota On HolidaysCalle 51A # 74 20 Normandia II SectorHotel-
Casa Dan CarltonCalle 47 # 28-83 in BucaramangaHOTEL-
Fatima HostelCalle 12c no. 2-24Hostel-
Niza Norte Bed & BreakfastCalle 127D 71-25GUESTHOUSE-
Boutique Hostal Casa VioletaCll 12 No 2-27Hostel-
Hotel MonserrateCalle 17 # 7-71Hotel-
Hostal BuenavidaCalle 12B # 2-29Hostel78
Hotel El DuqueCalle 23 # 9-38Hotel-
Hotel Internacional BogotaCarrera 5 Nº 14-45HOTEL-
Hotel Lido BogotaCalle 11 9-45Hotel-
Candelos HostelCarrera 3 No12C-94HOSTEL82
El Campin HotelCarrera 25 # 52-35Hotel-
Boutique Casa DecoCalle 14 # 2 - 30Hotel-
Colombia at HomeKra 18 # 56-29HOTEL-
San Francisco de AsisCarrera 10 23-63Hotel-
Suites 108Calle 108 16-05Hotel-
La NiaCalle 66 4a -07HOSTEL88
laquintahostelCalle 58 A No. 14-A-39Apartment-
El Solar Hostel DCCra. 1 # 12B-15 Barrio La CandelariaHostel-
San Francisco de AsisCra 10, 23-63Hotel-
Tip Top HostelCarrera 1 bis no: 12 d 78 (antigua calle 15) Barrio Candelaria City CentreHOSTEL83
Explora HostelsCalle 12c # 3 -19HOSTEL85
La Playa HostelCra. 19 No. 33-04Hostel83
Masaya Bogota HostelCarrera 2 no 12 48 Candelaria Centro BogotaHOSTEL88
Hotel ExcelsiorCarrera 14 # 86a-96Hotel-
Hotel Casa SaritaDiagonal 54 Street, Number 23-45HOTEL-
Hotel Casa Navicalle 24 C # 44A -46Hotel-
Hotel Casa GuadalupeCalle 12 b bis 1-21GUESTHOUSE-
BDA55 GuesthouseCll 55 No. 10 - 73GUESTHOUSE-
Mr Warrot HostalCalle 12 f Numero 1-27GUESTHOUSE86
Casa Hostel Color Roomscalle 95 # 69-14 la alboradaHostel-
LimaSuitesCalle 64 4-14 Bogota, Chapinero Alto Pardo RubioGuesthouse-
Maqroll HostelCalle 22a Bis 44a-04HOSTEL86
El VirreyCalle 64 4-14, Pardo RubioAPARTMENT-
Lima Limon Candelaria HostelCarrera 1 12B-15HOSTEL90
Casa Club Delaucalle 35#17-51Guesthouse-
Hotel Casona del PatioCarrera 8, 69 - 24HOTEL-
Hotel Campin 63Calle 63 D N 21-16HOTEL-
Finca AgualindaKm 1,1 Vía San Francisco Supatá, 001Hostel-
Hotel Plata BogotaCalle 56 Numero 35A - 27 Barrio Nicolas de FedermanHOTEL-
Bahareque HostelCarrera 57 B Bis N° 128-23HOSTEL-
Hostal Donde LiliCra 5 No. 26 b 14HOSTEL-
Hostelling Cumbia HouseCalle 9 3-50 La CandelariaGuesthouse-
Fatima Hostel CapurganaCalle 12 c No. 2-24Hostel-
Hotel AragonCarrera 3 12C-13Hotel-
Hostal Bakano BackpackersCalle 16 # 2-86 (vieja) Calle 12F # 2-86 (nueva)HOSTEL-
SieChitá GuesthouseCr 3 #12b-89GUESTHOUSE-
Zohar HostelCarrera 4 #9-80 La Candelaria CentroHOSTEL-
Kozii Hostel D.CCarrera 10A #67-66HOSTEL-
Tip Top BackpackersCarrera 1 No. 12 B 81HOSTEL-
Hospedarte Shalom SASCarrera 80B No. 24D-45 ModeliaHOTEL-
Casa De AriCalle 10 Carrera 2 - 46HOSTEL-
Tararosa GuestapartmentCalle 145 No 13A 80 apto 504APARTMENT-
Arlequino HostelCarrera 6 # 10 - 23 L.302HOSTEL-
Colombian Dream HostelCarrera 5 No. 12 - 53HOSTEL-
Tita HouseCalle 53D N° 22A- 25 Barrio GaleriasGUESTHOUSE-
La Playa HostelCra. 19 #33-04 TeusaquilloHOSTEL-
Apartamentos Los AlcázaresCarrera 27 c No. 70-65APARTMENT-

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Keep Connected

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Colombia is: 59
To make an international call from Colombia, the code is: 005

Post

4-72 is the unusual name of Colombia's postal service. They have post offices throughout the country, which are open usually from 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday and sometimes on Saturday mornings as well. That doesn't apply to all offices though, only the larger ones in the big cities. But for example along the Caribbean coast, offices tend to close between noon and 2:00pm. But even at the ones that are officially open all day long, it might be difficult to get anything done during those hours. For domestic services, sending letters and postcards is mostly reliable but takes days, for international services don't hold your breath. Eventually, a postcard or letter might arrive in the country of destination but it's almost not worth it. For parcels, you are better off using companies like FedEx, DHL or UPS.

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 4.647302
  • Longitude: -74.096268

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