Fly To Bogota, Colombia
Bogota is a massive city, and if it weren’t for the easy-to-see mountains to the east, navigation might prove nearly impossible for visitors. While its size may prove intimidating for some, it’s far from lacking in character. In fact, the wonderful contradictions of old and new, rustic and high tech, peace and chaos, and small business and large industry, give Bogota the very thing that makes it so special: a personality as big as the city itself.
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Visa Requirements and SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders travelling for recreational purposes do not need a Visa to visit Bogota, Colombia, for up to 90 days. Business travellers, however, will need a Visa, and will need to plan ahead in light of processing times. Either way, you’ll need to make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- There is a South African Honorary Consulate in Bogota, contactable by phone. Phone: + 57 1 214 0397.
See and do
Having expanded from the centre outwards, the oldest district in Bogota is La Candelaria – the original colonial centre. Its narrow cobbled streets and centuries-old houses provide a picturesque glimpse into the Bogota of old, and the churches in the area are spectacular. Many of the city’s museums are also located here, including the Cultural Heritage Museum and the Museum of Colonial Art, as well as museums focusing on regional costumes, religious art, the military and Colombian Police.
Close to La Candelaria is one of the most popular attractions in the whole of Bogota - the Cerro Monserrate. Accessed either by cable car, funicular or a flight of seemingly endless stone stairs, it sits at 3152m above sea level. The pilgrimage site of the Shrine of the Fallen Lord on its summit draws many visitors, but the views over Bogota are pilgrimage enough for most.
Usaquén holds a few other sightseeing locations as well as some great restaurants and bars. You’ll also find a huge flea market on Sundays, where you can browse inexpensive handicrafts and jewellery, coffee products, leather goods and gems. It’s a great place to find souvenirs, or simply enjoy the hustle and bustle with Bogota’s citizens.
Bogota has one of the most extensive bicycle route networks in the world, with hundreds of kilometres of bike paths. It’s a fun way to see the city, but it can be crowded. If you’re not into peddle-power, try the bus and tram system to get around. It can be tricky to decipher the routes as a foreigner, but it’s an affordable way to get from A to B. Yellow cab taxis are also an option, albeit a slightly more expensive one. Insist on running the meter, as drivers can be tempted to take advantage of foreigners.
Bogota El Dorado International Airport – BOG
Food and beverage: There is a decent selection of restaurants and cafés to choose from if you’re looking for a caffeine fix or a quick bite to eat.
Currency Exchange: Banco Popular offers foreign exchange services, and there are ATMs scattered around both terminals from which to draw local currency.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the terminals to security, who will direct you accordingly.
Airport Hotels: None on site. Nearby: Embassy Suites Hilton, Sheraton Four Points, Bogota Marriott, and Hoteles America.
Car Hire: Budget Dollar, and Flash Rent-a-Car.
Airport Hub: Bogota El Dorado International Airport (code BOG) is a hub for Avianca, Copa Airlines Colombia, LAN Colombia, Satena, and EasyFly.