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About Bogota

Bogota is the multicultural capital city of Colombia. The more than 8 million residents of this city embrace diversity and thrive together in this cosmopolitan city. Bogota is a lush, green city with equal parts of both modern and colonial architecture. Famous tourist attractions include the Gold Museum, Mount Monserrate and Plaza de Bolivar.

Get ready to be intrigued by this culturally-rich city because cheap flights to Bogota are now available for a limited period of time! Bogota is home to El Dorado International Airport (BOG), located just 32 minutes from the city centre. El Dorado International Airport serves a multitude of airlines including Air France, LATAM Airlines and Avianca Airlines. Popular connecting flights depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town. The flight duration from Johannesburg to Bogota is approximately 19 hours and 35 minutes.

Why visit Bogota

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Majestic Mountains

Guarding the city always is Mount Monserrate, the green mountain that offers panoramic views of the city. Take the cable car up or enjoy the 1.5 hour walk up.

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Colombian Coffee

Colombia is world famous for its coffee beans and a trip to Bogota cannot be complete without a tour of the farms where the coffee process starts.

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La Candelaria

The heart of Bogota lies at the feet of this old neighbourhood, with its bright colonial houses and Spanish architecture, as well as the graffiti street murals.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Colombia
Currency Colombian Peso (COP)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 205. 89 COP
Language Spanish
Hub Airport El Dorado International Airport (BOG)
Airline Avianca/ Copa Airlines Colombia / LATAM Colombia
Time Zone GMT-5
Travel Adaptor Type A and Type B

Best time to visit Bogota

Bogota has some pleasant weather all year long and experiences neither a harsh summer nor winter. This makes a trip there a good idea at any time of the year. Bogota has its most rain during April and October so if you can avoid those two months if you wish. The driest months of the year are from December to February, so this would be the best time to visit. However, as it is peak season the prices of flights and accommodation do go up.

Weather & Climate in Bogota

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall chance (%) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 9°C 7°C 10°C 11°C 11°C 11°C 10°C 10°C 9°C 8°C 7°C 6°C
High °C 19°C 18°C 19°C 18°C 18°C 17°C 17°C 17°C 18°C 19°C 20°C 18°C
Rainfall (mm) 30 40 50 90 80 40 40 40 70 110 70 50

The capital of Colombia is every bit as vibrant and colourful as you imagined, with culture and tradition at the foundation of it all. Situated at the base of Mount Monserrate, the city sports a breath-taking backdrop of rich mountain greenery. Visitors are more than welcome to take a trip up the mountain and enjoy the stunning views. Take the cable car or even better, once you have adjusted to the height above sea level, hike your way up.

As everyone knows, some of the best coffee comes from Colombia so when in Bogota, take full advantage and take a tour to some of the farms around the city to get the full experience – from the start all the way through to the aromatic taste at the end! Make sure to also visit the eccentric and colourful neighbourhood of La Candelaria and the underground cathedral in the Zipaquira region.

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South Africans who wish to visit Bogota in Colombia can do so without a visa, if you plan on staying for less than 90 days. Just ensure that your passport has at least six months left on it.

For further information, please contact the Embassy of Colombia:

Hillcrest Office Park, Woodpecker Place, 177 Dyer Rd, Hillcrest, Pretoria, 0028 Tel: 012 362 3106

As with any big city, it is important to be aware of your surroundings in Bogota. There is quite a bit of homeless people in the downtown area, and pickpockets are not that uncommon. Bogota is quite safe, but it is recommended to travel by registered taxi if you are unfamiliar with the city.

To enter Colombia, you will need to have a few vaccinations done. These include hepatitis B, malaria and yellow fever. A tetanus shot is recommended as well.

Item Johannesburg Cape Town Bogota
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 90.00 R 100.00 R 57.00
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 14.00
Cappuccino (Regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 20.00
Taxi 1km (Normal tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 20.00
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 21.50
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