We have prepared the following information which contains practical advice as well as useful data so that when you arrive to Bogota you feel right at home. Here you will find information on visas, documents you need, transportation in Bogota, emergency numbers and much more.

Getting around
Currency exchange
Electric Power
The electricity voltage throughout the country is 110 volts. The electric outlets are of the American type, with a two planes input pin. In the market you can buy adapters and power converters.
National and international numbers for calls
For an international Long Distance from a landline you should dial: 005, 007 or 009 + country code + area code + desired phone number.

* The indicative of Bogota is 1.
Transportation in Bogota
Taxis in Bogota The following apps allow you to request safe taxis from your mobile smart phone:

For your own safety, please do not take any street cabs. Specially at night.

Transportation to and from the airport, destinations outside the urban perimeter, taxi services at night and holidays have an added cost.
Please remember that it is much harder to find a taxi in rush hours (from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.). If you need to move around during any of these times please request your taxi with enough anticipation.

The bus transportation works with red colored buses that consist of two joined cabins by a bellow. Stations are situated approximately every 500m through out the designated routes. You can find more information at www.transmilenio.gov.co.

Car rental
If you are going to rent a car, you need to make sure you have the following documents: international pass, passport and a credit card.

With the purpose of improving transit flow, certain cars have a restricted circulation two days a week. The car plates that end with even-numbers have restrictions on even days and plates ending in odd numbers on odd days.

Bike ways
On Sundays and holidays, between 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., 121 kilometers of the main roads of Bogota become bikeways, walkways where only bicycles, people on skates or simply walkers can circulate.

This program is model in South America. Its infrastructure enables, each week, about one million (1,000,000) users to practice different types of physical activity.

Cycle Routs
Bogota has an extensive network of cycle routes, with over 344 kilometers covering virtually the entire city.

You can walk the streets in a fun, safe and healthy way. At certain times, and for a lot of destinations, you can do it faster with bike rides than with any other means of transport.


Historical center
Since the sixteenth century, when the first buildings were erected, the La Candelaria has kept its character as a political, administrative and religious center.

Its steep streets still retain the names that evoke centuries of Spanish colonization. A valuable architectural heritage, represented in old houses with heavy gates, interior, solar courtyards and thick walls. The traditional neighborhood of La Macarena or Zona M is known for its bohemian character, where bars and restaurants are located with friendly atmosphere.

Unmissable in downtown Bogota:
Located north of Bogota you can find the neighborhood of Usaquén. For many years it was an independent town of the city, where the estates of the wealthiest families of Bogota society lived.

In the 50s, it was annexed to the city to become a neighborhood where cobblestone streets and colonial houses mixed with modern architecture.

Many of the houses of the late 1800s, still retain its colonial architecture and today operate as exclusive restaurants, bars and coffee.

Every Sunday and holidays the craft flea market take place, where the most creative and quirky characters are located. These are dedicated to the manufacture of crafts, jewelry, antiques and curios items.
T zone
Its name comes from the walkway cobblestones that are T-shaped. In here you can find the traditional Zona Rosa, with the most renowned restaurants, cafes, shopping centers, boutiques of major Colombian designers, casinos, bars and nightclubs in the city.

During the day the atmosphere is great for shopping, stopping at restaurants and cafes. At night a party atmosphere envelops the area with the bars and clubs of different styles and an environment where fun and dancing are the primary objectives. Nearby is the Parque de la 93, surrounded by first class hotels with a variety of restaurants and cafes, a favorite place for young executives who work in the area.

G zone
Located in one of the most elegant neighborhoods of the city, in the G or Gourmet area are the most prominent restaurants, many of them of renowned Colombian and foreign chefs.

In addition to delighting your palate with traditional Colombian dishes and the most exquisite international and fusion cuisine, the exclusive atmosphere of the area and decoration stands out in it’s establishments.

In this sector you can find the main financial center of the Capital, as well as a first class hotel offers.

MUSEUMS. Bogota has preserved in its museums the legacy of the past in both its colonial and republican architecture and its cultural richness. CHURCHES. True architectural and art pieces dating from colonial times until the early twentieth century.

Cathedral of Colombia
The Cathedral of Colombia, is a church of Roman Catholic worship consecrated to the Immaculate Conception. Its neoclassical building is located a few meters from the Plaza de Bolivar and is home to the Archdiocese of Bogota. Because of its historical significance, architectural and cultural value it was declared a National Monument.

San Francisco Church
The Church of San Francisco, built 20 years after the founding of Bogota, is an architectural treasure. In its rich ornamentation inexhaustible artistic work of carvers, sculptors, craftsmen and national and foreign painters are summarized. The beautiful white facade of the Church, stands out among the modern buildings of the city center. It was built in the mid-seventeenth century and was known for it’s attention to the poor and sick and for the gift of miracles.

Santa Clara Church / Museum of Colonial Art
The Church of Santa Clara and now Museum of Colonial Art, is of high cultural interest. The building built during the middle of the seventeenth century is located in the historic center of the city and was part of the cloistered convent of Poor Clares. Today it houses the museum of religious art that bears it’s name.

The Museum preserves the original decoration of the church, composed of baroque altarpieces, oil paintings of the seventeenth and eighteenth century polychrome images of braised and bulk, mural painting and Moorish latticework. It is considered one of the most important architectural and artistic colonial jewels of the period of the country.

The Santa Clara collection is composed of 112 easel paintings, 24 sculptures, nine altarpieces and numerous murals. its golden dome has 948 pentafolias and his collection of archangels stand out. More information: www.bogotacb.com