Bogota is a city in Columbia with a population of over 8 million people. It’s popular with tourists because of it’s rich history, exciting culture and all the available fun to have here. It’s an amazing area, but Columbia has a huge amount of problems with drugs, gangs, and violent crime. There is a war in Columbia between the drug gangs and the authorities, so being in crowded areas is dangerous, as they are the most likely to be random violent attacks.
Some areas of Bogota such as Ciudad Bolivar are very sketchy and to avoid. Explore the city during the day, but don’t wander without knowing where you’re going as some dangerous streets can be close to safe areas. Muggings and armed robbery are a danger, especially after dark in known tourist areas like La Candelaria and near the Montserrate cable car.
Transport and taxis risk: HIGH
Travelling around Bogota must be carefully planned to avoid danger. Only licensed taxi’s should be used, because it’s common for unlicensed taxis to drive you somewhere you don’t want to be and rob you.
Scams Risk: HIGH
Scammers in Bogota use manipulative tactics like posing as police officers, and there is a lot of counterfeit money circulating in the city.