Is Colombia Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Colombia offers a rich cultural experience with its vibrant cities, charming towns, and beautiful landscapes. However, safety can vary greatly depending on the region. While it's not uncommon for solo female travelers to journey safely through Colombia, it's important to be cautious. Certain areas in large cities are not advisable to visit, especially at night. Also, common issues like pickpocketing and theft can occur. Always stay alert and aware of your surroundings, avoid displaying flashy valuables, and use trusted transportation. Don't hesitate to ask locals about the safety of certain areas.

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How safe is Colombia?

Safety at night:

Safety at night:Unsafe

While many parts of Colombia are generally safe to travel, it may not be highly recommended to walk alone at night, especially in unfamiliar or unlit areas. Crime rates can be higher after dark and it is not uncommon for foreign travelers to be targeted. Always stay vigilant and use trusted transportation means such as ordering a taxi through a reliable app or using an official taxi from a reputable company. Make sure to inform someone of your whereabouts whenever you venture out at night. Needless to say, it's advisable to avoid isolated areas or quiet streets. Being on the safe side, sticking to well-populated and brightly lit areas is advisable.
Public transportation:

Public transportation:Moderate

Public transportation in Colombia like buses and taxis is relatively safe but certain precautions should be observed. It's common practice to call a taxi rather than hailing one. Buses are often crowded and are more commonly frequented by pickpockets, especially in larger cities like Bogota and Medellin. Quality varies depending on the region. Be extra careful at night and avoid unnecessary travel when it's dark. Like in any location, vigilance and awareness can greatly enhance safety.
Street harassment:

Street harassment:Moderate

While Colombia is known for its warmth and sociability, it does have instances of street harassment, especially in larger cities and busy areas. These may manifest as catcalls, lewd comments, or nonviolent but undesirable attention. However, the frequency and intensity of such incidents can be influenced by factors such as time of day, your location, and how well you blend into the local culture. As a female traveler, it is advisable to be cautious, avoid displaying valuable possessions, and use trusted transportation services.
Petty crimes:

Petty crimes:Moderate

Colombia is an amazing country to explore, but it has its share of petty crimes, such as pickpocketing, bag snatching, and minor scams, especially in crowded and touristy areas. Situational awareness and precautionary measures like not flashing expensive items, using safe transportation options, and avoiding isolated areas can significantly reduce the risk.
Tap water:

Tap water:Unsafe

While tap water is generally considered safe to drink in major cities such as Bogota and Medellin, it's not recommended to consume in rural areas due to potential differences in sanitation standards. Regardless, to avoid potential risks of illnesses like traveler's diarrhea, it's advisable for visitors to opt for bottled or purified water wherever possible.

Is Colombia safe to travel?

4.3 /5

Based on 27 experiences

Mel

Mel

Canada

Solo travel experience

Travelled solo with a tour group and did the Ef ultimate break tour! Highly recommend it’s 10 days in Bogotá, Medellin, cartengaga. You get a taste of everything that place has to offer like tejo in Bogotá, nightlife in Medellin and beaches in cartenaga. I felt overall very safe and even walked around in the mornings to get coffee alone

Posted: April 16, 2024
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Colombia was my dream country. I spent 3 weeks solo there and was able to visit Cartagena, Santa Marta, Salento, and Medellin. I felt safe and was able to do all the things I wanted to do when visiting Colombia. I met so many amazing people and made memories of a lifetime.

Posted: February 11, 2024
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I solo traveled to Colombia for 5 weeks in March last year but ended up doing most of the trip with another girl and we never really felt unsafe and had such an incredible time.

Posted: February 8, 2024
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Colombia is such an amazing country with a beautiful, diverse climate, friendly people, and delicious food. I spent 12 days there alone and never felt unsafe as a woman travelling alone. I encourage everyone to go there. My itinerary: Bogota - 1 day, El Cocuy National Park - 4 days, trekking Salento - 3 days, Medellin - 3 days with a one-day trip to Guatapé.

Posted: December 26, 2023
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I traveled to Colombia as a solo traveler who does not speak Spanish. It was safe, but I only stayed in tourist areas. I used Uber everywhere, it was cheap for short trips around the city. I visited Medellin and Cartagena. Cartagena is more fun and beautiful. Overall, it was a good experience, but I didn't like that too many street vendors harassed me wherever I went.

Posted: November 7, 2023
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I visited Medellín, Cartagena, and Barranquilla. I flew from Cancún to Medellín, then from Medellín to Cartagena, then from Cartagena to Barranquilla, and finally, from Barranquilla I returned home. As for transportation, I used airplanes for all my trips. I paid for almost everything with a card, and the currency exchange rate was favorable. In Medellín, I stayed in Provenza and honestly, I found a super cheap Airbnb there. I visited Guatape, it's beautiful there and one should not miss this place. The food is delicious, especially the cheese and chocolate. I once returned at 4 in the morning and honestly, I felt safe there. In Cartagena, I stayed in Morros City, where I had a spectacular view. Everything was close to me, except for the city center, which was not too far, but I preferred to use a taxi or Uber. You can use Uber without any issues, it's very cheap, as are taxis, but you should ask how much all the services will cost. As for safety in Cartagena, you should be more careful, especially at night, and avoid walks in the early morning hours, that's all.

Posted: September 19, 2023
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I spent 14 days in Colombia, having a very low budget. It was my first time on a plane, and I visited Santa Marta and Cartagena, where I felt very safe. I met nice and helpful people along the way. I was quite scared, but now I feel that I can handle anything. I highly recommend Parque Tayrona if you love nature. It's a real paradise.

Posted: September 4, 2023
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I went on my first solo trip to Colombia in my life. I spent an amazing time on the coast. I visited Cartagena, Santa Marta, Minca, Tayrona National Park, Palomino, Cabo de la Vela, San Andres. I felt extremely safe all the time. I strongly encourage visiting this beautiful country.

Posted: August 11, 2023
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I traveled from south to north. I started in Cali (a salsa center), and then headed north. I went to Cali, Salento (for hiking and seeing huge palm trees), Medellin (I did a walking tour in Comuna 13), Guatape (to climb the hill and see the views of the lakes), Cartagena, Santa Marta (a nice seaside town), Minca (mountains), and Parque Tayrona (a coastal national park). I travelled alone, using public buses, and I felt safe.

Posted: August 9, 2023
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Colombia is one of my favorite countries because it is naturally beautiful, but the people and culture additionally highlight this. It's a country that still has a bit of a bad reputation (drugs, crime, Escobar etc.), but I always felt safe and welcome.

Posted: July 31, 2023
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Is Colombia safe right now?

Before your visit to Colombia, it's essential to check travel advisories for Colombia, including your home country's official travel advisory. These advisories can provide up-to-date information on safety, health, and any specific considerations for travelers.
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United States Travel AdvisoryReconsider your need to travel

The United States Government advises reconsidering travel due to crime and terrorism. It suggests exercising increased caution due to civil unrest and kidnapping. Certain areas possess a higher risk. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: January 2, 2024
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Canada's Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The Canadian government advises exercising a high degree of caution in Colombia due to high levels of crime. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: June 7, 2024
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Australia's Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The Australian Government advises exercising a high degree of caution in Colombia due to the threats of violent crime and terrorism. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: April 5, 2024

Is Colombia worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 27 experiences

Claire

Claire (32)

France

Solo travel experience

Colombia is an incredible country. People always smile and dance. The food is very good and the sun so good too. I spend 2 months traveling all around colombia and Cali was my favorite city. Salsa is everywhere.

Posted: April 29, 2024Experienced: December, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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Bárbara

Bárbara

Brazil

Solo travel experience

I remember going with my father and spend some days there over the city called Medellin. It was nice and I really enjoyed the activities there. I wish I could have stayed longer and had more time to enjoy everything but I had to go back to Brazil because of my studies. I hope to come back to Colombia soon!!

Posted: February 26, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 3/5
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