Is Bogotá Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

While Bogotá is a city of rich culture and history, it does demand certain precautions for solo female travelers. Common issues faced are pickpocketing and scams in busy areas, so it's best you keep your belongings secure. As a solo female traveler, it's advised to avoid walking alone in deserted places or at night. Use registered taxi services or authorized ride-hailing services for transportation. Learning some basic Spanish would be helpful as not everyone speaks English. While, generally, people are friendly, it's best to stay alert and maintain a good level of vigilance.

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How safe is Bogotá?

Safety at nightUnsafe

Bogotá has seen improvements in safety over the years but is still considered risky for solo female travelers at night. While many areas are relatively safe and busy during the day, at night, it is advisable to avoid walking alone especially in deserted or less populated areas. It's best to use licensed taxis or trusted ride-share services for transportation. Remain vigilant and avoid displaying valuable items in public places to prevent possibilities of theft or mugging.

Public transportationModerate

Public transportation in Bogotá, like the TransMilenio system, tends to be relatively safe during the daytime but caution should be taken at night. Crowding can be common, so pay attention to your belongings to prevent pickpocketing. Additionally, while incidents are decreasing, taxis hailed off the streets have been linked to 'millionaire rides,' where the passenger is kidnapped and forced to withdraw large amounts of money from ATMs. Recommendations suggest using trusted taxi booking services or ride-hailing apps instead.

Street harassmentModerate

Bogota, Colombia can possess moderate levels of street harassment. Catcalling or non-aggressive verbal remarks can be a quite common encounter, especially in crowded and touristic areas. However, remember that these instances vary from person to person and depends on the area and the time of the day. Highly recommended to keep an attentive eye on your surroundings and prioritize safety. Still, Colombians are known to be hospitable and welcoming, so negative interactions should not overshadow the overall cultural experience.

Petty crimesHigh

Bogotá has a noticeable level of petty crime like pickpocketing, bag snatching, and theft. It is always recommended to stay alert in crowded areas like public transportation, parks, and local markets as these are the favored places for thieves to target tourists. However, by taking preventive measures like keeping valuableshidden and not showing off expensive items, you can decrease your chances of being targeted. Remember, most locals are friendly and helpful, so don't let this deter you from enjoying beautiful Bogotá.

Tap waterModerate

Tap water in Bogotá is generally safe for locals, but as a foreign traveler, you might be unaccustomed to the local microbes. This could cause mild stomach upset. It is advisable to drink bottled water, especially in the starting days of your trip.

Is Colombia safe right now?

Travelers planning to visit Colombia are advised to exercise a high degree of caution due to potential risks of crime, terrorism, civil unrest, and kidnapping. There are certain areas with higher risk, hence it's necessary to stay alert and informed about the area's safety status. Both the U.S and Australian governments highlight a significant risk of violent crime and terrorism, while the Canadian government stresses high crime levels. It's recommended to reconsider travel plans, stay vigilant, maintain a low profile, and monitor local news sources for updates.
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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 to exercise a high degree of caution in Colombia due to high levels of crime. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: February 19, 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 overall due to the threat of violent crime and terrorism. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: February 8, 2024

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I was in Bogota with a friend. Love the climate there, throughout the year max 20 degrees Celsius. All sorts of tropical fruits and fresh juices everywhere. It is a nice and clean city, and people are very friendly. Climbed on mount Monserrate on a rainy day - and even though it was cloudy the view from above and the experience was amazing. Not dangerous at all, would definitely return if I get a chance.

Posted: August 23, 2023Experienced: March, 2023
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I loved Bogotá. Although I only had time for Monseratte and La Candelaria, I could easily spend a few days sightseeing. I felt safe, even when I was exploring alone and taking pictures. I made sure to take a hotel taxi before it got dark.

Posted: May 1, 2023
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I felt very safe in Bogota and I loved the old parts of the city. It's really beautiful and clean, and there are a lot of policemen on the streets. I took a bus to Zipaquirá to see the salt cathedral, and it was amazing. The Gold Museum and the Botero Museum were also really great. The Gold Museum is one of the best historical museums I've ever been to.

Posted: May 1, 2023
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Bogota - Masaya Hostel (has private and shared rooms) in Candelaria - Hotel Bicentenario is also close by. I stayed and liked both. Monserrate... Avoid hiking (safety is the reason for me), but definitely go there!!! (Don't eat at the French restaurant there though, I was disappointed) A tour of the Paloquemao fruit market... book through AirBnb... AMAZING. I love the Gold Museum. A day trip to Guatevita or the Salt Cathedral. Both are great!! It's easy to take a walking tour around the city and see the graffiti too. And YES to Pancakes & Waffles!! I've been there many times.

Posted: November 12, 2022
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I recommend staying either in the Chapinero area or in Zona T/Calle 85. Remember that Bogota is not a safe city, so do not use taxis stopped on the street. Download an app called Cabify and order a taxi or car (but keep in mind that using ride services is illegal in Colombia, so you have to sit in the front if you get stopped by the police). As for data, go to any Éxito or Carulla store and buy a prepaid SIM plan. It's very simple, and this way you can have constant access to this app. However, do not use your phone on the street. So, Cerro de Monserrate, Candelaria, Chorro se Quevedo, Plaza de Bolivar and basically all historic centers are a must, but remember...it's dangerous. I also recommend the de la sabana train ride to the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira and a visit to Andres Carne de Res (a very original restaurant that turns into a club at night). The original restaurant is in Chia (outside Bogota), but there is also one in Zona T. As a local who no longer lives there and has lived in other cities/countries, I can tell you that Bogota has THE BEST party scene, bars and really good restaurants, so make sure that you at least take advantage of the restaurants and bars in Zona T, Zona G and Usaquen (if you don't feel like partying). Usaquen is also a very nice part of the city, worth going to on a Sunday afternoon. It used to be a separate city, so it has its charm. Also, be careful with Colombian men, they are charming, but complete "perros" (womanizers).

Posted: October 31, 2022
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