Is Cali Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Cali has areas that are safe and isn't completely off-limits for solo female travelers. However, caution should be exercised especially at night. Always stick to the well-lit and populated areas, and avoid looking flashy to not attract unwanted attention. Public transportation should be used carefully and the use of registered cabs is recommended. Make friends with locals for insight into which areas to avoid. Generally, Cali necessitates a heightened level of alertness for a solo female traveler.

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How safe is Cali?

Safety at night:

Safety at night:Unsafe

Cali offers a vibrant nightlife, however, it's advisable not to walk alone at night especially in unfamiliar and isolated areas. Like in many large cities, there are areas with higher crime rates and incidents of pickpocketing, mugging, or harassment could occur. Always use licensed taxis or trusted ride-share apps for transportation. Use common sense and stay alert to your surroundings to maintain safety.
Public transportation:

Public transportation:Moderate

Public transportation in Cali is relatively decent but can sometimes be unpredictable. While the city's MIO (Massive Integrated Transport) system tends to be reliable and quite safe, buses can occasionally be overcrowded which may not be comfortable for some travelers. Like all public transportation, it is advised to be vigilant about your personal belongings, especially during rush hours. Generally, the users are courteous, and buses run fairly consistently throughout the day. Taxis and Uber services are also available and provide a safer, albeit slightly more cost-heavy, alternative.
Street harassment:

Street harassment:Moderate

In Cali street harassment does exist but it's not typically aggressive. There are cases of catcalling or unwanted attention while walking in public areas, predominantly in less populated neighborhoods. However, it's not a daily occurrence for most of the female travelers, and local people are generally friendly and respectful. Ensuring you are aware of your surroundings and acting confidently can often deter such behavior. It’s important to be cautious while traveling alone, always stick to well-populated areas, especially at night, and avoid showing valuable belongings in public.
Petty crimes:

Petty crimes:High

Cali, like any major city, has a risk of petty crimes such as pickpocketing, bag-snatching, and street scams. These kinds of crimes are quite prevalent especially in crowded areas and public transportation. As a solo traveler, it's important to stay vigilant, secure your valuables, and avoid displaying expensive jewelry or electronics in public. Be aware of your surroundings, especially in unfamiliar areas where tourists are known to frequent.
Tap water:

Tap water:Unsafe

Although there are some parts of Cali where the tap water is reported to be safe to drink, it's generally advised not to. Bottled water is readily available and inexpensive, so it's best to opt for that over tap water. Digestive issues could occur as the water may contain different microorganisms that your body is not used to.

Is Cali safe to travel?

Is Cali safe right now?

Before your visit to Cali, 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.

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

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: July 15, 2024

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

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