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Old 09-14-2018, 05:09 PM
 
Location: London, UK
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How bad is the "Santa Fe" district in Bogota?
A mixed bag.

The Santa Fe district includes the traditional business centre 'Centro Internacional' where all the old skyscrapers are, the National museum, the National Park, the planetarium, the MAMBO and the artsy cafe-restaurant neighbourhood of 'La Macarena' BUT it also includes the sketchy Red Light district where you see working girls in the doorways even in the day time and the run-down areas around the business district.

Personally I like the area but I feel I have more of a tolerance for sketchy than most. The Ibis hotel is here and I think its a great location as you're between the nightlife of the north, the history of the south and the parks/malls/airport in the west. The area is pretty dead at night though unless there's a 'ciclovia nocturna' going on.
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Old 09-15-2018, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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joacocanal: It's irresponsible for you to encourage people to wander around in unfamiliar neighborhoods. I don't believe you even do this yourself as you have claimed. Nobody with half a brain does that sort of thing. There's even many places in the U.S. where it's not wise to do that.

Bogota has slums, poor neighborhoods and violence just like Cali or Medellin. It's best to avoid those areas. Bogota also has nice areas and calm areas where it's safe.

For tourists considering visiting Bogota, simple and effective advice is: ask the front desk people in your hotel "Where is it safe to walk around and at what hours of the day?"
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Old 09-18-2018, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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Quote from another thread yesterday from an American who's been living in Colombia for the past decade:
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The only place where I have consistently normal conversations with strangers/new acquintances is Bogotá. While there is still a level of scary street crime there,
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Old 09-18-2018, 09:12 AM
 
Location: London, UK
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Quote from another thread yesterday from an American who's been living in Colombia for the past decade:
Just like in Philadelphia though. But is the paranoia remotely similar? That's an important point. Also you cut-out the rest of what he said about Bogotanos being "worldly". That in itself is a juxtaposition of promoting homicide as a real threat to a tourist that's going to be there a couple of weeks or month at most.
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Old 09-18-2018, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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Just like in Philadelphia though. But is the paranoia remotely similar? That's an important point. Also you cut-out the rest of what he said about Bogotanos being "worldly". That in itself is a juxtaposition of promoting homicide as a real threat to a tourist that's going to be there a couple of weeks or month at most.
Tourists aren't at threat of being killed (except for the remote chance of being shot in the process of being mugged, which is probably about the same chances you would have in a big city in the U.S.).
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Old 10-04-2018, 11:16 AM
 
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Santa Fe was the most sketchy, lot of flee markets, but not overall dangerous. Never got robbed or mugged when walking alone. Granted, I avoided the most dangerous parts and was street smart. Or maybe just got lucky haha. I highly recommend visiting it, ok you need some basic Spanish to survive but if youre smart nothing bad will happen.
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Old 10-04-2018, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Santa Fe was the most sketchy, lot of flee markets, but not overall dangerous. Never got robbed or mugged when walking alone. Granted, I avoided the most dangerous parts and was street smart. Or maybe just got lucky haha. I highly recommend visiting it, ok you need some basic Spanish to survive but if youre smart nothing bad will happen.
When you say flea markets do you mean actual flea markets or just people setting up shop on the streets? I like that type of area where they have "ventas callejeras".
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Old 10-27-2018, 06:09 PM
 
Location: In Miami but, Inside the Resistance !!
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Unless inside a Hummer, I would not be goinn around anywhere in Culombia...by myself.
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Old 10-27-2018, 07:22 PM
 
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Unless inside a Hummer, I would not be goinn around anywhere in Culombia...by myself.
Over 6 million foreign tourists and nearly a 30% year on year increase in tourism (compared to the world average of 4% growth) as well as Medellin's position as "THE" international digital nomad hub together with Chiang Mai tell a different story.

This year tourism is expected to reach nearly 8 million foreign tourist arrivals. By September Colombia had already matched last year's figure. The only one missing out here is you and those that buy into a complete distortion of the reality versus the reputation.

United States is the largest contributor to Colombian arrivals, followed for the first time ever by Brazil. Brazil jumped from 7th main tourist contributor to 2nd in the space of 2 years.

colombias tourism economy reached record heights in 2017
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Old 10-28-2018, 06:48 PM
 
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Unless inside a Hummer, I would not be goinn around anywhere in Culombia...by myself.
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