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Safety in Bogota, main advice : “Don’t Give Papaya”

The advice that local people all over Colombia will give you most regarding security is: Don’t give away papaya!

It’s an expression they use to indicate that you don’t become an easy target: don’t go around showing off things of value (smartphone, camera, money) and thus avoid attracting attention.

Obviously, as tourists/travelers, we like to photograph the places, look for information on our smartphone, etc., and this doesn’t mean you can’t do it.

It just means that you are more cautious than usual and try to limit carrying your camera on the street.

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Safety in the center and north of Bogotá

Apart from this, as far as urban security is concerned, the center of Bogota and the north are quite safe during the day; at night one has to be more careful and avoid passing through the streets if there is no movement of people.

During the day as well as at night it is important to be careful not to go too far down from Caracas or carrera 14, everything and that the neighborhood of San Victorino is curious to know one has to go with a little care through this area during the day and not go at night, beyond the commercial area of San Victorino is quite dangerous to move.

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Safety in the south of Bogota

As far as the southern part of the city is concerned, during the day it is more or less safe, but it is easy to cross the border with dangerous neighborhoods without realizing it, that is why we recommend not to move around in this sector of the city, since there is nothing of tourist interest there either.

Anyway some of the most dangerous neighborhoods are

  • Ciudad Bolívar
  • Portal de las Américas
  • Bosa
  • Fontibon- Versalles
  • Plaza de las Americas
  • Diana Turba
  • Lucero-Meissen
  • San Francisco-Juan Pablo Segundo

Is Bogota Safe to Travel ?

Bogota is a pretty safe city if the tourist moves around a little bit carefully. Years ago it was a little more dangerous because of the social and armed conflict in the country, however, the conflict has been moving to the rural areas and there are no signs of war in the city or in the tourist areas in general. But Still you need to know some basic tips and neighborhoods to avoid…

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