Bogota is the Colombian capital city in the central region of the country, is located 2640 m above sea level in the Andean highlands. The city's climate is a subtropical highland climate. The average day temperature is steadily around 15 C, but at night it may drop closer to 10 C, or even close to zero. December and January are the driest months, otherwise rain will steadily fall throughout the year. The city's main attractions are the historic Old Town, which essentially preserved its colonial-time look, and the modern new town with its skyscrapers. The city also has a huge number of old churches and good museums, as well as good views of the Cerro de Monserrate, which can be reached by funicular train. Bogota's crime statistics are not as high as in other parts of South America, but robbery, intoxication and pitching are common, anywhere and at any time of the day. At the beginning of 2011 there were also several of situations in which armed gangs took over a whole hotel and held tourists hostage for ransom. It is right to be careful in the city, and in addition to the general safety instructions, tourists are advised to limit their activities outside to the daylight hours.
Monthly Weather Conditions
More information: Bogota forecast and weather conditions monthly
Compared to prices worldwide, Bogota is quite a cheap destination.
On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $38.45, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.
On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $130.93, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.
- Hotel (2 stars): $29.25
- Hotel (3 stars): $52.20
- Hotel (4 stars): $100.12
- Hotel (5 stars): $163.11
- Taxi ride (3 miles): $11.93
- Taxi ride (6 miles): $22.11
- Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $1.02
- Meal, McDonalds: $4.93
- Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $3.48
Bogota has been classified as quite dangerous with security classification 2/5.
Safety index values (higher is better):
- General: 37.2 (weaker than United states average 47.9)
- Walking alone during daytime hours: 51.8 (weaker than United states average 69.5)
- Walking alone at night: 22.4 (weaker than United states average 41.7)
More information: Bogota safety
Things which affect the renting of the car:
- Driver’s license: An international driving license is generally recommended, but not necessarily required.
- Direction of traffic: In South America the traffic is right-handed. The only exceptions to this are Guyana and Suriname.
- Age restrictions: In Argentina the age limit for driving is 21 years.
- Roads, bridges and tunnels with toll: Geography of toll roads North and South America