Have traveled to 5 of the 7 continents No desire to do the South Pole (dont like cold weather) but still have to see Australia
If you are in the North In Zona Rosa Near the centro comercial andino and centro comercial atlantis you will find a lot of Artisanos selling stuff on the side walks. Ask around for a artisano named Maria she is around 30 years old and has two daughters (single Mom) If you speak some Spanish tell her you are a Friend of her American Friend Patrick who used to take her to dinner and tell I said she used to get the trucha and Patrick would Pull a face as he dosent like the smell of fish. I would recomend take her to dinner and talk about the culture and America and you will make a friend for life. She taught me a lot of stuff and after I became friends with her I would buy a pizza or 2-3 and sit on the side walk with her and invite the poor artisanos to join in the feast and we would talk and laugh and share stories of our lives. They didnt speak any English for the most part so it forced me to use my Spanish but what a wonderful experiance it was. I hope you can find her and Pass on that I still think of her and her two daughters and wish them the best. If you can find her let me know that she is still well. Thank you for taking the time to read this and enjoy Colombia I miss the country so much I was there in 2005 for four months working and for a week in 2007 and hope to return again soon. almost 7 years ago
As for travelling around make local friends and they will lookout for you. If you meet some friends with money and thier families have fincas you maybe able to get a cheap weekend going with them to thier country place for a weekend. almost 7 years ago
I am looking for feedback regarding traveling to Bogota, Colombia? Does anyone know if it is safe? Would I be taking a risk for going?
Depends where you go for instance like NYC if you go to 5th avenue the crime is low if you go to the Bronx to a poor area the crime chances increse. Bogota is the same in Zona Rosa (like Manhattan) it is expensive but on the cornor near the mall yu will often see a Policeman with a machine gun and a German Sheppard. Her crime is low and I felt safe even walking the streets at 1am. Other Area like Chapinero (Kind of like a flea market area with great shopping adventures I would say it is fun in the daytime and safe but would not do thier by myself after dark. If you use the same advice you would be given when visiting any American or European City you will be fine. If you listen to CNN or other news outlets you will never leave your house. I even met people in South America who said they would never vist the USA because of all the drive by shootings and they would fear for their kids lives because of all the school shootings. (yes it happens here but it is the exception not the reality of everday American life) Same holds true In Colombia almost 7 years ago