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?
Traveling to give a presentation at a conference but, not sure if it is worth the risk of something terrible happening.
Colombia in general and Bogota in particular has a reputation as being violent and dangerous. It's a reputation that's hard to shake despite recent improvements.
Bogota authorities lowered the homicide rate from 81 per 100,000 in 1993 to 19 per 100,000 in 2007. However there has been a resurgence in crime in recent years.
Despite the improvements, Bogota remains a high crime destination, and the type of incident most likely to affect you is street crime: mugging, robbery (especially at ATMs) credit card fraud. Tourists have been targeted for robbery in hostels, so maybe go a bit upmarket and stay in a more secure hotel.
The best advice is to stick to popular, well-travelled tourst parts of the city, be really cautious at night, don't flash expensive belongings and keep a tight grip on your wallet - which sounds similar to the advice I'd give for Paris or half a dozen other cities!
Worldnomads.com has more advice and tips here: http://journals.worldnomads.com/safetyhub/country/48/Colombia
Hope it helps.
Phil from the safety hub over 7 years ago
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 about 7 years ago