North of South America, in the geographical center of the country, on the eastern edge of the Sabana de Bogotá, the highest plateau of the Colombian Andes, whose height average is 2,600 meters above sea level, is located Bogotá , the capital of the Republic of Colombia.
Data of Interest
Bogota does not have seasons and has a uniform weather throughout the year with average temperature of 14 ° C (57 ° F).
Throughout Colombia, including Bogota, time is governed by the meridian of Greenwich. According to the season we have a difference of five or six hours with this. (In summer, for example, the time difference is six hours).
Electrical outlets are American type with two flat pins tickets; the electric current is 110 volts.
Airport Tax and Departure Tax
Passengers in transit who depart by air are exempt from these payments; they only pay the airport tax for those who enter with a visa or tourism permit and have stayed in Colombia for less than 60 days, Colombians living abroad who have been less than 180 days, children under five years of age, and diplomats. The value of the departure tax is adjusted with certain periodicity so it is recommended to verify the amount in the travel agency or hotel.
If the purpose of your visit is tourism and your country of origin is one that does not require a visa, you can stay in the country for up to 90 days from the date of entry. If your trip to the country is for work or to study, you must apply for a visa at the Colombian Consulates accredited abroad.
In Bogota, the possibility of national and international communication for data, voice and image transmission are wide. Both hotels and cofee shops offer internet service. Public telephones in Bogota for national and local communication work both with coins and with prepaid cards and are located throughout the city.
Instructions for making yourself a call domestic or international long distance
|National call||International Call|
|Dial 05-07 or 09 + city code + phone number||Dial 005-007 or 009 + country code + city code + phone number or area|
Entry and exit is via the Airport El Dorado.
It is the bus system articulated by exclusive trunks that serves part of the city. To find out about routes, call 195.
Intermunicipal Land Transportation
Bogota Transportation Terminal, located to the west of the city, is the main bus arrival and departure point to other cities in the country and some South American destinations.
There are tourism (whites) and yellow taxis that serve the entire city and even offer interdepartmental and intermunicipal services. Taxis have a visible identification of the vehicle and driver’s number and a rate sheet where it appears the rates equivalent to the number of units shown by the taximeter. These units correspond to travel and waiting time, not money. The amount to be paid appears in the rate schedule.
In Bogota there is a vehicular restriction called ‘Pico y Placa’, both for private vehicles and public service, by means of which there are certain days and times when they can not circulate depending on the last number of their plate. For information on the ‘Pico y Placa’, call 195.