BOGOTA LEGAL 2Climate

The average temperature in the savanna is 14 °C (57.2 ºF), ranging between 9-22 ºC (48.2-71.6 ºF). Dry and rainy seasons follow one another throughout the year.

The driest months are December, January, February, and March; the rainiest ones are April, May, September, October, and November. June and July are usually dry. August is sunny, with strong winds.

Transportation

Bogotá has two air terminals: El Dorado International Airport, for domestic and international traffic (supported by two passenger and two cargo terminals), and Guaymaral Private Airport, handling only small airplanes.

In terms of public transportation, Bogotá has the TransMilenio system: a network of articulated buses with tens of stations arranged in six major routes. At their terminal stations or “portals," hundreds of feeder buses arrive from areas away from the main roads.

Similarly, several thousands of buses, short buses, and taxis complete the supply of public transportation in commercial areas and downtown, as well as in the outskirts of the city.

Most buses and inter-municipal taxis depart from Bogotá’s Transport Terminal, which is strategically located to the center-west of the city.


“Eldorado” International Airport

Passengers enter the city through El Dorado International Airport, where 65% of the country’s flight operations are concentrated. Boardings, connections, arrivals, departures, and all the proceedings related to entering and leaving the country are carried out in this place.

Counters for domestic and international flights are located on the first floor. There are also counters for purchasing ticket, making reservations, checking in, and going through immigration and customs. On the second floor, there are the information desks, departures and arrivals displays, lounges, travel agencies, drug stores, restaurants and cafeterias, bookstores and crafts shops. There is also a Telecom office, offering national and international calls, Internet and fax services. You can find pay phones, ATM's, and several Duty-Free Shops, in which you can purchase a wide range of products free of taxes.

Visitors can find hotel reservation and touristic information points in the area of domestic and international flight arrivals; they can also find taxi companies to which the passenger can request a ticket with a fixed price for the ride.

Telephone number: 425 10 00

Taxi service

In Bogotá, you can find tourism, city, inter-municipal, and interstate taxis. The rates within the city are very economic and the service is of good quality. The taxi service can also be rented by the hour. It is recommended to take the taxis at the hotels or to call for the service. Therefore, we strongly discourage taking taxis on the street, especially at night.

Inside the taxi, in a visible spot for the passenger, there must be an identification of the vehicle and the driver, as well as a list showing the rates according to the taximeter units and the corresponding Colombian pesos ($) equivalence. Trips from and to the airport, at night, on holidays, and those requested by phone are charged with an extra rate. Trips outside the urban area have a legal extra charge.

Car rentals

Several car rental agencies can be found on the city’s phone book. In order to have access to this service, it is necessary to have international driver's license, passport, and a credit card.

Cycle Routes and Cycleways

Sundays and holidays between 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., 121 kilometers of the main streets and avenues in Bogotá become CICLOVÍAS (cycle ways), paths exclusively intended for cyclists, skaters, joggers, or just pedestrians. This program is a reference point in South America. The “Ciclovía” has become the most important leisure and sports activity for Bogotá residents, gathering between two and three million citizens on Sundays and holidays.

For further information go to www.idrd.gov.co

Currency

The official currency of Colombia is the peso ($).The exchange of foreign currency should be made exclusively in hotels, banks and official currency exchange places, never on the street.

Exchange Rate

The exchange rate fluctuates according to the U.S. dollar. You can find currency exchange in many parts of the city, in Downtown on Avenida Jimenez, near the Plazoleta del Rosario, at the Centro Internacional, in most of the shopping centers, on Carrera 15 between 90th and 95th streets,
 
Where it is possible to buy or sell foreign currency, traveler's checks and send money or receive money transfers.
Payment is made on the basis of the official daily rate, after discounting commissions and services, which vary between 2 and 3%.
When leaving the hotel, you should take enough cash in Colombian currency to spend during the day. The currency denomination is: Coins $50, $100, $200 and $500. Bills $1,000; $2,000; $5,000; $10,000; $20,000 and $50,000.

Location-How to get to Bogotá

Bogotá is located on the majestic Cundinamarca-Boyacá plateau in the Eastern mountain range of Los Andes, at 2,640 m.a.s.l., almost at the center of the country. You can get to the capital city by airplane, arriving to El Dorado International Airport. By land, it is possible to arrive to Bogotá taking Autopista Norte, the road to La Calera, Autopista Sur, Autopista Medellín-Bogotá, and the road to Villavicencio. 

DURING YOUR STAY, KEEP IN MIND THE FOLLOWING RECOMMENDATIONS

In Bogotá, as in any other city in the world, it is advisable to take certain precautions:
 
•    First International Meeting on Tourism Security: competitive and sustainable destinations
 
Document on tourism security in Bogotá
 
•    First International Meeting on Tourism Security: competitive and sustainable destinations

Bogota, Colombia deemed safe from Zika virus

Because Zika virus is primarily spread by mosquitoes, CDC recommends that travelers to Colombia protect themselves from mosquito bites. The mosquitoes that spread Zika usually do not live at elevations above 6,500 feet (2,000 meters) because of environmental conditions. Travelers whose itineraries are limited to areas above this elevation are at minimal risk of getting Zika from a mosquito.

Please visit this link for complete information/details

http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/alert/zika-virus-colombia

What is the risk of getting Zika at high elevations?

The mosquitoes that spread Zika usually do not live at elevations above 6,500 feet (2,000 meters). Travelers who plan to be only in areas above this elevation are at a very low risk of getting Zika from a mosquito. Travelers are still at risk of sexual transmission of Zika from a male partner who has been in areas with local transmission.

Please visit this link for complete information/details

http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/q-a-zika-risk-high-elevations