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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 02, 2010
Is Cali really that bad?  (2 Answers)

I really really really want to visit Cali, Colombia... After all it is salsa capital of the world!!!
however , i have heard even from colombianos that it is not the safest place to visit.. Is this true? and how dangerous is it?
thank youuuuuuu =]

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 17, 2009
Pico Colon or Pico Simon Bolivar

Hello Everybody,
Do you know by any chance if that is allowed at the moment to climb up to the Pico Colon or Simon Bolivar in Colombia? Do I need to join a group? Any advise about? I appreciate any suggestion! Or do you have any other good hiking (up to 5000 m)which is possible to make at the beginning of April?
Thanks a lot! Magdi

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 07, 2009
Should I Go to Feria de Cali while in Colombia?

I'm going to colmbia and was planning to go to cali for the 30th and 31st, so new years. I'm not terribly into salsa and probably can't afford the concerts. But i really want to see colombian culture and have a crazy new years too? Is Cali the place for me or should i change my plans and go elsewhere, if so to where?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 04, 2009
Travelling from Panama City to Colombia  (3 Answers)

I intend to travel from Panama City to somewhere in Colombia, in mid (14th?)December. I've done some web searching, and it seems that the best/cheapest way is to fly (but I'm not sure to where exactly). Once in Colombia, I intend to cross overland, but have no real agenda, other than I would like to end up taking a boat out of Colombia, down one of the Amazon tributaries into Brazil. Does anyone have any recommendations or 'must see' places in Colombia, so that I can plan things more specifically? I only have about 10 days to do this in...

Oh, and I would be happy to hook up with anyone doing something similar in that timeframe.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 26, 2009
San Agustin vs. Tierradentro  (2 Answers)

Who can compare the archeogical sites of San Agustin vs. Tierradentro? Which is the best (also considering the surroundings) if you had to choose or just visiting both? Other advice for example where to base/stay?

Thanks answering,


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 24, 2009
Jungle experience near Leticia  (1 Answer)

In march next year I will be travelling (by myself) through Colombia, also thinking about visiting Leticia. About that a few questions (speak reasonable spanish, so no english speaking guides needed):

Is the jungle near Leticia worth visiting if done already jungle tours in countries like Venezuela and Ecuador, also considering that march will be rainy season?
If going I just wanna show up in Leticia, will it be possible to get decent budget accomodation and good tours (which I have to join, because I'm travelling by myself)? Recommendations about budget ho(s)tels and tours?
Which area will be best to visit compared to price/quality: PNN Amacayacu, Puerto Narino, Rio Yavari (I don't really care about luxury, atmosphere and experience are much more important)?
Also thinking about going to Puerto Narino by myself, will I be able to do good tours there (it might be more difficult to join a tour)? Any recommendations also about accomodation?
Other advice/recent experiences about the area around Leticia?

Thanks answering,


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 08, 2009
Getting to Nuqui

i am in Bogota at the moment and want to go to Nuqui by bus. Does anyone know which is the best way to go and where i need to change buses and stuff?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 08, 2009
Crossing into Panama  (1 Answer)

I'm planning on travelling from Colombia, through Central America, to Mexico in the new year. I was wondering about the border crossing from Colombia to Panama.
Which is the cheapest was to do this, by boat or plane?
I've heard that the boat trip is worth the extra time spent travelling rather than travelling by plane, is this true?
Also, is there any other way to get across the border which might be cheaper because I will be on a very tight budget?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 26, 2009
Travelling to The Pacific  (1 Answer)

I would like to know if it is safe to travel by bus from Armenia to the pacific coast at Nuqui. Is it possible and is it safe. I would like to surf there aswell.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 16, 2009
Time Needed to get from Santa Marta to Barranquilla, and Barranquilla to Cartagena by Bus.  (2 Answers)

I am planning a trip to Colombia this December-January. For the Caribbean Coast part of mi viaje, I plan on flying from Bogotá to Santa Marta, seeing a few things there and spending the night. In the morning I plan on traveling by bus to Barranquilla and then, the following day, traveling by bus to Cartagena where, after staying for a few days, I will fly back to Bogotá.

My question is: approximately how long does it take by bus to travel from Santa Marta to Barranquilla, which is a good bus company, and how much should I plan on spending on bus tickets? The same questions would then apply to the bus ride from Barranquilla to Cartagena. How long? What company? How much?

I have a lot of experience in South American bus travel and I speak Spanish so the latter two questions are not terribly important. I don't want to miss my flight (a hobby of mine) back to Bogotá, so the bus travel times are extremely important.

I have a long list of sights to see while I travel through the aforementioned cities, but I am definitely open to suggestions! And... my... umm... my girlfriend wants to know if in Barranquilla there are any other Shakira-related sights to see apart from the statue. :P

Thank you very much in advance for any help, I really appreciate it. If I didn't explain anything well enough, don't hesitate to ask.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 02, 2009
Malaria in Colombia  (7 Answers)

I am thinking of visiting Colombia over winter break- 12/25- 1/1.
I've read various websites regarding malaria around Colombia. I was wondering if most travelers to Colombia took malaria meds etc...

If we go our flight would be into Bogota. Could anyone recommend the best way to spend our time. ( My wife would like 2-3 days at a beach area if possible etc..)

Thanks for the help!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 25, 2009
Volunteering in Colombia  (3 Answers)

I would like to know if anyone knew of any places or anyone in Colombia where i could do some volunteer work. I plan on staying for a couple months so any help would be grat.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 04, 2009
Return ticket necessary???  (6 Answers)

I already had one problem getting into Colombia by plane with no return ticket, so I know that yes, return ticket is necessary (in the case you go there as a tourist). I was wondering if it would be possible just to make a reservation for my return with some company...would it be enough...I think I have heard some people telling me that that's what they did, they just made a reservation and never bought a return ticket.
any experiences?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 13, 2009
AIRES Airline from Bogota to Leticia & Bogota to Manizales  (2 Answers)

Anyone knows anything about safety and punctual of AIRES airline? We plan to go from Bogota to Leticia and Bogota to Manizales next month.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 29, 2009
Permanence in Colombia as tourist!!!!  (2 Answers)

Hi! I have one concern. I have been travelling quite a while around Southamerica and have been entering and leaving Colombia for several times since September last year. I am planning to leave the country in few days again and then come back again and my worry is if there is like a maximum number of days which you can stay in the country withing one year (calendar year or just last 12 month). In total if I count months, I have been in Colombia around 3 month with various entries and departures.
I know that normally they give 60 days and then if you want to stay longer then immigration department give you more, but I believe you can not do it forever. Different case might be, which is also mine, if you leave the country for a while and then come back in a week, month or so.

Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 16, 2009
hotel or apartament in bogotà  (2 Answers)

hi!!! anyone knows any cheap hotel or apartament in Bogotà close to parque de la 93 to stay a cuople of night?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 02, 2009
tips to travel to Columbia from Panama  (3 Answers)

I fly into Panama city on july 8th

I'd like any reccomedations/(safety)tips on how to get to The coast of Columbia primarily Cartegena



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 21, 2009
Scuba Diving near Cartagena  (1 Answer)

Estaré 4 dias en Cartagena y me gustaria bucear.
Me interesan los corales y mantarayas.
Donde puedo acudir para hacer un par de salidas seguras¿?

I´ll be a few days in Cartagena, anyone who knows where to make scuba diving, and had good experience, please share it with me.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 14, 2009
Santa Marta & Cartagena  (1 Answer)

Hello fellow travelers!

So I found a fare from NYC for xmas -490 on avianca, red eyes to cartagena (transfer in bogota first).

(1) does this sound like a good fare to you guys? Since I'm new to the Colombia travel market, I wasn't sure how this cracks up to other fares you guys have paid?

(2) Our plan is to go to for a week at xmas. We were going to spend 2 days in santa marta (with a day trip to tayrona), and then the rest of the time in cartagena with day trips to the nearby islands.

Does this sound pretty typical?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 09, 2009
border columbia/panama  (3 Answers)

hello everyone!
i'm considering about buying a car in mexiko to have a independent travelling from mexiko to peru.
can somewone tell me a few things about the border between pananma and columbia?
-is it possible to cross by car on your own? (-am i allowed to do this and what are the conditions of the street?)
i'm wondering becouse i have been reading that there is no official or trafficable passage!?
is it true that shipping would be the only way to get your own car ahead?

thanks a lot
e gracias por todo!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 08, 2009

My traveling partner and I have contracted a very strange sickness while here in Colombia. Very unusual symptoms.

DOES ANYONE know reputable doctors (not hospitals, doctors) preferably in Cartagena, but I´ll take Bogotá as well.

Thank you for any help


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 03, 2009
Trip Colombia August 2009  (1 Answer)

I'm a french traveller and I plan to go in Colombia between the 28 july and 20 august.
I search someone who want to visit the country.
My plan is to arrive in bogotà, to visit the city and take 10 days to see the south (Cali, the coast, Buenaventura, coffee area) and to be the 6th august in Medellin for the flower party, and so
go to the north 10 days to see Cartagena, Santa marta, and the park Ciudad perdida.
The budget is not expensive, If you have some ideas, want to come//
please let me know!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 31, 2009
Flights from Panama City to Cartagena or ???? in Colombia  (9 Answers)

Does anyone know of a cheaper airline than Copa. Is there a smaller airline that may be less, that flies from Panama to Colombia?
Thanks for any help.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 29, 2009
flights from bogota  (1 Answer)

does anyone know where i can find cheap flights from bogota to lima in bogota?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 29, 2009

anyone of u knows, how long does it take, to have an apostille on a documents in bogotà...?thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 16, 2009
Bus travel Bogotá - Barichara  (2 Answers)

Hi dear fellow members,

Has anyone travel recently by bus from Bogotá to Barichara?
Do you have any recommendations as to which company is best?
Is it a safe route to travel by night/day?
Is it better to take a bus heading to Bucaramanga, or to take one that goes to Chiquinquirá?

Many thanks for your advice :)!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 04, 2009
Bogota, Medellin, and Cartagena

Hi. We are spending a 10 day trip in Bogota,Medellin, and Cartagena. I was wondering what things must do while visiting these cities. Any info would be great. Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 23, 2009
best football team  (6 Answers)

i will be travelling to Bogota to study next month and love football. I want to support and go for a team from there, so could anyone please tell me the best and most popular team to go for in Bogota? Which team has the crazier fans and what part of the city is it in? eg north, south etc

Thanks i cant wait.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 16, 2009
Traveling by bus Bogotá-San Agustín  (3 Answers)

Hi everyone!

Does anyone know if it's safe to travel by night (by bus) from Bogotá to San Agustín?

Has anyone done the trip recently?

Thanks in advance for any tips/info!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 09, 2009
Vacation Info  (4 Answers)

Hi: I am a female in early fifty's, first time traveling alone. I am planing to spend some off time from work sometime between Aug and Sept of this year in Colombia,I am seeking suggestions.I would like to know about safety,accommodation,(reasonable prices)places and the best time to visit. I am thinking of visiting two destinations Bogota I have as one, but I am opened for a second.I love The Arts, Theater, Music etc,and visiting places of natural and bohemian settings. I am also contemplating doing some volunteering,and Spanish classes,so if anyone has any information to share about these services and any other information you think may be useful, I would be very grateful. Thanks, regards .

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