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With bustling colonial plazas sitting beside ultramodern skyscrapers, Colombia’s capital city has a mix of contrasts. Forget the outdated stereotypes of this place as a drug and crime haven. These days, Bogotá is a safe and forward-thinking city that is trending, not only as a spot for travellers but for studying and working abroad programmes.
Free Walking Graffiti Tour
A fantastic tour of Bogotá’s world famous Graffiti scene. On a donation basis, this tour is definitely worth taking and learning about the city’s history too.
La Catedral De Sal
Every heard of a cathedral 200m underground? La Catedral De Sal is a cathedral built within the tunnels of a salt mine near the city of Zipaquirá. A fascinating tour indeed.
No matter where you are in the city, you can see the iconic Montserrate. It’s definitely worth getting the cable car up there for sunset and taking some great photos of Bogotá’s huge skyline..
La Chorrera Waterfall
Colombia’s largest waterfall! A short bus journey outside of Bogotá is definitely worth visiting to get out of the urban sprawl..
Explore these unique experiences and amazing tours
Looking for long term stays? Read our guide below.
If you’re looking for short-term stays:
Bogotá unfortunately has no metro system and instead a series of buses called the Transmilenio. At any station you can purchase a rechargable card. During the day time is a good way to get to the north of the city. However it can be incredibly busy during rush hour and a nightmare to maneouvre. Do not travel on the Transmilenio by yourself late at night and avoid taking yellow cabs by yourself. If you want ensure maximum safety, use Uber and travel in groups.
Uber is illegal in Colombia but many people use it anyway and it is generally considered to be the safer option for transport especially during the night amongst students in Bogotá.
Daniel Lee Barber
“Hi everybody, I'm Dan and I spent the best part of my year abroad studying at ‘La Universitat de Valencia’ before heading to Santa Marta on the Colombian northern coast to teach at a small charity called ‘Colombia Sin Fronteras’. It was an amazing year and there’s nothing I enjoy more than talking about it so please get in touch! More than happy to help."