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How to escape the ‘big smoke’ – ecotours in Bogota

January 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

If you’re planning to stay more than a few days in Bogotá, you will quickly find that you run out of obvious things to do and see. You can ‘do’ the Candelaria in half a day, walking around and visiting the museums there. Then you might want to visit the National Museum on carrera 7 – another half-day. The Zona T is excellent for high-class [more]

How to watch your favourite TV programmes online while abroad

January 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

When you first move abroad, the first couple of weeks are often so jam-packed full of things to do – looking for an apartment, filling it with furniture, starting work and getting used to a new daily routine, sorting out a mobile phone, finding out where the nearest supermarkets are etc. etc. – that you don’t even have time to think about the things [more]

Is Bogotá safe? 13 safety tips

January 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

Whilst it is fair to say that Bogotá’s reputation as a ‘dangerous’ city is not entirely undeserved, there is also a great deal of scaremongering and ignorance with regard to this matter, particularly online. It often ‘ranks’ within the top 10/25/50 most dangerous/violent cities in the world in online blogs; in this blog post, for [more]

How to get a Colombian partner visa

January 6, 2014 // 74 Comments

*Updated July 2016* – Please read the comments in the comments section below, as readers have been giving helpful advice on how the partner visa application process is constantly changing! *Update January 2017* – I applied for a new partner visa recently, and it is all done online now. Visit this government website to find out more about the different [more]

How to renew your Colombian tourist visa

January 6, 2014 // 6 Comments

Many foreigners come to Colombia and find themselves wanting to stay .. much like myself 🙂 Thus arises the question of how to renew your Colombian tourist visa! EU citizens receive a 90-day tourist visa stamp in their passport upon arrival in Colombia; if you want to stay beyond these 90 days, it used to be necessary to leave the country and re-enter in order to [more]

How to get a taxi in Bogota – Taxi apps

January 5, 2014 // 2 Comments

In Bogotá, hailing a taxi from the street is not recommended, especially at night. Calling for a taxi may be a daunting prospect for someone with a lower-than-intermediate level of Spanish. But never fear; here are two mobile apps which solve this problem, helping you to get a taxi in Bogota easily – Tappsi and EasyTaxi. You will need a wi-fi or data [more]

How to send a letter – Bogotá mail

January 4, 2014 // 9 Comments

The first part of this post explains how to send a letter from Bogotá to somewhere else (either in Colombia or to another country). The second part briefly explains how to format the address when you are posting a letter to Colombia. How to send a letter from Bogotá It soon becomes evident, once you start making a few enquiries, that Colombians rarely use the [more]

How to survive the Colombian markets – shopping tips

January 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

In Colombian markets, whether these be indoors, outdoors or  people selling on the street, mastering the art of negotiation is essential if you want to pay a fair (or perhaps less unfair) price for goods. A typical market stall in Bogota First things first: you either need to learn the numbers from 1 – 1000 in Spanish (not as difficult as it sounds) so that [more]

How to use the Bogotá TransMilenio

December 28, 2013 // 1 Comment

In a city where getting from A to B can be stressful, tiring and chaotic, it doesn’t help that the Bogotá TransMilenio bus system (the “quickest” way to travel through the city) is extremely hard to fathom, even for Bogotanos! Look at a TransMilenio network map at any station, and it might as well be written in ancient Greek for all the sense it [more]

How to calculate your taxi fare in Bogotá

December 28, 2013 // 2 Comments

Bogota taxi driver and tariff This post will tell you how to calculate your taxi fare if you take a yellow taxi in Bogotá. For tips on how to get a cab using a mobile app, please see my post How to get a taxi in Bogota – Taxi apps. For safety tips, take a look at 10 tips for taking a taxi in Bogotá. My top tip is actually to use Uber cars. If you already have [more]
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