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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 // 6 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]

Public Transport in Bogotá

December 10, 2013 // 0 Comments

Some might say that public transport in Bogotá pales in comparison to Medellín. Bogotá does not have an underground (or overground) metro system, as do many other world (and, indeed, Latin American) capitals. Furthermore, the city operates a system of Pico y Placa, which was introduced as an attempt to reduce congestion. Cars whose number plates end in an even [more]

Bogota weather

December 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

I expect that Bogotá would come second to Britain in terms of how often people complain about the weather. Colombia lies on the equator, and as such does not have seasons as we do in Europe. There is the drier half of the year (January to June) and the wetter half of the year (July to December). During the dry season, the weather tends to be hot and sunny in the [more]

Bogotá: a city of opportunities (amongst the chaos)

December 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

Bogotá, like most world capitals, is a cosmopolitan city – hay de todo un poco (there is a bit of everything) – and thus is a city of many peoples (if not many cultures, exactly); Colombians have drifted towards the city of Bogotá for various reasons. One is that it offers more opportunities in terms of studies and jobs. It is relatively easy to set up a [more]
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