Is Bogota Safe? The quick answer: definitely! To learn why, here's everything you need to know about safety in Bogota—including information on water quality, crime statistics, vaccines, transportation, and safety tips. Any questions? Message us.
Seriously! The violent crime rate in Bogota is actually lower than that of many "safe" American cities like Indianapolis and Miami. In addition, kidnappings in the capital have dropped by a massive 92% over the past two decades. And just like in any American city, these crimes almost always occur in outlying neighborhoods that you would have no reason to enter in the first place. Don't believe us? Ask a local.
LIke in any crowded city, scams and pickpockets are common in Bogota. However, with just a little knowledge, you can easily avoid annoyances and navigate the city like a local.
Top Tips to Avoid Scams and Petty Theft in Bogota:
Essentially, we’d recommend taking the same precautions in Bogota as you would in any other major metropolis. If you’re still concerned about petty crime and scams in Bogota, however, feel free to read more about Colombia safety or get insider safety info from a Bogota local. You could rely on TripAdvisor recommendations to plan your trip, but we wouldn't recommend risking it.
While you should still consult your doctor before traveling, you probably have all your necessary vaccines for Colombia already—MMR, polio, hepatitis A, and the like. And while the CDC recommends certain vaccines for travelers going far off the beaten path, visitors to Bogota can rest easy on the vaccines they already have.
Due to the city’s extremely high elevation (over 8,500 feet above sea level), mosquitos are physically unable to live in Bogota. This means the three main health concerns for travelers to Colombia—Zika, malaria, and yellow fever—are almost nonexistent in Bogota! That being said, The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) still suggests you visit your doctor 4-6 weeks before traveling to ask what other precautions you should take.
It’s a common misconception that drinking tap water in Colombia will give make you sick. In actuality, the tap water in Bogota is perfectly safe to drink.
Due to its huge population of young people and students, Bogota is known for being quite hospitable to female travelers roaming alone. Many women feel perfectly safe grabbing a cup of coffee, exploring the city, and even going out to enjoy Bogota’s fabled nightlife by themselves. And while sexual harassment is a known issue in Colombia, Bogota is often thought to be one of the cities where it’s slightly less common.
There are plenty of safe transportation options in Bogota. The Transmilenio (Bogota’s Bus Rapid Transit System) and
The easiest way to get around? Ask the people who know best. Our local trip planners can give detailed instructions on the best ways to navigate Bogota.
For decades, Colombia has been getting safer than ever. Widespread shifts to a modern coffee-and-tourism-based economy and massive crackdowns on illegal activity have brought Colombia an unprecedented period of tranquility. Moreover, ever since the conclusion of its long civil war with the 2016 FARC peace accord, Colombia has been actively reinventing itself as a traveler’s paradise—complete with modern infrastructure, tourist police, and an emphasis on safe travel.
In the off chance that you run into any trouble while galavanting through Bogota, here are some numbers to call for assistance.
Ready to head to Bogota? We don't blame you. Before you go, make sure to have a local Colombian trip planner help build your custom Bogota itinerary—no one knows the city's hidden gems, dos and don'ts, and safety info the way they do. Additionally, feel free to message us with any questions you have, and make sure to check out: