Colombia Advice

  • hazak

    Posts: 13

    Feb 17, 2018 1:16 AM GMT
    I will be traveling to Colombia next month and visiting three cities.
    Bogota, Santa Marta, and Cartagena. Any advice/tips?
  • bro4bro

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    Feb 17, 2018 6:59 PM GMT
    Street crime is rampant. Watch your possessions closely. Carry your money and ID in your front pocket, not the back.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Feb 18, 2018 12:33 AM GMT
    bro4bro saidStreet crime is rampant. Watch your possessions closely. Carry your money and ID in your front pocket, not the back.
    That sounds like good advice when visiting dangerous US cities like Baltimore, Memphis, St Louis, Milwaukee, and the south side of Chicago.
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    Feb 18, 2018 3:09 AM GMT
    bro4bro said
    Street crime is rampant. Watch your possessions closely. Carry your money and ID in your front pocket, not the back.

    Where? In the US or Columbia?
  • Jeepguy2

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    Feb 18, 2018 6:24 AM GMT
    roadbikeRob said
    bro4bro saidStreet crime is rampant. Watch your possessions closely. Carry your money and ID in your front pocket, not the back.
    That sounds like good advice when visiting dangerous US cities like Baltimore, Memphis, St Louis, Milwaukee, and the south side of Chicago.


    Well once the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act is passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump we will be able to pack heat when we have to visit one of these shithole cities that also have some of the most restrictive gun laws in the U.S. and not in-coincidentally the most violent crime. icon_rolleyes.gif



  • blueandgold

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    Feb 18, 2018 1:33 PM GMT
    hazak saidI will be traveling to Colombia next month and visiting three cities.
    Bogota, Santa Marta, and Cartagena. Any advice/tips?


    Skip Bogota and go to Medellín or Periera. In country flights were dirt cheap. Go to Guatape, hike that insane rock El Peñol and go camping. Make friends with natives in advance and have them show you around. Go to some of the other smaller pueblos in the mountains like Jardin.

    Go to Tayrona in Santa Marta. There are some cool hotels right around the beach there.

    In my opinion, Santa Marta and Cartagena are too hot and the beaches (unless you go into the countryside) overrated.
  • 24hourguy

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    Feb 18, 2018 4:35 PM GMT
    Next week I'm visiting a friend who moved to Cartegena. I'll come back on here and share what we do
  • hazak

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    Feb 19, 2018 12:04 PM GMT
    blueandgold said
    hazak saidI will be traveling to Colombia next month and visiting three cities.
    Bogota, Santa Marta, and Cartagena. Any advice/tips?


    Skip Bogota and go to Medellín or Periera. In country flights were dirt cheap. Go to Guatape, hike that insane rock El Peñol and go camping. Make friends with natives in advance and have them show you around. Go to some of the other smaller pueblos in the mountains like Jardin.

    Go to Tayrona in Santa Marta. There are some cool hotels right around the beach there.

    In my opinion, Santa Marta and Cartagena are too hot and the beaches (unless you go into the countryside) overrated.


    I heard really good things about Medellin that is on my to do list on my second time around.

    I had Tayrona on my list as well as Mount Monserrate and La Chorrera Waterfall for Bogota and then the old city of Cartagena.

    I have heard things about Minca and Taganga by Santa Marta as well. I like more natural things but nightlife tips are appreciated as well.
  • trvlmscl

    Posts: 195

    Feb 19, 2018 10:11 PM GMT
    Jeepguy2 said
    roadbikeRob said
    bro4bro saidStreet crime is rampant. Watch your possessions closely. Carry your money and ID in your front pocket, not the back.
    That sounds like good advice when visiting dangerous US cities like Baltimore, Memphis, St Louis, Milwaukee, and the south side of Chicago.


    Well once the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act is passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump we will be able to pack heat when we have to visit one of these shithole cities that also have some of the most restrictive gun laws in the U.S. and not in-coincidentally the most violent crime. icon_rolleyes.gif





    I hope this happens so idiots like this can travel with their guns, do something STUPID AF, and spend the rest of your life in a shithole jail. Carrying your gun around with you is NOT defensive but rather very much offensive. If you feel your life will be in danger, keep your dumb ass at home or hire security.

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  • roadbikeRob

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    Feb 21, 2018 2:05 PM GMT
    hazak said
    blueandgold said
    hazak saidI will be traveling to Colombia next month and visiting three cities.
    Bogota, Santa Marta, and Cartagena. Any advice/tips?


    Skip Bogota and go to Medellín or Periera. In country flights were dirt cheap. Go to Guatape, hike that insane rock El Peñol and go camping. Make friends with natives in advance and have them show you around. Go to some of the other smaller pueblos in the mountains like Jardin.

    Go to Tayrona in Santa Marta. There are some cool hotels right around the beach there.

    In my opinion, Santa Marta and Cartagena are too hot and the beaches (unless you go into the countryside) overrated.


    I heard really good things about Medellin that is on my to do list on my second time around.

    I had Tayrona on my list as well as Mount Monserrate and La Chorrera Waterfall for Bogota and then the old city of Cartagena.

    I have heard things about Minca and Taganga by Santa Marta as well. I like more natural things but nightlife tips are appreciated as well.
    What is wrong with Bogota, I have heard that it is a beautiful modern metropolis with a moderate climate due to its high elevation. If traffic, pollution, crime, and areas of urban decay are the reason well that is found everywhere. I am sure that Medellin has the same urban problems.
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    Mar 01, 2018 8:11 PM GMT
    art_deco said
    bro4bro said
    Street crime is rampant. Watch your possessions closely. Carry your money and ID in your front pocket, not the back.

    Where? In the US or Columbia?


    The country, Colombia. Notice the two O.
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    Mar 01, 2018 8:11 PM GMT
    I would like to visit Cartagena.