More general tips
Be exceptionally careful about drugs - never carry them. Don't buy dope on the street, the vendors may well be setting you up for the police. There have been reports of drugs being planted on travellers, so keep your eyes open.
Prefers parking lot places for your car, but if you want to park in the streets do it in legally allowed zones, however always you must blocked it, closed doors and windows.
Travel in Colombia is almost always up and down, from humid tropical lowlands to cold, windy highlands. When traveling by car, you can experiencie dramatic climate changes within a few hours, so have appropiate clothes handy to avoid being frozen solid.
In Bogota the water can be safely drunk from the tap, outside the city though it is best to avoid it if is possible.
The money in colombia are pesos, in many places you can't pay with dollars or others, and some places you can't pay with credit card. change your money to local billets before you trip.
A lot of colombian people are friendly and hospitable, but Colombia has endured the largest and longest guerrilla insurgency on the continent. However, if you take some precautions you can enjoy your travel around Colombia. It is exotic and fascinating.
When you would travel don't forget your Passport. You can find help for police in the highways and cities or towns, ask him about information places that you would visit and the state of this places and its roads, follow his intructions and try not to travel in the evening and do not go leave mains roads because you could get lost because there are few signs. Be careful about guerrilla movements, so as not to get caught in the crossfire. The local press and police are your best source of information.
The biggest potential dangers are being ripped off or robbed. Keep your passport and money next to your skin and your camera, walkman, cellular or other expensive things inside your bag, and don't wear jewellery or expensive watches when you walk in the streets. Don't walk single after ten at night, because it can attract the attention of thieves. If stopped by a plin-clothes man who claims to be from secret police, check his documents first. If still doubt, call any uniformed police officer. If you are driving a car and only one police in motorcycle stop you, don't stop, continue driving and tell him that you'll stop in the next police station, and do it.
Robbery can be very dangerous. If you are accosted by robbers, it is best to give them what they are after. Burundanga is really bad news. It's a drug obtained from a species of tree widespread in Colombia. It is uses by thieves to render a victim unconsius. It can be put into sweets, cigarrettes, chewing gum, beer and you can't smell or taste. The main effects are loss of will and memory, and sleepiness which can last from a few hours to several days. An overdose can be fatal.
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