never been to colombia and coming from USA< any safety issues going through bogota and or staying in colombia...thanks
I'd encourage you to check out the U.S. Department of State website link below. It should take you straight to the Colombian advisory.
Are you just going thru the airport in Bogota, or spending some time there? Are you talking about staying in San Andres or other places in Colombia. I have been to Colombia many times with no trouble. There are certain precations you should take just as you would in going anywhere. A little more info and I may be able to help you a little more.
Unfortunately, as an American, the only thing I hear about is how Colombia is so dangerous.
I can't find anything that makes me believe that San Andres is dangerous, should I be concerned?
jimk: if you fly to Toronto, you could book an all inclusive vacation at any one of 5 Decameron Hotels and a direct flight, through Nolitours. Just google a Toronto travel agent and book through them. Flights leave every Thursday nov. thru apr. San Andres is wonderful, no crime and easy to get around.
We spent a short week on San Adres last January. We flew from Cartagena (where we also spent some time).
Beautiful beaches, brilliant blue water. Cheap food and drink.
I don't think we spoke to one other American the entire time we were on the island. We weren't at one of the Decameron resorts though, so that might have made a difference. We did meet several very nice couples from Argentina, also some friendly Italians.
It was a good trip, but next time, we'll spend more time on San Andres' 'sister' island of Providencia and less on San Andres. Providencia is like taking a step back in time, the way I imagine the Caribbean was 30 years ago. Amazingly beautiful and undeveloped.
You fly directly to San Andres and don't go anywhere near Bogota if you go with Nolitours as SlicRick says. If you take the time to actually look and see where San Andres is on a map, you'll understand that although it is politically "Columbian' it is actually physically much closer to Nicaruagua.
Be pleasant and kind to the folks on this island and you will have no trouble. Remember that it is a Caribbean Island and runs on Caribbean time meaning be patient LOL.It is not yet polluted with tourism and therefor the poeple are genuinely nice and generous of spirit.
San Andres is more of a safe place to be. I just got back in nov, and it was great. I think you are better to fly out of toronto. I check american airlines out of buffalo airport and i couldn't beleave on the flight time, 20 hrs! I guess that how's it goes in the states, you hop scotch around untill you get there. Toronto is a direct flight, and you will be enjoying your vacation in less then 5 hrs. And it's a lot cheapier. And if you are looking for safe places to visit, check cuba varadero out. You can also fly out from here even cheapier.
jimk29 if you are going NY to Bogota I would then go Bogota to Cartagena and forget about San Andres. There is no safety issue in Cartagena and you are right on the Atlantic with a beautiful historic city to explore, great hotels and fine dining. The long and short of it is people do whatever fits their budget and taste so in the end the decision is up to you.