IS COLOMBIA SAFE?
Is it safe to travel to Colombia? Yes. Officially, the US State Department has issued a Level 2 Travel Advisory for Colombia (as of February 2020), the same level issued to countries like the UK, France, Germany, and Italy. Certain lawless departments (states) along the Pacific coast and Venezuelan border have Level 4 Do Not Travel Advisories and some other areas have Level 3 Reconsider Travel Advisories. This means that in the majority of Colombia, safety is not a problem.
However, the safety of our guests is our primary concern. We never want you to question, “Is Colombia safe?”. CHACO Travel's trips to Colombia include a full-time guide that facilitates transportation and activities, as well as ensuring that guests are comfortable and safe. Guests will be accompanied by a guide during planned activities. Any free time will be located in safe, affluent areas of the city.
Over the past several years, Colombia safety has improved. A peace deal was reached between the government and FARC rebels in 2016, which included the decommissioning of large amounts of firearms. While there is continued pacification effort in remote areas, the urban areas of Colombia have improved significantly. While the country is still in the process of returning to normalcy, there has been undeniable progress, making the present and future of Colombia bright.
By and large, the major cities and tourist areas of Colombia are safe (including Bogotá, Cali, Medellin, Cartagena, and the Zona Cafetera) if travelers use common sense, remain alert, and do not wander into unfamiliar areas. To avoid unwanted attention, travelers should not display signs of wealth, such as expensive jewelry.
If you are still wondering, “Is it safe to travel in Colombia?”, please contact us. We would be more than happy to walk you through our experience in Colombia and answer any questions you have.