Bogota is the capital city of Colombia. With a population of more than 8 million people, Bogota sits approximately 8,660 feet (2640 meters) above sea level. Bogota is situated in the northern Andean Mountain Range. Orientation is relatively easy, as the mountains to the East are generally visible from most parts of the city.
Bogota's international airport, Aeropuerto El Dorado, has one terminal that is serviced by domestic and international carriers. Taxis are regulated, reasonably priced and safe from the airport. A taxi ride from the airport is approximately 20 minutes
Currently Colombia's buses run in and out of it's main station, El Terminal de Transporte de Bogota. The station is clean and has standard amenities. Located at Calle 33 B, No 69-59, Multiple bus companies have regular routes to destinations around the country.
Bogota is built for the mostpart on a grid system. Carreras (streets) are abbreviated as Cr, K and Crs and run parallel to the mountains from South to North.
The calles (also streets) cross the Carreras and run from East to West. Calles are abbreviated as C, Cll and Cl.
Avenidas, abbreviated as Av, are usually larger and main streets. The numerical system for the Avenidas is used but some have names such as Avenida Jimenez. Each address consist of a series of numbers, for example: Calle 16 # 2-43. This indicates that the building on Calle 16 is 43 meters from the corner of Carrera 2 towards Carrera 3.
Bogota's new Transmilenio rapid bus service is extremely affordable, clean and efficient and carries commuters to numerous corners of the city, however there are some main routes that are not yet reached by the Transmilenio.
Collectivos cover practically every major route of the city, and can generally be flagged down at any point on a main road. Ask the driver (in Spanish) if he passes the neighborhood or intersection you are going to.
Platypus Hostel, in the old Candelaria district is owned and run by an extremely friendly and helpful German named Herman. Platypus is located at C 16 No. 2 - 43, La Candelaria.
Bogota is considered to be a relatively dangerous city, however if precautions are taken, it is unlikely that travellers (especially those who are not flashing rental cars or expensive electronic goods) will be affected.