“Is Colombia safe?” or “Isn’t Colombia dangerous?”. These are the most common questions I get from my friends back home, since I have been traveling all over the country of Colombia for almost three months now.
The truth is Colombia was dangerous. It was very dangerous during the peak of the Cartels and the drug wars that plagued this beautiful country for over 20 years. That is a thing in the past now.
How Safe Is Colombia?
I have lived in the U.S., I have lived in Italy, and can say I’ve lived in Colombia at this point. I can guarantee Colombia is almost as safe as the aforementioned countries. My experience in Colombia has been quite safer than I thought it would be. No real issues and I have been in almost every major Colombian City, including:
I have never felt unsafe walking around any of these cities. The number one thing everyone warned me about Colombia was to not have my smartphone out in public, but I never had an issue doing so nor do any of the millions of Colombians who do the same daily. There are obviously some neighborhoods and areas to avoid, but the same goes for any major city in any country.
Where Should I Go In Colombia?
If you want to take extra precautions to be safe in Colombia, than the easiest way to do so is to stay in a safe area. The higher class neighborhoods of any of the major cities offer a high level of security, and you’ll be surprised how safe and affordable they are when you visit.
When looking for a place to stay, always rent an Airbnb or book a hostel in of these areas:
Bogota: Zona T, Zona Norte, Parque 93, Chapinero Alto
Medellin: Poblago, Envigado, Laureles, Itagui, Carlos E. Restrepo
Cali: San Antonio, Granada, El Penon
Cartagena: Centro Historico, Boca Grande
Baranquilla: Alto Prado
All of these zones offer a high-level of security with local police and private security guards in almost every corner.
Colombia is safe and the country’s economy is blooming. The last few presidents have made safety a top priority, which has made this beautiful country explode with tourism. Book a flight and experience this country firsthand.
Check out my Colombia 2017 travel videos so far and also what I packed for my trip below!
Also check out everything I packed for my Colombia below!