The national flag consists of red, white, and red vertical stripes. The metric system is the legal standard. Movable holidays include Holy Thursday and Good Friday. Comparatively, the area occupied by Peru is slightly smaller than the state of Alaska.
Other companies that goes to the south part of the country: BolivarianoExpresopalmiraCoomotor. By urban bus[ edit ] Around the turn of this century urban centers in Colombia saw the development of a highly efficient and neat bus transit systems that are spreading to other countries.
Never accept food or drinks from strangers. Avoid talking to strangers at bus stops or terminals. It is possible you may be stopped at police check points. A calm attitude is the best key to avoid inconveniences. The metro system also has two cable car lines: Riding the cable cars is a unique experience, as passengers travel up the mountains in gondolas.
There, after a 20 minutes trip in the gondola carts you reach an altitude of meters above sea level. By taxi[ edit ] The taxi networks in big cities such as Bogota are extensive and very cheap.
If you order a taxi by phone the company will then give you the taxi registration number. Then the taxi will be waiting at the given address.
You may need to give them a three or four digit code given to you when you book the taxi. During the day some taxi ranks outside hotels, office buildings and government offices will only allow certified drivers and companies and will also take your name and details when you board the taxi.
Taxis from city to city are easy to arrange by phoning ahead and agreeing the price, it will still be cheap by western standards and is safe and quite agreeable. The meter in all taxis starts at 25, and then increases over distance.
The number it arrives at corresponds to a tariff that will be on display on the front seat of the cab. Taxi and bus prices increase on Sundays, public holidays, early in the morning and late at night. There are also extra charges for baggage and for booking in advance by telephone.
Unlike many other countries it is not customary to tip the taxi driver. It's up to the individual. Many taxis are not allowed to travel outside of Bogota due to boundary restrictions with their licences.
You should always make arrangements to travel outside of Bogota by taxi ahead of time.
In some locations Las Aguas in the Candelaria district of Bogota for example you may find an individual acting as a tout for taxi drivers - they will offer you a taxi and lead you to a particular cab. They then recevie a small tip from the driver. Taxis and much else besides are much more expensive in Cartagena than in other cities.
Uber is another alternative, relatively cheap in comparison to taxis and generally available in Bogota and Medellin. Be advised, Uber is illegal in Colombia so the drivers are hesitant of meeting at the Airport layby or popular spaces with Police near and may opt for you to meet them in a more discreet location.
By cable car[ edit ] Since most of the Colombian population lives in the Andes, cable car systems are becoming popular for both commuting and tourist transportation. Also enjoy the magnificent view of the new cable car above the Chicamocha river canyon in Santander Colombia.
Talk[ edit ] The official language of Colombia is Spanish. Besides the standard Spanish, 68 ethnic regional languages and dialects are recognised.
Some indigenous tribes in rural areas continue to speak their own languages, though almost all people from those tribes will be bilingual in their indigenous language and Spanish.
If you've recently learned Spanish, its a relief to know that the Bogota dialect is clear and easy to understand.
The Spanish does vary, however, from Cartagena to Bogota to Cali. Generally the Spanish on the coasts is spoken more rapidly, and Spanish from Medellin has its own idiosyncrasies.We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us.
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