IF you look about the house, or with friends, and see any books or DVDs you´re no longer using and would like to find a home for; we are always seeking donations of those things. The same for old electronics – as people here in Colombia can always use those things, as they can be terribly expensive for them to purchase.
Each room has at least, and often only, one three-pronged outlet. The electrical system is the same as that of the US. If you’re coming from a country that has another system, you’ll want to bring a converter.
While there are buses from Bogotá to the nearby town, during this time of Covid we recommend you taking a car from the airport to ArteSumapaz. We can arrange the driver to meet you at the airport. The cost is about $100 US. We can pay the driver and you can reimburse us via Paypal if needed.
Also, we’ve been successful hailing an UBER from Bogotá. If you do so, you’ll want to take an Uber Comfort, as smaller cars can have a tough time on some of the roads.
Art supplies of decent quality are difficult to purchase here – in general, we advise bringing as much as you think you’ll need. There are some shops in Bogotá, but anything of decent quality has been imported, and is thus priced more to cover shipping and taxes. Seriously, bring art supplies.
For the time being, US Amazon has been offering free delivery and without duty on some items. We have an address in Bogotá to which you can safely have things shipped, and then someone can bring it up from the city.
Some of the better shops in Bogotá:
- Fabriano – located in the Santa Barbara mall in Usaquen
- Belle Chantraine
- Panamericana – multiple locations in Bogotá
For paintings, artists generally work on temporary stretchers, and then roll the paintings. Silicone release paper can be handy for lining the paintings.
Sunscreen, a good hat for the sun, shoes or boots for hiking, and a rechargeable lantern can come in handy for the occasional power outage.
You will be given a 3-month tourist visa upon entering Colombia. You can extend it for another 90 days in the calendar year.
You can purchase sandwich meats and keep them in the refrigerator, or tag along on one of our weekly trips into town and partake in one of the famous grilled meat plates of Colombia.
Sometimes there might be someone at the airline, or even at immigration control in Colombia that might insist. Many travelers purchase a refundable return ticket before heading to the airport.