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Something to see in Colombia
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 12:10 pm
Post subject: Something to see in Colombia

Hi all,

I'am going to the Bogota area in december and i don't know if there is something interesting for an AFV fan (except the military museum).

Thanks in advance for your advice.

Cheers from Switzerland !
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 12:47 pm
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Hi all,

I'am going to the Bogota area in december and i don't know if there is something interesting for an AFV fan (except the military museum).

Thanks in advance for your advice.

Cheers from Switzerland !


There is a Stuart or two at the Infantry School/Barracks right in Bogota. I've taken a couple of pics from the road because there was not time to "arrange" a visit. You can be sure that a visit, if granted, will involve a search of car and person because of security concerns, if they even let you in.

Have you been to Colombia before? I hope you're traveling with locals and know what to expect.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 3:56 pm
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I went to Cartagena in March, we had a great time, a visit to the Spanish fortress there would be a great side trip if you can make it. The area seemed very safe and a beautiful old city.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 4:20 pm
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I went to Cartagena in March, we had a great time, a visit to the Spanish fortress there would be a great side trip if you can make it. The area seemed very safe and a beautiful old city.


It's worth remembering that Cartegena is a semi-resort city on the coast. Medellin and Bogota are well inland in the hills (Medellin, in particular). Both are beautiful cities, but warrant caution. I have never seen so many bomb sniffing dogs anywhere in the world* as in both cities, and every significant hotel and restaurant had it's own, well-armed, security forces (not complaining, it was a comfort).

I have traveled there on business and had a great time, but I'd advise against solitary walks or travel outside urban areas except by air (and that was the policy of my hosts, themselves medical professionals in the diagnostics business). Take the same precautions as you would in Mexico City, or certain eastern European cities that I won't mention (and in which I've personally witnessed several crimes in broad daylight). FARC may have eased up a bit, but there are still threats on the streets.

*I don't include the ME, as my travels did not include there.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2013 4:32 am
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Thanks,

My wife is from Bogota, so I will be with locals. I will go to Gatagena too. Promise Doug, il will be very prudent.... But apart from a few Stuart (8 in total ?) and Greyhound, Colombia never had significant armoured vehicules.... Thanks to CASCAVEL EE.9 for the infos here:

foro-chiledefensa.foro...n-colombia

If ican i will take pictures...

Cheers !!!
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2013 3:48 pm
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Thanks,

My wife is from Bogota, so I will be with locals. I will go to Gatagena too. Promise Doug, il will be very prudent.... But apart from a few Stuart (8 in total ?) and Greyhound, Colombia never had significant armoured vehicules.... Thanks to CASCAVEL EE.9 for the infos here:

foro-chiledefensa.foro...n-colombia

If ican i will take pictures...

Cheers !!!


Well, there you go, local knowledge is the key to survival in some places.

...and you married a Colombian woman.....from what I've seen, that's nice work!
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