NUTS AND BOLTS
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Bogotá, the bustling capital of Colombia, is nestled high in the chilly Andes Mountains and sits at an altitude of 2620 m. (8646 ft). The city offers a dynamic blend of modern high rises, shops and restaurants peppered by 300 year old homes, churches and convents. The City’s cultural hub is located in the Barrio La Candelaria, home to the Museo de Oro, La Plaza de Bolivar and the Iglesia Museo de Santa Clara.
This year’s conference will be held in its entirety on the campus of Colegio Nueva Granada which sits in the neighborhood of Rosales / Chapinero alto. This campus is close to the Zona G which has many great restaurants and hotels. The campus is nestled on a hill overlooking the city and requires walking up and down the hill to get to and from sessions. Wearing comfortable walking shoes is recommended. The campus is walking distance to and from the Zona G and the hotels we are recommending, but we will also offer limited bus services (to and from selected hotels). Some people do walk to and from the school every day, but some prefer not to do so because of possible insecurity in the neighborhood.
*The school has two cafeterias where you can purchase food and beverage, please keep in mind that they only take card payments, NO CASH.
The city's average temperature is 14°C year-round, dropping to about 9°C at night and rising to around 18°C (higher on sunny days) during the day. In the rainy season there is less difference between daytime and nighttime temperatures. October is considered one of the rainy months, so come prepared with your rain gear! An umbrella is a MUST!
Bogotá ‘s altitude of 2,640 meters above sea level results in a climate that can vary from cool mornings of 10 degrees C. to a high of 20 degree C. at noon, dropping once again towards the end of the day. The best advice for dressing is to bring layers of clothing. October is often a rainy month in this part of Colombia.
If you have not traveled to places with this kind of altitude, you may experience a few altitude related symptoms such as shortness of breath and a slight headache. These typically only last about 24 hours.
The local currency is the Colombian Peso. The current exchange rate is approximately $4,500 COP to the USD. Colombia has been experiencing a consistent devaluation of the peso against the USD, so this rate may be higher by the time of the conference. El Dorado airport in Bogota offers a reasonably competitive exchange rate. ATMs seem to vary in the maximum single withdrawal from 400,000 to 600,000, but they are very easy to use and readily available. Credit cards are also accepted in all major shops, hotels and restaurants in Bogota, however visitors will probably be asked to provide some kind of ID (such as a photocopy of their passport) to allow a credit card transaction to go through.
- Cancelations received one month before the conference date will be refunded in full, minus a 25% administration fee.
- Cancelations received 15 days before the conference date will be refunded in full, minus a 50% administration fee.
- Cancelations during the conference dates will not be eligible for a refund.
- The registration fee owed/paid for a participant who must cancel can be transferred to a new unregistered person at no cost.
- A written request of refund should be submitted to the Executive Director of the TRI Association.