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Conference venue

 
About the University of the Andes

The 6th ALAHPE Conference will be held at the University of the Andes in Bogotá (Colombia).

The Local Organizing Committee thanks the Department of Economics of the University of the Andes for their support. 

 

University of the Andes

Main facilities for ALAHPE Conference: Mario Laserna Building (ML Building)

Address: Carrera 1 Este No. 19A - 40

Bogotá

Colombia

 
Map of the University of the Andes

The interactive map of the University of the Andes is available here. You will find bellow some images extracted from this map that could be useful to orientate yourself around the university.  

 
Main University buildings for the ALAHPE Conference 2017

The plenary sessions and most of the parallel sessions will take place inside the Mario Laserna Building (building shown in the picture bellow). 

Walking route from the Hotel BH Bicentenario to the University of the Andes
 

If you are staying at the Hotel BH Bicentenario, you could follow the route signaled on the map below to arrive to the University of the Andes. It will take you 10 minutes on foot. 

About Bogotá D.C.
 
 
General information of the city

Bogotá is the capital of Colombia and the biggest city of the country, with 8 million people living here. It has 33 km (20,5 miles) from north to south, and 16 km (10 miles) from east to west.  

The city’s nomenclature is based on an urban street system with mountains to the east as a reference point. When facing the mountains, north will be on your left. “Calles” run vertical to the mountains from east to west and “carreras” run parallel to the mountains from north to south.

Bogotá hast two rainy seasons: first, from March to May, and second from September to November. Because the Conference is taking place in the last month of the second wet season, we recommend to bring an umbrella and/or a raincoat.

The city is located to the east of The Andes Mountain Range at 2,640 meters (8,660 ft.) above sea level with a pleasant all-year-round spring-like weather. The average temperature during the day is 14°C (57°F) and 10°C (50°F) at nights. The city’s mountainous climate is difficult to predict: You might wake up to dazzling sunshine in the morning and still find pouring rain after less than an hour. It’s always wise to take a coat or jacket with you to go out.

 

 

 

Fuente: http://www.bogota.gov.co/ciudad/clima

 

Find more information about Bogotá, visiting the following websites: 

Official website (only available in Spanish): http://www.bogota.gov.co/ciudad/ubicacion

Greater Bogotá Convention Bureau: http://www.bogotacb.com/en/about-the-destination/practical-information/

 
Moving around Bogotá

Bogotá's public transportation system includes taxis, Transmilenio (Bus Rapid Transit System), and buses. 

Taxis

Taxis in Bogotá have relatively low fares compared to similar cities around the world. The fares start at COP 4,100 (USD 1.5 approx.) and grow depending on the distance and time spent on your trip. A regular trip may have a cost between COP 9,000 (USD 3.00) and COP 11,000 (USD 3.80), and an average trip from the airport may cost COP 30,000 (USD $10). Transit in Bogotá is slow and chaotic, specially in peak hours (between 6:30 - 8:30 and 16:30 - 19:30). Taxi drivers accept only cash money, so you cannot pay them with debit or credit cards.

In Colombia, Uber and Cabify are not legal. We recommend not to use their services: drivers could be stopped, and the vehicles immobilized by the local police. 

Finally, for your safety, we recommend not to take other taxis than those that you call by using one of the smartphone apps that are available in Google Play or the App Store for Bogotá. The most used apps are Tappsi and EasyTaxi. You can download them following the links bellow:

TAPPSI

EASYTAXI

Taxi drivers usually do not speak English or Portuguese. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transmilenio

It is Bogota's main transportation system. Usually, the buses and the stations of Transmilenio are crowded, specially in peak hours (between 6:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. and 16:30 - 17:00). It works with a card that you can acquire in the ticket window of any Transmilenio station by COP 5,000 (USD 1.70 aprox.). The card is refillable and the cost of every trip is COP 2,200 (USD 0.75 approx.). 

Bus

Bogotá has an Integrated Transportation System (SITP by its initials in Spanish) which includes Transmilenio and almost all bus routes in the city (it includes all the blue buses). To use the bus system, you must have a card (the same card that is required by Transmilenio). Any bus trip costs COP 2,000 (USD 0.7 approx.). 

There is an app that could guide you all along the SITP, which you can download here: 

 
Currency and exchange houses

The local currency is the Colombian Peso (COP). 

The currency exchange should be done only in exchange houses, at the airport, hotels, banks, and never in the street. Some unscrupulous people offer foreigners to do the currency exchange in streets, promising to reduce time and transaction costs, to then take advantage and rob them. 

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