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Petroleum and Unconventional Resources Reserves: Understanding the Economic, Technical, Environmental, and Regulatory Aspects

23 – 24 September 2013

Bogota, Colombia | Hilton Bogota

Accommodations and Travel

Venue

Hilton Bogota
Carrera 7 No. 72-41 
Bogota, Colombia
Phone: +(57-1) 600-6100

The Hilton Bogota hotel is conveniently located in the heart of the financial district. Main entertainment and dining neighborhoods are within walking distance from the hotel. Also, El Dorado International Airport in only 25 minutes away. Additionally, this hotel has the 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. This honor is awarded to establishments that achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site.

Bogotá, Colombia

About the location

Bogotá, the capital of Colombia, located in the center of the country on a vast plain at 2,600 meters above sea level and with a moderate temperature – which ranges from 12º C (54º F) to 18º C (64º F) - has a population of eight million people from all corners of Colombia; a city as diverse as the entire country.

Declared World Book Capital by UNESCO and Iberoamerican Capital of Culture by the UCCI, Bogotá has become one of the most important cities of the continent, with public spaces such as plazas, streets and modern avenues. The city has the world’s largest bicycling network –the Ciclovía, which covers close to 300 kilometers.

Bogotá has a varied nightlife offering domestic and foreign tourists alike different options and styles; a permanent cultural agenda that is reflected in its more than 60 museums and art galleries and the most important theater festival in the world, the Iberoamerican Theater Festival; 29 religious temples that are part of its heritage; 4,500 parks; close to 50 shopping malls and outlets where visitors can purchase the latest fashion and creations by haute couture Colombian designers.

Bogotá has earned a place among the major gastronomic capitals of Latin America. Its six dining areas with world-class restaurants offer local and international cuisine. The many accommodation options with over 300 hotels of international and national chains make of Bogotá the main destination of foreign tourists arriving in the country. Its venues for business, events and conventions consolidate it as one of the favorite destinations for executives worldwide.

The city, which was declared by the prestigious New York Times as one of the 31 destinations to visit in 2010 is an inspiring city with millions of amazing stories that surprise visitors every day.

Source: Proexport Colombia

Airport

El Dorado International Airport
+ 57 (1) 425-1000
http://www.elnuevodorado.com
Airport fee: USD$ 36 or COP $ 68.200. (Valid from June 14, 2013 to June 27, 2013)

Currency

Currency in Colombia is the Peso (Colombian Peso). The official peso symbol is $. The current exchange rate is $1,895.01. (1 US$ = $1,895.01, as of June 2013)

Visa and Passport Requirements

Attendees are strongly advised to ensure they fulfill all legal requirements to enter Colombia.
Besides a valid passport, an entry visa and invitation letter may also be required.

SPE offers an official electronic invitation letter to assist you in the visa process upon registration confirmation. Please contact Rosario Tejada at LAC@spe.org for invitation letter requests.

Note: It is the sole responsibility of the attendee to obtain the necessary paperwork for entry to Colombia. This letter does not guarantee that you will be granted a visa, nor does it commit SPE to assist you in obtaining a visa. SPE will not pay any expenses incurred by you. We cannot send the letter to the embassy or consulate for you, nor can SPE contact the embassy or consulate on your behalf.

Travel Safety Tips

When traveling, as in any major city, take certain precautions whether you are traveling or exploring the city. Here are some general tips to help make the most of your trip:

  • Lock up your valuables. Hotels provide safety deposit boxes in their rooms. It’s recommended that jewelry, airline tickets, money, and any important documents be stored in the hotel safe.
  • Remember your adapters. Colombia has 110 or 120 Volt 60 cycles alternate current (AC).
  • Try not to use mobile telephones in the street and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Keep cameras and video recorders out of plain sight. Avoid wearing excessive jewelry, carrying any valuables, or large amounts of cash.
  • Use credit cards where possible. Your wallet should contain your ID, credit cards, and a minimum amount of cash.
  • Withdraw cash from ATMs that are inside banks and commercial centers.
  • Notify hotel management as soon as possible in the event of a lost or stolen room key card.
  • Travel in a group and plan your itinerary before leaving the hotel to ensure you make your destination smoothly. If you get lost, call a taxi to take you to your destination. Your hotel can recommend a reputable taxi company.
  • Keep an eye on your luggage.
  • Exchange currency in shops or at the hotel’s front desk.
  • Pack casual spring and summer clothes. Because of warm temperatures ranging from 65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit, they are appropriate for almost every region and occasion.
  • Bring a light jacket or sweater because some buildings and restaurants can be a little cool with the air conditioner.
  • Tip extra if you want to. Restaurants, taxis and hotel tips are 10–15%. Most restaurants include a 10% tip on their bill.