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How do I get to the conference venue and hotel?

Please refer to the section Travel and Accommodation.
If you arrive on 19 January 2024, there will be a pickup provided from Rafael Núñez International Airport (CTG).

What language do you speak?

The official language is Spanish. Most people will also speak English (especially young generations).

Which time zone are you guys in?

Colombia is in the Colombia Standard Time (COT) Timezone, which is GMT -5

What currency do I need to bring?

Colombia uses the Colombian Pesos (Col$, ISO code: COP).
For conversion to other currencies, please refer to the currency converter.
In general all major credit cards are accepted in most shops and restaurants in Poland and of course also in the conference hotel.

When do shops open / close?

This may vary, but most supermarkets will open around 7 a.m. or 8 a.m. and close between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. from Monday to Friday and around 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Stores are generally closed on Sundays (with a few exceptions).
There are small stores within walking distance of the hotel which are open typically from 7am to 11pm every day – watch out for the green Żabka signs.

What kind of clothing do I need to bring?

One aspect of Colombia that surprises foreigners is the uniformity of its climate throughout the year. In Cartagena it usually has a temperature of 31°C.

What are the emergency phone numbers?

If you’re in an emergency you can dial general emergency number 112.
You will be guided to the proper service.

Moreover, in Colombia the following emergency telephone numbers are also available:

  • Ambulance –  tel. 112
  • Fire brigade – tel. 112
  • Police – tel. 112

Can I drink the tap water?

In some areas it is best to buy bottled mineral water. You will have no problem in acquiring it in local stores.

Do I need an adapter to charge my phone?

In Colombia you will find electrical connectors with two flat input pins or with a third round pin. But don’t worry; it is very easy to get power adapters and voltage regulators in specialized establishments or department stores.
Note that domestic power in Colombia is 110 volts alternating current at 60 Hertz (110V AC, 60Hz).