For international visitors

Information of interest

Do I need a visa for go to Colombia and participate in Nanoandes School?


Find info for each country in the following link (updated june 2016): Visa Official country list - Cancillería de Colombia. With few exceptions, citizens of countries in the Americas and Europe only need a valid passport to enter Colombia, just a letter of invitation Nanoandes School, and a proof of sufficient funds to stay in the country during the days of the School and a ticket for leave the country.

What is the colombia currency? Do they receive US dollars? Where i can change my money?


The Colombian peso is the legal currency in the Republic of Colombia.Its formal abbreviation is COP (ISO 4217). Locally the peso sign ($) is commonly used. Its circulation is controlled by the Banco de la República de Colombia. Currently, thw lower value coin is the fifty pesos ($ 50) and the highest banknote is the one hundred thousand pesos ($ 100 000, aproximately 33 USD). In Colombia exists two family banknotes: current ones and the new ones (both of them in circulation)

To know the currently issued coins and banknotes in Colombia, visit the Banco de la República official website. You will find there all the related information to out money paper.

Banco de la república official website:

Note: be sure you should have enough change, specially in banknotes and coins of small denominations (50 COP, 100 COP, 200 COP, 500 COP, 1000 COP, 2000 COP, 5000 COP) and intermediate denominations (10 000 COP and 20 000 COP) to make payments like accomodation, taxi cabs (transportation) and food. Please use the highest banknotes (50 000 COP and 100 000 COP) for only large transactions.

US Dollar is not the legal currency in Colombia but you can change your money in the corresponding exchange houses.  To know the daily exchange rate from Colombian peso to US dollars, visit XE Exchange Rate WebsiteRemember this is for orientational purposes only. Taxes and legal rates can apply

You may get local money at the designated money exchange boots at the airport and in many money exchange places in the city. We suggest Western Union for being the most internationally recognized and trustable money exchange house. Pick the nearest office of Western Union on the map of Cali.

Western Union Cali office map

More info in Western Union Colombia website:

Transportation ways in Santiago de Cali

1. Public transport (Sistema de autobuses Masivo Integrado de Occidente - MIO)


The Masivo Integrado de Occidente (MIO) is the integrated mass transit system in the Colombian city of Cali. The system is operated by articulated buses and complementary standard buses, which move through trunk corridors, covering pretroncales and complementary trunk routes and feeder pretroncales. It was inaugurated on 15 November 2008 under test. As of March 1, 2009 began functioning firm. The types of buses that have this system are as follows:

Long buses

Ruta Troncal MIO

Long Blue buses 18 meters long, with capacity for 160 passengers (48 seated passengers and 112 standing) and two articulated vehicles covered by the accordion bellows so that the bus can bend and twist in the middle tours. They are passing mainly by trunk roads and stop at stations located on them. They have air conditioning and full accessibility for the disabled. They have blue seats, which must give to citizens with disabilities, the elderly, children and women who are pregnant or with children in their arms.

Half buses

Ruta Pretroncal MIO

Half sized Blue buses, single car, with a capacity of 80 people (27 people seated and 53 standing) .Transitan both trunk roads and by runners pretroncales and stopping at stations not only at bus stops but distributed in different places along the corridor. As articulated buses have air conditioning. In a recent acquisition of fleet, new bus standards have a system elevator for people with reduced mobility. They are identified by the blue light board, while other vehicles maintain the yellow color on the board.

Green omnibuses

Ruta Alimentadora MIO

Green minibuses, with capacity for 48 passengers and pretroncales circulating in the corridors and feeders, stopping only at defined sites on the roadway. Differ from the standards articulated buses and they do not have air conditioning, and never stop at stations wagons, but in a bay intended for them. Access is made by using the travel card, which is valid when entering the bus. After this, the user has a limited time to enter a season without being deducted a new passage time. Likewise, when the person leaves the station it has a limited time to enter.

Santiago de Cali complete Map - Including Masivo Integrado de Occidente - MIO bus routes)

Bus ticket cost: $ 1800 COP (0.60 USD))

More information on the official website of the Masivo Integrado de Occidente MIO

As a complement to the above map, the Moovit application will allow you to know approximately how long it will reach a certain MIO route to you. Enter the official site Moovit from this link:


2. Personalized transport / private transport services


Taxi cabs:

Taxis en Cali

Taxis can be identified by their bright yellow color. These can be addressed directly from anywhere in the city. It is preferable to use the Easy Taxi app because they are safe taxis and the visitor is not exposed to unsafe situations during their travel in Santiago de Cali.

Easy Taxi

More info:


Uber en Cali

Uber vehicles are identified by their predominantly white color. These vehicles are exclusive and can only be contracted by credit card, providing customers a network of safe private transport through its mobile software application ("app"), which connects passengers with drivers of vehicles registered in their service.


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Orientative map routes

Route from Alfonso Bonilla Aragon International Airport to bus Terminal transport of Cali

Route from Alfonso Bonilla Aragon International Airport to Torre del Viento Hotel

Route from Biblioteca Departamental Jorge Garcés Borrero to Universidad del Valle Meléndez

Route from Biblioteca Departamental Jorge Garcés Borrero to Centro de asistencia ASTIN SENA

Route from Biblioteca Departamental Jorge Garcés Borrero to Fundación Tecnológica Autónoma del Pacífico

Route from Biblioteca Departamental Jorge Garcés Borrero to Tecnoparque SENA

Our movility suggestions:

Just outside the airport you can board a minibus that will take you to the Cali bus terminal (aprox. cost 2 USD). Ask airport staff for this service. More information in:

2. Take an Uber from Alfonso Bonilla Aragon International Airport to Torre del Viento Hotel: approximated cost: $60000 COP (around 20 USD). Uber Dynamic rates might apply in peak hours

3. Taxi cab from Alfonso Bonilla Aragon International Airport to Torre del Viento Hotel:approximated cost: $70000 COP (around 25 USD).

4. Taxi cab from bus Terminal transport of Cali to Torre del Viento Hotel: approximated cost: $15000 COP (around 55 USD)

5. Travel inside the city with Uber: costs can vary on the chosen route and dynamic rates might apply, approximated cost between $7000 COP (2.30 USD) to $ 30000 COP (10 USD).