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Bogota footwear/cameras; Bolivar bugs

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Greetings-- I am leaving for Bogota at the end of this month and will be there for the first week of June. I've never been to South America before but I can see that it's raining or "chance of rain" nearly every day there right now.

I'm trying to pack appropriate footwear, and I am wondering what Bogotanos wear on a daily basis to accommodate for the possibility of rain. I have Hunter-style knee high rain boots (considered fashionable and reasonably dressy in my neck of the woods in the US)--are those overkill, or a fashion "don't" or oddity that will draw unwanted attention? My other shoes are leather and, aside from the hiking boots, I'm concerned about them getting ruined.

Also--I have a small, Leica-sized, not expensive looking--and insured for theft--camera I intend to bring. It fits in my pocket, and also in a beat up old canvas bag I plan to carry. If I want to try shooting this out in public (I have experience with street photography in other high-crime areas, both domestically and abroad), do I want a neck strap or a wrist strap? Any other advice?

And finally--the delegation I am on will also spend two days in a small town outside Simiti near the Magdelana River in Bolivar. We will do homestays. Should I bring a mosquito net? I have a personal water filter but not a water purifier (which also filters out viruses, which generally are not an issue for North American treks). Should I squeeze a tight budget and get a Steri-Pen?

THanks so much.

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