But in Bogota, husband and wife crossed paths and managed to enjoy a dinner out together.
The Clintons met with a group of Colombian and American friends for a meal at a Bogota steakhouse across from their hotel, something that would have been too dangerous just a few years ago because of the threat of kidnapping or violence.
Colombian President Alvaro Uribe said the dinner Tuesday night was great publicity for the transformation of his country.
"The best PR for confidence in Colombia is that last night Madame Secretary of State of the United States and President Bill Clinton were in a restaurant enjoying complete piece of mind, enjoying this beautiful city," Uribe told reporters at a joint news conference with Mrs. Clinton.
"Some years ago because of terrorism, this would have been unthinkable," he said.
The secretary of state called the meal "wonderful" and said some of the conversation touched on how such a simple pleasure, a night out in the Colombian capital, would have been impossible not long ago.
"We talked about how remarkable it was that such a common event could take place," she said.