Habitel Hotel

Avenida el Dorado 100-97, Bogota, Colombia
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  • Solo88
  • Business70

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Language school in Bogota?

by Melita1

Hi, Does anyone have a recommendation for a language school in Bogota? We are two senior ladies from Quebec travelling to Bogota in November. We already speak decent Spanish.


Re: Language school in Bogota?

by nhoolb

No, I don't know but mind that to be able to enroll in any school or course the Colombian regulations require a student visa for non-Colombians.

Re: Language school in Bogota?

by anauribe

Is there a special reason for Bogota? I might be able to help you with Spanish courses in my city, Manizales. It is a small city, located in the mountains in the coffee region. might not be as fun as Bogota if talking about cultural events and business, but is a preferred place for learning Spanish.

Regarding the visa, it depends on the length of time you are planning to stay. If you are planning to stay really long and to enroll in a course with +10 hours per week, you will need the student visa. You will need to present your documentation at the Foreign Affairs Department in Bogota (only); the price is U$D 40.00 and your visa will be given within the same day, after a long line usually. (http://www.cancilleria.gov.co, click on servicio al ciudadano, visas).

Let me know if I can be of any further help, Melita. Feliz viaje!!!

Re: Language school in Bogota?

by travelingomez

Bogota is tough. I have not heard of an amazing school there, but you may want to check out IH Bogota as International House is known to have quality schools.

Re: Language school in Bogota?

by Melita1

Gracias por las respuestas, sobre todo para la visa. No es necesario para un curso de dos semanas.

Quebec, Canadá

Travel Tips for Bogotá

Roof Statues by Local Artist Jorge Olave

by mircaskirca

Bogotá's oldest neighbourhood La Candelaria is a very pleasant area to wander around admiring the colourful colonial houses adorned with lovely balconies. But there is more La Candelaria has to offer. It's cultural and artistic heart of the city.

If you look up you will notice several statues on tops of the buildings. They are life-sized figures of ordinary people doing usual and sometimes unusual things on the edges and tops of buildings: sitting, walking a tightrope, sneaking into rooms or just looking at the city. This is a unique art project by local artist Jorge Olave. He uses recycled material, mostly copper, to make these statues.

While doing your walking tour of La Candelaria you'll certainly come across these eccentric rooftop sculptures, so don't forget to look towards the sky! :)

Pay phones

by acemj

One of the most interesting and convenient things I noticed was the many places in the city that you'll find people on the street corner selling gum, candy, cigarettes along with mobile phone calls for a very reasonable price. You'll see signs saying, "minuto cellular" and you just stop and tell the person that you'd like to make a call. Just let them know if you are calling a land line or a mobile phone, give them the number and they will dial it and give you the phone. A quick call of a couple minutes will only cost or dollar or so.


by darkange1

In Bogota everytime i would pass Salitre. I would see the Salitre Plaza building connected by bridges with a weird egyptian looking building.
I went inside and its cool for kids and teenagers and some adults. They have science Movies and the best way to describe it as really high tech science museum . with experiments and fun playground for kids.

then when you cross the bridge youll reach the 4 0r 5 story mall called SAlitre plaza . in my opinion things were expensive thier but it was nice

El Toque

by morgr

El Toque is a smaller place, but also a very popular place. It can be, and I personally found it to be, very offputting at first due to it being extremely crowded, particularily Friday and Saturday nights. Also the stools are high off the ground and can be fairly difficult to get onto when you're borracho . But after I while I came to love this place and got to know the people working there and made friends with many of the regulars.

Closes at 3am...then everybody goes to Siam.

From Bogota to La Plata

by MalenaN

The taxi from Casa Platypus to the bus terminal took about 20 minutes and was 9400 pesos (July 2008). I arrived to the terminal about 6.50am and asked for buses to La Plata. The only direct buses are leaving night time so I bought a ticket to Neiva where I could change. The first company I asked had a bus at 7.30, but Copatran had one leaving at 7am so I bought a ticket for that bus. The ticket was 28 000 pesos and the journey took 6 hours. During the journey they showed two films (Too fast too furious, Tokyo drive and Ghost) alost without sound. We made a short break once (I had been at the same place the previous year as well).

In Neiva a man from Copatran brought me to the minibus to La Plata. It was leaving in less then half an hour, 13.30 and the ticket was 12 000 pesos. After a while the bus got a flat tyre, but it took only 15 minutes to change. After that stop some men had to push the minibus so the driver could start it. We were at the terminal in La Plata at 15.50. The terminal is outside the town and a taxi to the main plaza cost 2500 pesos.


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