Unique Places in Bogotá

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    Middle class corner

    by Assenczo Updated Mar 5, 2011

    The city of red bricks is a fitting nick name for Bogota. An airplane flight reveals that the preferred material for apartment buildings seems to be nothing else but red bricks; this state of affairs convincingly shown as the red colour dominates sections of the city in all directions. The material well being of the Bogota middle class is concentrated in an apartment building complex halfway between the airport and the Candelaria. It contains a number of well-designed and well-kept buildings in the interior of the area and a line of flashy office buildings along the main boulevard. One of the entertainment venues of the Bogota youngsters is the scientific exhibits of the Moloka complex and the neighbouring giant mall suggests a steady flow of income.

    Progressive conservative Bank alley Pedestrian splendour
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    Iglesia del Carmen

    by richiecdisc Written Jul 28, 2010

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    Iglesia del Carmen is a Gothic wonder easily missed if one stays strictly to the very safest parts of Bogota even though it is still very much within those limits. We wandered over this way when we saw its spires despite a very high military presence just beyond its perimeter separating that part of town with the more dangerous barrio to the south which we had been rightly told not to enter. We were glad we persevered as we found one of Bogota's most elaborate churches which too 12 years to complete between 1926 and 1938. Though Gothic in style it has none of the somber atmosphere these churches can imbue and actually has a bit of a Baroque element in its use of color and ornamentation. It has wonderful natural light and one could sit for hours admiring the intricacy of this magnificent sanctuary. Since it is a bit off the beaten path, there is no ban on photography and in fact there were only a few people there when visited, mostly stopping in for a quick prayer.

    Corner of Carrea 5 & Calle 8

    one of Colombia's stunning churches the ornate interior
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    day trip to Zipaquira

    by call_me_rhia Updated Aug 6, 2008

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    Zipaquira is an easy day trip from Bogota - it is about 50 kilometres north of the city, which means rougly 50 minutes by car. Zuipaquira means the Land of the Zipa and in the past Zipa was the king of this territory of Curdinamarca.

    It is a beautiful colonial town of about 70000 inhabitants, it is surrounded by lush valleys and green fields and it's famous for the Salt Cathedral - which is basically an underground church built inside a salt mine on the flank of a mountain. Needless to say, the Salt cathedra is stunning, with its salt-carved via crucis and naves.

    landscape via crucis church chapel in the cathdeal via crucis

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    South Bogota

    by acemj Updated Dec 29, 2007

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    Not too many tourists venture south of downtown while visiting Bogota, but I had a special reason to do so. I have a friend who has been teaching at a school in this area since 2001 and since we were in Bogota, we couldn't pass up the opportunity to go visit Amy and see the great work that she is doing with some of the poorer and often neglected kids that attend Children's Vision.

    The kids here were all either abandoned, abused, neglected or medically high-risk as infants and Children's Vision does an amazing job housing, clothing, feeding, educating and caring for them. At the time of this writing, they have a financial need to raise money for a new building (see photos below) and a child here can be sponsored for under $30 per month (see website for details).

    Me in front of the school Amy's classroom The playground Construction of new building Big hug!

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    Museo de Arte Moderno

    by morgr Written Apr 18, 2007

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    The museum of modern art was another spur of the moment decisions for me to visit, but unlike the planitarium, it was one I didn't regret after the fact. While it certainly is not the greatest modern art museum out there, it was neat. It is fairly small (comparitavely), and there are no permanent displays here. The displays are constantly changing and rotating, usually showcasing local artists only, though sometimes international ones are brought in as well.

    Calle 24 # 6-00

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    Torre Colpatria

    by morgr Written Apr 18, 2007

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    The Colpatria Tower is the most easily recognized of the skyscrapers in Bogota. It is the tallest building not only in Bogota, but in Colombia as well (though not for long, a taller building is currently being built in Cartagena). It was completed in 1978 and is either 196m or 162m tall (I'm reading conflicting reports).

    Anyways, it is open to the public on weekends and public holidays. For 2,000pesos you ride the elevator to the top, where there is a cafe. Go up a few more flights of stairs, and you are on the roof. The views can be nice on a clear day.

    Carrera 7 # 24-89

    View of planitarium & plaza de toros from top.
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    Planetario Distrital

    by morgr Written Apr 18, 2007

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    Ok. So the world over has got planetariums and most are much better than this one. One weekend we were bored and had seen most all the museums and everything, so we decided to go to the planetarium.

    The entrance fee is 2,000pesos. There is a small exhibit on space and such. There is a small 'moon rock' as well as a little Colombian flag that was carried to space and back and subsequently given to Colombia, according the plaque, 'in the name peace' by the United States.

    Every so often (I don't know how often exactly) they have a show in the dome, with lasers projecting on the roof the different stars and constelations and such, giving the story and history about all this. It is only in Spanish.

    Carrera 7 between the highway and Calle 28. Right beside the Parque de la Independencia, Museo de Bogota and the Plaza de Toros.

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    Museo Historico Policia

    by morgr Written Apr 18, 2007

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    This museum is housed in the former police headquarters, though that was shut down and it was turned into a museum in 1984. The only way to visit is through a free guided tour, which are in Spanish only. The first thing you see is a short multimedia type presentation highlighting the history of police work in Colombia from pre-colonial times to today. Throughout the musem you will see collections of guns, various other police paraphenilia as well as a 'international police room' which has uniforms worn by police around the world.

    One of the star attractions of the museum is a downstairs exhibit on Pablo Escobar and the hunt for him. This area contains his personal Harley Davidson mortorcycle, other personal items of his including guns, a video camera and other stuff. The display here though is the actual jacket that he was wearing when he was murdered by the Colombian police, complete with gunholes and all.

    Admission is free. Tue-Sat, 8am-12pm & 2pm-5pm.
    Calle 9 # 9-27

    The Police Museum.
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    Cerro de Guadalupe

    by morgr Written Apr 17, 2007

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    Everyone goes up Monserrate, but no one ever talks about Guadalupe. For the longest time (until my second last day in Bogota) I even thought it was a statue of Jesus at the top. I used to always joke to friends if they were doing something they shouldn't that "Jesus can see you, and you're going to hell!", and that when it was cloudy and the mountain tops were obscured was the "time to sin!". Well, as it turns out, it is actually a statue of the Virgin Mary atop Guadalupe, and while there is no cable car going up, it is possible to take a bus part way up, then walk the rest.

    Anyways, I never ended up going to the top of Guadalupe. When I told a Colombian friend I would like to go up the 'other' moutain before I leave, to see Jesus (and she told me it was indeed the Virgin Mary), we made plans to go up the following morning. Well that night, I ended up going out with some folks, comming home late and sleeping past the morning. I flew out that night. Next time...

    Cerro de Guadalupe seen from atop Monserrate.
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    Partial view of Bogota

    by travelife Updated Jun 4, 2005

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    On our way to La Callera we stopped at this place to have partial panoramic view of the city. Its rahter a busy highway-route and not easy to park. Thanks to Daniel and Carina for stopping here. We could see Bogotan sunset.

    partial panoramic view of Bogota

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    On the way from Zipaquira

    by travelife Updated Jun 3, 2005

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    Daniel took a different route while coming back so that I could see more of the countryside. There we came across the place where we could see the hill-top where we had hour horseriding and the artificial lake what we did not see clearly. Don't have a picture of sunset by the lake unfortunately.

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    Partial view of Bogota 2

    by travelife Written Jun 2, 2005

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    There is a cable-car sytem to have the best view of the city from a nearby mountain. But since I already had that kinda experience in Caracas, Venezuela I wanted to experience something else. So, stopping here was kinda alternative if you dont have time to go to Monserrate.

    partial view of Bogota

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    Maloka

    by darkange1 Written Jul 18, 2004

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    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

    Maloka experiments
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    Shopping in Bogota may be...

    by lichinga Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Shopping in Bogota may be interesting if you merge in Chapinero, the middle-class barrio between Central Bogota and the Northern, richer barrios. A lot of confusion, but a nice first-hand experience of Latin America market.

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    by idrincon Written Aug 26, 2002

    Shopping in Bogota? Believe me, it's one of the best in South America (and cheaper for all standards). I recommend the following malls: Unicentro, Andino, Hacienda Santa Barbara and Atlantis Plaza. Premium buys: Clothes, Leather products and emeralds

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