Bogotá Travel Guide

  • one of Colombia's stunning churches
    one of Colombia's stunning churches
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  • Unlikely pastime
    Unlikely pastime
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  • you just have to be willing to look
    you just have to be willing to look
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Bogotá Things to Do

  • La Candelaria - Downtown

    Downtown this is the clonial part of the city centre. Most buildings still preserve their original architecture. Going around Candelaria and its narrows street is also easy to find some pictorial spots and small shops where is possible to see and buy some hand made crafts.

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  • Monserrate

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    I started my time in Bogota by taking the cable car ride up to Monserrate, a 3,152 meter mountain in the middle of the city. There is a church with a shrine up there and restaurants. You get amazing views of much of the city from there. I enjoyed an empanada and a cup of coffee while taking it all in.

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  • Gold Museum - Museo del Oro

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The gold museum in Bogota is inside the Banco de la Republica. The exhibitions were renovated in 2008 and are now in a wider area. In this museum you will discover how metals, specially gold, were used in the pre-hisanic societes that used to live in the area which today is Colombia. The museum is divided in: The working metals descrbing the...

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Bogotá Restaurants

  • Typical Colombian Dishes

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This is a popular local dish, not a restaurant. You should be able to order it almost anywhere. It is a massive amount of food, so be very hungry or split it with a friend. It comes on a big platter, and includes 2 kinds of sausage, ground beef, beans and rice, fried pork rind, fried plantains, avocado, bread, and several things I can’t remember,...

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  • Colombian typical

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    If you visit Bogota you really have to get off your path and go to Chia to this amazing place. Andres Carne de Res is a restaurant/bar that shows you the real "popular" Colombian life. Everything in the decoration is so owned by us Colombians, every detail is a little part of what our culture is and the staff are so great to make you feel so...

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  • La Zona Rosa

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Sunday at 6 pm everything was closing in Zone T I am not sure if it was because it was sunday or again because it was the election day. I decided to try to go to Atlantis shopping mall and there infact I found this Atlantis Gourmet opened. It is a sort of pub with many choices of hamburgers with a south american taste. I chosed one with guacamole...

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Bogotá Nightlife

  • Downtown

    hey, i wander around in sante fe & it can be a little bit intimidating but it's packed with police & if you use a little bit of common sense you will be okj. as for la candelaria well i a more nervous in the uk on a saturday night none

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    hey, i wander around in sante fe & it can be a little bit intimidating but it's packed with police & if you use a little bit of common sense you will be okj. as for la candelaria well i a more nervous in the uk on a saturday night none

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  • Underwhelming

    I accept its a bit corny going into an Irish bar on the other side of the world as first stop on a night out in a city. I have found it to be useful though to get a feel for a place as there is usually other English speakers there. This place isn't up to much though. Its all geared towards getting people sat down, indeed most of the seating is...

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Bogotá Transportation

  • Taxis

    Taxis in Bogota and in Colombia in general have been a nice surprise. I never had to ask to turn on the meter, all taxi drivers use it. Prices are cheap, from Airport to the city centre it's bout 40 minuts and 15.000 COP about 6€.

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  • Buses, Busetas, Colectivos...

    The intercity bus terminal in San Gil is located 3km west of downtown. The easiest way to get there is taking a taxi which only costs 3.000 COP (January 2010). Frequent buses depart to Bogotá, most of them come from Bucaramanga making a stop in San Gil. The journey takes about 6 hours. My time in San Gil was very limited and filled with day...

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  • TransMilenio

    Though the very core of Bogota's old town is easily explored on foot, getting further afield requires some kind of locomotion. Many tourist opt for taxis which are generally metered and fairly priced but still pricey if you are on a budget and compared to food and lodging in town. That said, when traveling with your luggage to either the airport or...

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Bogotá Shopping

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  • Typical colombian stuff & souvenirs

    I accidently came across Herencias on my last day when looking for the shop to buy Colombian chocolate. It is a very nice shop offering a great selection of beautiful pieces of arts and crafts. First thing that drew my attention were colourful chinchorros in the shop window. Although I did not intend to buy anything I went inside to have a look. It...

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  • Malls

    This mall looks glamorous from the outside and sports a McDonalds at the entrance. It has chic designer stores and a pretty good size food court on the top level. There were divergent food offerings including a few american chains (KFC, McDonalds, subway, etc). Although, it was several stories tall it was not real big. Nice place to spend a few...

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  • Music

    I was very happy when Donna brought me to the excellent Beatles Abbey Road music shop. It is conveniently located, just one block from the busy Carrera 7, in a small shopping centre dedicated only to music. It has a very good selection of all musical genres, from Colombian, Brazilian, Cuban and jazz to classic rock and metal. The owner Antonio is...

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Bogotá Local Customs

  • Ajiaca

    Ajiaca is traditional soup made with 3 kinds of potatoes, corn, chicken, and a spice called guasca, which gives it a unique flavor. It comes in a large bowl and makes a full meal. The corn in this dish is still on the cob, and you pick it up to eat it. Ajiaca is very good--give it a try .

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  • Arepas

    La Calera is a small town about 15 minutes from Bogota, and they are known for arepas (a corn cake with a filling inside.) Arepas go back to ancient times, but the type of filling varies by region. The ones in La Calera have a filling of fresh cheese. Arepa stalls lined the street, and we chose Asadero de Arepas, a small shop owned by Viviana. You...

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  • Obleas - Great Street Food

    You will see food carts on the sidewalks all over town. My favorite snack was an Oblea, and I had them several times.The Oblea starts with a thin wafer cookie the size of a tortilla. It gets covered with any or all of the toppings, including caramel, blackberry sauce, crema, cheese, and chocolate syrup, and topped with another wafer. They are...

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Bogotá Warnings and Dangers

  • Pickpockets

    BOGOTA Always when out and about here beware of theives and pickpockets. You will automatically be singled out for attention if you have light skin and/or have cameras etc. Poverty is rife and what you have is very attractive for people that have little..So, be careful.. Always Be aware of your surroundings.. Be extremely vigilant when in...

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  • Police

    I found myself in several situations with the local police. If your caught running a light, everyone does this in Colombia but if your light skinned those guys stop you immediately and the only way your going to get out of jail is by giving them money. Of course me being the total tourist handed them the equivlent of 5 dollars out the window of the...

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  • DRUGS AND POLICE ENTRAPMENT..

    BOGOTA.. Beware the foolish traveller or drug user/abuser.!!! When out and about here you will be confronted quite often by dealers ..Do not stop and talk with these morons. Police are watching costantly, especially as a tourist you are a target . For foolish visiting users !!...this is not the place to enjoy your habit..Although known as the...

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Bogotá Tourist Traps

  • Pitia Beer Pub

    On our initial stop in Bogota, we had really enjoyed the Bogota Beer Company. It was even better than imagined and about only one thing was missing on the visit: one of their seasonal beers. I had tried all of their regular line-up but the Belgian style strong ale sounded enticing. Of course, finding out whether they had it without actually going...

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  • Tourist?

    Considering Bogota doesn't have too many tourists, I don't think there are any on tourist directed traps. You get mobed whether you're a tourist or not! Just kidding! Keep a low profile, don't take pics in public and stay away from "bad areas"! There won't be any problems!

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  • Bogota Taxi Drivers

    Ever been in a New York City Taxi? If yes than you will be no stranger to a Bogota taxi driver that prays on tourists, if you don't speak Spanish you won't be able to argue with them when you notice you passed the same intersection three times. The only way to get even is slam the door when you get out. (the doors are really thin and cheap and they...

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Bogotá What to Pack

  • high altitude means it can be cold

    A backpack makes getting around without a taxi an option and if you are planning any treks in Colombia's amazing nature, you'll need it then too. Dressing in layers in important in a high altitude city like Bogota. When the sun it out, it can be quite warm but as soon as it goes in, it can get chilly. Nights as a rule are chilly and you'll be glad...

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  • What to bring and what not to bring

    Pack light. Bring long Pants and a light jacket because it gets chilly at night, and in the day. Sneakers are great. Wear some sun screen (even though it's chilly, you could get burned from the sun without any protection at all). You could pretty much buy everything you need out there. I would advise on getting your own meds. Digital. But don't...

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  • Sweaters and light coats

    Bogota is located on a plateau aprox. 2600 mts. (8528 ft.) above sea level, therefore the weather is rainy, cold and windy most of the year except from early December until mid February when it's dry (but still cold). Pack accordingly, include an umbrella, a light sweater and maybe a coat if you plan to go out at night when temperatures drop and...

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Bogotá Off The Beaten Path

  • Zipaguira

    Zipaquira is an unassuming small town about 50 kilometers north of Bogota and would most likely not be visited by anyone aside from its star attraction, a salt mine of all things. But this is no ordinary salt mine, this one has a series of carvings depicting the last days of Christ. This should come as no surprise in very Catholic Colombia and in...

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  • Middle class corner

    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...

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  • Zipiquira

    Zipaquira is an unassuming small town about 50 kilometers north of Bogota and would most likely not be visited by anyone aside from its star attraction, a salt mine of all things. But this is no ordinary salt mine, this one has a series of carvings depicting the last days of Christ. This should come as no surprise in very Catholic Colombia and in...

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Bogotá Sports & Outdoors

  • Horseriding

    Having said all that it would remain a memorable experience for a while. All I did was being careful and getting scared of seeing the sudden steep slope of the hill while the horse was running. By the way, my no jacket and just t-shirt wasn that bad I am used to the Danish wind much worse than this. But don forget your jacket anyway.

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  • Soccer

    Soccer is the most popular sport in Bogota, as it is in just about every city around the world. The main stadium is officially called Nemesio Camacho "El Campín" Stadium, or just El Campín for short. Two main teams play here, Millonarios and Santa Fe. Games are held mostly on Sundays.

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  • Horseriding off the city of Bogota 5

    Having said all that it would remain a memorable experience for a while. All I did was being careful and getting scared of seeing the sudden steep slope of the hill while the horse was running. By the way, my no jacket and just t-shirt wasn that bad I am used to the Danish wind much worse than this. But don forget your jacket anyway.

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Bogotá Favorites

  • Money Changing

    We went into the hostel, got our room and once inside I sorted through the money and realized I had given him 50,000 too much! A queasy feeling came over me. I'm not used to being on the short end when it comes to money and certainly not being the one to perpetuate such conditions. My more than understanding wife tried to console me and said we...

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  • Tourist Information

    bogota was a beautiful place with friendly people, delicious food, and with a big variety of places to enjoy with your friends , or family there was a restaurant named "la granja" in wich, the decoration was very beautifull, with many activities to do, and a perfect food.

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  • Securty

    Security in the old town of Bogota is quite visibel with security and police with different uniforms. I was taking the photo and they came and asked to see my passport. I told them I am a tourist and gave them my ID and hotel address. They smile and were on their way. So, police here is understandably efficient and they do mean to bring any toruble...

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