Budget travelers' first impressions of Bogota are likely to be of La Candelaria. This is the colorful colonial neighborhood very close to the old town center which was largely an area to be avoided until German Escobar decided to put a hostel here called Platypus. The once proud barrio had become debilitated but now is a ragtag mix of beautifully...more
Very nice rooms for the price, but the real attraction is the location. A short walk from some great...more
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,...more
If doing Zipaquira en route to Villa de Leyva you would be best served by a backpack if you are going directly to the next town after your tour. Lugging anything else around would be crazy. Comfortable shoes are a must as the mine is pretty large and you'll do a fair amount of walking inside it. Bring a sweater or jacket as it's quite cool in the...more
The food stands that are just outside the entrance to the mine seem fairly priced at first but the portions are much smaller than what you would get for similar prices in even a big city like Bogota. We split something and it was not enough to get either of us remotely full which would not be the case in town. There are picnic areas and many...more
Getting good shots inside the salt cathedral is tricky. Thankfully, even simple digital cameras can give you fair shots but to get truly good ones, you'll need a tripod, something that is not allowed in the mine. That said, I found that as long as I waited for each wave of a tour to pass, I could set up my tripod easily enough and there were no...more
You can rent one of these two seat pedel carts for about 15000CP/ $6US and rida around town for an hour. It is a fun way to see a bit of Anipoima and a great tipical tierra calliente activity. Just remember it is a whole lot easier to go down the hills than to get yourself back up.more
The mine is just about 70 Km from Bogotá. To get there is very easy, if you go along the north highway, or 7th Avenue, go on until you get La Caro, then go on until Briceño and there take the round point to Jaime Duque Park and go on to Zipaquirá, before Zipaquira entrance take the Neusa way, straight ahead you will find the crossroad La Paz, turn...more
The valley was originated by the collapse of the mountain caused by the hydraulic exploitation of the mine. But soon in the Mine Valley, fun will have no limits, with games that will challenge your skills and strengths, no matter the age, like climbing wall with 3 different levels, a funny and exciting 50 mts trip that reach a maximum 8 mts height...more
If you're at the upper entrance the farest place you can go by car is at a farmhouse where you have to park.
Parking there you, of course, should drink something.
You'll either be attend by the señora or her twp daughters (depending on the weekday of course).
Order a coffee or some Aguadepanela before hiking up and receive the drink at your return.
If you're kind she may offer you someting of her homemade cheese. Delicious!
I enjoyed many places in Colombia during my trip, but I probably should have read this site before visiting Tabio. It would have saved me pretty much a wasted trip. The people were not as friendly as those encountered in other small towns visited. The artesian shops were disappointing. Those who wrote here about the stadium being a noise polluter...more
The seductive smells wafting out the door from the exhibition bakery entice you in. Pastry delicacies the glass case tempt the eye and then delight taste buds. The smell of full flavored coffee completes the allure. Only a block over from the town square (parque principal), located on Calle 6 in Tabio, Don Hornero’s offers a clean environment and...more
Five years ago when visiting Tabio it was a beautiful quiet little town with wonderful shops for tourists to shop for arts and crafts. This trip I looked forward to seeing it again, but was highly disappointed. While other small towns in Colombia have taken advantage of the increased security in traveling the roads and the increase in tourism to...more
Take Autopista Norte to Chía and follow signs to Cajicá/Zipaquirá.
From "Portal del Norte" take a bus that shows Cajicá.
From "Portal de la 80" there should be a small bus saying: "Tenjo, Tabio, Cajicá"
If you go to El Volcan you don't have many choices for food, 1 really, but it's not bad luckely. The room is smoky, the grill is right inside but the smell of meat cooking over fire always makes me hungry. There is traditional Colombian grilled food, a Sobrebrella steak goes nice with a day at the thermals.more