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Bogotá

In many ways Bogotá epitomizes the Latin American city, with its mix of crumbling colonial architecture and modern office blocks, vast divide between the rich and poor, and soaring population. It is both highly cosmopolitan and, in some regards, stuck in the past. With much to attract the artist, the historian, the pleasure-seeker and even perhaps the naturalist, Bogotá has become a big destination for world travelers, though it is so markedly different from other Colombian cities.

Located in the center of Colombia atop an Andean plateau, Bogotá is flanked by the Cordillera Oriente to the east and smaller mountain ranges to the west. With an altitude of 2,600 meters (8,530 ft) above sea level, the capital takes third place for highest major city in the world. Travelers will find that, much like Medellín, Bogotá has recently undergone a serious makeover: with massive investments in reviving public spaces, expanding infrastructure and improving social services, the Colombian capital now thrives as a case study of urban transformation in South America. In due time, its reputation will catch up. However, crime is still prevalent and visitors should be alert around tourist areas and government buildings.

The colonial part of Bogotá is alternately called La Candelaria and Centro Histórico. This area provides travelers with a pleasant sense of history and a great selection of cafés, theatres and museums. Considered by many to be the intellectual and cultural center of Bogotá, La Candelaria is a must-see district. A strong university presence here results in low prices and a prevalent bohemian culture.

In contrast to the historic La Candelaria, in the north of Bogotá (which comprises the neighborhoods of Centro Internacional/La Macarena, Chapinero, Zona Rosa, Parque de la 93, and Usaquén), a far more modern, commercial atmosphere presides. Luxury hotels, glitzy apartments and swanky shopping malls, like the Hacienda Santa Bárbara in Usaquén, are the norm. The Museo de “El Chicó” Mercedes de Pérez (formerly the Hacienda de El Chicó) offers an expansive collection of 18th century art.

Day trips outside of the city are also popular due to Bogotá’s central location. Restless travelers can stretch their legs as they explore the surrounding landscape. The cliffs of Suesca offer world-class rock climbing, while short journeys to La guna de Guativa provide great views of the Cundinamarca countryside.

Telephone Code: 1
Altitude: 2600 m
Population: 7,457,000

Neighborhoods in Bogotá: La Candelaria, Rosales, Parque de la 93, Zona T, Usaquen, Chapinero, Centro Internacional / La Macarena, Zona Rosa,

Other places in Colombia: Coveñas, Sogamoso, Tolú, Tierradentro, Cartagena, Sibundoy , Leticia , Providencia and Santa Catalina, Buga and Bahía Solano.







07 Sep 2011

VIVA Colombia

Top Bogotá Nightlife

Bogotá Beer Company

The Bogota Beer Company molds itself on various U.S.-style micro-breweries, delivering on that level. Artisanal beers in a pub setting are what draw the crowds here, not to mention large screen TVs ...
Bar
Bogotá, Colombia

The Irish Pub

Bizarrely popular with young Colombians, the Irish Pub really does not resemble an Irish establishment at all. However, on weekends the forecourt that spills onto the pedestrianised section of the ...
Bar
Zona T, Bogotá, Colombia

Café Para Dos

On the corner from the Hotel Aragon is Café Para Dos. Behind a window of multicolored bottles lie rooms scattered with Moroccan throws and cushions. Upstairs there is an open fire, making this café ...
Bar
La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia

Quiebra Canto

Quiebra Canto is the brainchild of a group of students from the Universidad Nacional, who, 29 years ago, decided to create a place to play Silvio Rodriguez songs and start the revolution. Very little ...
Bar
La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia

Escobar y Rosas

It is a mystery that this bar / club has become so popular, but week in week out, from Wednesday night onwards, there are lines of people who are left out in the cold as capacity is reached. Before ...
Bar
La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia

Kukaramakara

Another effervescent option in northern Bogota for those people who can get their tongues around the twister of a name and want to head out and hear some live music covered by the house band. Before ...
Bar
Parque de la 93, Bogotá, Colombia

Bar 201

Designed to look similar to a singleton's apartment, complete with some paintings, sofas and table lamps, Bar 201 tries hard. In truth Bar 201 is uncomplicated and fun with its spaces and crossover ...
Bar
Zona Rosa, Bogotá, Colombia

Alma

New in July 2007, Alma has quickly converted itself into the most happening club in Bogota and the place to be seen. Entry is tough but not impossible, best to find friends in high places who can ...
Bar
Zona Rosa, Bogotá, Colombia

El Sitio

El Sitio - The Place - is exactly that if you want to get back to good old fashioned partying, Colombian style. Basic furnishings make this bar / club a place to buy a bottle with some friends, kick ...
Bar
Zona Rosa, Bogotá, Colombia

Cha Cha

The winning ticket for Cha Cha is its lofty location on the 41st floor of an otherwise non-despcript Bogotá skyscraper. With views over all of Bogotá, clubbers can enjoy the electronic music and ...
Bar
Chapinero, Bogotá, Colombia

Penelope

Glam is the order of the day here as you might have guessed from the name. While other clubs are pandering to the fad of minimalist themes and furnishing, Penelope, a classic club in Bogotá, is ...
Bar
Zona Rosa, Bogotá, Colombia

Bogotá's Best Museums

Casa Quinta de Bolivar

117748The Quinta, not far from the Univeridad de los Andes in the Candelaria, is perhaps best known as Simon Bolivar\'s most stable residence in his adult life - he spent 423 days here, though not ...
Museum
La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia

Casa Museo Jorge Eliecer Gaitán

121565Casa Museo Jorge Eliecer Gaitán preserves the home and office of who, without a doubt, is the most important social leader in modern Colombian history. Shortly after graduating from law school, the ...
Museum
Bogotá, Colombia

Museo de Policia de Nacional

This museum is devoted to the history of Bogotá’s police force, and you will find police uniforms from 100 different countries and an impressive set of weapons confiscated over the years on ...
Museum
Bogotá, Colombia

Museo Del Oro

The Museo del Oro, located in downtown Bogotá, has three floors. The first floor houses temporary exhibitions. The second floor displays the main collection: a voyage through the history and customs ...
Museum
Bogotá, Colombia

Museo de Bogotá

117822The Museo de Bogotá has a new home in the historic center of the city, in Casa Sámano, the former home of Nueva Granada\'s last viceroy. The late 18th century structure has a new, urban-chic annex ...
Museum
La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia

Museo Nacional

About 10 blocks north of the Candelaria and in the shadow of the Plaza de Toros stands the Museo Nacional, an easily identified building resembling a fortress that once served as a prison. With more ...
Museum
Centro Internacional / La Macarena, Bogotá, Colombia

Museo de Arte Moderno

The MAMBo was opened in 1976 and has emerged as a frontrunner in Latin American modern art. Here you can enjoy cinematic arts, the avant garde, collections of two and three dimensional art and the ...
Museum
Centro Internacional / La Macarena, Bogotá, Colombia

Museo Arqueológico

The Museo Arqueológico, or MUSA, has an overwhelming permanent collection of pre-Columbian ceramics housed in a staggering 17th-century mansion. The history of the mansion itself is a story, for at ...
Museum
La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia

Museo Donación Botero

For anyone interested in art, this museum has to be at the very top of the list of things to do in Bogotá. There are two sections to the Museo Donación Botero, the first dedicated to the famous ...
Museum
La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia

Museo de Arte Colonial

Originally used as the seat of the Colegio Máximo de la Compañía de Jesús en la Nueva Granada in the latter half of the 17th Century, this Spanish colonial-styled building was converted into a ...
Museum
La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia

Claustro San Agustín

Built in 1583 and formerly an Augustinian cloister, this is certainly one of the oldest surviving buildings in Bogotá. The museum, once the home of the Museo de Artes y Tradiciones Populares, now ...
Museum
La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia

Bogotá Neighborhoods

La Candelaria

113630Colonial in style with the occasional cobblestone street, eclectic bookstores, dance academies, museums and restaurants, La Candelaria is the beating heart of old Bogotá. One could spend several ...
City Zone
La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia

Zona T

So called for its two pedestrian streets that meet in a “T”, the Zona T is a part of Bogotá not to miss for its shopping and nightlife. Rival restaurants and bars blare intrusive music in ...
City Zone
Zona T, Bogotá, Colombia

Parque de la 93

Along with the Zona T, Parque de la 93 is one of the most important areas of Bogotá for merrymaking. With a plethora of restaurants, bars and clubs, the area has transformed from a residential ...
City Zone
Parque de la 93, Bogotá, Colombia

Centro Internacional / La Macarena

If you take the Hotel Tequendama as a reference point or are visiting the Museo Nacional, then you are standing in the small but perfectly located district of Centro Internacional. Centro ...
City Zone
Centro Internacional / La Macarena, Bogotá, Colombia

La Macarena

Climb just a few blocks from the bustling downtown center and you'll find La Macarena, a charming neighborhood of funky restaurants, cozy cafés and artisan stores, mainly concentrated on calles 26 ...
City Zone

Rosales

Young professionals in Chapinero dream of upgrading to Rosales. Here the streets are tree lined, security is high and the beautiful people drift from café to design store to award winning ...
City Zone
Rosales, Bogotá, Colombia

Zona Rosa

Zona Rosa is another great neighborhood for dining and dancing in Bogota. ...
City Zone
Zona Rosa, Bogotá, Colombia
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