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La Candelaria

Colonial 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 days wandering the streets of La Candelaria, from the Plaza de Bolivar overshadowed by the opulent Presidential Palace and Cathedral to the museums and points of interest on Ca. 10.

With a handful of universities in the district there is a considerable student presence that keeps the prices down, the level of bohemia high and the number of bars and cheap opportunities for dining at a premium. Most, if not all, affordable accommodation and some luxury options are located in La Candelaria, and, in terms of nightlife, there are a few decent options in Escobar y Rosas (Carrera 5 with 14) and Quiebracanto (Carrera 5 No. 17-76).



Other neighborhoods in Bogotá: Zona Rosa, Parque de la 93, Zona T, Usaquen, Centro Internacional / La Macarena, Chapinero and Rosales.

By Richard McColl
With over five years travelling and working in Latin America, Richard feels most at home here in the big Continent. From the former Scottish...
03 Mar 2008

VIVA Colombia

Things to do in La Candelaria

Plaza Bolivar

117743The grandeur that confronts you upon entering the unashamed opulence of Bogotá's Plaza de Bolivar is overwhelming. Tall stately buildings rise up on all four sides, from the Capitol building and the ...
City Plaza
La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia

Cerro de Montserrate

117801If the altitude of Bogotá is not enough and you want to get a truly impressive view of the city, it is imperative that you head up to the top of the Cerro de Monserrate, 3,152 meters above sea ...
Culture and Arts
La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia

Plazoleta del Chorro de Quevedo

117771Deep into the student heartland of the Candelaria there is a small plaza with bars, restaurants and eclectic shops that appeal to an off-beat crowd. Here in the Plazoleta del Chorro de Quevedo is ...
City Plaza
La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia

Teatro Colon

117753Right in the thick of things on Calle 10 (across the road from the Ministry of Foreign Relations) and one block up the hill from the Plaza de Bolivar is the delightfully ornate and decorative Teatro ...
Culture and Arts
La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia

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 ...
La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia

Centro Cultural Gabriel García Márquez

121569Nobel prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez was born in Aracataca, Colombia. Although, his most famous piece of work, "One Hundred Years of Solitude" is set in the author's homeland, it was ...
Other Activity
La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia

Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango

Bogotanos proudly declare that their library, the Luis Angel Arango, is one of the most visited in the world, with more people walking through its doors per week than at the New York Public Library. ...
Culture and Arts
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
La Candelaria, 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 ...
La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia
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