"Bogota Revealed" Top 5 Page for this destination Bogotá by richiecdisc

Bogotá Travel Guide: 659 reviews and 1,547 photos

Big bad brash Bogota. The most dangerous city in South America. The kidnapping capital of the world. Say what you like about the capital of Colombia but quiet and unassuming it is not. Reputations are funny things though and rarely are entities able to live up to them. This bodes well for what is otherwise one of the nicest of South American capitals and while perhaps not the very safest, certainly not more dangerous than many others. Can you walk around in the middle of the night irrespective of the neighborhood? No, but that could be said of any number of cities, big or small around the world. Is it a good idea to flash your wealth like a royal flush? No, everyone knows a player is always best keeping his cards to himself. Talking to strangers again? Didn't your mother warn you against exactly this very thing?

Bogota like all big cities, especially those in South America, requires a bit of caution but with some very basic common sense care, you can explore one of the continent's most fascinating capitals, one with an amazing mix of Old World and modern. Look no further than the big glossy buildings heralding Bogota's arrival, screeching upwards from a plethora of colonial gems. Churches are particularly stellar in Colombia and Bogota has more than its share. World class museums at third world prices make an extended stay a pleasure. There are restaurants and bars to fit all price ranges as well as styles. Whether looking for something current and trendy or to immerse yourself in the bustle of “typical” South America, this is a city that provides amply.

The people are friendly and helpful. A little Spanish goes a long way. Ask freely for directions but heed those more than casual suggestions to not go further down a road you are walking on. Keep your guard up but don't let it keep you from interacting with the people that make up this great city. As a rule, South Americans are some of the most honest people in the world. Sure, there are some bad apples. You just need to sort them out and move onto the greener pastures that await you. For in Bogota, there is much to be revealed and it's only in its exploration that it is possible.

  • Last visit to Bogotá: Feb 2010
  • Intro Updated Apr 21, 2012
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  • xaver's Profile Photo
    Dec 5, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    I love it when the most numerous tips are the restaurant ones! Great report.

  • DoreenDe's Profile Photo
    Aug 8, 2010 at 11:49 PM

    Somehow the time in Colombia seemed so far away, thank you for bringing it back again. I am still glad that our last day was a Sunday & we could snack, snack, snack ;)

  • kiwi's Profile Photo
    Aug 8, 2010 at 3:54 PM

    You went to Bogota!! Wow, I'll be back to read more :-))

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Aug 4, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    Top notch texts and photos as always! "Walking with purpose" is good advice. I'm glad you tried their famous BRT system. (Bus Rapid Transit, famous among transportation buffs, in any case.)

  • Gili_S's Profile Photo
    Aug 2, 2010 at 4:48 AM

    I am back at the office and had to take 'extended lunch break' to check this wonderful page, tips & photos :) Tomorrow I will proceed with other pages ;-)

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Aug 1, 2010 at 11:53 AM

    I'm not sure about the plastic Christmas tree, but that apart Bogota looks fascinating and very photogenic, at least through your always-excellent lens. Yummy food tips too - love the sound of mango viche :-)

  • mircaskirca's Profile Photo
    Jul 30, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    Excellent, Richie! The funky bars of La Candelaria and a good canelazo, best nightlife option in Bogotá :) Really like those coco treats with panela! Christmas decoration of Plaza Bolívar changes every year and it looked much prettier the previous year :)

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Jul 28, 2010 at 11:40 PM

    Oh wow, what a nice morning read :-)) I am still happy that German is so famous but I see the challenges of his and Platypus' fame. But you had your beers and some marvellous Christmas spirit I can see :-)

  • Jul 28, 2010 at 10:44 PM

    a fantastic page richie, well worth the wait! all those food tips, yum!! i like the looks of bogota, all those colonial type buildings. making me itch for peru even more now!

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