"Bogota Revealed" Top 5 Page for this destination Bogotá by richiecdisc
Bogotá Travel Guide: 651 reviews and 1,528 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.
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