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Bogotá is a big city with about 7.5 million inhabitants. It is situated at an altitude of almost 2600 metres which gives the city a quite cool climate with an average temperature throughout the year of 14 degrees. Sunny days the temperature can rise above 20 degrees. The most rainy months are April, May, October and November, but there can come showers all year round. When I visited it was August and the sky over Bogotá was mostly grey, but there was only a few light showers. Most of the time I used a sweater with long sleeves. It was about the same (but no rain) when I visited in July the next year.

The area around Bogotá was inhabited by the Muisca Indians when the Spaniards arrived. The Spaniards founded a town near the Muisca capital Bacatá in 1538 and this new town they called Santa Fe de Bogotá. Bogotá became the capital of the Viceroyalty of Nueva Granada in 1717 and after the independence it became the capital of Gran Colombia (before that the town had been referred to as Santa Fe).

The old centre of Bogotá is Candelaria in the south where you will find many colourful colonial buildings, churches and museums. North of Avenida Jiménez is the commercial centre with shops, restaurants and offices. Further north Northern Bogotá is a modern district with shopping centres, the most expensive hotels and Zona Rosa with Bogotá’s best night life. In the east the city is bordered by a mountain range. Around the city there are also many shantytowns, especially to the south.

  • Last visit to Bogotá: Jul 2008
  • Intro Updated Dec 2, 2008
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  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Sep 6, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    Oh sweet memories :-)) I was never on top of Cerro de Monserrate, but must really come back one day. And visit German and family :-)

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Sep 6, 2013 at 5:50 AM

      I want to go back one day too! It is only time and money that is lacking.
      Thanks for visiting Ingrid!

    • Trekki's Profile Photo
      Sep 6, 2013 at 6:09 AM

      For me it is money that is lacking, or will be ... from next year on. But maybe one day :-)

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Apr 17, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    What an interesting city. I love the views from both places and the museums and churches. I reallyl like the gold museum. Excellent page!

    • balhannah's Profile Photo
      May 3, 2013 at 10:37 AM

      Finished this page now. The food you had made my mouth water, yummy!

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      May 3, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      Thank you for visiting Dee! I especially liked the old town Candelaria in Bogota, and some of the museums were very good ones.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Feb 5, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Great accomodation tips and I really think I would like to visit that Gold Museum as it sounds interesting. Good work as usual Malena.

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Feb 6, 2013 at 9:57 AM

      Thank you Lori! The Gold Museum was very impressive with so many gold objects.

  • xaver's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    This is still one of my dream destination, let's see if the new year brings me there, great trip you had.

  • paulhanson's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2011 at 8:09 AM

    A fabulous museum

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Oct 9, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    The museums and cathedrals are so fascinating to see and exudes the culture of the people. YOu did another job of presenting this area with good comments and pictures

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Apr 4, 2010 at 9:21 AM

    Wonderful Bogotá travel page! The city certainly impresses us quite a lot. Bogotá indeed has many beautiful plazas and architectural buildings. We hope to visit the city one day. Thanks for the virtual tour. ~ho & pang

  • BillNJ's Profile Photo
    Apr 15, 2009 at 2:39 AM

    Great virtual tour of Bogotá. The fresh fruit dish looks like a great way to start the day!

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Feb 7, 2009 at 6:17 PM

    The Gold Museum was being renovated when I visited Bogota .... you're lucky you've been there twice in this underrated city! Very nice Bogota tips! Norman :)

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jan 12, 2009 at 6:11 PM

    Malena, great new tips on Bogotá, especially the fantastic views from Monserrate! I like the way you travel around the different countries you visit - getting up close and personal with the locals just the way they have to do it too!

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