" Salsa Music" Bogotá by IrishFem

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I lived in Bogota for 4 years during the 80's. It was a very dangerous place at that time. However l do have fond memories of the many places l visited, the wonderful people l met, and apart from a few nasty incidents, l enjoyed my stay. Bogota is the Capital of Colombia located on top of a mountain 2,650 m above sea level. The city was founded around 1500 by Spanish Conquistador Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada who fought the Indian tribe the Chibcha. The city was then capatured by Simon Bolivar in 1819. Bogota is full of Churches, convents and beautiful old colonial styles houses. 6 million people live in Bogota including immigrants from all over the world. The food is delicious and Bogota offers a wide variety of the best with plenty of restaurants and night life especailly if you like Salsa Music. Bogota is divided by culture those who have money and those who have nothing. Its not unusual to see children beg in the streets or old women begging outside cinemas. Driving can be a nightmare with lots of traffic jams and if your not use to people blowing the horn at you l would advise you to hire a car and driver.You need time to discover this delighful city with its wonderful people.

Travelling around South America

Coming back into Colombia from Equador. I was totally exhausted having travelled from Bogota to Equador and back again. I thought it would have been a great way to see the country and it was but stuck on a bus for most of the journey and it was not a great experience. Scary bus drivers who took turns around clifts with drops so far down it make my hair stand up. I was ever so happy to arrive back in Bogota in one piece.

Gold Museum

A must visit when your in Bogota ! Thousands of peices of gold and artifacts in this wonderful museum.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Very friendly people
  • Cons:Lots of poverty
  • In a nutshell:So many great things to experience
  • Last visit to Bogotá: Dec 1989
  • Intro Updated Jan 4, 2010
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  • Nov 8, 2010 at 6:01 AM

    Pickpocketing does not only mean a very cunning person stealing from you without you noticing. It can mean someone jamming their hand into your pocket and grab and run.

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    Aug 27, 2007 at 8:58 PM

    Nice page, when is the best time to visit Bogota? thanks

  • alijannati's Profile Photo
    May 22, 2007 at 7:00 PM

    Dear Louise, I enjoyed reading your pages on Bogota.

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    May 13, 2007 at 2:52 AM

    Excellent page!

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    Feb 11, 2007 at 10:15 AM

    Great to see and read the fun time you had in Colombia but as you say it can be a hazardous place. Hope someday it can enjoy the freedom and ease of so many other countries. Thanks Louise, enjoying your pages. From Will in Dublin.

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    Oct 14, 2006 at 11:10 PM

    Bogota looks beautiful, and what a nice view you had from your appartment!

  • Hermanater's Profile Photo
    Feb 24, 2006 at 6:19 AM

    Great pages......hope you have many more adventures....we had to bribe a cop in Nicaragua...

  • Sonador3's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2006 at 10:04 PM

    Nice pages you've got here, Louise! Gotta make it to Columbia someday... Cheers!

  • Dec 19, 2005 at 1:04 AM

    my kind of place...my kind of review...

  • vesna04's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2005 at 9:33 AM

    You obviosly had a great experiance there. That is what the traveling is all about. Greets:)


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