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Colombia's cosmopolitan capital city Bogotá, with a population about 8 million people, is located at an altitude of about 2640 m in the Andean Highlights. This gives it constant spring like weather. You'll need a jacket in the evening and umbrella might be useful as well. Bogotá is not only a getaway for travel throughout the country but also an interesting city to explore.

It has an attractive old quarter, La Candelaria, with some beautiful old colonial buildings and palaces, Bohemian cafés, art galleries and theatres. But on the other hand, it also has some excellent examples of modern, futuristic architecture. The city is known for its collection of pre-Columbian gold art, splendid colonial churches, great museums (with amazing Museo del Oro, one of South America's best museums) and bookshops.

Bogotá offers visitors everything that a modern city can give, including a vibrant and diverse cultural and intellectual life. El Centro is filled with shops, business offices, cafés and there is the financial district. Most of the best hotels, restaurants, cafés, boutiques and nightclubs are located in Zona Norte. The main problem with Bogotá is the traffic which is absolutely awful. You can expect to spend quite a lot of time sitting in a bus or taxi.

Day trips from Bogotá include a trip to Zipaquirá, where you will find the impressive underground cathedral built out of a salt mine. Another interesting place to visit is Monserrate, which offers a fantastic views over the city.

  • Last visit to Bogotá: Jan 2010
  • Intro Updated Jan 23, 2010
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  • mavl's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    probably best to book boracay flight as early as now if you're sure to go, cheaper flights plus a lot of people usually go in december and january so flights might get full.

  • monicarc's Profile Photo
    Oct 11, 2010 at 6:35 PM

    Mira: what shop in particular did you buy the mafaldas you have a photo of? They are beautiful and so unique--I might go to bogota soon and want to get some.

  • SanguiniA's Profile Photo
    Mar 18, 2010 at 2:52 AM

    Very thorough tips, very helpful indeed! Columbia in general is on my radar for a future trip - just have to find the time :) And BTW you MUST go visit the Salar de Uyuni - it is the most hauntingly beautiful place you will ever see - and great fun!

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Mar 10, 2010 at 9:40 PM

    Beautiful photos Mira and great new tips that bring back many good memories!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Feb 27, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    Me again, coming back to look at the updates that you have added to this page since October 19, 2009. I like those rooftop statues by the local artist Jorge Olave. Too bad the airline lost your luggage two years in a row! I hope you got everything back.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Feb 21, 2010 at 1:07 AM

    Great updates!!! I love the marquez centre and bookshop! Oh and coffee :-) Haha, inspired by your ceviche I will make my own fishless ceviche with paprika right now.... mhhh and with lemons!!

  • Gili_S's Profile Photo
    Feb 17, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    In one stroll over your page and I learn more about this place then ever before. Thanks for all the great info.

  • adrianspencertaylor's Profile Photo
    Jan 31, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    who is thye cutie with the red bag :)Blue pants and red shoes Chatting away :):) Nice

  • BillNJ's Profile Photo
    Sep 14, 2009 at 3:40 PM

    Excellent tips and photos! I didn't know that Columbia had such beautiful neoclassical architecture. I hope someday to visit -- and to try all of those tropical fruits! Cheers, Bill

  • tratoria's Profile Photo
    Aug 3, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Hi, Nice and interesting info about Bogota, Colombia. Thk,

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