Bogota Travel Guide


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    Bogota has some of the most treasured architectures, art galleries, museums and cultural events. For this reason, Colombia’s capital is often called the Athens of South America. Bogota is quite a popular destination in South America because of its numerous recognitions such as World Book Capital an...

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About Bogota

Bogota has some of the most treasured architectures, art galleries, museums and cultural events. For this reason, Colombia’s capital is often called the Athens of South America. Bogota is quite a popular destination in South America because of its numerous recognitions such as World Book Capital and City of Music, with both of these awards given by UNESCO.

Bogota’s Four Sections

Bogota is quite a big city, because of this; it is divided into four sections.

El Centro

El Centro, known as “center” in English, refers to the original downtown area of Bogota. El Centro contains many traditional establishments, heritage buildings and other government establishments.

El Occidente

Majority of the middle and upper class residences can be found in El Occidente. It also houses Bogota’s outdoor parks and sports venues.

The South

The South, on the other hand, is home to Bogota’s poorer communities.

The North

The North is the most modern and progressive section of Bogota. Majority of the shopping centers, nightclubs, boutiques, cafes, malls and business establishments can be found here.

What to See

If you want to see a vast collection of gold artifacts in the world as well as pre-Colombian artifacts displaying art, culture and religion, visit the Museo del Oro (Museum of Gold). Did you know that Colombia is also known for their abundant minerals? Apart from having the opportunity to buy them in Bogota, you can also visit the International Emerald Museum where you can find the finest emerald ornaments displayed.

If you want to see Bogota’s panoramic view, visit Cerro de Monserrate. The mountaintop can be accessed by a cable ride. At the top, visitors can dine in one of the Colombian or French restaurants. There are also shops up there where visitors can buy souvenir items.

However, if you want to shop more for arts and crafts, leathers, bags, hats, accessories and paintings, you can buy them at Usaquen, a small colonial town located in the northern part of Bogota. Local artisans and tribes sell them during Sundays and holidays. Usaquen is home to some restaurants and bars. You may also find street musicians playing the marimba and saxophone on corners.

Guatavita, is another attraction to visit especially if you want to explore the outdoors and Colombian history. Guativita is home to a lake where Indian chief, El Dorado, is said to bathe. Later on, however, El Dorado was used to refer to the “Lost City of Gold”.

Where to Shop and Dine

Some of the world-renowned restaurants in Bogota include Harry Sasson and Matiz, which offers modern Colombian cuisine. For traditional Colombian and good music, Casa Vieja is the place to be. For authentic Colombian coffee, Juan Valdez offers black coffee at almost every corner of the city.

If you are in party mode, experience Bogota’s night life by visiting Andres Carne de Res, Salto del Angel and Gaira Café Cumbia House. These establishments offer Latin music, Colombian food and a lively atmosphere. If you are into beer drinking, then you should definitely visit Bogota Beer Company for their craft beer.

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