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Santa Fé de Bogotá

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A June 2006 trip to Bogota by Kiryo

Hotel de La Ópera Photo, Bogota, Colombia More Photos
Quote: A brief introduction to this New York of Colombia.

Santa Fé de Bogotá

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Bogotá, Colombia…A city of millions that loftily spreads out between two northern branches of the Andes Mountains, Bogotá has been the brunt of frequent negative press for high crime rates, drab red brick architecture, and just plain old bad press. That may be true for particular areas of the city, but with common sense and a feeling of humanity the traveler to this city can enjoy Colombia’s version of Washington DC and New York City all rolled up into one. The altitude of this capital city is high enough to induce soroche, or altitude sickness, and caution is recommended for those arriving from lower altitudes. Many travelers stay either in the historic Candelaria district or in the t...Read More

Hotel de La Ópera

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Hotel de La Ópera Photo, Bogota, Colombia
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Most definitely the best hotel in Candelaria and quite possibly one of the best in the city of Bogotá, this hotel sits directly next door to the Teatro Colón and is very convenient to the entire Candelaria district. At night the street in front of the hotel closes off and access is only permitted for hotel clients, usually arriving by cab. The hotel itself is steeped in plenty of Colombian history, having hosted Simón Bolivar, among other historical figures, back in those 19th century days. It seems that saying Simón Bolívar lived here is like saying [your favorite founding father for your particular country] lived in a historical place. That aside, the hotel lives up to its reputation as a ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 6, 2006

Hotel de La Ópera
Calle 10 No 5-72
Bogota, Colombia
+57 (1) 336-2066

Teatro Colon

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Attraction | "Teatro Colón"

Teatro Colon Photo, Bogota, Colombia
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A Tour of the Teatro ColónTeatro Colón: what can be modestly considered to be the seat of the late 19th century’s cultural center of Bogotá is still recognizable now in the 21st century as an icon of culture—classical as well as modern. A Doric façade greets the visitor while the interior is strictly neoclassical. Named for Christopher Columbus, this theater sports general neoclassic throughout the interior including a main chamber with a huge chandelier surrounded by four figures representing the four seasons—yes, it gets very chilly in Bogotá even though an hour or two away it gets dramatically warmer year-round. Remember the altitude here. Guided tours in Spanish are given two to th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 6, 2006

Teatro Colon
Calle 10 No 5-32
Bogota, Colombia
+57 (1) 284-7420

Museo Botero

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Attraction | "Colecciones Gratuitas"

Museo Botero Photo, Bogota, Colombia
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Bogotá and its Free MuseosBotero and Dali usually elicit eyebrow raises and the art collectors in a crowd that are interested in obtaining these works but aren’t yet aficionados force themselves into overpriced museums… sometimes. Looking for a way to get to Monserrate atop Bogotá’s skyscrapers, the Colección Botero Museum (just up the block from the Casa de la Moneda) opened its doors by way of probably the friendliest door guard I’d ever met anywhere on this planet. Too bad I cannot remember his name, but he said Monserrate on a Friday morning wasn’t such a great idea. So he said come on in here! Free and you can shoot all the pictures you like. Sweet! Pictures at an Exhibition… ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 6, 2006

Museo Botero
Calle 11 no. 4-21
Bogota, Colombia

Museo del Oro

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Museo del Oro Photo, Bogota, Colombia
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El Museo del OroAn entrance fee of approximately US$2 stood in the way between a camera lens and the world’s leading collection of gold artifacts ranging in time from the last millennium until recent history. Obviously not an issue, the entrance to this building that faces Plaza Santander is well-controlled by armed security for a simple reason: crowd control… to the gift shop! Many excellent gold replicas are sold out of the small gift shop on the first floor. Thieves would have an extremely hard time stealing from this museum due to the extra thick walls and fortified glass material that separates spectator from gold. The security staff themselves appear to have received the same or a simi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 16, 2006

Museo del Oro
Cra 6 No 15-82 (Parque de Santander)
Bogota, Colombia