Bogota Journals

Bogotá, a safe destination

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A September 2010 trip to Bogota by JesusW

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Quote: In the movies and news, every time Bogotá is mentioned is about drugs, violence or bombs by the guerrilla. I spent two months and never felt unsafe or at risk.

La Mar - Cebicheria

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Restaurant | "A piece of Peruvian ocean in Bogotá"

La Mar - Cebicheria Photo, Bogota, Colombia
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This seafood restaurant is very Peruvian form the cebiche to the strong drinks, the ocean is far, but Bogota has plenty of rain to make you feel at La Mar.Usaquen is very well known in Bogota for it's great restaurants and relaxed ambiance, with cobblestone streets and interesting shops you enjoy a great day in the area, far from the nearby traffic of the always busy Carrera 7 just a couple blocks away.The restaurant is in a building with high ceiling, making it very airy, well illuminated and you feel the freedom of the interior, there are lots of tables but you don't feel cramped, the place has several different ambiances, some more intimate near the bar but we opted for a mo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 24, 2011

La Mar - Cebicheria
Calle 119B/Carrera 6
Usaquen, Bogota, Colombia
6292200

Andres Carne de Res

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Restaurant | "Rumba - the word you will learn"

Andres Carne de Res Photo, Bogota, Colombia
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In Colombia "rumba" means party, and this is the word you will learn after visiting this place."Andres DC" is they city brother of "Andrés carne de res" the original that is located in the town of Chía, I haven't visited that one, but all my local friends agree that the one in Chia is wilder and the party finish much later that the on in the city. I think that the name is a bit of joke, is like saying "Washington DC", because truly, the city is Bogotá, DC but "DC" does not mean "District of Columbia" but "Distrito Capital" (capital district), and so it should be "Andrés, Bogotá"Well, that paragraph was the boring contribution, now the interesting part. Yes, it's a restaurant and i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 30, 2010

Andres Carne de Res
Calle 82 /carrera 12 -21
Bogota, Colombia

Tren Turistico de la Sabana (Bogota Train)

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Attraction | "A happy trip to the mines"

Tren Turistico de la Sabana (Bogota Train) Photo, Bogota, Colombia
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Do you imagine the Seven Dwarves singing in their way to the mine? then you are in the wrong trip, :) The train trip to the salt mines in Zipaquirá is fun and there are songs, but is a different tune.If you are going to the mines you can go by car (fast but expensive), by Transmilenio and then a regional bus to the town of Zipaquirá (very cheap) or take the train, We choose the train (35,000 COP Nov2010) because there is a stop in Usaquen (north part of the city) and was very convenient for us to board there instead of downtown. You have to buy the tickets in advance as the seats are limited because it only runs on weekends and holidays, you can do it on-line if you want check their we...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 4, 2011

Tren Turistico de la Sabana (Bogota Train)
Estacion De La Sabana Calle 13 No. 18-24
Bogota, Colombia
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Catedral de Sal, Zipaquirá

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Attraction | "Not a salty experience"

Unruly tourist taken care of Photo, Bogota, Colombia
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Once we unloaded from the Tren de la Sabana from Bogotá, we boarded some buses to the mine (the price of the bus and entrance are not included in the train ticket, you have to buy them separately once on board), it took a few minutes to reach the mine as this is a very small town, is not even 1.5 km but take in account that is uphill and Zipaquira lies 2,600 meters above sea level.As we came with the train, we had to wait for the full group to gather at the entrance and then a guide took us inside. The guide explains the creation of the mine and it's subsequent transformation into today's tourist attraction by sculpting the church out of salt rock, a very laborious job, they had to use explosiv...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 30, 2010

Catedral de Sal, Zipaquirá

Zipaquira, Colombia

Hamburguesas El Corral

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Restaurant | "The Most Recomended Eatery in Bogotá"

Hamburguesas El Corral Photo, Bogota, Colombia
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When preparing my trip to Bogotá, I asked as many friends that had visited and the first thing they mentioned when I asked for the first recommendation of the city was: Don't miss the hamburgers at El Corral.Fortunately this is a very large chain and they are almost everywhere, even at the airport, so I didn't have to worry about including a visit in my busy schedule. It's not easy to get someone to recommend my to eat at a chain restaurant, but in this case it was totally justified, they not just sell buns with a piece of meat inside, it's more like Mexican Tortas, the variety is the key.They have single, double, triple patties burgers like in any other burger joint, but the ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 29, 2010

Hamburguesas El Corral

Bogota, Colombia

Don Jediondo

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Restaurant | "Funny tasty meal"

Don Jediondo Photo, Bogota, Colombia
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Hey don't misinterpret, I'm not saying that the food tasted funny, but that it was a fun meal and it was tasty.The name itself is a joke, Don Jediondo would translate to "Mr. Stinky" and that is not the case, the place is very clean and the smell is provocative at the least, imagine a grill with lots of different types of meat, yummmm.The idea of the owner is to create a funny place to eat, with very Colombian flavor, both in the food and also in the decoration, you will see signs with pictures of the food and a very picturesque description, like: "this is the soup my GrandMom makes" or "The breast of my cousins", you get the idea, making it irreverent, funny and very picaresque, als...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 31, 2010

Don Jediondo
Unicentro, Calle 127 / Carrera 15
Bogota, Colombia

Abasto

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Restaurant | "Like the old times"

Abasto Photo, Bogota, Colombia
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When walking around Usaquen I saw through a window and found a lot of people eating or having a relaxing time over coffee, it intrigued me as there was no "restaurant or café" sign outside, the door was closed and no hint of being a business of any sort, I took a look from the other side of the street and saw a big sign saying "ABASTO" which translates to "supply", something like a grocery store or similar, I took a closer look inside and the ambience looked very placid so I decided to take a look inside to find a kitchen on the right and some small tables on the left, only one was empty so I grabbed a seat and asked for the menu. The decoration resembles that of an old little town store, with a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 30, 2010

Abasto
Carrera 6, Calle 120A
Bogota, Colombia

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I know, after Sep 11 flying in a commercial plane has become more annoying because of the security before boarding, but in Bogotá they take it very seriously and stricter.I'm used to fly so I know not to have sharp tools on my carry-on, to use a plastic bell buckle, put all my small stuff in my traveling vest, etc. but I was not prepared for El Dorado.When you go to the counter of your airline, you are subjected to a small interrogation even before arriving at the counter, you have to be sure nobody messed with your luggage between the time you packaged it till the time you drop it at the counter, the questions are redundant just to make sure you understand the seriousness of ...Read More