Overview Bogota

Visiting Bogota

The capital and largest city of Colombia, Bogota boasts a fascinating history, great restaurants and increased safety and infrastructure that have made it an increasingly popular tourist destination since the early 2000’s. This city of over 7 million is known as the “Athens of South America” for its many libraries, universities and museums, like the Museo Nacional de Colombia, which specializes in the preservation and dissemination of Colombian history and culture. Historical artifacts – both gold and otherwise – are on display at the Museo de Oro (Gold Museum), while the modern products of Colombia’s artistic geniuses are housed in the Museo de Arte Moderno. Tourism is a growing business in Bogota, and Colombia’s active attempts to draw visitors to attractions like the subterranean Catedral de Sal have shown marked effects in the... Read More The capital and largest city of Colombia, Bogota boasts a fascinating history, great restaurants and increased safety and infrastructure that have made it an increasingly popular tourist destination since the early 2000’s. This city of over 7 million is known as the “Athens of South America” for its many libraries, universities and museums, like the Museo Nacional de Colombia, which specializes in the preservation and dissemination of Colombian history and culture. Historical artifacts – both gold and otherwise – are on display at the Museo de Oro (Gold Museum), while the modern products of Colombia’s artistic geniuses are housed in the Museo de Arte Moderno. Tourism is a growing business in Bogota, and Colombia’s active attempts to draw visitors to attractions like the subterranean Catedral de Sal have shown marked effects in the last decade. Landmarks like Bogota’s historic Plaza de Toros Santamaria, and the scenic peak at Monserrate continue to draw visitors, giving rise to local industries like Bogota Bike Tours. Colombia’s colonial past remains readily apparent in Bogota’s historical district of La Candelaria, and in the small town of Villa de Leyva. This village is popular among tourists and locals alike for its centuries-old architecture, cobblestone streets, cafes and boutiques. So once you’ve booked your flight and found the right hotel, peruse our pages to create an itinerary inspired by fellow travelers to Bogota.    Close

Stories and Tips Bogota

Nicer Side of Things (continued)

Written by cMilena80 on 31 Aug, 2006

4) It is not hot! Don't think that because it is in the "tropics" it will be warm. Bogota is the 3rd highest modern city in the Americas (after La Paz and Lima), and because it is in the Andes, it will be cold;  think…Read More


Bogota

Written by roy on 25 Sep, 2000

The next day to Bogota. We had a little problem with air in the brakes and had it repaired at Auto Imperio in Bogota along with the cracked support they found to the right front spring. That steel plate is about 3/4 inches thick and…Read More


Getting Ready

Written by roy on 25 Sep, 2000

April 15, 1996 Folks, So many of our friends have asked us about our trip to South America we felt that a note from time to time would keep everyone abreast of the trip. The trip will be done in 8 legs or so each…Read More


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Guarapos...

Written by Whirlwind on 03 Dec, 2000

A wonderful experience when visiting any tropical Latin American country is guarapos--the squeezed juice of cane sugar. And don't worry about the brown color of this delicacy! Squeezed by hand or squeezed by small steam engine, guarapos is a refreshing experience. …Read More


Colombia for two weeks, PART III...

Written by Whirlwind on 03 Oct, 2000

My last night at the missionary compound I played cards with the family of a mission pilot who was out on duty. After a few hands the lights flickered, then died. The guerrillas had sabotaged several high voltage towers. 'In Guatemala,' I told my aunt…Read More


Colombia for two weeks, PART I...'Poison Darts'

Written by Whirlwind on 03 Oct, 2000

It was a cool, damp, fall-like but sunny morning the first time I buzzed into Bogota's Aeropuerto Internacional. Customs ignored me entirely and I was about to exit the airport altogether when I spotted a man holding a placard that read, simply 'Allan.' The man…Read More


MONSERRATE

Written by guille88 on 18 Aug, 2001

One of the most impressive things about Bogota is the landscape that surrounds the city. There are always mountains in the background, most of them covered by beautiful pine or eucaliptus forests. And between all of the mountains that surround Bogota, there’s one that is…Read More


Recommended restaurants in Bogota.

Written by guille88 on 13 Aug, 2000

Bogota has a huge offer for dinning. Few cities in South America (maybe Buenos Aires) have a wider number of choices. You can find great restaurants of typical Colombian food, as well as international, seafood or many others. The most renowned are: In typical Colombian food,…Read More


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The official currency of Colombia is the PESO.

Written by aldair10 on 02 Dec, 2004

1 PESO = 100 centavos. There are coins in the following peso denominations: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 500 and 1000 pesos. There are paper notes in the following peso denominations: 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000 & 50,000 pesos. You will need your passport…Read More


Underground Cathedral of Zipaquira

Written by Metayel on 08 Mar, 2001

Amazing cathedral dug underground in a salt mine. Hard to explain exactly what this place is and how interesting it is; it is worth a visit for sure! It is around 1 to 1.5 hours from Bogota in the town of Zipaquira. The decor inside is…Read More


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