Bogota: Capital City of Colombia



Bogotá is the capital and largest city in Colombia. A melting pot of people from around the country, it is diverse and multicultural, with a blend of modern and colonial architecture. The predominant colors in Bogotá are the green of the city’s many parks and the eastern mountains overlooking the sanctuaries of Monserrate and Guadalupe, and the rich red of its many brick buildings.


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The landscape of Bogotá, marked by the green of the Andes to the east, is spectacularly one-of-a-kind. Apart from the many outdoor spaces in Bogotá, travelers find it an ideal place to do business, or explore history, food, culture and many other local customs.

 In Bogotá, the seat of Colombia’s government, visitors can visit the Gold Museum, which houses an important collection of pre-Hispanic objects. Visitors to the capital also experience the city’s juxtaposition of history and modernity and the local and the cosmopolitan; it is a great destination for high-end shopping as well as shopping for fresh fruit in Paloquemao Square.


Tourist Experiences


The sanctuary of Monserrate in the eastern hills of Bogotá can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. Devotees walk up an almost 2-mile path to this site of pilgrimage, which began in 1620 with the shrine of Our Lady of Monserrate. The basilica houses the image of the Fallen Lord of Monserrate and at the top visitors can walk the Stations of the Cross. What´s best, it´s within walking distance from Uniandes, the University hosting this years conference.

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Restaurants and elegant hotels are concentrated in the Zona G (the G stands for Gourmet), which in recent years has become a major Bogotá dining destination. Here travelers can find restaurants that specialize in brunch, meat, crepes, breakfast, and burgers, as well as excellent Chinese, Spanish, French, Italian, and Peruvian food.

Many of the buildings of the La Candelaria neighborhood, the majority of which were built in colonial and Republican-era styles, have been declared properties of historical and cultural interest. There are around 500 artistic institutions or groups, museums, research centers, theaters, libraries, and universities in this area of the historical center of Bogotá. bogotau act. 10calles de la candelaria
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Business travelers love the Parque de la 93 (93rd Street Park) in the north of Bogotá because of its proximity to the financial district of Bogotá, as well as its variety of good restaurants, international hotels, bars, cafés, and travel agencies. Colombians and foreigners alike enjoy the great nightlife here.

Usaquén still retains the air of the quiet town it was before being absorbed as a suburb of Bogotá in 1954. On the eastern side of the main square stands the church of Santa Barbara Usaquén, which dates back to the mid-seventeenth century. Walk through the narrow streets around it, buy crafts, and visit local bars and elegant restaurants serving traditional local or international food.

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The Maloka Interactive Center in the west of Bogotá, is an ideal place for children; their curiosity is stimulated as they have fun and learn about topics such as science, technology, the universe, and the history of mankind. 3D films are presented in Maloka in a domed theatre with room for 314 spectators. The Salitre Plaza Shopping Center is located a few blocks south.

 Cafés, bars, haute cuisine restaurants, and clubs can all be found in the Zona Rosa. Passers-by will notice many hotels, shopping malls, and designer shops dotted around this area in the northern part of the city, where the nightlife is the main attraction. People often meet up here at the end of the workday, especially on Fridays.

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Bolívar Square has been at the center of the country's history for centuries. It used to be a public circus and bull market, among other things, and a wide variety of cultural and social events are still held here. Buildings such as the Palacio Liévano, the Capitol, and the Cathedral frame this public space, which is decorated with thousands of colorful lights every year for Christmas.

 Many works by the artist Fernando Botero are on display at the Botero Museum in the center of Bogotá. This site in La Candelaria was founded in a colonial house, and houses a collection of 208 works (123 by Botero and 85 by international artists) that the artist donated in 2000 to the Bank of the Republic.

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The Banco de la República Gold Museum exhibits 432 jewelry, pottery, and woven plant fiber artifacts made by indigenous people of the Tumaco, Quillancinga, Pasto and Sindagua cultures. Training workshops and guided tours are also offered. Admission is free.