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Cundinamarca, Andean north-east

Bogotá

Colombia’s capital  and largest city (8 million inhabitants) has a dynamic music scene. This metropolitan is THE cultural champion of the country: it offers festivals like the biggest breakdancing and rock events in Latin America and summer, salsa, wine and food festivals throughout the year.
Bogota’s altitude of 2.640 m (8.660 ft) makes it a convenient starting point to explore interesting mountain villages nearby. Bogota has 3 unique ecosystems in between it's mountains: cloud forests and waterfalls; dwarf sub-paramo forest; and paramo (only 3 other countries have these highlands with their typical vegetation).
There is much to do in this town. It's colonial district, La Candelaria, is a melting pot of cultural and historical elements. Only 2hrs from La Candelaria (without leaving Bogota) you can visit summits of 4000m (13,000 ft) in Sumapaz.

HIGHLIGHTS

Plaza Bolívar: presidential palace.

Botero Museum: cll 11 # 4-41, Mon-Sat 9am-7pm. Tue = closed. Sun + public holiday 10am-5pm. FREE entrance. Explore 60 works of art with their audio guide (es, en, fr).

Tour operator DE UNA created a DE UNA Travel Bar in La Candelaria, located in an old French style bar. They manage to combine great food and passion for travelling. For example: you can book a trip to Caño Cristales or order a Caño Cristales, a delicious cocktail. Cll 11 # 2-98. Mon-Wed 11am-9:30pm. Thu-Sat 11am-11pm.

2nd Hand market: cll 24 # 7 (centre), every Sun. = FREE.

Colpatria tower: tallest skyscraper (50 floors, 196m/643ft) in Colombia, superb view over the city = ±3pp. Cra 7 # 26.

Gold Museum: Parque de Santander, corner of cra 6 # cll 16, = 4pp. Tue-Sat 9am-6pm. Public holidays and Sun (FREE) 10am-4pm. The permanent exhibition is bilingual, es+uk. There are FREE tours offering an explanation of a selected gallery. Rent a recorded audio guide (8/guide, es, uk & fr).

Quebrada la Vieja-eastern hills: hike through a nature trail! Starts at la Circunvalar # 72. Gate open Mon-Sat at 6am-10am. Closed on Sun and holidays.

Usaquén: colonial architecture and a flea market on Sun. Just off cra 7, beginning at cll 116. Top-quality restaurants, bars and shops.

Monserrate: you can go up to 3200m (10,500ft) in a cable car & get an incredible view of the city or go by foot! Mon-Sat 12am-12pm, 19pp. Sun 9am-5pm, 11pp. At night Mon-Sat from 5:30pm, 20pp.

Simón Bolívar: beautiful park with lots of FREE concerts. The famous Rock al Parque festival = June/July.

La Calera lookout point at km6 Bogotá-La Calera road.

Other things to do: the Paloquemao marketplace; the Concordia fruit market and the Jose Celestino Mutis Botanical Garden.

Daily 24hrs the Séptima (between Plaza Bolívar and cll 24) is car-free. Every Sun and public holiday there is Ciclovía (> 121km/75mi of city streets are blocked off to cars) from 7am-2pm.

ACCOMMODATION
La Niña, La PintaArche Noah Guesthouse and Candelos Hostel

HOW2GETTHERE

Bogotá has 2 terminals: Sur (south) Calle 57Q NO 75F – 82 (only for a few destinations) and for almost all: central (= Salitre) Calle 22 C # 68 F – 37. 

Santa Marta = 18hrs, ±77pp. Medellín = 9-10hrs,63-70pp. Cali = 11hrs, ±77pp. San Gil = 7-8hrs, 30-57pp. Manizales = 12hrs, 64-70 Cartagena = 23hrs, ±100pp. Popayán = 12hrs, ±85. Armenia = ±9hrs, 55-65pp. Villa de Leyva = 4,5-5hrs, ±24pp. Transportation system = TransMilenio, collective B + SITP (blue B).

At arrival do you want to visit La Candelaria? Take a T or travel by TransMilenio till Las Aguas. Visit this website to find out your route with the Transmilenio.

Don’t start running like crazy when you arrive because Bogota is after Quito the second highest capital city in SA, otherwise a small headache might find you. 


Read here interesting tips for places Around Bogota.

TOURS
Aventure Colombia, De UNA Colombia ToursI Show You Colombia and Andes EcoTours

ACTIVITIES

Bogotravel Tours -> bike tours, walking tours, salt cathedral tour and Guatavita lake, mountain bike tours in Bogotá, Bogotá Graffiti bike tours and Emerald tour in Bogotá.
Join nice activities and tours in Bogota and surroundings with Aventure Colombia.

DISCOUNTS
Bogota - La Peluqueria: have you already been traveling a long time and you urgently need a new look? Every Wednesday from 10am to 12am, you can participate in Lab Voluntaria. A project from La Peluqueria where you get a new haircut for FREE! Registration is required through their website. Cra 3 # 12d-83, La Candelaria. www.lapeluqueriabogota.com.

Bogota
- Britannia: craving good craft beer and a genuine pub atmosphere? From excellent beer and cocktails, through a broad range of gins and single malt whiskies to your classic fish & chips with mushy peas, Britannia, Bogota's authentic British pub, is a must visit for those missing their local pub during their travels. Show your CF guide & get 10% off. Cll 26 # 69b-53, local 1 (next to Marriott).

Bogota - Molakana indigenous textile art: you can find special pieces for decorating and personal wear designed using the indigenous textile art called Mola. When you present your physical CF guide, you get up to 10% off on purchases and detailed information about gunadule indigenous people who create Molas. Facebook, Cll 12 D # 1 - A 04, Barrio La Concordia in La Candelaria.

TIPS
-Admire the biggest aquatic Amazonian flower and the Colombian national tree, the wax palm at Jardín Botánico.
-Pola (fría): this is what cachacos/rolos (people from Bogotá) call beer! ’Vamos a tomarnos unas polas’ - ‘Let’s go for some beers’.