With its 9 million of inhabitants, Bogota is the capital of Colombia. The expansion of the city has been too quick, and the municipality failed to develop sound public transportation. By consequence, it’s complicated and time-consuming to move around the city, especially at rush hour. Besides that, the climate isn’t favorable in Bogota. The capital is surrounded by Paramos, at an altitude of 2700m. Therefore, it’s rainy/cloudy most of the time. Don’t forget to take a jacket and a rain jacket with you.
Transportation problems and bad weather make that most of the travelers don’t like Bogota.
It’s a pity because the majority of them will have to land in the capital (biggest airport in Colombia).
We spent one month looking for the best activities, districts, accommodations, and tips to explore the city. We loved all the tours that Bogota can offer and we think it’s the best way to start enjoying the capital.
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La Candelaria is the old center of Bogota. Most of the museums and street arts of the city are present there. It's the favorite district of the backpackers and travel guides. However, we think there is better. At night, many restaurants shut their doors and streets turn empty. The area becomes dodgy
Chapinero is our favorite district in Bogota. There are many fantastic restaurants and places for going out. The neighborhood is wide. I advise picking your hotel in the following areas: Quinta Camacho, Zona G, or Chapinero alto.
The Zona Rosa is the party district of Bogota. There are lots of clubs, excellent restaurants, and bars. Up north, it's the business district. By its localization, it's a bit far from the tourist sights. Therefore, we don't recommend you to stay there, except if you love partying or if you already know Bogota. Safe.
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Things to do in Bogota
Most of the touristic sights in Bogota are located in the old city center, La Candelaria. There are many museums to understand complexe Colombia's history. As many travelers start their journey from Bogota, I recommend you to book different tours in the capital, depending on what you want to learn. By doing so, you won't be overwhelmed by the city and you will start understanding the Colombian culture.
For us, good restaurants and exciting nightlife are important while traveling. We gathered our favorite picks on an interactive Map. Look for "Colombia Insider - Eat and Party like a local in Colombia" on Mapstr!
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