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  • Bogota
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    intesting city, everthing is good to reach by bus, Shops and bars in every categoriy, for bigger supermarkets you need to go out of the center

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  • Bogota
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    I would recommend Bogota to anyone! It is a beautiful city with wonderful people and a comfortable climate. There are a variety of things to do and see in this city. While not required it is good to have a basic handle on Spanish before visiting as the majority of people don't speak english

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    Bogota is very east coast like with brick color buildings and small town European architecture. A city situated on elevation over 8000 ft, full of life, history, culture, food and music!

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  • BogotaPro 2014
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    The city is beautiful, surrounded by the Andes and full of culture, history, and awesome food. I felt safe everywhere we went, even at night. The best part, though, was the people. Everyone was extremely helpful, even in the less touristy areas.

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  • BogotaPro 2014
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    I like Bogota, it is a city that has a lot of culture. The best thing that makes Bogota is the poeple. I have never meet so many nice friendly people in such a large city in my life.

    Bogota is very widespread and can be hard to get around. Do not worry, there is an abundance of cabs everywhere and a very convenient bus system that acts as the public transit "metro", beware during peak traffic times that it will be unbearable to get around as taxis won't take you and the wait at transmilenio will be unbearable and crowded.

    Bogota is hard on vegetarians, I will admit that now, but amazing choice of foods, especially in the north in Parque 93 area. There is a lot of history to the east in Candeleria area. Macarena area is a great place to get some amazing food as well just a bit pricey and the food scene around Calle 85 is pricey but great. If you are a vegetarian there are many options in the places I mentioned. If you do not want to spend the extra money hit up a market (which are everywhere) and cook your own food.

    There is just a lot to do in Bogota, a very modern city with very square like buildings but if you hit up the Candeleria section of Bogota you can explore some older architecture.

    Getting outside of Bogota is a must, as there is so much nature and small pueblos worth visiting just outside of Bogota. You can take Portal Norte (north), Portal Sur,(south) Portal Suba (north west), or Portal 80 (west) to find busettas to your destination or take the Tranportation building for further trips.

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  • BogotaPro 2014
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    If you're looking for graceful architecture and quaint piazzas, go to Rome. Bogota is having none of it. It is, however, a fascinating city with llamas (imported from Peru) walking the streets, cheap, delicious food, and its own heartfelt, caliente vibe. Creative, decadent nightlife adds to the fun: I went to probably the best Halloween party ever here in an abandoned warehouse. The music, costumes, and energy proved that what Bogota may lack in architectural charm, it makes up for in captivating humanity.

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  • Bogota

    Hi, I really recommend you visit Bogotá, it´s a beautiful and multicultural city, there are many things to do everydays, I suggest Golden Museum, Monserrate Mountain, emeral museum, Candelaria Neigboor.

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  • Bogota

    I love Bogota, because that's my home. Crazy, eclectic and cosmopolitan, Bogota is a hit or miss, you love it or you hate it.

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  • Bogota

    La capital colombiana, más allá de su fama, el verde de las montañas que la rodean, y la belleza de una ciudad que es una esmeralda en medio de los Andes, con lugares que sorprenderán al más escéptico de todos

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    Bogota is a bustling city filled with shopping, fine dining, arts and culture and an all round city waiting to be explored.

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  • Bogota

    Bogota was very clean, hospitable, and full of lively and welcoming people. I traveled in a group, but felt very safe staying in Hotel NH 93 on Calle 93.

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  • Bogota

    Bogota is always cloudy and somewhat chilly. Out of the 8 times I have been there or through there, I don't think it has never been sunny. The weather has a lot to whether or not I am going to enjoy my stay or not...lol However, if you are coming to do business in Colombia, Bogota is the place to be.

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  • BogotaPro 2014
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    Located east of the Andes, Bogota is Colombia's capital and largest city with a population over around seven million. When I was there in 2009, I noticed that the sidewalks and streets were clean, and there seemed to be an armed soldier on just about every street. I loved the city, and would go back if given the chance.

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  • Bogota
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    Capital of Colombia, Bogota is a beautiful city nestled in the highlands of Colombia's eastern Andes. It is a large city with plenty to see and do. Lots of good museums like the Museo de Oro, and plenty of colonial and republican historical sites and buildings. Bogota has plenty of green spaces too, including Montserrat which has a beautiful view of Bogota and the Sabana

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  • Bogota

    You may not need a lot of time in Bogota on your trip. But, don't discount what it has to offer.

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  • Bogota

    Bogota takes the Euro-centric aspects of Buenos Aires and blends them with a distinctly South American vibe. Full of galleries, museums, cafes and top-class restaurants, it offers an endless amount for tourists while the unforgettable nightlife (Colombians live for music and dance) make it a place that's easy to stay in. A great city, even if it's not the most beautiful you'll come across.

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  • Bogota

    es muy bella, e interesante, el museo de botero es precioso, y si vas al centro ve a ver a los comerciantes de piedras preciosas, es interesante como trabajan, la palza es muy visitada y preciosa.

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  • Bogota

    Many people still travel to Colombia, and especially Bogota, with their expectations way out of line with reality. I recently went to the dentist and had to tell them I wouldn’t be back for the next scheduled check up as I was living in Bogota. ‘Really?’ she replied. ‘Is it just mafia and everything everywhere?’. When I picture myself back in Colombia’s capital city, with the high-rise flats, the swanky restaurants and the dogs wearing designer coats I can’t help but have a chuckle to myself. I’m not saying life’s completely peachy in Bogota, but it’s certainly safer than many other big Latin American cities I’ve been in and you can achieve a good style of life just by choosing the right area to live in.

    To be fair, Bogota has surprised even me. I arrived and, like many, wasn’t blown away by what I saw. It seems the whole city is under construction and for first-time visitors, most of what you see isn’t far away from the traffic-choked chaos of the centre. This, I feel, is why many people leave Bogota after only one or two days. But this city is one that rewards patience. Once you start to really discover the city, you’ll find independent bookshops (cll 45), smart little cafes (La Candelaria), hidden bars (Chapinero), clandestine parties, amazing galleries (the Botero Museum is a favourite) and international-standard restaurants (Zona G). Moreover, you’ll find areas of unexpected beauty such as Usaquen, Parque Chico and Parque Simon Bolivar. Culture and art follow you around the city in the form of elaborate, innovative graffiti. Travel to Bogota unveils a city full of character, but it’s a place that might require you to work just a little harder than usual to find it.

    There are also myriad options for people that love the outdoors and adventure sports. Just outside the city you can find Guatavita, the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira, the mountains of Suesca and much, much more. Not to mention the unforgettable Andres Carne de Res – a one of a kind night out on the outskirts of the city.

    At each corner in central London you find a piece of history; an architectural marvel. This might not be the case in Bogota (nor in any South American capital with the exception of Buenos Aires), but what you will find is the excitement of a city that’s pulling itself quickly up the ladder and teeming with enthusiasm for the future – a far cry from the jaded expressions on most European faces.

    Bogota is a city that bursts with culture that you can find and access with just a little work (rather than London’s frequent out-pricing or hipster-elitism). A city where the youth seem to rule the night and, often, the day. A city where people from all over the world come to live to enjoy the life, not to be seen to be living there. A city that investors are clambering to get a piece of. A city of such radically different faces it would be a challenge to keep yourself orientated if it weren’t for the beautiful, imposing mountains that surround the city’s boundaries. A city that’s so young you can still mould it to the experience you want out of it. Bogota doesn’t have a nickname, and yet it’s a city that genuinely doesn’t sleep.

    Bogota isn’t the most beautiful city in the world or even Colombia, but if you stay longer than just a couple of days, you’ll quickly find out that it’s one of the most exciting.

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  • Bogota

    Visit La Candelaria neighborhood. If you stop by the Hotel de la Opera, they can give you a map with sights and restaurants. There are lots of things to see and do. And it's beautiful! El Museo Botero is spectacular! It's my favorite museum in South America (and I've been to several!) Plaza de Bolivar, the city center, is in walking distance from there.
    (2) The Museo de Oro is NOT TO BE MISSED! And across the street from the Museo de Oro are a series of really fun artisanal shops. Careful about walking around the Museo del Oro, though. It's a rough part of town for a tourist.
    (3) If you have access to a car, then you must eat at Andres Carne de Res. IT'S CRAZY, FUN, AND AMAZING! Marco Werman of PRI's The World loves it there.
    (4) Mount Monserrate has exceptional panoramic views of the city. You can take a little funicular up to the top and eat at one of the restaurants there and drink beer at Club Colombia! People say that the restaurants there are the best in the city!
    (5) The Museo Nacional is the best way to learn about the country. You can find my friend grandfather's portrait, Eliseo Payán. He was the president of Colombia in 1887 and got in big trouble for declaring freedom of the press. Yoo-hoo!
    (6) If you are there on a Sunday you can rent a bicycle and ride down the Ciclovia Bogotá in which main avenues are shut down from cars and bicycles take over the city. Those mountains are tough, though.
    Food to order: ajiaco, arepas con queso, empanadas, papas criollas, morcilla (delicious blood sausage), and bandeja paisa (oooooh so goooood!). Also, Colombians drink fresh juices with every meal (lulo, maracuya, and guanabana are the best!), and drink cafe con panela or "tinto" (coffee with delicious cane sugar).

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The first thing that you should know about Bogota is that while it sits near the equator, don't go there expecting it to be hot, balmy and tropical. That is because the city sits on the side of a mountain at some 8,860 feet in elevation, which means cool temperatures--even in summer. It is also a city of stark contrasts. Visitors to the city encounter century-old plazas and churches shadowed by towering skycrapers, peaceful tree-lined bicycle routes cut through by wild-traffic avenues. Most travelers opt to spend their time in or around historic La Candelaria, a pleasant quarter of cafés, churches and museums, also the home to the most affordable and charming hotels and restaurants.

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