Bogotá travel guide

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You're Going to Love Bogota

Set in a spectacular cradle high in the Andes mountains, Bogota is a gorgeous capital city. From the colonial architecture of La Candelaria to the chic bars of Zona Rosa, every neighborhood in Bogota is alive with a very special kind of energy.

Take a food tour of the city to the vast farmers market at Paloquemao, pep yourself up with locally grown coffee, and fill up on empanadas at street vendors in Usaquen. Or tour the city's burgeoning range of museums. From exhibitions of sublime gold ornaments to spooky ancient mummies at the National Museum and the superb art collection at the Botero Museum, Bogota is as sophisticated as they come, with something for everyone's interests.

In the evening, you can hop between sedate bars or hit raucous clubs and party all night long to Cumbia, rock, or techno. It's that kind of place: relaxed, friendly but frantic and energetic. Visiting Bogota is an incredible experience.

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What to do in Bogotá

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When to Visit Bogota

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Bogota's elevation means that it has a comparatively mild climate, but it also brings regular rains. However, downpours are rare between December and March, and the sightseeing conditions are ideal. July and August see larger visitor numbers, partly due to the effervescent Bogota Carnival, but you're more likely to need an umbrella if you travel then.

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Where to Stay in Bogota

The city center in Bogota is jammed with luxury accommodation options, and is definitely the best area to look at. The Hotel de la Opera is a fine, centrally located option with an on-site spa, while the Ibis Bogota Museo is a reliable, no-frills alternative. Looking further afield, Chapinero has some upscale options, including the Artisan D.C. Hotel and the Four Seasons Casa Medina, while Hotel Casa Deco in the southern part of town has an elegant 1930s building and excellent service.

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Shopping Streets

Bogota has its share of upscale boutiques. If you're seeking big names like Louis Vuitton, Versace, or Cartier, you'll feel completely at home at luxury malls like Zona T or Hacienda Santa Barbara (which specializes in craft souvenirs and jewelry). However, flea markets and second-hand stores in areas like Usaquen offer a completely different shopping experience, as does Paloquemao - a massive food and flowers market that brims with vivid colors and seductive aromas.

Groceries and Other

Supermarkets aren't hard to come by in Bogota, including popular brands like Mercampo, Exito, and Carulla, all of which stock American and European foods as well as local products. Prices won't be high by US standards, with a gallon of milk coming to around COL$10,000 and 12 eggs around COL$4,500.

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Where to Eat in Bogota

Where to start? Bogota is Colombia's culinary capital along with its cultural and political hub, so the choice is huge. Rafael is a firm local favorite, thanks to stellar chef Rafael Osterling. If seafood (and ceviche in particular) is to your taste, don't miss the Central Cevicheria, while you can also find superb Mexican food at Agave Azul. Street food is another highlight, with filling arepas (toasted sandwiches) and empanadas available everywhere. Expect a sit-down meal at a high-quality restaurant to cost no more than COL$30,000.