“Bogoting” around

By Juan Sebastián Donoso, Metropolitan Touring Ecuador

Founded in 1538, Santa Fé de Bogota, the Capital city of Colombia,  located 2640 mts. above the sea level (a little over 8600 feet), right in the majestic Cundinamarca plateau, in the eastern Andean range of Colombia, can be reached by plane, arriving to El Dorado International Airport (which has connections with several important International airports around the globe).

Its accelerated urban transformation and growth, the innovative public transportation system (known as Transmilenio), its growth as investment and business centre, the diverse cultural agenda, the markets, its multiple events options, the natural and religious highlights, the great variety of gastronomic offer, its nightlife, amongst many others, make of Bogota one of the most cosmopolitan and interesting capitals in South America, and definitely a city worth to visit.

In terms of accommodation, you can either choose the quiet and peaceful nights that a colonial hotel at “La Candelaria” (the old town) can offer; to stay at a residential neighbourhood, close to the financial sector, or to be close to the action at “Zona T”, one of the most happening areas of the city.

When walking around “La Candelaria”, along the narrow streets, the informal vendors selling their typical sweets, the well-preserved constructions, are elements that make you breathe a completely different air; be ready to feel yourself magically transported to the past.  A visit to Museo Botero is a must. A display of more than two hundred pieces, personally donated and distributed around the building by Fernando Botero, a 79 years old internationally recognized plastic artist and painter, who without any doubt can be tagged as one of the most important art personalities in Latin America. 

The Gold Museum is another place in town that has to be visited. With an impressive collection of 34000 pieces made of gold and 25000 of metal, ceramic, textiles, stone, sea shell and bones, it is considered the most important of its type in the world.

A great view of the city can be got from the Monserrate Hill, which can be reached either by a funicular, by car or, if you are ready for some exercise, climbing lots of stairs….

At night, if it does not happen that you are in town on a weekend, when the famous bar-restaurant, mentioned in the “1000 places to see before you die” book, Andrés Carne de Res, located about half an hour north from Bogotá, opens, there is the chance to go to Andrés DC at Zona T, where you will be able to taste what the original one in Chia has to offer.

If during your trip to Colombia, Bogotá is your start point in the country, why not to take a couple of days to discover this amazing city.  At the end, “the only risk is wanting to stay”.

 f you want to know more about Bogotá, the capital city of Colombia, please visit de Metropolitan Touring’s web page.