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Guidebook for Bogotá

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Guidebook for Bogotá

Food Scene
Zona G (G for Gourmet) is located between Calles 65 and 71 and Carreras 3 and 7. This area is home to the most prestigious restaurants of the city. Its a great place to have brunch on sundays as many restaurants have a good offers on brunch.
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Zona G
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Zona G (G for Gourmet) is located between Calles 65 and 71 and Carreras 3 and 7. This area is home to the most prestigious restaurants of the city. Its a great place to have brunch on sundays as many restaurants have a good offers on brunch.
Drinks & Nightlife
Zona Rosa, also known as "Zona T" for the T shaped area at its heart, is the prime nightclub district of Bogotá, and also home to plenty of upscale restaurants, nice hotels, and shopping. The area surrounding the zone proper is starting to look like the city's new, modern downtown, with big office buildings and folks in suits by day. The Zona Rosa proper lies between Calles 79 and 85, and Carreras 11 and 15. There is plenty of garage parking, but it is the most expensive in the city. If driving in, expect traffic to be slow as molasses, always. The closest stops on the Transmilenio are Héroes and Calle 85.
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Zona T Bogotá
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Zona Rosa, also known as "Zona T" for the T shaped area at its heart, is the prime nightclub district of Bogotá, and also home to plenty of upscale restaurants, nice hotels, and shopping. The area surrounding the zone proper is starting to look like the city's new, modern downtown, with big office buildings and folks in suits by day. The Zona Rosa proper lies between Calles 79 and 85, and Carreras 11 and 15. There is plenty of garage parking, but it is the most expensive in the city. If driving in, expect traffic to be slow as molasses, always. The closest stops on the Transmilenio are Héroes and Calle 85.
Sightseeing
Usaquén is the northernmost district of Bogotá. It is home to many sightseeing locations, modern business squares, and its own colonial center. The main square is the meeting point of the area where you can find pretty nice restaurants and bars. But walk around and find more great places to eat and drink. It serves as a hub to connect with outer destinations north from the city, which include many attractions within nearby towns. Located a couple blocks north from the Hacienda Santa Barbara shopping mall, this is the little pueblo in the big city (Roughly Calle 120 / Carrera 5). Colonial structures, some small shops and boutiques, flea market on Sundays, and a variety of restaurants around
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Usaquén
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Usaquén is the northernmost district of Bogotá. It is home to many sightseeing locations, modern business squares, and its own colonial center. The main square is the meeting point of the area where you can find pretty nice restaurants and bars. But walk around and find more great places to eat and drink. It serves as a hub to connect with outer destinations north from the city, which include many attractions within nearby towns. Located a couple blocks north from the Hacienda Santa Barbara shopping mall, this is the little pueblo in the big city (Roughly Calle 120 / Carrera 5). Colonial structures, some small shops and boutiques, flea market on Sundays, and a variety of restaurants around
La Candelaria is the historic center of Bogotá, and the city's principal destination for tourists. Home to the top museums, the government palaces, and beautiful old colonial buildings along narrow cobblestone streets, it's a must see. Inside La Candelaria, there really is no need to get around by any way other than on foot. Rare is the walk that takes more than 10 minutes, unless you're climbing a hill while adjusting to altitude, but that's another story! While La Candelaria, and Centro in general, is not the city's premier nightlife destination by a long stretch, there's still a good range of places to visit. Dance floors are almost non-existent.
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La Candelaria
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La Candelaria is the historic center of Bogotá, and the city's principal destination for tourists. Home to the top museums, the government palaces, and beautiful old colonial buildings along narrow cobblestone streets, it's a must see. Inside La Candelaria, there really is no need to get around by any way other than on foot. Rare is the walk that takes more than 10 minutes, unless you're climbing a hill while adjusting to altitude, but that's another story! While La Candelaria, and Centro in general, is not the city's premier nightlife destination by a long stretch, there's still a good range of places to visit. Dance floors are almost non-existent.
Zipaquirá is a a cute colonial town of some 70,000 people about an hour north of Bogotá in the Cundinamarca province. It is Colombia's salt mining capital and is famous for its Salt Cathedral, constructed almost entirely of salt within a defunct mine. (Salt Cathedral). An impressive cathedral hewn out of a salt mine. COP$50,000 for foreigners, including an hourly guided tour in Spanish or English.. edit
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Catedral de Sal
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Zipaquirá is a a cute colonial town of some 70,000 people about an hour north of Bogotá in the Cundinamarca province. It is Colombia's salt mining capital and is famous for its Salt Cathedral, constructed almost entirely of salt within a defunct mine. (Salt Cathedral). An impressive cathedral hewn out of a salt mine. COP$50,000 for foreigners, including an hourly guided tour in Spanish or English.. edit
The road to La Calera winds up the side of the mountain from Bogota. On this road there are several restaurants with a great view back down into Bogota and they are very popular around sunset. La Calera is a sleepy looking town in the mountains of Cundinamarca, just outside Bogotá. Once you reach the top of the mountains the road carries on to La Calera and passes several horse ranches where you can stop to take a ride. For a visitor, it's quiet and pretty, and is the principal spot around Bogotá for paragliding (follow the signs). As it is next to the main reservoir supplying water to Bogotá, there is a noticeably heavy military presence.
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La Calera
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The road to La Calera winds up the side of the mountain from Bogota. On this road there are several restaurants with a great view back down into Bogota and they are very popular around sunset. La Calera is a sleepy looking town in the mountains of Cundinamarca, just outside Bogotá. Once you reach the top of the mountains the road carries on to La Calera and passes several horse ranches where you can stop to take a ride. For a visitor, it's quiet and pretty, and is the principal spot around Bogotá for paragliding (follow the signs). As it is next to the main reservoir supplying water to Bogotá, there is a noticeably heavy military presence.
A truly beautiful panoramic view of the city is only a funicular or telesferico ride away. You can take the funicular up and the telesferico down, or vice versa. You have the option to buying one way tickets, too. You will have the most amazing views and also enjoy Colombian or French food in the two full-service restaurants at the top. There are also souvenir stalls on the weekends. Remember to bring a warm coat, because it is chilly up there. On Sunday is a very crowded place, so be ready to get into a long line. It is very important to also wear sunscreen and hat because at such a high altitude, you will burn very easily even if it is "cloudy".
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Monserrate
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A truly beautiful panoramic view of the city is only a funicular or telesferico ride away. You can take the funicular up and the telesferico down, or vice versa. You have the option to buying one way tickets, too. You will have the most amazing views and also enjoy Colombian or French food in the two full-service restaurants at the top. There are also souvenir stalls on the weekends. Remember to bring a warm coat, because it is chilly up there. On Sunday is a very crowded place, so be ready to get into a long line. It is very important to also wear sunscreen and hat because at such a high altitude, you will burn very easily even if it is "cloudy".
Arts & Culture
Impressive collection of gold and pre-Colombian artifacts from Colombia and surrounding nations. Don't miss this museum. The Gold Museum is unique and you won't find a better place to see the pre-Spanish artwork on gold. La Casa del Florero was the site of an 1810 protest by Colombians considered to be the initiation of the revolt against Spain. The Botero Museum contains both works by Fernando Botero, Colombia's most famous artist, and the contents of his private collection, including works by Picasso, Renoir, Dali and others. The museum was under renovation, up until October 2008 and as of then its open to the public once more so don't miss it out.
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Gold Museum
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Impressive collection of gold and pre-Colombian artifacts from Colombia and surrounding nations. Don't miss this museum. The Gold Museum is unique and you won't find a better place to see the pre-Spanish artwork on gold. La Casa del Florero was the site of an 1810 protest by Colombians considered to be the initiation of the revolt against Spain. The Botero Museum contains both works by Fernando Botero, Colombia's most famous artist, and the contents of his private collection, including works by Picasso, Renoir, Dali and others. The museum was under renovation, up until October 2008 and as of then its open to the public once more so don't miss it out.
Essentials
High-end supermarkets (Pomona, Carulla and Exito) are nearby, as well as shopping malls, open Wi-Fi networks. Good option to get the basic groseries to keep at home in case you feel like cooking or having a tea with a little cake.
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Carulla Calle 47
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High-end supermarkets (Pomona, Carulla and Exito) are nearby, as well as shopping malls, open Wi-Fi networks. Good option to get the basic groseries to keep at home in case you feel like cooking or having a tea with a little cake.