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    Bogotá – a brief overview

    It seems like only yesterday that Bogotá was one of the most dangerous places on Earth. As guerrillas, drug cartels and government struggled for dominance over Colombia during the 1990s, much of the country was inaccessible. But while problems with poverty and crime remain, Bogotá has made a staggering recovery in recent years, with security drastically improving, a thriving art scene and world-class museums opening.

    There is a formidable culinary reputation and an exciting nightlife too, both in the colourful old town of La Candelaria and the trendy northern districts. While visitors used to skip the lofty, difficult-to-reach metropolis, now there is a real buzz about the Colombian capital.

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    La Candelaria

    La Candelaria
    Bogotá
    Colombia
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    The historical centre of Bogotá features colonial architecture dating back to 16th century and is a charming warren of pastel-coloured buildings, many of them of great historical importance. The main square, Plaza de Bolivar, is particularly impressive.

    Catedral Primada

    Carrera 7 No 10-80
    Bogotá
    Colombia
    Tel: +57 (1) 341 1954
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0830-1300
    Sun 0830-1400

    Built on the same site as Bogotá’s first church, this 19th-century neoclassical cathedral is one of the largest in Latin America. It contains a number of important frescoes, as well as the remains of the city’s founder, Jiménez de Quesada.

    The Presidential Palace

    Avenida Carrera 7
    Bogotá
    Colombia
    Tel. +57 3375890
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    One of Colombia’s founding fathers, Antonio Nariño, lived here, in what is now the grand Presidential Palace. Don’t miss the changing of the guard.

    Museo Botero

    Calle 11 No 4-41
    Bogotá
    Colombia
    Tel: +57 (1) 343 1316
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    Opening times:
    Mon and Wed-Sat 0900-1900
    Sun 1000-1700

    With more than 100 artworks by the likes of Picasso, Dalí and Monet, this collection donated by legendary Colombian artist Fernando Botero is unmissable.

    Cerro de Monserrate

    Avenida Circunvalar
    Bogotá
    Colombia
    Tel. +57 2845700
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    Opening times:
    Wed-Mon 0500-1600 (footpath)
    Mon-Sat 0700-1145
    Sun 0530-1700 (funicular)
    Mon-Sat 1200-2300
    Sun 0900-1700 (cable car)

    Offering the best views of the sprawling metropolis that is Bogotá, this verdant peak is reached by foot, funicular or cable car.

    Museo del Oro del Banco de la República

    Calle 16 Nr. 588
    Bogotá
    Colombia
    Tel. +57 (1) 3432222
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sat 0900-1800
    Sun 1000-1600

    Through its thousands of gold and other artefacts, this important museum tells the story of pre-Hispanic cultures in Colombia and beyond.

    Church of Santa Clara

    Carrera 8 No. 8 - 91
    Bogotá
    Colombia
    Tel. +57 3376762
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Fri 0900-1700
    Sat-Sun 1000-1600

    Among the city’s oldest churches, this former convent is brimming with 17th- and 18th-century paintings and statues.

    Sanctuary of Our Lady of Guadalupe

    Turbay Ayala
    Bogotá
    Colombia

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    Opening times:
    Sun 0700-1600

    Near Cerro de Monserrate but higher still, Guadalupe is also less crowded with tourists and hosts the iconic statue of the Virgin by Gustavo Arcila Uribe.

    Colección de Arte del Banco de la República

    Calle 11 No 4-21
    Bogotá
    Colombia
    Tel: +57 (1) 343 1316
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0900-1900
    Sun 1000-1700

    Taking you from colonial times through to contemporary works, this huge collection has the full story of Colombian art from Alejandro Obregón to Fernando Botero.

    Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral

    Carrera 6 with Calle 1
    Zipaquirá
    Colombia
    Tel: +57 (1) 594 5959
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1730

    One of the most jaw-dropping churches in the world can be found 50km from Bogotá – and 200m underground, in an old salt mine.

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    Country information

    Country overview

    No longer a destination only for daredevils, this extraordinary country has battled decades of civil turmoil to emerge as one of South America’s hottest destinations.

    Geography

    Colombia is situated in South America, bordered by the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela and Brazil. The Andes Mountains extend into the country in three ranges running south to north, dipping finally into the lowlands of the Caribbean coast.

    Along the southern Pacific coast run marshy lowlands and rugged low mountains. The southwestern coastal lowlands extend in a trough running from the port of Buenaventura to the Caribbean. East of this rise the slopes of the Western Cordillera which, with the Central Cordillera range, runs north to the Caribbean lowlands from Ecuador.

    Further north lies the fertile Cauca Valley, which becomes a deep gorge running between the Cordilleras to the Caribbean lowlands.

    The Eastern Cordillera, the longest range, rises north of the Ecuadorean border and runs north then northeast towards Venezuela. Flat grassy prairies in the east along with the jungles and towering rainforests of the Amazon make up over half the country’s area. Colombia also claims two small islands, San Andrés and Providencia, located 700km (430 miles) north of the coast.

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    Key facts

    Population: 45745783

    Population Density (per sq km): 40

    Capital: Bogotá.

    Language

    The official language is Spanish, though there are more than 80 other languages and dialects recognised in the country, belonging to various indigenous peoples. In the San Andrés and Providence Islands, English is also an official language.

    General business opening hours

    Monday-Friday 0900-1200 and 1400-1800

    Currency

    Colombian Peso (COP; symbol Col$) = 100 centavos. Notes are in denominations of Col$50,000, 20,000, 10,000, 5,000, 2,000 and 1,000. Coins are in denominations of Col$500, 200, 100, 50 and 20. US Dollars are sometimes accepted, but be aware that you may be viewed as a rich tourist if you try to pay with dollars and you might find that the prices go up. Also be aware that there are a large amount of counterfeit US dollars in Colombia, so if you need change, get it in Colombian Pesos.

    Electricity

    Mostly 110 volts AC, 60Hz. American-style two-pin plugs.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.

    2014

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2014
    Epiphany: 06. January 2014
    St Joseph’s Day: 25. March 2014
    Maundy Thursday: 17. April 2014
    Good Friday: 18. April 2014
    Labour Day: 01. May 2014
    Ascension Day: 29. May 2014
    Corpus Christi: 19. June 2014
    Feast of Saints Peter and Paul: 30. June 2014
    Sagrado Corazon (Sacred Heart Day): 30. June 2014
    Independence Day: 20. July 2014
    Battle of Boyacá: 07. August 2014
    Assumption: 15. August 2014
    Día de la Raza: 12. October 2014
    Independence of Cartagena City: 11. November 2014
    All Saints’ Day: 28. November 2014
    Immaculate Conception: 08. December 2014
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2014

    2015

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Epiphany: 06. January 2015
    St Joseph’s Day: 25. March 2015
    Maundy Thursday: 02. April 2015
    Good Friday: 03. April 2015
    Labour Day: 01. May 2015
    Ascension Day: 14. May 2015
    Corpus Christi: 04. June 2015
    Sagrado Corazon (Sacred Heart Day): 15. June 2015
    Feast of Saints Peter and Paul: 29. June 2015
    Independence Day: 20. July 2015
    Battle of Boyacá: 07. August 2015
    Assumption: 15. August 2015
    Día de la Raza: 12. October 2015
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2015
    Independence of Cartagena City: 11. November 2015
    Immaculate Conception: 08. December 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015

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    Nightlife in Bogotá
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    La Candelaria has lots of bars and cafés, many of them with live music by local jazz-rock bands and the like.

    The trendiest parts of the city for nightlife are in the north however, especially the hip Zona T district, and classy Chapinero.

    Bogotá Beer Company

    Calle 25B No. 68b00
    Bogotá
    Colombia
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    Having revolutionised the city’s lager culture since opening as a microbrewery in 2002, this is the place to go for quality craft beer.

    Armando Records

    Calle 85 No. 14 - 46
    Bogotá
    Colombia
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    This hipster nightspot sees rooftop raves and all-night parties on the weekends.

    La Media Torta

    Calle 18 No. 1-05 Este
    Bogotá
    Colombia
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    Latin music, dance performances and theatre productions are hosted by this legendary venue.

    Quiebra Canto

    Carrera 5 No. 17-76
    Bogotá
    Colombia
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    For salsa, head to this two-floor disco with live bands and dancing until dawn.

    Billares Londres

    Carrera 7 No. 21-94
    Bogotá
    Colombia
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    This super-sexy club boasts excellent cocktails, electronica and rumba.

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    Currently enjoying a gastronomic fever, Bogotá boasts a number of restaurants showing off creative takes on traditional Colombian cooking.

    There is also a wide range of world-class spots serving everything from Japanese to Italian.

    Harry Sasson

    Carrera 9 No. 75-70
    Bogotá
    Colombia
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    Price: Expensive

    Based out of a 1930s mansion, Sasson’s legendary restaurant mixes Asian influences with Colombian flair.

    Rafael

    Calle 70 No 4-63, Los Rosales
    Bogotá
    Colombia
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    Price: Expensive

    For the best Peruvian food almost anywhere in Latin America, head to genius chef Rafael Osterling’s restaurant.

    Gordo

    Carrera 4A No. 66-84
    Bogotá
    Colombia
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    Price: Moderate

    Inspired by Brooklyn and all things New York, Gordo offers a classy take on east coast cooking.

    Andrés Carnes de Res

    Calle 3 No 11A-56
    Chia
    Colombia
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    Price: Moderate

    For a bit of a party alongside some of the most decadently huge meat dishes you can imagine, head to this local institution.

    El Tambor

    Autopista # Norte-60
    Bogotá
    Colombia
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    Price: Cheap

    With fine grilled meats in a country setting, this is a classic Colombian dining experience.

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    Christmas fairs

    1 – 26 December 2014

    Venue: Various churches.

    Despite being mainly a family affair, there are a few events taking place in Bogota in December to celebrate Christmas. The feria artesanal navideña takes place in Candelaria (el Parque de Los Talentos) and over 60 artisans take part in this fair. Many concerts are also held in churches during this period

    Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro

    1 March – 30 April 2015
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    Venue: Various venues.

    A global event that draws actors from 45 countries and includes classic, dance, avant-garde, circus, music and street theatre productions. It’s held every other year.

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    Hotels in Bogotá
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    There isn’t an inexhaustible list of top-notch hotels in Bogotá, but it is a fast-improving list.

    The trendiest and most luxurious can be found in the north of the city, while La Candeleria has some grand old options, as well as numerous affordable guesthouses.

    Bogotá Royal

    Carrera 8a No. 99-55
    Bogotá
    Colombia
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    Category: Expensive

    Lying within Bogotá’s World Trade Center, this lofty hotel offers great views and swish, modern rooms.

    BOG Hotel

    Carrera 11 No. 86-74
    Bogotá
    Colombia
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    Category: Expensive

    Perhaps the flashiest hotel in Colombia, this sleek tower has a rooftop pool in one of the city’s most exclusive areas.

    Crowne Plaza Tequendama

    Carrera 10 No 26-21
    Bogotá
    Colombia
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    Category: Moderate

    Among the grande old dames of Bogotá, this downtown hotel has been spectacularly updated by the Crowne Plaza chain.

    Casa Real

    Calle 93A No 9A-53
    110010 Bogotá
    Colombia
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    Category: Moderate

    Near the wonderful 93 Park, this cosy hotel is ideal for those looking to take it easy.

    Casona del Patio

    Carrera 8 No. 69-24
    Bogotá
    Colombia
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    Category: Cheap

    This pleasant English-style guesthouse with 24 rooms also has a restaurant with traditional Colombian fare.

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    wind speed

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    23.10.2014

    20°C / 9°C

    68°F / 48°F

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    68°F / 50°F

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    20°C / 10°C

    68°F / 50°F

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    68°F / 48°F

    Tuesday

    28.10.2014

    15°C / 9°C

    59°F / 48°F

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    29.10.2014

    21°C / 14°C

    70°F / 57°F

    Climate & best time to visit Colombia

    The climate is very warm and tropical on the coast and in the north, with a rainy season from May to November. Though the temperature varies little throughout the year due to Colombia’s proximity to the equator, it does vary according to altitude. It is cooler in the upland areas and cold in the mountains, and in the cooler times of the year the nights can be freezing. Bogotá is always spring-like, with cool days and crisp nights, though when the sun is shining the days can get quite hot. The Amazon region generally stays warm and wet year round.  

    The best time of year to visit is at either of the drier times: December to March or July and August. This is a good time for hiking, too; getting caught out in a storm is not ideal, especially if you can’t dry out for several days because you’re on a multi-day hike. Bear in mind that major religious holidays will also play a part in the best time of year to visit: Santa Semana is a stunning time to travel to Colombia due to the ostentatious celebrations, but the hotels book up fast and double their rates.

    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

    32 °C

    89.6 °F

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    87.8 °F

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    62.6 °F

    31 °C

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    62.6 °F

    32 °C

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    33 °C

    91.4 °F

    17 °C

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    86 °F

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    59 °F

    30 °C

    86 °F

    17 °C

    62.6 °F

    31 °C

    87.8 °F

    16 °C

    60.8 °F

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    absolute maxabsolute minØ absolute minØ absolute minrelative humidityØ depositdays with deposit > 1mmsunshine duration
    Jan32 °C10 °C30 °C18 °C78 %58 mm56.3 h
    Feb31 °C17 °C30 °C18 °C78 %79 mm65.6 h
    Mar31 °C17 °C30 °C18 °C82 %129 mm104.5 h
    Apr32 °C17 °C31 °C17 °C82 %153 mm124.3 h
    May32 °C17 °C31 °C18 °C83 %123 mm134.7 h
    Jun33 °C17 °C31 °C18 °C82 %89 mm115.0 h
    Jul32 °C17 °C31 °C18 °C80 %89 mm114.9 h
    Aug32 °C17 °C31 °C17 °C80 %92 mm134.4 h
    Sep32 °C17 °C31 °C18 °C81 %93 mm124.7 h
    Oct30 °C15 °C29 °C17 °C83 %157 mm154.3 h
    Nov30 °C17 °C29 °C17 °C84 %111 mm104.3 h
    Dec31 °C16 °C30 °C17 °C80 %58 mm66.1 h
    year33 °C10 °C30 °C17 °C81 %1231 mm1234.9 h

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing code: +57

    Telephone

    Most public telephones take phone cards, which you can buy in many shops and kiosks. Many internet cafés also have international phone booths, as well as Skype facilities.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with a few international mobile phone companies. Coverage is limited to urban areas. If your phone is unlocked, you can buy a Colombian SIM card from companies such as Comcel, which will make calls and texts a lot cheaper. You may need identification for this.

    Internet

    There are internet cafés in most towns and cities. Most hotels and hostels in bigger cities provide free Wi-Fi, and the connection is usually quite good.

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    Shopping in Bogotá
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    Key Areas

    The Colombian capital is becoming a hotbed of boutiques and designer stores, with the northern area (especially near the business centre) featuring lots of upmarket options. For clothing and handicrafts made by locals, there are numerous little shops in La Candelaria and downtown.

    Shopping Centres

    One of the largest malls in Colombia, Unicentro (Carrera 15 No 124-30) contains boutiques and artisan shops as well as international brands.

    Markets

    Probably the best flea market in Bogotá (there are several) is Mercado de Pulgas San Alejo (Carrera 7 No 24-70), a bustling site for second-hand books, old leather jackets, and other odds and ends.

    There’s a great arts and craft market, Pasaje Rivas, on Carrera 10 and Calle 10.

     

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Normal courtesies should be observed. It is customary to offer guests black Colombian coffee, well sugared, called tinto. Spanish style and culture can still be seen in parts of the country,

    although in Bogotá, North American attitudes and clothes are becoming prevalent. Casual clothes can be worn in most places; formal attire will be necessary for exclusive dining rooms and social functions. Smoking is allowed except where indicated.

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    Health

    Food & Drink

    All water should be regarded as being potentially contaminated outside major cities. Water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should have first been boiled or otherwise sterilised. Bottled water is widely available throughout the country however, including in rural towns, so you can always make sure you have some. Milk may be unpasteurised in places and should be boiled.

    Only eat well cooked meat and fish. When buying food from stalls or markets, try to ensure that the food has not been sitting there for a while, and is kept hot enough to kill germs. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled. There is an abundance of fruit available throughout Colombia, which includes pre-cut fruit put into bags and sold on beaches or from stalls in tourist areas. Buying whole fruit from the markets is both cheaper and more hygienic, and will help avoid contamination.

    Other Risks

    Vaccination against hepatitis B is sometimes recommended, especially for those spending long periods of time in Colombia or anyone who could have sexual relations with the local population. Hepatitis C occurs. Outbreaks of dengue fever sometimes occur, particularly in areas along the Caribbean coast and in the Chocó, Antioquia, Córdoba, Sucre, Bolivar and Atlántico departments.

    Take care when going from sea level to high altitude – if you’re sensitive to it, don’t go on any major hikes the first day you arrive in Bogotá. Allow several days to acclimatise to altitudes over 2,500m (8,200ft). Initial symptoms include headaches, breathlessness (especially when walking up hills), dizziness and nausea. This should pass within 72 hours.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Carlos Prof.Dr. Leal
    Calle 134 # 7B-83
    Office 1016
    Bogota DC
    Colombia
    Tel. +571-627-4466

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.

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