Bogota D.C. Colombia

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    Aug 18, 2011 6:36 PM GMT
    Going there tonight... advice pls!

    I like especially culture, history, sights, and folkloric music and dance, to give you an idea.... art is also great.... gay areas is good too

    CHEERS ^_^
  • roadbikeRob

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    Aug 18, 2011 9:54 PM GMT
    I have heard that Bogota is a beautiful, modern city and relatively mild in climate due to its high elevation. Never been to Bogota but would love to visit that city one of these days.
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    Aug 19, 2011 12:02 AM GMT
    I'm so jealous!
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    Aug 19, 2011 12:11 AM GMT
    I've spent the entire summer traveling to Bogota for work. It's a great city, you'll enjoy it. Zona T and the area around the Andino mall has a lot of restaurants and nightlife, but a touristy feel to it. Highly recommend you checkout Andres DC. I really enjoyed the Old Bogota (La Candelaria) and the art museums around there. I couldn't quickly find the name, but there is a great free gallery in that area. It's mentioned in this blog: http://www.gobackpacking.com/Blog/2009/02/03/bogota-living-%E2%80%93-la-candelaria-boteros-art-and-the-simpsons/
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    Aug 19, 2011 12:26 AM GMT
    I believe this is the museum:

    http://www.fodors.com/world/south-america/colombia/bogota/review-137643.html
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    Aug 22, 2011 5:03 AM GMT
    well thank you guys! IThis is my last night here and I must say I am completely sold on this country. I have checked out a few of the places you mentioned and you were correct in recomending them!

    Basically, Colombia is a tropical country partly in the mountains that slies between the west coast (pacific) and the east coast (or north, Caribbean) and has all of the advantages of each...

    Like the west coast, the people like organic foods, the outdoors, and a clean environment, making Bogota one of the cleanest cities Ive been to, bar Singapore, with lots of people walking, biking, hiking and climbing. eating fruit and healthy organic food all day ....

    Its east coast influence can be felt in the nightlife and culture, with lots of Latino music everywhere, hip clubs hopping till the early morning, and copious amounts of rum that are very easy to go down... adn the Caribben friendlyness can be felt as how easy it is to go out and meet people to party with even if you are strangers

    the country has a long history of highly civilised indiginous people, that traded in salt, metals, and mined the mountains.. they lived in complex and organised scocieties that brought forth great works of art, visible in impressive musems, and rich cultural history of civilisation, which can be felt in the peopleĀ“s treatment of foreigners, which has been more polite, civilised, humble and helpful than any city Ive ever been to, while keeping the 'chillness' so typical of the west coast and the 'friendly warmth' of the Caribbean, and a great work ethic with a mind for service that was some of the best Ive had...

    to give a small example, the second day I went to get a coffee at a local columbian version of 'starbucks', the girl at the counter immediately asked me if I wanted the same drink as the day before. this after having served me only once! More impressive than most places Ive been

    Now for the variety... as you go from the pacific surf to the atlantic Caribbean beaches and to the south, you can cross unique arid landscapes rivalling arizona, rainbow-coloured rivers and lakes (yes, its true) ... mountains with llamas and capped with snow, and follow the amazon river into the very jungle...

    Now Ive only just started with the capital, Bogota, which is a huge, clean, completely modern city with up to 10 million residents, high in the tropical mountains, giving it a super-agreeable year-round climate... Yet very spacious and green with few high rise buildings, but wide roads with lots of space..... the city in itself is worth just a weekend-trip... but seeing what the rest of the country has to offer, I am sure to be back and explore the rest of it, and would highly recommend it to anyone ;)

    Yes, Bogota is def a great city, and Colombia, a great great country...
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    Aug 22, 2011 5:13 AM GMT
    I lived in Bogota n Medellin, Colombia great place to visit the guys are very friendly. Where are u staying? Zone is a nice area. It's pretty safe in Bogota n so cheap. Have fun. Ask me questions regarding clubs n gym.
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    Aug 22, 2011 5:17 AM GMT
    Funny enough, Ive heard conflicting things about safety.... taxi drivers often say to avoid places, whereas the locals say they are fine if you do not go alone... I think its the same as back home then.. and the main problem is theft really... people snatching purses and all... and Ive seen and heard about that everywhere
  • Joeyphx444

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    Aug 22, 2011 5:18 AM GMT
    YAY Colombia!!

    Although I bet, just like any other country/city, that you should still be careful and not be in places you shouldn't be at the wrong times

    Other than that, everyone I know who has been to Colombia has said it is very nice and DEFINITELY not like how the media portrays it
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    Aug 22, 2011 5:19 AM GMT
    str8hardbody9 saidI lived in Bogota n Medellin, Colombia great place to visit the guys are very friendly. Where are u staying? Zone is a nice area. It's pretty safe in Bogota n so cheap. Have fun. Ask me questions regarding clubs n gym.


    Which Zone do you mean? Zona Rosa? Very nice, expensive too.. everything was the same as high end places elsewhere.... the country is pretty much equal in cost to most of the west even
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    Oct 03, 2011 2:39 AM GMT
    Yeah Bogota has a lot of beautiful places to visit!!! Usaquen also is a nice place full of nice restaurants!!!, also outside Bogota you can visit la Catedral de Sal the Zipaquira (A Cathedral built inside a salt mine!!) just about an hour away!!!. And the city if filled with museums!!


    Depending on what you want to do there are many choices and places and plans to do!! If you want let me know and I do my best to help you!!