Location: Andean region, in the eastern part of the mountains. Cundinamarca department. It occupies a sloping plain at the base of two mountains: Guadalupe and Monserrate.
Population: 8 million people
Area: 1.775 km2
Altitude: 2.640 M.S.N. (8.660 feet)
Weather: No seasons. Mid temperature of 14C/57F.
Rain seasons: march to May; September to November.
Airport: Eldorado and Puente aéreo
Transportation: buses, taxis, Transmilenio, internet apps, private cars.
Car restriction: pico y placa. What to wear? Layers, confortable shoes and a rain coat.
People from Bogotá are known as Bogotanos, rolos and cachacos, depending on who says it.
Said to have the best Spanish in the world
Bogotá is green all year round
The streets in Bogota have no names but numbers
There is a driving restriction for cars and taxis called “pico y placa”
Almost two thirds of Colombia’s tourism take place in Bogota
Bogotá is the bicycle capital of Latin America
More of Bogotá
A melting cultural pot: Art, music, architecture, gastronomy
Bogotá is a pluricultural and motley city. Cobbled streets of a colonial past merge with an unstoppable contemporary growth. A melting cultural pot that combines city and country perfectly.
The city is also known as the “Athens from South America” as back in the XIX century many poets and literary artists insisted in baptizing it with this name due to the great cultural production it had. Nowadays is home to many imperative museums such as the Gold Museum, Botero Museum and National Museum; astounding Libraries such as Luis Angel Arango and Virgilio Barco; Theaters, art galleries, workshops, universities and more compose the impressive academic offer the city has. Bogotá has many cultural venues including 58 museums, 62 art galleries, 33 library networks, 45 stage theaters, 75 sports and attraction parks, and over 150 national monuments.
The architecture of the city has many nuances. From the colonial houses and cobbled streets in the historic center and Usaquen, to the more modern buildings found in La Macarena where you will clearly observe the hand of the architect Rogelio Salmona. An English, French and Italian influence can be observed in the few households in Chapinero and Teusaquillo neighborhoods that today house mostly bars, restaurants, coffee shops and more.
Bogotá is a music lover’s dream city, events, concerts,venues, local bands, record stores, clubs, bars, karaokes, you name it we have it. The independent music scene is very predominant as well and many emerging bands and record labels develop here. A massive cultural appropriation and compromise is held by most of its citizens who follow and support the old and new artists.
A music genre that is worth mentioning is “carranga”, typical from the Andean region that is the result of a constant mixture and evolution of indigenous and colonial influences. Carranga is born in the mountains of Colombia, is the music of the country people from this area and it was born around the time where radio became more popular, the people from Boyacá took other rhythms to create this music with their own instruments and lyrics that mainly reflect their daily lives in a humoristic way. See Jorge Veloza for more information.
The mixture in terms of gastronomy is undeniable as well. Bogotá has the best gastronomic offer in the country, starting from the more than 40 market plazas it has, continuing with some amazing street food offer and finishing with the best mainstream and local restaurants that serve all tastes. The typical dishes of region are mostly influenced by soups, tubercles and stews. Some of the main dishes of the region are: “Fritanga”, that is served in all Colombia with differences between regions, in Bogotá and its surroundings is mostly served with chorizo, pork, beef, potatoes, plantain, arepa and “ají” or guacamole; Ajiaco, which is the most typical soup made of several types of potatoes, chicken and “guasca” a special herb that gives it a very nice taste. This plate is served with white rice, avocado, corn, capers and cream milk. Tamal, which also has its variations in all cities, people from Bogotá like to have it with a cup of hot cocoa. Here it mainly has corn base, pork, chicken and chickpeas. The most famous drinks are: hot cocoa, which here is made with whole milk, cinnamon and cloves; and “aguadepanela” made with sugarcane, both accompanied with cheese, one of the “weird” customs of “Bogotanos”.
Nature, countryside and charming towns
The city has several nearby sites that can combine perfectly with your city experience. Parks, botanical gardens, sport venues and more are available for locals and visitors who want to explore more. In the city you’ll be able to reach in a short time waterfalls, ecological corners and routes, lagoons, rock climbing sites, rivers, damps, birdwatching sanctuaries and more. Be amazed by the arts and crafts offers that the charming nearby towns have. Don’t miss Villa de Leyva, Raquirá, Guatavita, Zipaquirá, La calera, Monguí, Concunubá and more for a perfect indigenous, countryside, natural and magical experience.
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