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    Bogotá – a brief overview

    Bogotá, the capital of the Republic of Columbia, a city with a population of around 8 million, is situated on a plain in the Eastern Cordillera at about 2600 meters above sea level. The densely wooded slopes of Cerro Guadalupe and Cerro Montserrate rise up on the eastern outskirts of the city. Worn down by decades of guerrilla fighting and drug cartels, Bogotá set out to reinvent itself at the beginning of the 21st century – with some success. Poverty and crime may not have disappeared entirely, but the new transport network with high-speed buses, the Transmilenio, has worked wonders for traffic congestion in the center, and urban planning and security measures are also having an effect. Parts of the city center are safe, at least during the daytime. On Sundays, the main street, the Séptima, is closed to traffic to allow pedestrians to stroll in peace.

    Bogotá, the cultural and economic center of Columbia, is a vibrant city. Most of the city’s key historical sights are to be found in La Candelaria, the old colonial district, where the cathedral and Capitol are close to the monumental Plaza Bolivár. One of the city’s most popular attractions is the Museo de Oro, the gold museum, which houses magnificent artifacts made by pre-Columbian peoples. Boasting important archaeological sites, such as Tierradentro and San Agustín, the charming colonial architecture of Cartagena de Indias, Mompóx on the banks of Río Magdalena and the coffee fincas in Eje Cafetero, the coffee triangle, Bogotá is steadily becoming a popular destination on South America’s tourism map.

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    Looking across from Cerro Montserrate to Cerro Guadalupe, you can still just make out Santuario de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe chapel

    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
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    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
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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 (Wednesday, Friday and Sunday afternoon).

    Museo Botero

    Calle 11 No 4-41
    Bogotá
    Colombia
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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
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    Offering the best views of the sprawling metropolis that is Bogotá, this verdant peak is reached by funicular or cable car.

    Museo del Oro del Banco de la República

    Calle 16 Nr. 588
    Bogotá
    Colombia
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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
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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
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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
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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 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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    Population: 48.65 million (2016)

    Capital: Bogotá

    Language

    The official language is Spanish, though there are 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.

    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.

    Electricity

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

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2018 – December 2019 period.

    2018

    Año Nuevo (New Year’s Day): 1 January 2018
    Día de los Reyes Magos: 8 January 2018
    Día de San José (St Joseph’s Day): 19 March 2018
    Jueves Santo (Maundy Thursday): 29 March 2018
    Viernes Santo (Good Friday): 30 March 2018
    Domingo de Pascua (Easter Sunday): 1 April 2018
    Día del Trabajo (Labour Day): 1 May 2018
    La Ascensión del Señor (Ascension Day): 14 May 2018
    Corpus Christi (Corpus Christi): 4 June 2018
    El Sagrado Corazón de Jesús (Sacred Heart Day): 11 June 2018
    San Pedro y San Pablo (Feast of Saints Peter and Paul): 2 July 2018
    Grito de Independencia (Independence Day): 20 July 2018
    Batalla de Boyacá (Battle of Boyacá): 7 August 2018
    Asunción de la Virgen (Assumption Day): 20 August 2018
    Día de la Raza (Columbus Day): 15 October 2018
    Todos los Santos (All Saints’ Day): 5 November 2018
    Independencia de Cartagena (Independence of Cartagena City): 12 November 2018
    Inmaculada Concepción (Immaculate Conception): 8 December 2018
    Navidad (Christmas Day): 25 December 2018

    2019

    Año Nuevo (New Year’s Day): 1 January 2019
    Día de los Reyes Magos: 6 January 2019
    Día de San José (St Joseph’s Day): 25 March 2019
    Jueves Santo (Maundy Thursday): 18 April 2019
    Viernes Santo (Good Friday): 18 April 2019
    Domingo de Pascua (Easter Sunday): 21 April 2019
    Día del Trabajo (Labour Day): 1 May 2019
    La Ascensión del Señor (Ascension Day): 3 June 2019
    Corpus Christi (Corpus Christi): 24 June 2019
    El Sagrado Corazón de Jesús (Sacred Heart Day): 1 July 2019
    San Pedro y San Pablo (Feast of Saints Peter and Paul): 1 July 2019
    Grito de Independencia (Independence Day): 20 July 2019
    Batalla de Boyacá (Battle of Boyacá): 7 August 2019
    Asunción de la Virgen (Assumption Day): 20 August 2019
    Día de la Raza (Columbus Day): 14 October 2019
    Todos los Santos (All Saints’ Day): 4 November 2019
    Independencia de Cartagena (Independence of Cartagena City): 11 November 2019
    Inmaculada Concepción (Immaculate Conception): 8 December 2019
    Navidad (Christmas Day): 25 December 2019

    All information subject to change.

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    The Colombian capital, Bogotá, is currently experiencing the best period in its recent history. Business is booming, crime rates have fallen significantly and the historical old town, La Candelaria, is newly resplendent, with galleries, museums, bars and restaurants now thriving in its restored colonial buildings.

    So it’s high time to take a tour of the most attractive spots in the city of millions.

    9 a.m. – Breakfast overlooking Teatro Colón

    Hotel de la Opera
    Calle 10 No. 5-72
    Candelaria
    Bogotá
    Colombia
    Tel.: +57-1/336 20 66
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    A good dozen excellent hotels have set up in postcolonial buildings in La Candelaria, including the prestigious five-star Hotel de la Opera right next door to the Teatro Colón. The rooms offer every comfort, and from the roof terrace, visitors have a fine view over the old town. The hotel holds occasional cultural events on a delightful patio and has two restaurants (El Mirador and La Scala), which serve local and international fare.

    10 a.m. – Museo de la Esmaralda

    Calle 16 No. 6-66
    Edificio Avianca, Piso 23
    Bogotá
    Colombia
    Tel.: +57-1/482 78 90
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    It’s a roughly ten-minute walk to the Emerald Museum founded in 2008 by entrepreneur and collector Alberto Sepulveda. Thousands of emeralds of different size, purity and color worth millions of dollars in total are exhibited here. The museum provides information about how the precious stones are formed, how they are mined in Muzo, Chivor, Coscuez and Gachalá, and also how they have been used since the pre-Columbian era. Some of the precious stones are cut at the museum (closed Sundays).

    1 p.m. – Colombian Haute Cuisine

    Restaurante Leo
    Calle 27B No. 6-75
    Centro Internacional
    Bogotá
    Colombia
    Tel.: +57-1/286 70 91
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    Head north on Carrera 7 and you will first pass by Parque de la Independencia park with the planetarium before reaching the Leo restaurant located close to the National Museum after roughly 20 minutes. The Leo is Colombia’s culinary hotspot and a must for all gastro-tourists. For her menu, Chef Leonor Espinosa takes her inspiration from the different cultures and traditions of Colombia, blending Spanish, African and indigenous elements. Be sure to make a reservation. The Leo is closed on Sundays.

    3 p.m. – Museo Botero

    Museo Botero
    Calle 11 No. 4-41
    Bogotá
    Colombia
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    Heading back south again, we pay a visit to the Museo Botero, a museum named for the world-renowned painter and sculptor Fernando Botero, who donated 123 of his own works and 85 of various international artists to its collection. The artist’s signature style makes his works easily recognizable: All of the people featured in his pictures have chubby cheeks and bodies. Highlights include “Pareja Bailando” (Dancing Couple ) and “Monalisa” (1978), a caricature of the famous Da Vinci painting.

    5 p.m. – Around the Chorro de Quevedo

    El Gato Gris
    Carrera 1A No. 12b – 12
    Chorro de Quevedo
    Bogotá
    Colombia
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    According to legend, Bogotá was founded on the Chorro de Quevedo in 1538. Whether it’s true or not, this small square and the surrounding streets are certainly among the most attractive parts of the old town. The Chorro de Quevedo is a popular spot with students, artists and street entertainers, who sell souvenirs, perform tricks, drink beer and listen to music there. On narrow Calle del Embudo street, a number of bars serve chicha, the traditional, fermented maize beverage. For live music even in the afternoon, head for the Gato Gris bar.

    7 p.m. – Parque de la 93

    Bogotá Beer Company
    between Carrera 11A and Calle 93A und 94
    Bogotá
    Colombia
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    A taxi as far as the small Parque de la 93 park, so called for its location between 93th and 96th street, is the best way to get to the elegant north of the city. This is where the young, hip crowd gets together in its dozens of pubs, music bars and restaurants. One of the top hotspots is the pub belonging to the Bogotá Beer Company, which was founded in 1997 and today runs several bars in Bogotá and other Colombian cities. The El Corral (Carrera 13B- Calle 93A, elcorral.com), an offshoot of the excellent Hamburg-based restaurant chain, is well worth a visit.

    9 p.m.– Dinner at the Andrés Carne de Res

    Calle 3 No 11A-56
    Chia
    Colombia
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    The original Andrés Carne de Res (which translates roughly as: Andrés’ beef restaurant) is situated some 23 kilometers (14 miles) north of Bogotá in Chía, on the highway to Zipaquira. To be frank, the location is not ideal for the Andrés, which really is something special, a blend of Disneyland and steak house. The more reserved diner may prefer a different setting given that guests and staff often end up dancing wildly through the restaurant as the evening progresses. These days, the city also has a second Andrés, the Andrés D.C. (to be found at the El Retiro shopping mall) which also serves excellent meat meals on three floors.

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    Discover colorful Bogotá

    There are very few facades in the Colombian capital that are not plastered with graffiti. But there’s nothing defacing about the spray paintings here; they are art, reminiscent of the murales wall paintings of 1920s’s Mexico. Many artworks with social, political and historical subjects can be found in the streets of the historical old town, La Candelaria. To learn more about the artists, the meaning of the works and the history of the city, join the Bogotá Graffiti Tour (bogotagraffiti.com), which leaves the TransMilenio Las Aguas bus station near Parque de Los Periodistas twice a day.

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    Restaurants in Bogotá

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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 category: Luxurious

    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 category: Luxurious

    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 category: 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 category: 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 category: Budget

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

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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.

    NH Collection Bogotá WTC Royal

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

    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: Luxurious

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

    Tequendama Bogotá

    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.

    Casa Real 93

    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: Budget

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

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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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    Festival de la Chicha, el Maíz, la Vida y la Dicha

    November 4 – 5, 2018

    Location: Barrio La Perseverancia, Santa Fé, Bogotá

    This folklore festival in the Barrio La Perseverancia is all about chicha – the ancient beer that the Muisca Indians brew from corn – and about life and happiness. It is celebrated with music and dancing on the streets and, of course, copious amounts of chicha are consumed.

    Christmas fairs

    December 2018

    Venue: Various venues

    Despite being mainly a family affair, there are a few events taking place in Bogotá in December to celebrate Christmas. Over 60 artisans make up the feria artesanal navideña, which allows them to sell their wares in Candelaria (el Parque de Los Talentos). Many concerts are also held in churches during this period too.

    Rock al Parque

    August 2019
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    Venue: Simón Bolívar Metropolitan Park

    This huge, free festival leans on the heavy side of rock with a plethora of ska, punk, hardcore and metal groups turning things up to 11. Taking over the wonderful Simón Bolívar Metropolitan Park, expect acts from all over the world as well as a choice of food stalls.

    Bogotá Carnival

    5 – 6 August 2019

    Venue: Simón Bolívar Metropolitan Park

    For two days in August, the annual Bogotá Carnival brings the streets around Simón Bolívar Metropolitan Park to life with music, bright costumes and dancing. Aside from the main parade, there is folkloric theatre, storytelling, puppetry and art.

    Festival de Cine de Bogotá

    October 2019
    Website

    Location: various cinemas in Bogotá

    Held annually since 1984, the Bogotá film festival screens films from Colombia and international productions. Auteur films from Latin America compete, and there’s a prize for the best young filmmaker.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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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 Claro (claro.com.co), Movistar (movistar.com.co) and Tigo (tigo.com.co), 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. Free Internet access via Wi-Fi is possible in many busy tourist spots, too. When using public Wi-Fi networks, it is a wise precaution to ensure encryption of all passwords, credit card details and banking credentials entered. Use of a VPN app or security software to check the safety of a hotspot is recommended.

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    Shopping in Bogotá

    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 (unicentrobogota.com, 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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    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.

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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

    Prof.Dr. Leal, Carlos
    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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