Bogotá is the strongly thumping heart and capital of Colombia, and it relishes this role. Art is everywhere; from the impressive grittiness of its graffiti, its many theatres and galleries, to its world-class museums such as the Gold, Botero, and National Museums. There are countless universities all over the city; one reason, perhaps, for the great steps forward Bogotá has been making recently.
This is a city of vibrant culture and broad contrasts; potentially overwhelming at first, but magical once it all comes together. Sail up Monserrate on a Bogotá tour, and witness a panaroma its founders could hardly have dreamed of. Bogotá’s colonial heritage is still on display in La Candelaria, the historical heart of the capital city, where fine museums, restaurants, grand churches, funky little bars and hostels are in abundance.
Compare this to Zona T; a glitzy area jam-packed with fancy-pants clubs, bars and shops all heaving with the city’s bright young things. Or to Chapinero, the spiritual home of Bogota’s hipsters, where you’re invited to do everything amazing before it’s cool in its many excellent bars and clubs. There’s also bohemian La Macarena, with its legion of great restaurants offering food from all around the world; and the village feel of Usaquen, with its fine dining and nifty crafts market.
Like all the great cities, though, if you travel to Bogotá you´ll find its true treasure to be its diverse and vibrant people. Bogotá is certainly a city going places, plural. Nobody really knows where these places are, but with their brash confidence, Bogatonos are doing their darnedest to make sure they’re nothing but good ones.Read more