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Mike Ceaser

I grew up in N. California, but also worked for several newspapers in the southern U.S. To improve my Spanish, I traveled to Chile, where I taught English, then to La Paz, Bolivia for several years, to Paraguay and then to Venezuela, where I covered Hugo Chavez's 'revolution' for foreign media. But I became disillusioned with chavismo and wanted to see Colombia, which did not receive the attention it deserved, so I came to Bogotá about six years ago. After three years, I started Bogotá Bike Tours.

Sunday in Simon Bolivar Park

Bogotá, at 2,600 meters above sea level, actually has a beach - here in Simon Bolivar Park.

Simon Bolivar Park, in northwest Bogotá, is the city's biggest park - larger even than New York's Central Park. Simon Bolivar Park, named after the leader of the revolution against Spain, actually consists of several smaller 'sub-parks', including Parque de los Novios (Lovers' Park), a library with a park around it, a sports park, the Botanical Gardens and Central Park (pictured here), the largest of them.

Simon Bolívar is the scene of many cultural events, including Salsa al Parque and Rock al Parque, which is the largest free musical event in Latin America. It lasts three days and attracts bands from all over the world.

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    juan carlos herrera escobar says #
    En lo personal felicito a la ciudad de bogota por el parque simon bolivar, donde se pueden realizar muchas actividades para compar...

Music in the Street

A family affair: This family from Cordoba are a common site in central Bogotá playing lively vallenato music. Their name: 'Alegria Vallenata.'

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    Mike says #
    Muchos dias salen bandas, pero no es muy predicible. Con más frecuencia los dias fines de semana y festivos. Mike...
  • Amanda
    Amanda says #
    Que tan frecuentemente tocan en esos lugares? Me encantaría ir a verlos!

The Human Seventh Ave.

Bogotá's Ave. Septima, normally clogged with traffic, noisy and polluted, looks like this these days - at least between 19th St. and 26th.

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Cycling in Suesca!

For lovers of outdoor sports, there's no better place than the town of Suesca, a few hours north of Bogotá. It's a great place for hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing. Perhaps best of all, you might be the only foreigner in town.

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