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Some years ago, before I had ever been to Cali, or anywhere else in Colombia, I flew into Bogotá to spend a week with a good friend. We stayed with her in-laws, who very graciously took it upon themselves to show the gringa, who had no clue what the hell was going on, around the capital. They took me to what you might call Bogotá's Greatest Hits—places that all tourists go the first time, and then seldom return to. I have been back to Bogotá many times since my first visit, and, other than frequent returns to the colonial Candelaria neighborhood, had not retraced those first steps until last month.

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    Emma says #
    I spent 8 weeks in Bogota and done all things you mentioned here and more. I loved it all, but one place that also should be recc...

@facehunter visited Tayrona & Bogotá to know why #ColombiaisMagicalRealism


It’s been more than two years since I started calling Bogotá home. After the initial excitement and honeymoon with the city, reality slowly but surely started to creep in. The pollution, the horrendous traffic, the overpriced beers in Parque 93… It felt a bit like I was no longer living in Colombia but just in another soulless megalopolis.

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    Chevereganga says #
    A visit up to la Calera for some horseback riding is an adventure.
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    ChiaRicaurte says #
    Despite the ups and downs of this city and the many problems most big cities have, Bogota certainly have something special. My fav...

La Recreovia, Working Out Together


La Recreovia is sort of La Ciclovia's little sister. During La Ciclovia, which happenings almost every Sunday and holiday, hundreds of people swing, jump and shake it up in mass aerobics classes held in the Parque Nacional and other location.

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El Pasaje Rivas: 120 Years of Colombianness!


The Pasaje Rivas, a central Bogotá market which offers the essence of Colombianness, commemorated its 120th anniversary this week. The L-shaped pasaje connects Carrera Decima to Calle 10, and is full of souvenirs, furniture, clothing and lots more. Its vendors are proud that the pasaje pioneered the retail trade in Bogotá.

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Central Bogotá's Neighborhoods


While Bogotá hasn't experienced waves of foreign immigration like many other Latin American capitals, the city's neighborhoods do have characteristic personalities, formed during the city's growth north and south from the historical center.

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The Churches of La Candelaria


With Christmas a few days away, it seems appropriate to highlight some of the old and not-so-old churches of the La Candelaria neighborhood, Bogotá's historical center. The churches are handsome, majestic and elaborate, and one doesn't have to be a believer, much less a Catholic, to appreciate their beauty.

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La Candelaria's Most Colorful Street

Calle 10, between City Hall and Carrera 10 may just be La Candelaria's and even Bogotá's most colorful block, with its sidewalk vendors, elegant (if decayed) historic buildings and small shops offering everything from esoterica to clothes to a cheap lunch.

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    Candelaria: riqueza cultural, un remolino de experiencias, estimula todos los sentidos y todos los días del año hay algo que hacer...

A Hidden Treasure: The Archivo de Bogotá

During my seven years in Bogotá, one point of reference for me has been the the city's official archive: El Archivo de Bogotá. The word archive conjures up images of grey people shuffling down rows of dusty shelfs weighed down with forgotten documents. And, for all I know, that may be accurate. But I've been interested in the Archive's often insightful exhibitions about odd and interesting bits of Colombian history and culture: writers, photographers and long-play record artists.

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    Que bueno que nos motives a conocer este lugar que se constituye memoria de la ciudad y posiblemente de la nación. ¡Es tan difícil...

Art in La Candelaria


While most of Bogotá's art galleries are located in the Zona Rosa and Macarena neighborhoods, the last few years more galleries have opened in La Candelaria, the city's historical center.

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The Top 10 Off the Beaten Track Things to Do in Bogota


Looking for different activities in Bogota? Then how about checking out some of the more obscure museums, markets, hikes and destinations in the Colombian capital?

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The Emerald Dealers' Corner


If you've passed the intersection of Carrera Septima and Jimenez Ave., you probably noticed the crowd of men standing on the sidewalk bunched into little groups.

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The Mysterious Green Men of La Candelaria


They've been called ghosts, memorials to the dead, even visiting extraterrestrials. They are the green men (and a few women) standing on rooftops and balconies in La Candelaria. They include a model, a shoeshiner, an acrobat, a musician (without his guitar) and others of unclear profession.

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The Storytellers of La Plaza del Chorro

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Visit La Plaza del Chorro in La Candelaria many afternoons and evenings when the universities are in session (and it's not raining) and you'll see a group of mostly young people gathered on the steps of the chapel, probably laughing. They're not watching television or playing with their Ipods, but enjoying one of the oldest forms of human entertainment - storytelling. It's a tradition here, which not only entertains, but also helps pay storytellers' way through college. See Diego, one of the best-known storytellers, tell a crazy tale here.

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First Impressions: Bogotá According to a Newcomer


We all know that Colombia is making huge strides forward, and today those of us here enjoy one of the most diverse, culturally rich countries in the world. For many, however, all they've ever seen is negative news coming out of the country (no matter how much positive press is being written right now). It has always interested me just what these people might think of Colombia should they experience it for themselves....

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Bogotá's Great Graffiti

Bogotá's colorful and opinionated graffiti - perhaps more appropriately called street art - turns plain and boring walls into canvases. Four prominent Bogotá graffiteros recently published a book called Calle Esos Ojos and created a website: www.BogotaStreetArt.com, to display their work.

Bogotá's Bullfighting Plaza

Bogotá's handsome, 80-year-old bullfighting plaza has been in the news recently, thanks to Mayor Gustavo Petro's decision to end the fiesta brava in Bogotá.

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How to play Tejo

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A winner! Note the iron disk in the middle of the clay pit. That's a balazo - maximum points!

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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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Usaquén and its Flea Market

Usaquén's colonial district has always been one of my favorite places in Bogotá, especially during the popular flea market held on every Sunday and holiday. In addition to the market, this area has several great restaurants, a large beautiful plaza, and a lot more history than you'd imagine.

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    Paige says #
    Go to Usaquen, on a market day, is most definitely on my list of things to do next time I am in Bogotá Thanks for the post!...
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    I picked up some beautiful traditional Colombian pottery at this flea market. A great way to spend the afternoon.

Couchsurfing in Bogota

My first impressions of Bogota, and Colombia, were shattered when Laura opened the door to her apartment.

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Should’ve Been there, Reflections on the 40th Vallenato Festival

In the background the famed Vallenato accordionist, Alfredo Gutierrez was hammering out a tune with his foot whilst held aloft on the shoulders of five of his band members.

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Chicaque Natural Park: A walk in the clouds

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There's a natural park just 30 minutes outside of Bogotá where you can enjoy one of Colombia's most beautiful ecosystems. It's called Chicaque and it was founded in 1990 thanks to private conservation efforts. The most suprising (and saddest) fact is that only 4% of Colombia's "Andean Cloud Forest", like this one, still exists. Over the years people have destroyed it to clear land for grazing and growing potatoes.

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    Diana Doing an 'Amazing Race' today in Seattle... Sure could use some of your Oatmeal banana Bars!!! Joe

Enjoying Colombia’s Fluvial Route 66

Gushing, unstoppable and intrinsically linked to the creation of this country, the Rio Magdalena, Colombia’s most famous river essentially divides the country in half and makes for a varied itinerary along a course cut through its Andean spine. I guess if I could I would pen my fluvial inspired version and compilation of stories in homage to Kerouac’s “On the Road”. 

Volunteering for ‘Un Techo para mi País – Colombia’

An unforgettable experience I’ve had in Colombia was volunteering for 'Un Techo para mi País - Colombia', an organization that sends volunteers into the poorer areas surrounding Bogota and throughout the country to help construct emergency housing and implement social programs into these communities. We had close to 800 volunteers building 100 new houses in the south of Bogota, helping numerous families in need on the weekend I was involved.  It wasn’t an easy weekend by any means but the feeling of achievement and the gratitude from the family I helped was definitely worth the hard work.

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    Hi, I am from Australia but lived in Colombia for 1 year. I heard about this program towards the end of my stay in Colombia and r...

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