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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...

Green stones from Colombia, Bogotá's Emerald District


Colombia is known for its coffee, but it plays a much bigger role in the world emerald market, where it produces more than half of the stones - and some of the best ones.

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    Leigh Parsons says #
    Hi Mike, did you buy any emeralds on the street. If so were they good value.

Noche de las Velitas in La Candelaria


To me, one of Bogotá's prettiest and most touching traditions is the annual Noche de las Velitas, or Night of the Little Candles, which symbolically inaugurates the Christmas season. Bogotanos, particularly in La Candelaria, put lighted candles in doorways, windowsills and sidewalks.

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Gabo in La Candelaria


On the 30th anniversary of Gabriel García Marquéz's Nobel Prize for literature, it seems worthwhile to look at a little-know chapter in his life: his time in Bogotá's La Candelaria neighborhood.

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    ´Villa de leyva says #
    I love the old man "GaBo", thanks for him Colombia have the meening of magical realism. Nice pictures of de Bogotas down town...
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    I forgot the image of the building in 7 with Jimenez. The building (Colombiana de Tabaco) was destroyed in 1956-57 to build El Tie...

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 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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Independence Day on La Plaza del Chorro

Here are a few scenes from the celebration of Colombia's independence day, the 20 de Julio, on La Plaza del Chorro, in the historical La Candelaria neighborhood.

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    looks like a lot of fun, thanks for sharing ...

Couchsurfing in Bogota

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

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