Bogota is the capital city of Columbia. It is a colorful city with green (of its park and mountains; Monserrate and Guadalupe) and red (of its brick houses and buildings) dominating among other colors. Its architecture is a mix of modern and colonial styles. The city has breezy mountain peaks and cool urban areas.
Its cultural center La Candelaria is a historic district with preserved architecture from the colonial era, museums, literature, theatre, libraries plastic arts, three centuries old convents and churches along with bars and restaurants making the city Columbia’s beating heart. Bogota population consists of multi-ethnic groups that belong to various social, territorial and religious categories. Bogata’s citizens include people from coastal areas of Atlantic and Pacific oceans, the Andes, Amazonian jungles and other surrounding areas. The variety of diverse origins naturally gives birth to a broad range of festivals of music (salsa, rock, hip-hop and traditional Colombian rhythms). The city prides itself on six hundred location for live concerts.
The festivities are not limited to just music. They extend to other categories too such as:
Bogata’s art galleries, sculptures, paintings, photographs, performances of video arts and other new media outlets for digital expression make it an art-rich city and attract thousands of art lovers every year.
With a huge number of libraries and bookstores in the city, a great many book fairs are organized to offer poetry readings, magazines, new publications and even comics (both in paperback and digital formats).
With nearly 250 citywide screens (that play all latest releases) connect together to form a strong cinema circuit. The cinema festivals include Bogshorts, Bogota cinema festival, documentary cinema festivals and French cinema festival.
The city’s enriched history can be learned and enjoyed through a huge number of museums (displaying collectibles from archeological, religious, technological & modern exhibits), more than six hundred buildings (wonders of the colonial architecture) and house museums.
Here are a few places to get you started on exploring this wonderful city:
· Museo del Oro:
The biggest display of gold artifacts (exceeding 55,000) worldwide, displaying pre-Hispanic cultures, arts and tradition.
· Museo de Botero:
The distinct style of Fernando Botero’s art to portray subjects with large and fat features. His artwork is available for viewings in house museum.
· Cerro Monserrate:
More than 10,000 feet high from sea level, this mountain gives an outstanding view of the city from above.
· Bogota Graffiti Tour:
There is a whole area dedicated to the art of graffiti where young artists express their talents and add cultural value to their city.
· Andres Carne de Res:
It not like just any bar or restaurant as it can accommodate a seating for more than 2000 people at a time entertaining them with delicious foods and truly enjoy the city’s nightfall.
· La Candelaria:
The area depicting the city’s deep cultural and historic roots through museums, architecture wonders, vivid color, theatre, libraries and universities.
Bogota offers a wide range of foods to eat and is a meat-loving city, as many diets include some sort of meat (including lobsters, fish and other seafood) in them.
Light diets are included in breakfast such as fresh juices, bread, eggs, coffee, and chocolate. Lunch meals include a main dish, fish soup and some sweet dessert. Dinner meals are usually some sort of a snack and not too heavy.
The beautiful city posses many charms to fascinates travelers. It cultural traditions, historical influences, shopping attractions, enjoyable party places, festivities and calmness of nature. If you are a traveler, don’t miss out on this wonderful city.