Colombia: Some routes in “The land of coffee”

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Bogotá old city por robotsergio.

The risk is wanting to stay, says the promotional slogan, apart from the known conflicts. It’s hard to find in the world best hosts that Colombians. The country also has turquoise water beaches, forests, rainforests and cities such as Cartagena enviable. It is a vibrant and joyful, that can be enjoyed regardless of their conflicts.


In Bogota, the tourist circuit is very sophisticated, mostly for the business traveler, who is dominant. The northern area is the busiest, with its hotels, shops and pubs. Bogota is a huge city with more than eight million people. But it is easy to locate since the streets are numbered. Looking towards the hills, to the right is the South, where the numbering starts, and left the North. If one becomes disoriented simply must ask anyone in Colombia seems willing to let you lose, the effort of the surprising explanations.

As one has to call the hotel or taxi is no shortage of ways to communicate. Just look around to find a street stall that promotes cellular minutes by 200 or 300 pesos (about 20 cents). As an individual booths, many Bogotanos have “the Changuito” offer their own public phone calls. It’s easy to find: they hung posters or are in the corners, with one or more devices to use.

Barrio La Candelaria:

La Candelaria is the old town and political epicenter. Also a trip back in time for its colonial buildings with balconies, railings and shutters. And by history, of course. Bolivar Square is a symbol, like buildings like the Capitol and the Palace of Justice, or the Church of Our Lady of Mt. It is the most bohemian neighborhood and inviting, with steep streets, students at all hours and a dozen hostels.

la candelaria por Seracat.

A La Candelaria can be reached from the north, Avenue Bypass (taxi, 8 to $ 10), which borders the city on the hill, avoid the traffic and lets you see the green from Bogota, which is not low. It also agrees with the TransMilenio (public bus system), whose stations announce how much has to the next micro and offers combinations (there are still underground, but the project progresses). These buses have dedicated lanes, so as to avoid peak hour traffic jams, even in those times travel here is the least enjoyable. It costs about 80 cents and the precautions to be taken are the same as any other big city in the continent. To get to La Candelaria, one can get off at the Gold Museum

Gastronomy in Bogota:

If the diversity of the recipes are added capital of the world, talented chef and a lot of attention in the design of the premises, is guaranteed gourmet circuit. There are areas for eating well in Bogota. Some classic restaurants offer rumba after dinner. Others are much more sophisticated. In tourist areas prevails American meal.

Bandeja Paisa por cvander.


Night comes and you have to get out of rumba. Colombia would not be the same without her. A tour may begin in chic and peaceful areas like the T and G, where they drink and dance, but close early, or go into bars, as Escobar and Roses, in full Candelaria pharmaceutical decor (the place was a drugstore ) went to funk to house, and now it is fashionable, the space was small. There are popular areas, such as May 1, dominated the “perreo”. For if the electronic attracting crowds of salsa and vallenato remain as classics, is the reggaeton star in recent years, as throughout the region. Cheeky dance with marginal past and present widespread in Colombia has a privileged place in the evening of rumba.

_MG_1432 por lightripper.


Surrounded by more than ten kilometers of walls, is one of the most beautiful cities of the continent. Was declared Cultural Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO. It displays colorful colonial style houses, with very careful and internal fronts equally attractive. It is world famous for novels of Gabriel García Márquez. Stalked by pirates in the past, the permanent defense gave very particular identity. Every house, for example, has extensive gardens, designed for the day when going out was difficult and the families remained a long time indoors.

San Andres:

Turquoise waters, white sand, palm trees and stand calmly on this island, which is an archipelago with Providence and Santa Catalina, and several islets and sandbanks. In the village is dominated by balconies, some even made of wood, with large windows and fronts of various colors, although green, pastel blue and yellow predominate. With 13 miles long by 3 wide is two hours by plane from Bogotá. Lots of beach life and long nights suggests the island, full of foreigners.

Acuario, San Andres Isla, Colombia por Carlos Andres Segura.

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