About Bogotá:

Bogota, capital of Colombia, is a cosmopolitan city located 2,640 meters above sea level, on the western side of the commonly called “savannah”. According to the 2005 census, our capital has 7.8 million inhabitants, with a density of approximately 4,000 inhabitants per square kilometer. The city´s population is mainly Mestizo (Indigenous - European descendants). Bogota is the country`s largest economic center, representing approximately 25% of Colombia`s Commercial Gross Domestic Product. The main sources of economic development are concentrated in the manufacturing industry (approximately 20% of the GDP), real estate services (approximately 9%), financial services (approximately 8%), commerce (approximately 8%), higher education and government. The average temperature is 14 degrees Celsius, with two predominant climates: rain (April, May, June, July, September, October and November) and drought (December, January, February and March; August is a sunny and very windy month). Bogota is a city that offers countless alternatives to please everyone's preferences.

For general information on Bogotá see http://www.bogotaturismo.gov.co/en
 

Museums

  • Museo del Oro (Gold Museum): Recently restored, the Gold Museum is a “must” to visit. It displays one of the most important collections of pre-Hispanic metallurgy in the world.
  • Carrera 5, corner of Calle 16 on Parque de Santander (Santander´s Park). We recommend visiting its web page www.banrep.gov.co; in order to confirm opening hours, events and activities for the month.
  • Museo Nacional (National Museum): one of the oldest in America, houses the national history collection, as well as the independence and colonial history permanent exhibitions. The museum´s architecture, the “Panoptico”, complements the interesting visit. Centuries ago it functioned as the country`s most important penitentiary. Carrera 7 No. 28-66.
  • Casa Museo Quinta de Bolívar (Bolivar`s Estate Museum): Calle 20 No. 2-23 Este. This house was built towards 1800 and in 1820 it was offered to Simon Bolivar in gratitude for the independence victory. Bolivar inhabited the house until 1830. The Quinta was declared National Monument. Recently restored, it offers an interesting visit through its gardens and every day memories of Simon Bolivar´s life.
  • Jardin Botanico Jose Celestino Mutis (Jose Celestino Mutis Botanical Gardens): Carrera 66 A No. 56-84. Since 1955 it has been one of the most important research and Colombian flora conservation centers. It has, amongst others, outdoor plant nurseries and different warm weather and Andean forest environment, and many other botanic samples.
  • For a complete guide to Bogota`s museums, we recommend exploring at www.cybercol.com where you will find a directory with more than 50 links to Bogota´s museums. Also, at Ministry of Culture`s web site (www.mincultura.gov.co), you will find more detailed information on museums and cultural events in the city and in the rest of the country.

 
Art and Culture

  • Museo de Arte Moderno (Modern Art Museum): Calle 24 No. 6-00. In its 5,000 square meters, it constantly presents a complete exhibition of modern and contemporary art .Throughout the year national and foreign artists exhibit their art work in a rotational fashion.
  • Museo Botero (Botero Museum): Calle 11 No. 4-41. Houses the persona art collection donated to the country by renowned Colombian artist Master Fernando Botero. Exhibited are 85 art works from the most outstanding international artists and 123 of Botero art works in different techniques such as painting, drawing and sculpture. Free entrance.
  • Museo de Arte del Banco de la Republica (Central Bank`s Art Museum): Calle 11 No. 4-21. Since 2004 a new architectonic complex opened its doors to the public, integrating the two blocks of the Luis Angel Arango Library, located in the historical center of la Candelaria, between Calles 10 and 12 and Carreras 4 and 5. This museum consists of two big rooms that house temporary collections and part of the Banco de la Republica`s art collection.
  • Historical la Candelaria District: is the historical and cultural heart of the city. Since its beginnings Bogota`s commercial activity moved down hill and towards the north, allowing for the colonial architecture to be maintained almost intact. The area has attracted artists, writers and intellectuals, thus populating the area with theaters, libraries and universities.  Tourists and visitors can enjoy la Candelaria´s colonial houses, carved front doors, red tiled roofs and eaves. Other interesting places to visit are: Iglesia del Carmen (Our Lady of Carmen Sanctuary), Iglesia de San Agustin (San Agustin Church), Plaza de Bolivar (Bolivar Square), Casa del 20 de julio (20th of July Museum), Capitolio (the Capitol), Palacio de Justicia (the Supreme Court), Palacio Antonio Nariño sede de la Presidencia de la República (Antonio Nariño Palace home to the Colombian President), Palacio de San Carlos (San Carlos Palace, Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Casa de la Moneda (Mint), Museo Botero (Botero Museum), Catedral Primada (Primary Cathedral), Teatro de Colon (Colon Theater) and Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango(Luis Angel Arango Library). This area of the city has a student atmosphere. Many schools and universities have their main offices in this district. The most important are Los Andes University, La Salle University, El Rosario University, Jorge Tadeo Lozano University and Externado University of Colombia.
  • Teatro Colon de Bogota (Colon Theater of Bogota): is Colombia`s national theater. The neoclassic construction dates from 1885 and its facade is carved in stone. It is one of the most beautiful theaters in Latin America and has capacity for 900 people. Calle 10 between Carreras 5ª y 6ª.
  • Teatro de Bellas Artes of Bogota (Fine Arts Theater of Bogota): the most modern theater of the city offers concerts, operas and theatrical plays. Carrera 68 No 90-88.
  • Camarin del Carmen: this colonial construction that dates from 1655 is also located in the historical district of La Candelaria. At present, it is used as a theater, with capacity for 500 people.
  • Teatro Libre of Bogotá (Libre Theatre): It displays avant-garde art work and it has an important acting school. Carrera 11 No. 61-80.
  • Teatro Nacional (National Theater - Calle 71 No. 10-25) and National La Castellana Theater (Calle 95 No. 47-15): it offers a significant number of classical and modern theatrical plays. They are the promoters of the Theater Festival.

 
Restaurants
Today, gastronomy in Bogota includes every flavor in the world! During your visit to Bogota, whether you are able to close a business or not, visitors will surely be pleasantly surprised with the wide selection of innovative restaurants. The main areas are located in Usaquen, Zona G (Calles 70-67, Carreras 5 a la 7); Zona T (Calles 80-82, Carreras 11 to 13); the Candelaria and the International Center.
 
Our Recommended
 
  • Traditional Colombian Food: in a beautiful house located on the corner of Carrera 9 with Calle 82. We recommend trying all the delights from each corner of Colombia at the Club Colombia Restaurant. Tel 249 5681.
  • Harry `s Bar: located in the Zona G, has an extensive wine menu and exquisite and varied dishes, in a sophisticated and modern atmosphere. We recommend making previous reservations for lunch, as well as for dinner. Tel: 321 3940.
  • Astrid and Gaston, also in the Zona G, has the best offer of Peruvian food. Carrera 7 with Calle 66.
  • Craving a French Bistro atmosphere? Balzac is really one of the best restaurants in the city. In the corner where the Zona T begins, Carrera 13 with Calle 81, in front of the Andino Shopping Mall`s parking lot.
  • Triptico: with its traditional “Best Coast Cuisine”, is an ideal restaurant for having lunch and/or visiting at the end of the day during its “Happy Hour”. Located on Calle 69A No. 10-04, Parque Giordano Bruno in the Quinta Camacho neighborhood. Tel: 321 7307.
  • The Brasserie: delicious food and atmosphere for Thursday and Friday nights. Near the Zona T, at Carrera 12 with Calle 84. Tel: 257 6402 or 618 4577.
  • For Argentinean food lovers, El Porteño (Calle 70 No. 4-47) is an excellent option. Tel: 249 3900
  • For the best Chinese food in Bogota and a perfect “Feng Shui” atmosphere we recommend China Club, located in the Zona T, at the El Retiro shopping mall, 4th floor. Tel: 376 3595
  • Very good restaurants can also be found in Usaquen, It is worth trying “80 Sillas” Tel: 619 2471 and 619 2472 and “Café Amarti”, where delicious Italian food can be enjoyed. Tel: 214 9017.
  • Pajares Salinas is a traditional Spanish food restaurant located at the World Trade Center on Carrera 10 No. 96-08. Tel: 616 1524
  • Another option for Spanish food is “La Barra” on the corner of Calle 69 with Carrera 5ª.
  • Without a doubt a city “landmark” is “Andrés Carne de Res” Restaurant. For about 25 years it has been reinvented so many times that each visit is a new adventure. Its head office is in Chia (45 minutes north of Bogota) and as of the month of June it will open its doors in the Zona T of Bogota, in the El Retiro shopping mall and will be called Andrés D.C. (De Corazon - Of Heart). It is worth enjoying the best typical Colombian food, although in such an uncommon and special place, the exquisite food happens to be second place. Tourists say that if you did not go to “Andrés Carne de Res” while visiting Bogota, you were not in Bogota at all.


 
Night Life and Cultural Activities
Bogota offers many options when it comes to entertainment. Plan B (http://www.planb.com.co), Vive.in (http://www.vive.in) and Guía del Ocio (http://www.goguiadelocio.com.co/) have complete listings of galleries, shows, restaurants, bars and nightspots. Another useful source of information is the Bogota Institute of Tourism’s web page: http://www.bogotaturismo.gov.co.


 
Acomodation
  • Hotel Royal: World Trade Center:
    Calle 100 con Carrera 9a
    Tel (571) 657 8757


  • Hotel Bogotá Plaza:
    Calle 100 No. 18A-30 
    Tel (571) 632 2200


  • Radisson Royal:
    Calle 113 No. 7-07
    Tel (571) 657 8700


  • Celebrities Suites:
    Calle 74 A No. 10-11
    Tel (571) 621 3288


  • Lugano Cadena Imperial Suites:
    Calle 70 No. 7-62
    Tel (571) 313 113

 
 


Other information
 

Visiting Bogota

Visas

Many countries don’t require visas for stays in Colombia of less than 180 days for non-paid business activities. The following attachment lists nationalities exempted from entry visas:
 
 Nationalities that do not Require Visas - Invest in Bogota.pdf (32 Kb)

All other countries require a visa which can be obtained at a Colombian consulate. On the web page of the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (http://www.minrelext.gov.co) you can find a complete listing of consulates.
 

Leaving the Country
 

There are two exit taxes to be paid upon leaving the country:
 

  • An Exit Tax of US$21
  • An Airport Tax of US$30

If you have remained in the country for less than 180 days you are exempted from paying the exit tax.

 

Vaccinations

No vaccinations are required to travel to Bogota. However, in order to travel to certain regions in Colombia, a yellow fever vaccination may be required.
 
Arriving to Bogota

Once your plane lands and you disembark at the El Dorado International Airport you will pass through immigration, pick up your luggage and go through customs. Right after leaving customs you will find currency exchange windows where you can purchase Colombian pesos.
 
Transportation from the Airport

Once you have passed through customs, take the exit on the right hand side and proceed to the official taxi service booth. The attendant will provide you with a ticket that indicates how much you should pay the taxi-driver at your destination. Only take authorized taxis.
 
Getting Around

Bogota has a large fleet of yellow taxi cabs. All taxis should display a card that identifies the driver, taxi rates and should have a working taxi meter. We strongly recommend requesting taxis by phone (as opposed to hailing them in the street). Some reliable numbers to request taxis are: 211-1111, 311-1111, 411-1111 or 366-6666. When your taxi service is confirmed you will be given the license plate number of the car that will pick you up. Taxi drivers do not expect tips.

Some hotels provide car services, These cars are usually white and charge a bit more than ordinary yellow taxis. These cars may be contracted for a full day.

The TransMilenio is the Bogota rapid transit system and an inexpensive, efficient and safe transportation option. Consult their webpage for a system map and information: http://www.transmilenio.gov.co.
Emergencies

To report an emergency, dial 123. English speaking attendants may be available.
Hospitals

For an ambulance you can call the 123 emergency line or contact the following clinics directly:

Clínica del Country: 530-1350
Fundación Santa Fe de Bogotá: 214-6611
Fundación Clínica Shaio: 624-3211
Clínica Reina Sofía: 625-2111
Colombian Red Cross: 437-6335
Weather

Bogota enjoys a pleasant, spring-like climate year round. The average temperature in the city is 14°C (57°F) and the temperature can reach 22°C (72°F) around mid-day. At night temperatures can fall to 6 °C (43°F). Rain showers are frequent and unpredictable so it’s advisable to always carry an umbrella.
Communications

Mobile Phones

There are three cell phone operators in the country: Movistar, Comcel and Tigo. You can easily acquire a prepaid cell phone card at any cell phone outlet.

WI FI

Outside of your hotel you can find numerous WI-FI points around the city, especially in shopping centers and cafés.


 

Links of interest
  • Presidency of Colombia.                

Carrera 8 No. 7-26
www.presidencia.gov.co

  • Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism.

Calle 28 No. 13ª-15
www.mincomercio.gov.co

  • Central Bank (Banco de la Republica).                       

Carrera 7 No. 14-78    
www.banrep.gov.co

  • National Tax and Customs Office - DIAN.

Carrera 7ª No. 6-45    
www.dian.gov.co

  • Proexport.

www.proexport.com.co

  • National Colombian Statistics Administrative Department (DANE).

www.dane.gov.co

  • Invest in Bogotá

www.investinbogota.org

  • Colombia is Passion.

www.colombiaespasion.com

  • Yo creo en Colombia Foundation.

www.yocreoencolombia.com

  • National Competitivity System.

www.snc.gov.co

 

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