Colombia at a glance
Bogotá, District Capital is the capital, and largest city, of Colombia. As of 2016, Bogotá and its metropolitan area had an estimated population of 9,854,722. Bogotá is the largest city (land area) in Colombia, and one of the biggest of Latin America. It figures among the thirty largest cities of the world and it is the third-highest capital city in South America at 8,612 ft above sea level. Bogotá has a rich history (see helpful links below) and has much to offer today’s visitor.
Interesting Tip: Bogotá is a Green city. Ciclovia (“Bike Path”)—Every Sunday and holiday Bogotá’s main streets are closed to car traffic from 7 am to 2 pm so that runners, skaters and bicyclists can take over the streets. This is a great opportunity to go for a long walk and see the city.
WHERE TO STAY
Many families traveling to Colombia have stayed in the beautiful La Fontana Estelar, located in a great area of Bogota. The La Fontana offers hotel rooms, as well as apartments for families visiting Colombia. For those adopting, the residence provides helpful services and facilities (e.g., cribs, laundry, cleaning services and some meals). Residences are located within walking distance from restaurants and shopping and often include Internet and cable.
Bogotá’s principal airport is El Dorado International Airport, west of the city’s downtown. A driver can be assigned to meet your flight and take you to your residence upon arrival. During your stay, there are many means of transportation, taxi being the most popular
WHAT TO DO
Bogotá has something for everyone. Some of the highlights are:
- Monserrate Sanctuary
- La Candelaria (The Historical District)
- Museums: Bogotá’s Gold Museum, Botero Museum , National Museum, Emerald Museum and The Children’s Museum
- Usaquen—a weekly flea market every Sunday where there is traditional food and shopping.
- An endless list of green parks (lots of playgrounds for children)
- Amusement parks (i.e., Salitre Magico or Mundo Aventura.
- Salt Cathedral
- Professional Soccer
- Parque Jaime Duque (Jaime Duque Park and Zoo)
- Shopping—Bogotá boasts many modern shopping malls, grocery stores, and baby boutiques (Major malls include, Unicentro, Andino, Santa Barbara, Titan Plaza and more)
- Day or overnight trips are also a great way to explore the areas surrounding the city of Bogota
WHAT TO EAT
Bogotá has something for everyone and for every budget. Take the opportunity to explore the city and discover some of its culinary food finds. Examples of restaurants frequented by our families include:
- Crepes and Waffles
- El Corral
- Sopas y Postres
- Juan Valdez Café
- Bogotá Beer Company
- Parque 93 (an area with lots of restaurants surrounding a lively city park)
- Club Colombia