Category: Reasons

How many days to spend in Bogota?

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Bogota is the cosmopolitan and dynamic capital of Colombia. Here you can meet people from all corners of Colombia, and a lot of foreigners too, but in spite of its multicultural, it has its own identity, a real historic heritage, great restaurants, excellent nightlife, and really unique touristy places. You need at least 3-4 days to enjoy it, and 2 days as a minimum.

  • People get always surprised for the immensity of Bogotá and its beautiful green thanks to its mountains
  • Most international flights, especially the European flights, arrive at Bogotá, so don’t hesitate to discover this beautiful city
  • If you arrive from the USA or Canada there are more options to arrive at other small cities in Colombia, but try to no skip Bogota, it would surprise you.

The recommendation is to stay a minimum of 2 days in Bogotá:

  • day and must places: La Candelaria and the Historic Center, and enjoy lunch at the top of the Monserrate Hill with a great view of the city. Here is where the colorful colonial buildings stands next to contemporary street art, visit the Gold Museum with its great collection of more than 30,000 pieces of pre-Hispanic gold artefacts. You can also enjoy La Candelaria and the Historic Center in a Bike Tour.
  • Day: Paloquemao Market and Salt Cathedral.

The tour to the Paloquemao Market is a gastronomy experience selected as one of the 20 of the best food tours around the world by The Guardian, Paloquemao Market: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019/jun/26/20-best-food-tours-around-world-lisbon-lima-havana-hanoi

The marvelous Salt Cathedral is located about 600 feet underground, in a former salt mine in Zipaquira town. The cathedral is an architectural wonder, built in the caverns and tunnels left behind by miners, who extracted millions of tons of rock salt starting two centuries ago.

Any day, try to enjoy Andres DC Restaurant or Andres Carne de Res Chía. Unique decor that captures in every detail, culture and Colombian traditions. The environment is full of color, magic, music, and surprises. This place will immerse you in the authentic details of the Colombian cuisine and its way of life.

If you have extra days, you can enjoy the next following activities:

  • Villa de Leyva, is a Village out of a Straight Out of a Fairy Tale. Streets paved in stone and white, it is located 3 hours by land north of Bogotá and all the visitors feel charmed at every street corner. You can enjoy this activity on a full day, or you can spend one night in this magical town and on the way back you can enjoy another beautiful and artisan village called Raquira.
  • Colombian Chocolates Tasting
  • Full day in a Coffee Adventure
  • Best restaurants in Colombia
  • Graffiti and Urban Art Tour
  • Natural Park Chingaza: It is a magnificent cloud forest perfect for birdwatching, eco-treks, camping and lodgings on the top of a tree, a very unique natural reserve taken care of by sloths.

5 reasons why it’s not dangerous to travel to Colombia

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Colombia has been reborn from years of conflict due to narcoterrorism and illegal militias. Colombia stands firmly in search of new economies such as tourism.

That is why we can see that during 2010 we received 2.6 million foreign tourists, but in 2018 we received 6.5 million foreign tourists. This represents an increase of 150% in less than 10 years.

Here are 5 reasons why it’s not dangerous to travel to Colombia:

  1. Peace Agreements between the Colombian Government and the FARC

In 2016, the Colombian Government and FARC (Extreme insurgent and terrorist organization in Colombia) signed peace agreements ending a 50-year conflict. Because of this agreement, President Juan Manuel Santos received the Nobel Peace Prize that same year.

  1. International recognition of the tourism sector of Colombia

  • The New York Times included Colombia in its famous list “52 Places to go in 2018”, as one of the places to visit, highlighting its hotels, natural paradises, biodiversity, and treasures.
  • In 2017, Lonely Planet awarded Colombia second place in their ‘Best in Travel 2017: Top 10 countries’ article.
  • Trip Advisor included the Gold Museum in Bogota as one of the 25 best museums in the world.
  • The World Travel Awards recognized Colombia as the best tourist destination in South America for the LGBT Community. In addition, Cartagena won as the tourist destination of South America for honeymoons.
  • TIME Magazine included two Colombian restaurants among the 100 best restaurants in the world. Leo, by chef Leonor Espinosa, and the “Interno”, in San Diego Cartagena prison.
  • Colombia is the champion of eBird’s Global Big Day (A bird spotting event to support conservation) with 1,546 species of registered birds, Colombia is called “The country of the birds” because it has the greatest diversity of birds in the world.
  1. Foreign investment

  • Many investors believe in Colombia as a nation with great growth potential for their businesses in the region. That is why multinational companies such as Amazon, Mercedes Benz, Furukawa, Stanley Black & Decker, and Johnson & Johnson have decided to set up their business in Colombia, due to its strategic geographical location, quality workforce, favorable commercial environment, access to diversity and growing markets.
  1. Colombians love tourists

  • The rise of tourism to Colombia has allowed a whole country to rise and smile with the heart to whoever decides to visit our lands. We, Colombians are passionate about helping and making our culture known, so you will always find someone who will give you help, guide you and show you the best of our roots. In addition, we love if you travel with your family as well.
  1. Health services, vaccines, and water

  • Colombia has one of the best health systems in all of America, has state-of-the-art hospitals, medical standards are quite rigorous, affordable and have a high quality of care.
  • The vaccinations you need depend on the places you go to visit, but basically, you do not need any unless you visit the Amazon region.
  • You do not have to worry about loading your water bottle, the water in Colombia is completely drinkable and you can take it directly from the faucet.

Many travelers and investors have believed in Colombia, now it is time for you to discover why millions of people want to discover this magical destination.

We invite you to be part of a new magical experience in which the geographical diversity, human warmth, wide cultural offer full of flavors, aromas, and sounds are at the forefront of your experience; And it’s further proof that the advances in infrastructure and the increase in foreign investment put Colombia in the sights of the world.

In addition, the country has things for all tastes: from beautiful beaches such as the Tayrona National Park, to heritage villages such as Barichara and magical places like Caño Cristales, the most beautiful river in the world. Passing through the mountains of the three mountain ranges and the charm of the landscape make it worth knowing every corner of the country.

There are still many problems to solve and you should still take the necessary precautions should have when traveling anywhere in the world. But, that should not stop you from having an amazing and magical travel experience in Colombia.