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The first thing that you should know about Bogota is that while it sits near the equator, don't go there expecting it to be hot, balmy and tropical. That is because the city sits on the side of a mountain at some 8,860 feet in elevation, which means cool temperatures--even in summer. It is also a city of stark contrasts. Visitors to the city encounter century-old plazas and churches shadowed by towering skycrapers, peaceful tree-lined bicycle routes cut through by wild-traffic avenues. Most travelers opt to spend their time in or around historic La Candelaria, a pleasant quarter of cafés, churches and museums, also the home to the most affordable and charming hotels and restaurants.
Because of its high altitude, Bogotá never has to deal with the tropical temperatures and rains that its sea-level neighbors do. Colombia’s capital remains pleasantly cool, with temperatures mostly in the 60s (15°-21°C) all year, and although it’s best to travel during the dry season between December and March, if you pack wisely (umbrella, rain jacket, boots) you can visit at almost any time of year. A big draw for tourists is the Carnival of Bogota (August 5 - 6) when rains are light but the festivities are huge.
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New York City, New York State, USA

There are many sides to Bogotá, a sprawling city and the beating heart of Colombia. As long as you stay centrally located and avoid driving (this city is legendary for its horrendous traffic), you will enjoy its many facets, from the historic center of La Candelaria to the hip and trendy Zona Rosa. Despite its reputation for being unsafe, I found the city to be vibrant and comfortable at all hours of the day, although take precaution at night and keep an eye on your belongings. Bogota may not be the prettiest city at first sight, but dig around and you'll find plenty to love.

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Bogata is an international hub becoming an increasingly popular connection point between South American and the rest of the world.

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Stuttgart, Germany

intesting city, everthing is good to reach by bus, Shops and bars in every categoriy, for bigger supermarkets you need to go out of the center

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Melbourne, Florida

Located east of the Andes, Bogota is Colombia's capital and largest city with a population over around seven million. When I was there in 2009, I noticed that the sidewalks and streets were clean, and there seemed to be an armed soldier on just about every street. I loved the city, and would go back if given the chance.

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Bedford

I would recommend Bogota to anyone! It is a beautiful city with wonderful people and a comfortable climate. There are a variety of things to do and see in this city. While not required it is good to have a basic handle on Spanish before visiting as the majority of people don't speak english

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Foster City, California, USA

Bogota is very east coast like with brick color buildings and small town European architecture. A city situated on elevation over 8000 ft, full of life, history, culture, food and music!

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Bedford, New Hampshire, USA

The city is beautiful, surrounded by the Andes and full of culture, history, and awesome food. I felt safe everywhere we went, even at night. The best part, though, was the people. Everyone was extremely helpful, even in the less touristy areas.

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Cotati, California, USA

I like Bogota, it is a city that has a lot of culture. The best thing that makes Bogota is the poeple. I have never meet so many nice friendly people in such a large city in my life.

Bogota is very widespread and can be hard to get around. Do not worry, there is an abundance of cabs everywhere and a very convenient bus system that acts as the public transit "metro", beware during peak traffic times that it will be unbearable to get around as taxis won't take you and the wait at transmilenio will be unbearable and crowded.

Bogota is hard on vegetarians, I will admit that now, but amazing choice of foods, especially in the north in Parque 93 area. There is a lot of history to the east in Candeleria area. Macarena area is a great place to get some amazing food as well just a bit pricey and the food scene around Calle 85 is pricey but great. If you are a vegetarian there are many options in the places I mentioned. If you do not want to spend the extra money hit up a market (which are everywhere) and cook your own food.

There is just a lot to do in Bogota, a very modern city with very square like buildings but if you hit up the Candeleria section of Bogota you can explore some older architecture.

Getting outside of Bogota is a must, as there is so much nature and small pueblos worth visiting just outside of Bogota. You can take Portal Norte (north), Portal Sur,(south) Portal Suba (north west), or Portal 80 (west) to find busettas to your destination or take the Tranportation building for further trips.

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London, UK

If you're looking for graceful architecture and quaint piazzas, go to Rome. Bogota is having none of it. It is, however, a fascinating city with llamas (imported from Peru) walking the streets, cheap, delicious food, and its own heartfelt, caliente vibe. Creative, decadent nightlife adds to the fun: I went to probably the best Halloween party ever here in an abandoned warehouse. The music, costumes, and energy proved that what Bogota may lack in architectural charm, it makes up for in captivating humanity.

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Hi, I really recommend you visit Bogotá, it´s a beautiful and multicultural city, there are many things to do everydays, I suggest Golden Museum, Monserrate Mountain, emeral museum, Candelaria Neigboor.

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