Bogota is a city on the move. While once considered a site to avoid, Colombia's capital city has cleaned up its streets and is on the fast track to becoming one of the urban highlights of all of Latin America. This change of face is largely due to massive infrastructure projects, enhanced public security, and a city-wide neighborhood clean-up campaign. Now home to close to 8 million people, Bogota has become a thriving city with exciting opportunities for people of all ages and interests.
Rediscovering the history
Bogota's Historic Old Town, known locally as La Candelaria, is a graceful and carefully planned colonial city center located in the cultural heart of the city. Here, you'll find plenty of historic architecture, beautiful parks, and museums to tour. Stop by one of the plaza's small cafes for the neighborhood's signature drink, the Andean canelazo, a hot beverage made of sugarcane liquor, cinnamon, and panela sugar.
Bogota offers an exciting and varied nightlife that caters to both domestic and foreign tourists of all styles. This includes playing host to the continent's most famous Rock Festival and Ibereo-American Theater Festival, the world's largest performing arts festival. On any average night, head to the Zona Rosa and its surrounding neighborhoods to enjoy everything from cozy pubs serving handcrafted ales to trendy electronic dance clubs. During the day, Zona Rosa is considered the city's most exclusive shopping district, including hosting some of the world's most famed fashion icons such as Versace and Louis Vuitton.
In recent years, Bogota has revolutionized their transportation infrastructure to give priority to pedestrians, while also promoting efficient and environmentally sustainable practices. 69 percent of all trips within the city are done so by public transportation, and the success of this Mass Transit System has served as a model system for over 50 cities across the globe. Bogota has an impressive network of over 200 miles of corridors that are purposed exclusively for bicycles- making it the world's largest bicycle network. For those who do not own their own, free public bicycles are available for use in the downtown area.
Best time to visit
Having a tropical climate, travelers should avoid visiting Bogota in April and May when the city sees its highest amount of rainfall. Instead, go between December and March to enjoy the driest periods. During these periods, temperatures range from mid-40s to mid-60s degrees Fahrenheit.
Crowne Plaza Tequendama Bogota is conveniently located 10 kilometers to the airport, and has completed its renovation. The hotel offers guest premium amenities such as free high-speed Internet access for IHG Rewards Club Members. Shuttle service is available Monday to Friday every hour, has an ATM in the lobby and a Business Center.
Few Hotels in Bogota, Colombia can match our advantageous location. We are close to designer boutiques, the best restaurants, Park 93, Zona T, Zona G, three major shopping malls, as well as embassies and the heart of the business district.
Enjoyed the hillside views, a bit cramped bathroom requiring contortionist moves to close the door whilst inside, but very nice room and comfortable bed. No frills breakfast in the morning, no real[More]
room service, though the Myriam Camhi restaurant (a nice French Bistro vibe) downstairs is connected to the hotel.
Staff was very pleasant for a non-Spanish speaker and I hope to visit soon again. [Less]