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Bogotá’s parks

by Alex on Jul.12, 2010, under What to do in Bogotá

There is plenty of green space in Bogotá

Parque del Centenario de la Independencia – Carrera 7 with Calle 26
A small park next to the planetarium, perfect for a break after taking a stroll up the 7th during the Ciclovia

Parque Simon Bolívar – between Avenida Calles 53 and 63 and Carreras 60 and Carrera 68
Massive park, well worth a stroll around. Take a picnic

Parque Nacional – Carrera 7 between Diagonal 36 and 39
Nice bit of green space about 30 mins walk north from La Candelaria. Free aerobics classes on Sundays and public holidays as part of the ciclovia

Find Bogotá parks on the map here

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Ciclovía – 70 miles of car-free streets

by Alex on Jan.16, 2010, under What to do in Bogotá

07:00 – 14:00 Sunday and festivals

On Sundays and festivals over 70 miles of Bogotá’s streets are closed to traffic between the hours of 07:00 and 14:00 for the ciclovía. Now a worldwide phenonomen, it is maintained that the ciclovía originated here in Bogotá. More than just a massive network of car-free cycling, running, rollerblading and walking, there are stations throughout the ciclovía at which you can take part in free dance and and aerobics classes. It is said that between 1.5 and 2 million Bogotanos take part in the ciclovía every week.

Click here to see a short film about the ciclovía and here for a map.

Hire bikes at Bici Café.

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Free guided tours of Bogotá’s historic centre

by Alex on Jan.16, 2010, under What to do in Bogotá

Tourist Information Office
South-west corner of Plaza de Bolívar
Carrera 8 with Calle 10

Free guided tours of Bogotá’s historic centre are given by tourist police (in Spanish) at 10:00 and 14:00 daily, well worth joining in even if you don’t speak the lingo – there will often people people who can translate and if not you still get to see all the cool stuff…

Find the Plaza de Bolívar Tourist Office on the map here

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La Casa de Mondea

by Alex on Jan.13, 2010, under What to do in Bogotá

Money Museum
Calle 11 No. 4-93
La Candelaria
Free entry
Closed Tuesdays

Opening times:
Monday to Saturday 09:00 – 19:00
Sundays and festivals 10:00 – 17:00

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Visit the Casa de Moneda website here

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Mercardo de Pulgas, La Candelaria

by Alex on Jan.11, 2010, under What to do in Bogotá

Flea market
Carrera 4 with Jiménez
La Candelaria

Sundays and public holidays

From old phones that probably don’t work to billiard balls. There is so much stuff here that will never, ever, get sold. A friend of mine loves this place for clothes and it’s certainly work a look

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Plaza de Bolívar

by Alex on Jan.11, 2010, under What to do in Bogotá

Central square of Bogotá’s old town

Plaza de Bolívar is surrounded by the cathedral, Palace of Justice, National Capitol and the Liévano building (the seat of Bogotá’s Mayor)

Free guided tours are given (in Spanish) by the tourist police at 10:00 and 14:00 daily

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Museo Botero

by Alex on Jan.11, 2010, under What to do in Bogotá

Botero Museum
Calle 11 No. 4-41
La Candelaria
Entrance free
Closed Tuesdays

Opening times:
Monday – Saturday 09:00 – 19:00
Sunday and holidays 10:00 – 17:00

123 works of Fernando Botero as well as 85 of international artists including Corot, Renoir, Bonnard, Dalí, Chagall, Beckmann, Delvaux, Giacometti, Picasso, Miró, Bacon y Moore housed in a beautiful colonial building

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Museo Del Oro

by Alex on Jan.11, 2010, under What to do in Bogotá

Gold Museum
North-east corner of Parque Santander
Carrera 5a and Calle 16
Closed on Mondays

Opening hours and fees:
Tuesday – Saturday 09:00 – 18:00, Entry 2,800 COP
Sunday 10:00 – 17:00, Entry free
Festival days 10:00 – 17:00, Entry 2,800 COP

This is a world class museum, well worth a visit

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Visit Gold Museum website here

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