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Usaquen

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

Carreras 6 and 6a and Calles 118 and 119 (Parque de Usaquen)

An upmarket part of town with a villagey feel. Plenty of good restaurants and a craft market

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Cerro de Monserrate

by Alex on Jan.17, 2010, under What to do in Bogotá

Viewpoint, church and restaurants in the mountains to the east of Bogotá

Access by cable car and funicular railway
Carrera 2 Este No. 21-48
(1) 284 5700

To call a landline from a mobile/cell in Colombia prefix the landline number with 03 followed by the region code. For Bogotá prefix with 031

Prices:
Mondays – Saturdays COP 14,000 until 17:30, COP 17,000 after 17:30
Sundays COP 8,000

Running times:
Funicular:
Monday – Saturday 07:45 – 23:45
Sundays and festivals 07:45 – 18:30

Cable car:
Monday – Saturday 12:00 – 00:00
Sundays 09:00 – 17:00

Take the cable car or funicular to the Cerro de Monseratte and see the spectacular views over Bogotá and/or dine at one of the two fine restaurants. The best time to go for views is a little while before sunset so as to see the city by day and by night. Not really worth the trip when cloudy…

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See their website here

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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…

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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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El Chorro de Quevedo

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

Colonial plaza
Calle 13 with Carrera 2a

A picturesque colonial square surrounded by restaurants and often the setting for street performances. Callejón del Embudo – funnel alley, that runs north from the square (Carrera 2 on the map), is home to many chicha bars, a corn-based beverage that must be tried as part of your visit to Colombia – don’t drink too much, it’s said to give quite the hangover!

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