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The sprawling capital of Colombia, Bogotá is a city with many faces, from the colourful colonial mansions of La Candelaria to the swanky rooftop bars of Parque 93. Often overlooked in favour of the warmer, lusher Medellín, Bogotá is one of the most under-rated cities in Colombia.
A visit to La Candelaria area is a must. Steeped in history, the old, colourful houses each have a story to tell.
How to Get to Bogotá, Colombia
Bogota’s El Dorado International Airport is one of the cheapest places to fly into South America from the USA or UK. It’s also extremely well connected internally, with frequent flights to every corner of Colombia.
The traffic in Bogotá isn’t fantastic, so for most locals the Transmilenio bus system is the best option. Buses can get cramped around rush hour though. Uber is not technically legal in Bogotá, but it still operates, with drivers requesting you sit in the front seat to avoid suspicion.
Where to Eat in Bogotá, Colombia at Night
La Cósmica // Juicy popcorn chicken marinated in different sauces in an uber hipster setting.
Al Agua Patos // Sweet or savoury toppings on fried bread.
Jimmy El Hambriento on Avenida Caracas with #45 // The best no-frills stuffed arepas in town.
Crepes & Waffles // With every topping you can think of!
Insurgentes // Swanky tacos with really cool vibes.
Tourists Places to See in Bogotá, Colombia at Night
Stroll around La Candelaria (but be aware of your surroundings!).
Play tejo, Colombia’s traditional game involving drinking beer and throwing lead disks at explosives.
Drink with the locals in a Bogotá Beer Company pub.
Late night shopping in Zona T.
Get introduced to some new friendly people (and take part in a free language exchange if you like) at Meeting House.
Watch locals spin to live salsa music in Café Gaira.
Follow your instincts when it comes to safety; Bogotá has a bad reputation, but as long as you’re in decent areas the usual safety precautions apply. Don’t flash your things, stick to well-lit areas and don’t leave drinks unattended.
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- Boston’s North End After 5:00 pm
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- Lisbon, Portugal After 5:00 pm
- Cape Town, South Africa After 5:00 pm
- Gdańsk, Poland After 5:00 pm