Bogota car free! Is it possible to clean the air for one day in a city of 7,5 million? Bogota car free already has a tradition of 20 years, and in the coming years the city will be car free every first Thursday of February from 5 a. m. a 9 p.m. This year the 6th of February is car free. How can you move around? By bike , taxi, or bus or on foot under a bright blue sky. Almost 2 million cars and 500,000 scooters and motors will not hit the road today. Another free car day in Bogota. The mayor Claudia Lopez has announced that Bogota is going to be car free on the 22nd of September, the “world day without car“, as well.

Cali The capital of Valle del Cauca is Cali, whose official name is Santiago de Cali, also known as the “Sucursal de Cielo".  Which translated means branch of heaven on earth. Founded by Sebastián de Belalcázar in 1536, it is located on the Cordillera Occidental in a warm climate, adorned by the hills of Cristo Rey and Tres Cruces and San Antonio Hill. It is the third most important city in Colombia, after Bogota and Medellín. The warmth of its climate means it has a sunny and pleasant weather all year round, which is also reflected in its inhabitants, that are open to receive the visitors who come every day to this cosmopolitan city. Its culture is reflected in innumerable theaters, and delicious food that is  product of a cultural mix, and in Salsa music and dance. In this city innumerable salsa schools are established, which give the people of

Between October  25-31 2018 there was another Distrito Graffiti Bogota held in the city. A bit late to post this article, but don’t worry this event has been a yearly event since 2016 so there is a big chance next year it will be held too. It is held in an industrial area on the walls of the old soda factory of Postobon, close to the shopping centre “Outlet de Las Americas” and the Transmilenio station Avenida Americas-KR 53. The event had a budget of COP 200 million (around $70000) and 25 grafiti artist were invited, amongst them artists from outside Colombia, like Jaune  (Belgium), Whatisadam (Canada), Said dokins (Mexico), and  Uriginal (Spain) While the street artist from Barcelona el Pez was in the organization. Graffiti Hot Spot Bogota according to many is one of the richest cities of graffiti of Latin America, that is now promoted as urban street art by the

A tourist from outside Colombia will not soon have Villavicencio on his or her list. Villavicencio is a city that has always been more attractive for people from Bogota and visitors who want to go out for a weekend. Villavicencio deserves your visit, especially in the so-called “puentes” which means bridges and this is when Colombians have a three-day weekend, many Bogotanos make use of the opportunity to then go to Villavicencio. Three days gives you enough time to visit the city. The journey by car takes about two and a half hours. The journey goes down through the oriental cordillera which gives a beautiful view of the eastern plains, across several tunnels and bridges and which reach heights of 3500 meters. Reasons for the trip The reasons to make a plan for a  trip to Villavicencio is that the city lies much  lower than Bogota, this gives a warmer

Another idea is to visit the cable car (teleferico) in Bogota. Colombia has a long history in terms of cable cars.  This all started  with overhead cables to transport coffee. The first was built near Manizales with a length of 72 kilometers, in 1922 and was in use until 1961. Other known cable cars in the country are those of Medellin (2004) and the cable car to Monserrate (1953) in Bogota. A great idea is to visit transmicable cable car in Bogota. The newest cable car in Bogota is Transmicable. This project focuses on better integration of public transport in the city of Ciudad Bolivar.  An area characterized by low incomes, informal land ownership and social complexity. The construction of the cable car was completed in August 2018 and will  start operating in December 2018. Ciudad Bolivar is a city extension on the south side of the city. Families have been

Parkway is an atrractive neighbourhood in the west of Bogota . It lies in the Teusaquillo district. The neighbourhood (barrio) is planned with diagonals that followed the natural course of the arzbispo. The Austrian urban planner Karl Brunner planned Parkway in the thirties of the last century. At this time there was no architectural education at universities in Colombia. So architects and urban planners brought ideas from abroad. At the time most of Bogota was colonial and parts republican in and around the colonial centre with high poulation densities. Parkway is very different with the long park in its middle. That gives an urban green feel to the neighbourhood now. In sunny weekend the park is well used, with people picknicking and there are a lot of interesting small restaurants around the park. Restaurants that serve food from all over the world. It seems that this neighbourhoud with time will

The Birthday of Bogota takes place every year on  6 august and celebrates the unofficial birthday of the city  as well. On the 6th of august Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada took part of the territory of the Muiscas, in the name of the Spanish Crown. The Festival celebrates the diversity of the city, with music and dance in several places of the city . A colorful defile takes place on 7th avenue and there is a summer-festival in the Parque de Simon Bolivar.

For the Muiscas the Tequendama waterfall was a very important place. Archeological finds give evidence that Muiscas communities settled here since a long time. Legend tells that Bochicha the good god that learned the Muiscas  cultivate land, weave, make pottery, was called to help the Muiscas that suffered from a big flood that destroyed the Muisca lands. This was caused by the God Chibchacum, the protector of farmers. Bochica, who was a god figure with a large beard and golden scepter appeared on a rainbow. With the scepter he hit the rocks that freed the water from a lake that was already covering the savanna that streamed away though the opening Bochica created in this way creating the Tequendama falls. Bochica punished Chibchacum by ordering him to carry the earth on his shoulder every-time he gets tired the earth shakes. The Tequendama falls has since the nineteenth century attracted many travellers

The night of the small candles is the night before the Day of the Immaculate Conception and is one of the most traditional religious celebrations in Bogota. As a visitot you will not miss the many candles that the people put on the street. The day of the little candles is celebrated on the afternoon & eve before and starts with a firework-show from the top of the building of Colpatria that is one of the highest buildings of the city. On the night before the Immaculate Conception candles  are lit and it is also custom to hoist a white flag and hang up lanterns around the windows and entrances of the houses. There are different cultural events in museums and there have extended opening hours and special activities, if you are in town be prepared for a special evening or be surprised.   It is celebrated since 1854 when