London has portobellomarket, New York has the Hells Kitchen Fleamarket, Amsterdam the Waterloplein market& Antwerp the Vogeltjesmarkt (Birdsmarket) while Madrid has the El Rastro. Bogota every Sunday has two big fleamarkets: Mercado de las Pulgas San Alejo next to Independence Park at the Carrera 7 (La Septima) and the other is the Mercado de Las Pulgas in Usaquen, in the nothern part of the city. The fleamarket of the San Alejo is the oldest one of Bogota and started almost 30 years ago in the Candelaria on the small square of the  Chorro de Quevedo. Now the market has grown to 330 stands where furniture, antiques, LP’s , artwork , and other old and used objects from Bogota are being sold such as telephones, photographs and travelcases. Also handicraft is being sold, like linnen, stonework and products from the country side. The fleamarket of Usaquen exists more than 20 years

Paloquemao market is a lively farmersmarket near to the old centre of Bogota. The market gives  the sense of being outside the modern city of Bogota:  in a less organized popular market with the smell and images of fruit, vegetables, fish, flowers and handicrafts, like being in a popular neighborhood or in a village town on market day. This is one of the 21 markets to where farmers from towns around of Bogota come with their products. The first market used to be on the plaza bolivar on friday until 1863 when it was prohibited because of hygienic concerns. The life of the market hides the market building. The market hall was constructed in 1967  and designed by  Dicken Castro y Jacques Mosseri in a shape that can be described as an quarter of a circle, in which with diagonals different sectoral functions were separated. Only 70% of the original plan was developed. In 2013

The Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) just outside the old centre of Bogota is a place you should not skip when walking thorough town. Gold for many civilizations is a precious metal and used in different ways. The pre hispanic societies in Colombia had highly sophisticated works of gold & silver smithing that was offered to the gods. When the Spanish conquerers arrived gold was needed to sustain the empire. Not many people know it but El Dorado was a myth with its origins in Colombia, more exactly it is said that its origins are in the Lake of sophisticated not far from Bogota. The lake was attempted to be drained the early days of the Spanish conquest to reach the gold object thought to be at the bottom of it. Still this myth is alive and people think that there might be pre hispanic treasures of the bottom of

Although the cacao tree grows in the tropical zones of South America and the inside of the bean was known for its sweetness in South America the habit of drinking chocolate originates from Meso-America. The Maya and later Azects already knew and appreciated the delicious taste of the juice made from the mix of water, crushed cocoa beans, cornmeal, and water. The drink was seen as the  drink of the gods. The drink was bitter before the Spanish arrival. The sweet and warm drink as we know now has its origins after the arrival of  the Spanish and Portuguese on the continent that took sugarcanes with them, and decided to sweeten and heaten the drink up. Sugarcane was grown from the 15th century onward on large plantations in coastal areas of Brazil, Mexico, Colombia & Cuba until the nineteenth century.  Using mostly African slaves in the production. Warm chocolate was

When arriving in Bogota the eastern hills is something you cannot miss, that great green wall that gives a backdrop to this city of almost 8 million inhabitants that live on a height of 2600 meters above see-level. Two of the cities most famous landmarks are situated on top of these hills: Monserrate and Guadalupe . The first at an approximate height of 3,100 m.s.n.m., has a magnificent view over the city that is enjoyed by both Bogotanos and tourists who visit it daily, either with the cable car or steep train. Besides being a place of pilgrimage, it is also one of the great viewpoints of Bogota, where you can see its extension and many of its emblematic buildings. In the 17th century it began being a pilgrimage site, with the construction of a small hermitage that was demolished at the beginning of the 20th century to be replaced