City of Bogota car free for one day.

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 capital of the Valle de Cauca

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

Distrito Graffiti

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

Visit Villavicencio from Bogota

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

Visit Transmicable

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

Bogota a Canvas for Urban Art

Urban art in Bogota, if you take a look in retro perspective you can see how different walls throughout the city have been filled with color through responsible urban art.  Urban art in Bogota already has a tradition. It is perhaps the most important element in the urban projects that have recently filled the city since it has allowed young people, who in many cases did not have an adequate medium of expression, to pass to be clandestine art to be considered  now true examples of cultural manifestations that contributes to the recovery of run down, underutilized areas and in the social transformation of neighborhoods or urban sectors. Often maintaining the underground atmosphere, and obscurity of their art by not being in the spot light themselves or by remaining anonymous. What for many may be a simple scratch on a wall, for young artists are tags, their signature or brand

La Guajira: The Real Touristic Story.

Nowadays touristically La Guajira is known for its space, desert and beaches and is a very interesting part of Colombia to visit. Because of it’s landscape, culture and ecology. It still doesn’t have a lot of tourist infrastructure. But this is where to go if you want to see a completely different Colombia . La Guajira is the most northern part of Colombia borders Venezuela, Aruba, and Curacao. It is situated on the Caribbean Coast. La Guajira is also one of the most inhospitable, dry and poor parts of Colombia . This peninsula the most eastern part of Colombia and South America was seen for the first time by an European in 1498 when Alonso de Ojeda sailed along the shores the peninsula. It was near the most Northern point of the peninsula very near to the place that is now called Bahia Honda (Deep Bay) on which Alonso de

Park Way

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

Be amazed at the birthday of Bogota.

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.

Visit the Tequendama Waterfall

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

Enjoy the Day of the Small Candles (Dia de las Velitas)

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

Sunday on the Bogota Fleamarket

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

Visit Paloquemao market

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

Visit the Gold Museum

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

Drink Chocolate Santafereño

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

From the Top in Bogota

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

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