01 June 2016

4 Reasons Americans Should Book It to Bogotá

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What do Americans associate with the word “Colombia?” Whether it’s coffee, cocaine or Shakira, the truth is many Americans don’t know much about this country.

Let’s start with the basics—Bogotá is Colombia’s capital and largest city. It sits more than 8,600 feet above sea level, which means you’ll probably be huffing and puffing for the first couple of days of your visit because of the high altitude. Bogotá is a unique and fascinating city that should not be missed. Here are five reasons every American should visit Bogotá, Colombia: 

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Bogotá is Cheap

It takes about 3,000 Colombian pesos to equal 1 U.S. dollar, so the exchange rate definitely works to the American traveler’s advantage. Whether you opt to stay in Bogotá’s hostels or hotels, accommodations are going to be a lot cheaper than vacationing in the United States. To give you some perspective, you can get a traditional Colombian lunch that includes soup, potatoes, rice, meat and juice for around 10,000 COP or about $3.30. Buying a whole mango on the street already cut and ready to eat will only set you back about 65 cents. If you plan to do something else besides just stuffing your face during your trip to Bogotá, most of the museums located in the charming historic district are absolutely free.

Bogotá is Safer Than You Think

It’s no secret that Colombia use to be a very dangerous place. Between the car bombings, drug trafficking and kidnappings, it’s no wonder Colombia wasn’t a hot vacation destination for Americans and people from other countries in the 80s and 90s. But safety in Bogotá has significantly improved over the past few decades. On the weekends, Colombians can be spotted walking around the bar district even in the wee hours of the morning without problems. There is also a heavy police presence in Bogotá and it’s common to see officers occupying street corners and bus stations, especially in the more popular areas.

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There’s a Variety of Activities to Do in Bogotá

If variety is the spice of life, consider Bogotá to be super spicy. Whether you are a parent traveling with young children, museum junkies, bird lovers or shopaholics, Bogotá has enough activities to keep everyone entertained. On a typical vacation to Bogotá, you can quietly shuffle through the free museums in the beautiful La Candelaria area by day, then dance the night way in one of the many clubs and bars that blast typical Latin music and the top 40 songs you’re probably use to hearing on the radio during your ride to work.

It’s Not a Tourist Trap

If you travel often, you’ve probably been to some destinations that seem so tranquil or authentic in pictures, but are overflowing with tourists once you actually arrive. It’s disappointing when there’s some dad from Wisconsin wearing socks and flip flops in all of your pictures because you can’t get enough space to snap few good shots. Bogotá is not like that at all. Sure, you will probably spot other tourists walking down the street, especially in the historic areas, but there aren’t so many foreigners flocking to this city that it loses its feel of authenticity.

Chances are, you only get two weeks of vacation every year. So instead of booking a domestic flight, try a trip off the beaten path. Plan a vacation to Bogotá, Colombia. 

 

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 Anneliese Delgado

About the author:

Anneliese Delgado is an American writer living in Bogotá. Her mother is from the United States and her father is from Venezuela, giving her the unique opportunity to blend in on the streets of Colombia, while still viewing the country from the eyes of an outsider. When she’s not writing, she’s playing soccer, wandering around stores with no intention on buying anything and binge-watching Netflix. You can read more about her adventures on her blog at abroadincolombia.com.

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