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South America´s Next
Capital Of Cool: Bogota

Forbes, by Ann Abel

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Posted By:PageTurner, 4/30/2014 2:49:51 PM

When my guide picked me up at the airport, she told me Bogota is a business city, not a tourist city. While she was an enthusiastic host and seemed to know everything else about her hometown, I had to disagree with her on this one. No, the energy in Bogota doesn’t revolve around foreign visitors, and no, the city doesn’t immediately seduce like Cartagena or Cusco. It’s a busy, modern metropolis of some 8 million people who do business there. Many of them also shop in stylish boutiques and eat very well. There are no “tourist places” in town; it’s all

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Eat it, Brazil. Bogota is cool, indeed. Colombia is IT!

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Butch, 4/30/2014 4:21:17 PM     (No. 9831323)

I wouldn´t say that Bogotá is as safe as most big cities; it´s a very dangerous city. I love Bogotá, but even the locals constantly caution you to be extremely careful at any time day or night in most neighbothoods. You´ll see bars on the windows of third-floor balconies - I´m told the burglars are very resourceful. Last time I visited, the taxi driver at the airport assured me that when you take a licensed cab from the airport, you don´t have to worry about getting robbed at gunpoint. Be careful where and how you get a taxi!

The writer doesn´t mention the city´s altitude (8600 feet). She focuses mostly on what´s hip and cool, without mentioning the city´s cool, rainy weather (take an umbrella and a sweater, year-round). Sure, there are the well-to-do enjoying the hip boutiques and hotels, but most residents live distinctly modest lives.

Candelaria is fun, but it seems pretty touristy to me. And don´t forget the botanical garden; it´s huge and very nice, and it costs only $1.60.

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