Bogota, Colombia

Colombia's capital is proving itself as a safe, friendly and insanely affordable tourist destination. We visited in September 2012. Here's a roundup of my favorite sites, restaurants and experiences.
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A mural on the wall of Andres DC in Bogota, Colombia. We debated whether to visit this potentially cheesy restaurant. I'm glad we did. We had a blast (from what I remember!) http://fromwayuphigh.com/andres-dc/

A mural on the wall of Andres DC in Bogota, Colombia. We debated whether to visit this potentially cheesy restaurant. I'm glad we did. We had a blast (from what I remember!) http://fromwayuphigh.com/andres-dc/

In the foreground is a shot of aguardiente, Colombia’s local liquor. Similar to Greece’s ouzo or Argentina’s fernet, the anise-flavored drink’s alcohol content hovers around 30%. In the background is Greg flipping through the 60-plus page menu at Andres DC, a Bogota institution.

In the foreground is a shot of aguardiente, Colombia’s local liquor. Similar to Greece’s ouzo or Argentina’s fernet, the anise-flavored drink’s alcohol content hovers around 30%. In the background is Greg flipping through the 60-plus page menu at Andres DC, a Bogota institution.

At the bottom of the Zipaquira salt cathedral, visitors will find a salty Creation of Adam monument, as well as the world’s largest underground cross.

At the bottom of the Zipaquira salt cathedral, visitors will find a salty Creation of Adam monument, as well as the world’s largest underground cross.

At the bottom of the Zipaquira salt cathedral, almost six stories below the ground, our guide convinced a staffer in a hard hat to turn on an LED show that was reportedly the biggest in the world, second only to the gaudy shows on the Las Vegas strip.

At the bottom of the Zipaquira salt cathedral, almost six stories below the ground, our guide convinced a staffer in a hard hat to turn on an LED show that was reportedly the biggest in the world, second only to the gaudy shows on the Las Vegas strip.

A manger scene made entirely from salt - yup, salt - at the Zipaquira Salt Cathedral.

A manger scene made entirely from salt - yup, salt - at the Zipaquira Salt Cathedral.

Eucalyptus and steel rods reinforced the entrance of the Zipaquira Salt Cathedral. A previous location of this sanctuary had been compromised by seismic activities and deemed unsafe.  But that’s not the best thing to think about as you leave the sunlight and walk into the earth.

Eucalyptus and steel rods reinforced the entrance of the Zipaquira Salt Cathedral. A previous location of this sanctuary had been compromised by seismic activities and deemed unsafe. But that’s not the best thing to think about as you leave the sunlight and walk into the earth.

A cross made from salt in front of a deep pit illuminated by purple light at the Zipaquira Salt Cathedral, about an hour away from Bogota, Colombia.

A cross made from salt in front of a deep pit illuminated by purple light at the Zipaquira Salt Cathedral, about an hour away from Bogota, Colombia.

Plaza Bolivar is an essential stop when visiting Bogota, even if you only stay long enough to toss some corn at the pigeons and pet a few llamas.

Plaza Bolivar is an essential stop when visiting Bogota, even if you only stay long enough to toss some corn at the pigeons and pet a few llamas.

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