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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Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira , Located in Zipa an small town an hour away from Bogota.   Learn more about this underground cathedral at http://fromwayuphigh.com/zipaquira/

Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira , Located in Zipa an small town an hour away from Bogota. Learn more about this underground cathedral at http://fromwayuphigh.com/zipaquira/

Cute street art in Bogota, Colombia.

Cute street art in Bogota, Colombia.

Arepa de Choclo. Street food in Colombia

Arepa de Choclo. Street food in Colombia

Every Sunday since the 1970s, Bogota shuts off its streets to traffic and opens them up to the people during an event called the ciclovia. More than one million bikers, pedestrians and roller bladers take over 60-plus miles of highway.  From 7 am to 2 pm, the city becomes a living gym.

Every Sunday since the 1970s, Bogota shuts off its streets to traffic and opens them up to the people during an event called the ciclovia. More than one million bikers, pedestrians and roller bladers take over 60-plus miles of highway. From 7 am to 2 pm, the city becomes a living gym.

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.

The neighborhood La Candelaria felt more historic than where we stayed in Zona Rosa. Still, we felt like we had to be on guard down here more than in the ritzy north.

The neighborhood La Candelaria felt more historic than where we stayed in Zona Rosa. Still, we felt like we had to be on guard down here more than in the ritzy north.

Colombia curiosity: Hot chocolate is served with cheese.  A chocolate completo is a cup of hot chocolate served with buttered bread and a triangle of mild white cheese. The cheese is meant to be shredded into your hot chocolate.  Cheese and chocolate. Two of my favorite things. It kinda works.

Colombia curiosity: Hot chocolate is served with cheese. A chocolate completo is a cup of hot chocolate served with buttered bread and a triangle of mild white cheese. The cheese is meant to be shredded into your hot chocolate. Cheese and chocolate. Two of my favorite things. It kinda works.

A sign marks the roads that are closed for Bogota’s Sunday ciclovia.

A sign marks the roads that are closed for Bogota’s Sunday ciclovia.

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.

Outside of Bogota, a drive through the Andes mountains provides amazing vistas. We took this shot on our way to Lake Guatavita.

Outside of Bogota, a drive through the Andes mountains provides amazing vistas. We took this shot on our way to Lake Guatavita.

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