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 Series (First Colombian wonder)Bogota in Colombia. Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira , Located in Zipa a small town an hour away from Bogota.

Cute street art in Bogota, Colombia.

Cute street art in Bogota, Colombia. Street Art by French artist Oakoak street art

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 the streets of Bogota are closed to traffic. During the city's weekly ciclovia, more than a million pedestrians take over the highways.

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, Colombia, even if you only stay long enough to toss some corn at the pigeons and pet a llama.

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.

Llamas, pigeons and history in Plaza Bolivar, Bogota - From Way Up High

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

Every Sunday the streets of Bogota are closed to traffic. During the city's weekly ciclovia, more than a million pedestrians take over the highways.

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.

How the Zipaquira Salt Cathedral Surprised Me - From Way Up High

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

Exploring Lake Guatavita, a crater lake near Bogota, Colombia, where ancient tribes worshiped the goddess of water.

A video from Bogota's ciclovia. Every Sunday, 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 the streets of Bogota are closed to traffic. During the city's weekly ciclovia, more than a million pedestrians take over the highways.

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.

The Zipaquira Salt Cathedral may sound like a hokey tourist stop, but visitors will find a solemn site designed for the devout.

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.

How the Zipaquira Salt Cathedral Surprised Me - From Way Up High

The famous cathedral in Bogota, Colombia’s Plaza Bolivar.

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

More scenery from the drive to Lake Guatavita. So it turns out the Colombian countryside is amazing!

Exploring Lake Guatavita, a crater lake near Bogota, Colombia, where ancient tribes worshiped the goddess of water.

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.

Andres DC is a Bogota institution. Brace yourself for an entertaining dinner accompanied by very large shots of aguardiente, Colombia’s local liquor.

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