About Bogotá

In the Heart of the Americas

5 hours away from New York City on a direct flight or 5 hours away from Buenos Aires on a direct flight makes Bogotá.

 

Bogotá’s Connectivity in facts:

  • More than 700 weekly international direct flights.
  • Direct Connection to more than 43 countries.
  • 32 airlines flight to Bogotá.
  • A brand new airport: El Dorado.
  • El Dorado International Airport is Colombia´s main connection center for domestic and international flights.

 

 

 

Airlines

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ABOUT BOGOTA

In less than a few hours, you may find yourself 180 meters underground (at the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira) and go at the top of a mountain (Monserrate) 3,200 meters above sea level.

 

General Facts:

  • Day average temperature 14°C (57°F)
  • Night average temperature 10°C (50°F)
  • Located in the Andean Mountain range at 2.640 meters above sea level
  • Population 7.6 million share of Colombia´s population: 16:
  • Pleasant all-year-round-spring-like-weather

Economy:

  • GDP: US$ 93.4 billions
  • GDP Per Capita: US$ 12.165
  • Share of Colombia´s international trade:30.3%
  • Share of national companies of medium and large companies: 54.1%
  • Unemployment rate: 10.1%
  • Named 4th City of the Future by Future by fDi Magazine

Culture:

  • Rock al Parque the largest free: Rock festival in Latin America and the third one worldwide
  • World book capital 2007
  • City Of Music: Member of the Creative Cities Network of UNESCO since 2012
  • Bibliored, comprises 21 establishments acroos the city visited by 4.3 million people per year
  • The Gold Museum holds the world´s largest exhibition of pre-columbian jewelry with more than 34.000 pieces and 25.000 items made out of ceramic, stone, shell, bone and textiles.
  • Iberoamerican Therater Festival the most important theater festival in Latin America, and one of the best in the world.

A green city:

  • “Ciclovias” – Ciclying routes are used by approximately 2 million people (about 30% of the population) on over 120 km of car-free streets
  • The city´s 20 districts contain over 5.016 parks
  • 344 km of network bike paths or “Ciclorutas”
  • Since year 2000 holds an annual car-free day to build a year-round culture of sustainable mobility
  • Fourteen wetlands are distributed throughout the city, totaling 675 hectares

 

 TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT IN BOGOTA

A city to live through your five senses. Its flavors are captivating and its scents, hypnotizing. Here, experiences are constructed through traditions, its people and its geography. We have thousands of stories to tell that will leave you wanting to come back for more. In addition to facilities for doing business, and organizing events and conventions, Bogotá has a wide choice of possibilities for local and foreign tourists.

Andrés Carne de Res:

This bar, restaurant and nightclub (among many other attributes), is considered the “sanctuary of rumba” in Bogotá. Its décor is full of anecdotes and typical elements.

 Museo del Oro - (Gold Museum):

The Gold Museum gathers more than 34,000 pieces of gold and 20,000 lithics, ceramics, textiles and precious stones belonging to the indigenous culture.

 Botero’s Museum and Mint House:

Its art collection was donated in the year 2,000 by world renown Colombian artist Fernando Botero.

 

Museo Nacional de Colombia - (Colombian National Museum):

The first in Colombia and one of the oldest in Latin America. It was declared as a national monument for its historic and architectural value. The building, which has a stone facade and an interior courtyard, was a prison for almost 72 years.

 Guatavita Lagoon:

The birthplace of the legend of “El Dorado”. Place were a sacred indigenous ceremony occurred centuries ego. Several gold pieces were found on its banks.

 Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira:

Built 80 meters underground, the cathedral is the country’s most famous Catholic sanctuary: each Station of the Cross is a magnificent work of art and engineering masterpiece. The underground sactuary most important in the world.

 Candelaria Historical Center:

Since the XVI century, when the first constructions were built there, it has been a political, administrative and religious center. Its steep streets still keep the names used during the centuries of Colonial rule.

 

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM (SITP)

Bogotá has a wide public transportation network you can access using the smart card TuLLAVE. The network includes:

 TRANSMILENIO 
Travelling by the Tranmilenio’s big, red buses is both straightforward and convenient. The extensive BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) network connects the city's neighborhoods via bus-only avenues located in the center of many of Bogotá’s main roads. With numerous, convenient stations along each route, all you need to ride is a Tullave card, which is valid across the entire network. TransMilenio stations at final stops are equipped with large bicycle parking facilities for cyclists using the system. 

 

URBAN BUSES 
Bogotá’s bus system integrates all buses circulating within the city. These buses move through the principal and secondary streets of the city, connecting all the fixed bus stations around Bogotá, creating a vast transportation network for visitors and locals alike. All buses are painted recognizable blue color and can be accessed the using the same TuLlave card used on the Tranmilenio network.

TU LLAVE CARD 
In order to access to Bogotá’s public transportation system, visitors will need to purchase a Tullave Smart card. Tullave is the only acceptable payment method for the network, however, cards can be purchased easily at all Tranmilenio stations and at convenience stores all across the city. Tullave cards are rechargeable and and multiple trips can be purchased in advance, making using public transport in Bogotá easy and efficient.

CYCLING

In Bogotá, around 2 million people (30% of the cities population) use bicycles as an alternate mode of transport. Despite its mountainous surrounds, Bogotá’s terrain is predominantly flat, and the cycling infrastructure of the city is excellent. Around 350km of bike paths – more than in any other Latin American city – radiate from the city centre, and progressive legislation has mandated that every new street built in Bogotá must include a bike lane, making cycling a quick and green alternative to automotive transport.

 

Taxis

Yellow taxis are a popular form of transport in Bogotá. The general rule of thumb is to call a taxi from a legitimate company rather than hailing one directly from the street. Hotels, restaurants and bars will be more than happy to call one for you if you do not have phone or internet service during your stay. There are also many helpful apps you can download to get a taxi wherever you are. Taxis only accept cash and the tariff is controled by taximeter system.

 

Car Rental

To rent a car you will need to reserve your car ahead of time by contacting any major car rental company. Most major rental companies have offices and services at El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá, and booking ahead of travel will mean that your car is ready for you when you arrive. Bogotá has imposed congestion restriction laws that bar cars with specific end-numbers on their license plates from driving in the city during certain times. Check with your selected car rental company about any driving restrictions that may apply.

 

EL DORADO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

El Dorado International Airport is Colombia's primary hub for domestic and international flights. El Dorado Airport has a four-star rating on Skytrax, and has received an award for the Best Airport Staff in South America.

 

VISAS

Country that Welcomes You 
Colombia welcomes foreigners from all over the world. Proof is that there are 96 countries that, according to the Foreign Affairs Ministry do not require VISA to visit our country.

Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Butan, Canada, Chile, Chipre, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Granada, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Holy See, Honduras, Hong Kong (SARGChina), Hungary, Indonesia,Irland, Island, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazajstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malasia. Malta, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zeland, Norway, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Rumania, Russia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the , Granadines, Salomon Islands, Samoa, San Marino, Santa Lucia, Singapur, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela.

These countries do no require visa to enter Colombia in possession of a valid United States of America visa or Schengen visa. Cambodia, India, Myanmar, Republic of China, Thailand and Vietnam.

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