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Located in the center of Colombia at an altitude of approximately 2,600 meters, Bogota enjoys an almost perfect climate with average temperatures varying from 9 to 23 degrees Celsius.
The city has a population of about 8 million and is divided into areas including the historic center La Candelaria, the downtown business district, and several modern and prosperous suburbs.
Bogota is the most popular destination in Colombia for businesspeople and tourists. Visitors can maximize their ability to have a trouble-free stay by remaining in upscale and tourist neighborhoods, and exercising the same judgement warranted in any large city.
Getting around is relatively easy and inexpensive thanks to the city’s innovative TransMilenio bus service. There are too many things to do and see in Bogota to list here, but among the highlights are the colonial style buildings of La Candelaria; the Gold Museum, with its unique collection of pre-Colombian gold work; the view from the Monserrate monastery, which overlooks the city; and the botanic gardens, which are like a miniature national park.
The Swiss Tourism Awards recognized Bogota in the Destinations to be Discovered category as an “enchanting city, full of contrasts and surprises.”
Experience a taste of Bogota and get acquainted with other conference attendees! Within walking distance from the conference hotel is a charming traditional Spanish square offering a variety of restaurants. A few recommendations include:
Casa Vieja: Traditional Colombian cuisine
· Website: casavieja.com.co/index.html
· Location: Cra. 6A # 117-35
· Phone: (+571) 2133246 / 6374820
La Mar: Peruvian cuisine
· Website: cebicherialamar.com.co/
· Location: Calle 119b #6-01, Cundinamarca
· Phone: (+571) 6292200 / 6292177
Amarti: Italian cuisine
· Website: amarti.com.co/
· Location: Calle 119 #6-24, Cundinamarca
· Phone: (+571) 2149017
80 Sillas: Latin fusion cuisine
· Website: 80sillas.com/
· Location: Calle 118 #6A-05
· Phone: (+571) 6447766
Colombia is known for quality leather, coffee and emeralds. Enjoy one of our recommended shopping centers:
Hacienda Santa Barbara mall
· Website: haciendasantabarbara.com.co/
· Location: Cra. 7 #115-72, Usaquén
Popular destinations in Bogota include:
Monserrate is a beautiful mountain that dominates the city center of Bogota. Enjoy pristine views, a church and a restaurant at the mountain’s summit.
· Location: Cra. 2 Este #21 - 48, Estación Funicular
Housing one of Latin America’s most important international art collections, this exquisite museum is also near other important landmarks in the city.
· Location: Calle 11 #4-41
Home to one of the most intact gold collections in South America, this museum also displays an impressive selection of other pre-Colombian metals.
· Location: Cra. 6 #15-88