This is Bogota
If you’re reading this article, then you’re already thinking of travelling to Bogota Colombia, so let me tell you why you’ve made the right choice.
Colombia has become a favorite destination for travel in the past couple years. Many people cannot believe the dramatic change that it has made in improving the country’s safety and wellbeing. What once used to be known worldwide as one of the most dangerous countries, many thanks to the drug lords, has now become a hidden Gem. Colombia initiated “Comunidad Segura” in 1995, and since then has picked itself up. The crime rates have drastically reduced; although you still must navigate yourself with care.
Now that it is much safer, the culture is truly starting to show. Colombians are hands-down the friendliest group of people I have ever met. They are always more than glad to help you out if you’re lost, or needing something. I’ve never seen someone be so happy to do a favor for a complete stranger! Maybe it’s the coffee… Nothing refreshes the soul like a fresh cup of tinto. Not to mention, Colombia is the 3rd largest coffee producer in the world. And for a good reason, it has the best soil for the best coffee!
Specifically the region of Cundinamarca, where Bogota is located in, is able to produce the richest coffee in all of Colombia. Naturally, that means the coffee in Bogota is top notch. And let me tell you that there is nothing better than an energizing cup of Colombian coffee, after going to what is called the Ciclovía, in Bogota. This buzzing city closes down about 122 kilometers of road every Sunday and holiday, and makes it available only to cyclists and general pedestrians. It’s really quite a beautiful thing to be in; to see so many people gathered, doing exercise, and just enjoying the day.
Aside from the Ciclovía, Bogota offers many other activities for the outdoorsy people, one of the favorite being climbing one of the many mountains and finding the waterfall hidden in the mountains. I easily spent 4 hours in the mountains, and never made it all the way to the top. There are also plenty of tours to choose from, many horseback riding activities, even sky diving! There are hundreds of parks scattered throughout Bogota, which always contain people, playing soccer, running, maybe just relaxing. The amazing thing is that Bogota is so huge, that there is always something; if you think of it, it’s there!
Bogota alone is a little over double the size of New York City, USA. The mere size of the city gives you at least one month of just walking around and exploring; not to mention it’s the capital of Colombia. It is the city of opportunity, and has become popular for doing business not just in Colombia, but other parts of the world. It is currently home to about 1,400 multinational companies. Bogotá has some of the best universities in all of Colombia, to the point where Colombians move to Bogotá to do their studies. Plus you wouldn’t believe the number of overseas students coming from all over the world!
Due to the wide range of opportunities to be found in Bogota, there’s an incredible mix of culture. It’s the only place you can go in Colombia to experience all the cultures at the same time. Paisas, people from Medellin, Caleños, from Cali, Costeños, from the coast, then of course your rolos, from Bogota. All these people come together, bringing their unique culture, to create a tasty mix of a lifestyle. All in all, it becomes a culture of happiness.
Colombia has recently picked up the slogan “The only risk is wanting to stay.” And I can promise you, this is an actual risk! I came to Bogota with the plan of only staying for 3 months, taking Spanish classes at Whee Institute, but I ended up moving here permanently! And in my opinion, nothing beats Bogota!