Bogota is the capital of Colombia. It is the country's largest city and the third largest in South America. It is located in the South American Andes at 2640 metres (8,660 feet) above sea level giving rise to a cooler climate than its sub-tropical latitude would otherwise provide. While temperatures are consistent throughout the year, it rarely rises over 20 degrees Celsius (60F).
The city has a number of attractions that include the following:
Chapinero is the new downtown area of Bogota. It has modern office and residential buildings and shops, restaurants, cafes, and other atttractions.
El Salitre is the sport centre of Bogota. Located here is the football stadium, Olympic Water Complex, and venues for sports as diverse as basketball, bowling, track and field, tennis, and volleyball.
La Candelaria was the first suburb of Bogota. Constructed in the 1530s, Bogota grew around it. It still has great examples of colonial architecture as well as cobblestone streets and older homes. It is a university district and the present site of Colombia's government.
La Merced is a historic neighborhood resembling an upper class neigbourhood of London. The houses here were originally built by BP (Oil) to house executives and make them feel as much at home as possible. Today the houses are occupied by businesses, clubs, and universities.
La Macarena is a suburb built around the bullfight ring. There are great art galleries, cafes, and restaurants here.
Parque de la 93 is the premier area of the city for nightclubs, bars, and cafes.
Sante Fe is Bogota's CBD. Most of the city's skyscrapers are here as are a number of old colonial buildings. It also includes the mountains of Monserrate and Guadalupe where unhindered views of the city below can be had at the top. The cable car and/or gondola system to the top is popular with tourists.
San Victorino is the older centre of the city. It is jam packed with shops selling clothes, shoes, fabrics, and just about everything else at a bargain. A great place to get a suit made to measure.
Santa Barbara includes the 1665 Church of Santa Barbara and Square. Shopping areas are plenty here and include: Hacienda Santa Barbara, Unicentro Mall, and an outdoor market called Mercado de las Pulgas which sells national arts and crafts.
Usaquén is a northern district containing suburbs rich in colonial architecture, restaurants, and bars. It includes the famous suburb of Santa Barbara.