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Dispatch from Bogota: La Candelaria

by Angela Maria Rojas First of all, get ready to have a great adventure, to meet people, to experience flavors, to feel scared, to feel free, to get lost…To experience all these things is to be in Bogota.

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by Angela Maria Rojas

First of all, get ready to have a great adventure, to meet people, to experience flavors, to feel scared, to feel free, to get lost…To experience all these things is to be in Bogota.

Colombian’s capital is a place to find a countless variety of experiences that you will never forget. One of them, simple but significant is walking around one of the oldest neighborhood in the city, La Candelaria. This small barrio is the cultural and historical heart of the city. It offers many places to visit, from one of the biggest libraries in Latin America to the most remote chichería.

Going for a walk will give you access to a real architectural and art gallery. All the streets exhibit an explosion of colors and decoration. Locks, doors and windows have all special designs. The cobblestone streets are laid upon the base of the mountains that create Bogota’s eastern border. This barrio witnessed several events that led our country on its journey to freedom. Probably, the most known piece of history is about a vase which was broken on Friday July 20th, 1810, and Colombia`s independence was proclaimed. Currently, the house where this took place is a museum and displays a lot of national treasures that document the country’s rich history.

Typical food is sold everywhere. If you would like to have a nice breakfast, you must visit “La Puerta Falsa” and get tamal, bread and chocolate. You can also go to El Envigadeño or La Sociedad restaurants to taste flavors from different regions of our country.

If you are lucky, you might catch a “manifestación” (Strike or demonstration) about anything (salaries, human rights, youth, studies) that gives you more insight into some aspects of our culture.

I could go on and tell a lot of more things about this neighborhood, but there is nothing better than you coming and seeing it for yourself. Our doors are open!

Bonus: You can end your visit in “El Chorro de Quevedo”, drinking a chicha while you are transported to a past age as people dressed in ruanas walks around with donkeys carrying their provisions as the life goes on.

From Bogota With Love.

Places to visit: La Casa del Florero, Casa de la Moneda, Palacio de San Carlos, Catedral Primada, Palacio de Justicia, El Capitolio, Observatorio Astronomico, Palacio de Nariño, Iglesia Santa Clara, Plaza de Bolivar

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