I have lived in Bogotá for 4 years off and on. I love the place. It has a lot to offer. When it comes to nightlife people will always suggest zona t
, it is the center a of lot nightlife but mostly for business people due to it's location. If you are there for a Tuesday night check out La villa
at La Villa. A language exchange where you can get the skinny from locals. Otherwise there is also a lot of nightlife in the same area of Calle 85 It is mostly a lot of drinking especially with the The Shots Bar Pizzeria
that has a shot with 7 drinks in it. I recommend checking out Bogotá Beer Company
while in the area or the many through out Bogota. Other night life that most people will not recommend is the 4 story 10 dance floor discotequa known as THEATRON DE PELÍCULA
. Be forewarned it was originally a gay bar, but just about everyone goes there now. Cover fee gives you open bar until 2am. Go with a local if you can or they may not let you in.
Need food? I consider Bogotá the foodie capitol of South America. Check out Zona G
where there are a lot of higher end restaurants that are still cheap for a North American. Avoid Andrés D.C.
as it is not a very good place to eat, but it is a good place to party. There are great places inexepensive yet good places to eat near Plazoleta Chorro de Quevedo
mostly for college students. I recommend La Totuma Corrida
which is a great sushi bar. While in the area check out the many pubs and try some Chicha, which is a corn based fermented drink. Do not visit this area at night though. It is really scary for a non local.
If you want to just chill and relax try (plugging my friends place) Casa Art Tea.
Want to get out of the area? Colombia is known for its beautiful nature (and women, and partying and coffee and....). Check out Parque Natural Chicaque
also known as Cloud Forest. Not so far is the very well photographed Salto del Tequendama
which is suppose to be a haunted mansion/hotel set behind an amazing waterfall. To the the north is Guatavita
where you can relax in the small town and you can hike the trails and see the green lake where the legend of El Dorado is from. Lastly you should check out Villa de Leyva
where people of Bogota go to on weekends to get away from the city.
You seem to be an adventurous type. Instead of staying in Bogota head north to San Gil
which is a backpakers town that has a lot of adventure. There are things like parasailing, hiking, repelling, caving, rafting and other adventures. You can stay at Macondo Hostel
where the owner is very nice and can set you up with the adventures. Also Sam´S VIP Hostel San Gil
is also a great alternative.
I kind of avoid Cartagena so I dont have much advice about there. I do like the empty beaches of La Boquilla
which are much more peaceful than the other beaches in Cartagena.
Enjoy Colombia, I almost certain you will fall in love with the place like I did.