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[[Image:2238979648 632f393a83 b.jpg|250px|right|thumb|Parque Los Periodistas]]
=== Downtown Day Tour===
No visitor to Bogota skips the historic '''Downtown''' and La Candelaria neighborhood. In fact most affordable lodging and dining options can be found this side of town making it highly desirable by low-budget travelers and backpackers, given its close location to many of the city's attractions. Start your way on Avenida Septima and Calle 14, just arriving Parque Santander. Take the opportunity to visit the world famous Museo del Oro, or '''Gold Museum''' for its legendary El Dorado collections. Then continue south one block up to '''Avenida Jimenez''' and give your camera a workout at one of Bogota's most famous and historic intersections, where a couple of ancient churches and 19th century buildings collide. Turn east (towards the mountains) and walk up Avenida Jimenez alongside downtown's famous '''Eje Ambiental''' or ''Environmental Axis'', which is a section of the avenue that has been closed off to vehicles except Transmilenio, to make way for a generous tree-lined pedestrian sidewalk and an enclosed water stream. Many historic and famous buildings are located alongside the Eje Ambiental, home to Bogota's most renowned and traditional companies like El Tiempo and the Bank of the Republic. A few blocks east just past the '''Parque de los Periodistas''' the Eje Ambiental starts bending northwise, so leave the axis and turn south instead via one of the small streets that branch into the neighborhood and make your way up to Calle 13 and Carrera 2, el '''Chorro de Quevedo''', unofficial center of La Candelaria, where it is argued that the City of Bogota was founded back in 1538. Today, bohemian life meets to enjoy arts, culture and music at this spot. On the way make sure to take in the whimsical coloring and architecture of the neighborhood's streets and colonial houses. Continue on Carrera 2 southward a couple of blocks up until Calle 11, and turn west once again just in front of La Salle University: You'll be glad you do since you've been climbing constantly eastward so enjoy your walk back down. Make sure to notice the eccentric street names found on picturesque signs at every corner. Make your way down west on Calle 11 and you will pass by the '''Museo Botero''', museum showcasing some of famous Colombian painter Botero's private art collection and work. Another block down is the '''Centro Cultural Garcia Marquez''', modern cultural center and venue that includes Library, Art Galleries, concert halls and lesson rooms, with year-round events and displays for all tastes and audiences interested in culture and the arts. Continue down west and reach the '''Plaza de Bolivar''', the city's overwhelming main square surrounded by neoclasic government palaces and the '''Catedral Primada''', largest church in the country. After taking in the many sights, you might want to leave the square southbound for a couple of blocks on Carrera Septima to check out the '''Presidential Palace''' and its Presidential Guard. Finally turn around back Carrera Septima northward until you find Transmilenio, just about where you started!
*<do name=Hike in the Humedales" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Who would have imagined that there exists a fascinating natural wonder right in the heart of Bogotá? The wetlands of the Sabana (savannah) de Bogotá is where the rivers slow down a bit to rest on the plateau and “clean up” after flowing down from mountains. The water then continues to flow into the valleys to rejoin with the rivers below, including the Bogotá and Magdalena rivers.</do>
Note than most hostels carry a strict no drugs due to the negative effects that these activities have on Colombian's and their way of life. Cocaine use not only supports armed battles but also destroys Amazon rainforest through its production. Child prostitution is also a current issue for many hostels and hotels who are fighting to prevent this from becoming a way of earning an income for young Colombians.
* <sleep name="Hostal Sue" alt="" address="Calle 16 No. 2-55, La Candelaria" directions="" phone="(+571) 334 8894" url="http://www.suecandelaria.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Rates from 20,000 COP to 55,000 COP" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">This hostel is quickly becoming one of the most popular backpacker's hangout, with everything a traveller could want - Great facilities, fully equipped kitchen, sociable bar and courtyard, fun activities and a perfect central and safe location - especially close to the many museums, including Botero and Gold Museum, and the great night life of Candelaria. Rated to have best hot Showers in South America by travel guide, with rooms and bathrooms cleaned daily, not to mention the beds are made up daily! Friendly and helpful bi-lingual staff.Laundry Service. Free Locker. Cable TV with many DVDs. Free Internet Access and wi-fi plus most travellers favourite - Table Tennis.
www.suecandelaria.com call 571 334 8894 or email [email protected] </sleep>
*<sleep name="Musicology Hostel" alt="" address="Calle 9 No. 3-15, La Candelaria" directions="" phone="(+571) 286 9093" url="http://musicologyhostel.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Prices from 15,000 COP" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]"> New hostel - opened in 2009, located in a colonial house in La Candelaria district. The hostel offers free breakfast, free internet, bar with food and alcohol, TV room, Spanish classes, hot showers, laundry service.</sleep>
In the first months of 2011 there have been a large number of armed robberies against tourist establishments, with armed robbers taking over entire hostels and holding tourists to ransom. The Canadian Foreign Affairs Department have updated their travel warnings.[http://www.voyage.gc.ca/countries_pays/report_rapport-eng.asp?id=60000]
Bogota's major safety problems are the drugged, homeless people that are found all around the city and muggers with knives. Avoid walking alone, and also avoid taking cabs in the streets; call them by phone!
Common sense prevails and note that driving a Mercedes through a poor neighborhood may be unpleasant for both you and the locals (just like anywhere else in the world).