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Choachí is a small town East of Bogotá, in Cundinamarca. Located 1923 meters above see level, much lower than Bogotá and hence with milder weather.
The road leading to Choachí is the main reason to visit. Beautiful Andean views from your departure. Also, since the road leaves Bogotá right from downtown, you avoid the horrific traffic going to the towns North and West of Bogotá.
Coordinates 04º 31’52” of North latitude and 73º 55’33” of West longitude.
From Bogota to Choachi, it takes about an hour driving over a mountain pass with superb views. The road is paved but has some large pot holes you need you to drive around and many road side stalls offering food and drink.
If you use a locally acquired GPS it may also route you Bogota-Ubaque-Choachi. This is also scenic but has a long stretch of mud track that is easier with a 4WD vehicle.
For 7,000 pesos, you can take a small charter bus. The buses DO NOT leave from the main bus terminal in Bogota - do not go there. You will have to find a bus station on Avenida Calle 6 at Av Caracas, across from a police station.
Walking should suffice to see town. The hot springs are on a dirty road and a cab ride is in order for most tourists.
Main plaza, clean and quiet.
Hot Springs are available at Termales Santa Mónica . Sundays' entry is 20,000 pesos for adults. Hotel and restaurant services available.
- Restaurante Suizo, (Just 2 blocks to the left of the main church in town.), ☎ +57 1 8486 065, . 11AM-4:30PM. Great Swiss restaurant with two locations, one in town (Calle 2 No. 4 – 09, two blocks to the left of the main church in town, +57 1 8486 065) and another just a bit north of town (on the paved road, at the first sharp curve). The north-of-town location is a splendidly converted house with antique interiors and outdoor seating. Try the rabbit or goulash.
- La Montaña Restaurante, cr 3 # 2-25 (near to the central park), ☎ 320 301 9566, . 6pm- 10pm. Natural, fresh and tasty food, bbq, handcrafted hamburgers, crepes, rices, sea food, enjoy a good time with family and friends in a nice place. 10us.
- bella italia ristorante trattoria familiare ugo cascella (Bella Italia Ristorante Trattoria Familiare), Cra 4 N.6 - 02/04 (Cra 4 N.6 - 02/04), ☎ 320 984 26 29. 12.00-17-00. Italian and Mediterranean food. Also vegetarian and vegan, made, if possible, with organic ingredients and without preservatives. Rated by tripadvisor.We recommend to book on weekends.Closed Tuesdays.
- Bella Italia, Cra 4 N.6 - 02/04, ☎ 320 984 26 29. 12.00-5pm. Italian, Mediterranean, vegetarian and vegan food. Made, if possible, with organic ingredients and without preservatives US dollars. (10,15)
There is an abundance of small restaurants and bars along the main street.
Leaving town towards Bogota there is also a BBQ restaurant with clay oven and excellent views over the valley and mountains.
Hotel available at Termales Santa Mónica [http://www.termalessantamonica.com/home.htm�] a 5 min drive from town.