Category Archives: Bogotá

Colombian Independence – Reverberations of a Vase Smashed 200 Years Ago

History Before independence, Colombia (or the Viceroyalty of New Granada of which it formed part) was permitted to trade only with Spain, a country unable to supply its market. Spaniards ran its administration; even elite criollos (American-born Spanish descendants) were … Continue reading

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Musicology Hostel, Bogotá – Do Hostels Make Good Family Accommodation?

La Candelaria, Bogotá’s brightly-painted colonial district, is peppered with budget hostels and as a family of four travelling for an extended period, we aimed to keep our costs down. Though most of the other guests were from the young international … Continue reading

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Bogotá for Children

Travelling with children in Colombia is a delight, and Bogotá is no exception. Colombians generally love children and make them welcome. There’s plenty for kids to do and see in the Capital, whatever their ages. Older children might enjoy a tour … Continue reading

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Salt Cathedral and Mines of Zipaquirá – Syncretismo, Salvation and Claustrophobia

250 million years ago, an inland sea covered the area of the high Andean plain – the Altiplano Cundiboyacense – on which the old colonial town of Zipaquirá stands. As the eastern cordillera of the Andes formed, the sea dried … Continue reading

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Bogotá to Zipaquirá, How Colombians Treat Foreigners and an Unexpected Refuge

Though illness deprived me of a good night’s sleep, I was pleased to have made it to Colombia and been able to see some of Bogotá. I hoped I’d be well enough to travel to Zipaquirá to see the salt … Continue reading

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