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Bogota - Colombia

Curlture and diversity

♦ Per Wikipedia Colombia is one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the Western Hemisphere and in the World

♦ Colombia is the only country in South America that has a coastline on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea

♦ Bogotá is the second largest capital city in South America and at 2640 m (8661 ft)

♦ Bogotá houses the Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro, the biggest theater festival in the world every two years.

♦ Bogotá is known as "La Atenas Suramericana," the South American Athens, given the locals' penchant for education and manners

♦ According to the 2013 and the 2014 Barometer of Happiness and Hope, Colombia is the happies country in the world.

♦ Also, travelers find it an ideal place to do business, or explore history, food, culture and many other local customs.

♦ The predominant colors in Bogotá are the green of the city’s many parks and the eastern mountains and the rich red of its many brick buildings.

A few awesome places to visit in Bogotá

La Candelaria is a historic neighborhood in downtown Bogotá, Colombia. It is the equivalent to the Old City in other cities. The architecture of the old houses, churches and buildings has Spanish Colonial, Baroque and art deco styles.

La Candelaria - Bogota
Terracotta Warrior models

Terracotta Warrior models

Terracotta Warrior models on show in Bogota look so genuine that many visitors take them as the real ones in China.

El Carmen church

El Carmen church Bogota

Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá

Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá

Monserrate mountain and church

Monserrate mountain and church

The old city facades

The old city facades

A view on Bogotá from Monserrate

A view on Bogotá from Monserrate

The best of the best is Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá

The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá is an underground Roman Catholic church built within the tunnels of a salt mine 200 metres underground in a halite mountain near the town of Zipaquirá, in Cundinamarca, Colombia.

An hour north of Bogotá, the Nemocón Salt Mine captivates visitors. Travelers walk along a mile of tunnels 263 feet underground, from which about 8 million tons of salt were extracted between 1816 and 1968. In the mine, 28 brine mirrors dissolve in the salt rocks, producing a stunning visual effect.

There is a café bar located just a few minutes from the cathedral on the way out. It must be the only café deep under the ground in the world. We could smell Colombian coffee at a level of 200 meters under the soil. Overall, this is trip was very special and unforgettable.

Cafe under the ground

Café columbiano

The unique café columbiano serving coffee food and beverages 220 yards underground

The entrance to the mine

The entrance to the mine

The entrance to the mine is the scariest part. It is a time to make GO or no GO decision

Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá

Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá

The church built within the tunnels of a salt mine 200 metres underground

Llama - Colombian camelid

Llama

The llama is a domesticated South American camelid, widely used as a meat and pack animal by Andean cultures. This one is used just as an attraction.