Business activities are the main reason foreign tourists visit Bogota, which reasserts the city's prominence as a Latin American business hub.
Attesting to the ingenuity and creativity of Bogota’s residents, visitors of the city can enjoy a wide offering of culture, nature, gastronomical, party, and shopping activities.
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Bogota is a hub for events and offers international-class venues. According to the latest ranking of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), the city is the first destination in the country and the seventh in Latin America in business tourism, after hosting 50 international events (38% of the total in Colombia).
The city offers 195 spaces to hold meetings, including 65 venues for conventions, such as Corferias, which serve as a platform for close to 50 international fairs and trade shows, such as:
- Expoconstrucción (Expoconstruction) and Expodiseño (Expodesign).
- Salón Internacional de Electrónica y Car Audio (International Electronics and Car Audio Show).
- Expopartes (Expoparts).
- Minería Colombia (Colombia Mining).
- Vitrina Turística - ANATO (ANATO - Tourism Showcase).
- Gran Salón Inmobiliario (Grand Real-Estate Show).
- Footwear and Leather Show.
In 2007, Bogota became the first Latin American city to be chosen by Unesco as the World's Book Capital, an achievement followed in 2012 by its selection as a Creative City of Music.
Its cultural diversity makes Bogota a dynamic and creative place with broad cultural offerings including 77 museums, 70 art galleries, 70 theaters, over 600 live-music venues, and over 600 buildings with historic and architectural value.
The city has also been chosen by international artists such as Coldplay, Maroon 5, Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, and Metallica. In 2014, Bogota hosted bands such as The Cure, Rolling Stones, Digitalism, and New Order, among others.
Some of the city's most noteworthy aspects in terms of culture and art include:
- Music "At the Park" festivals.
- Bogota Ibero-American Theater Festival.
- ArtBo - Bogota International Art Fair.
- The Capital Network of Public Libraries–BibloRed.
- The Gold Museum, the Botero Museum, and the National Museum.
- La Candelaria, the Historic Downtown area.
Bogota enjoys geographic features and characteristics that make it an important world-class destination for eco-tourism, rural tourism, and adventure tourism. These features can be conveniently enjoyed in natural spaces within the city, as well as in rural and surrounding areas, which include natural attractions such as:
- Fourteen wetlands, 5,016 parks with extensive natural areas, 3 moorlands, and natural parks such as Chingaza, Entre Nubes (In the Clouds), and Chicaque.
- The Botanical Garden, a natural area spanning 19 hectares with over 18,200 species of Colombian native plants; makes it is possible to experience first-hand the different climates of each of the country's regions.
- Settings for practicing extreme sports, such as paragliding, rock-climbing, parachuting, kayaking, among others.
- Water reservoirs such as Neusa, Sisga or Tominé, offer places to spend some leisure and rest time.
To know more about the city's efforts in environmental matters, please visit the "The Environment section".
The city has a very intense nightlife, a reflection of the extensive offerings of restaurants, cafes, bars, and discos, offering a range of different environments and individual styles, as in proper cosmopolitan and diverse city. There are restaurants specializing in traditional dishes from both Bogota and Colombia, as well as those offering international cuisines.
Areas particularly concentrated nightlife establishments and restaurants are:
- G Zone: Bogota's gourmet area, hosting the best international cuisine restaurants.
- La Candelaria: Located in the city's historic downtown area and boasting a classic and colonial architecture that fosters a bohemian ambiance.
- T Zone: A pedestrian T-shaped zone with transient photo-galleries, exclusively bordered by bars and restaurants.
- The 93rd Street Park: A series of bars and restaurants bordering a broad park with pedestrian pathways.
- Usaquén: In this traditional sector, restaurants and venues preserve the traditional style of the manors from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
- La Macarena: The architecture in this neighborhood combines colonial and modern traits and focuses on innovative and designer gastronomical offerings.
Bogota has a broad shopping and commercial infrastructure comprised mainly by:
- Over 80 malls and shopping centers.
- Three outlet-store sectors located in industrial areas, where brand products are sold at discounted prices.
- Nine commercial sectors for traditional industries such as wood, jewelry, textiles, arts and crafts, leather, and glass, among others.
- Specialized trade shows such as the Feria del Hogar (Home Trade Show), Expoartesanías (Arts and Crafts Expo), Expodiseño (Expodesign), among others.
- Bogotá Despierta (Bogota Awake): An initiative through which commercial establishments are open until midnight. Approximately 7,000 stores and 60 malls come together to open during non-conventional hours.
Bogota Environmental Secretary
Bogota International Art Show
Banco de la República
Bogota City Hall
City Tourism Institute
Bogota Conventions Bureau
Centro Internacional de Negocios y Exposiciones - Corferias
Bogota Latin American Theater Festival
Humedales Bogotá (Bogota Wetlands)
City Institute for the Arts
Botanical Garden José Celestino Mutis
Colombian National Museum
Rock Al Parque
Updated: (mm/dd/aa) 12/12/2017