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Bogota Travel GuideThe best places to stay, eat and party in Bogota on an electric 24 hour stopover

If you are visiting Cartagena, chances are you will need to pass through Bogotá for one of the most exhilarating stopovers in South America.

Despite being blessed with a dizzying array of natural wonders - Caribbean and Pacific coastlines, three towering mountain ranges, desert and pristine rainforest - Colombia's people remain its biggest draw.

There are eight million to choose from in the capital Bogotá, all of them with a singular zest for life that owes much to living every day as if it were their last.

Tucked into the mountains at 2,600 m above sea level, the 'Athens of the Americas' and the literary and theatrical capital of Latin America, Bogota has flourished along with Colombia's renewed prosperity and improved security.

Worldly-wise locals that fled from Colombia's infamous past are back fuelling Bogotá's boundless optimism with bars and restaurants built on concepts borrowed from Shoreditch, Tribeca and Malasaña.

Chefs who earned their stripes in kitchens in Lima and San Sebastián are fixing up the culinary scene and artists are converting rundown urban spaces into art galleries that tap the electric creativity that has turned South America's ugly duckling from no-go to must-go in less than a decade.

Here's our pick of the best places to stay, things to do and places to eat, drink and be merry in Bogotá, the high-octane capital of the happiest country on earth.

Getting Around Bogota

Getting Around Bogota
Bogota’s most desirable treasures, the city’s gourmet restaurants, hip clubs and designer shops, are held in a narrow strip that hangs from its urban backbone – Avenida 7, La Septima – and the city’s mountain backdrop seven blocks east.

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Where to Stay in Bogota

Where to Stay in Bogota
In bygone days visitors seeking shelter from Bogotá’s elements were not afforded much luxury by the city’s conservative corporate hotels but Bogota’s hip hotels to the north have upped Bogota’s accommodation game.

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WHERE TO STAY IN BOGOTA | W HOTEL

WHERE TO STAY IN BOGOTA | W HOTEL
The W Bogota is a haven for the hipster-set who like their lux pad with a side of razor sharp cool.

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Where to Stay in Bogota | Click Clack Hotel

Where to Stay in Bogota | Click Clack Hotel
Clad with an 11-storey road map of Bogotá, The Click-Clack Hotel is the city’s first tilt at a stylish urban resort. Check-in for some full-on frolics, designer digs don’t come better than this.

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Where to Stay in Bogota | B.O.G Hotel

Where to Stay in Bogota | B.O.G Hotel
Ticking all the boxes for hip travelers in search of designer digs, Nini Andrade’s glittering interiors raised the bar for others to follow when BOG opened its doors in 2012.

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Where to Eat in Bogota

Where to Eat in Bogota
Eating well in Bogota is one of the city's main attractions. The Colombian capital’s culinary scene has been boosted by an influx of chefs returning home after learning from the best chefs in San Sebastian and Lima.

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Where to Eat in Bogota | Bruto

Where to Eat in Bogota | Bruto
For interiors, music and a clientele as good-looking and tasty as the food, head to Bruto. One of several winning creations by the King Midas of Bogotá’s club scene, Felipe Rodriguez, you will need to call ahead to reserve a table.

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Where to Eat in Bogota | Abasto

Where to Eat in Bogota | Abasto
To beat Bogota’s unpredictable climes Usaquen eateries Abasto and Horacio Barbato standout as the finest proponents of good, honest, locally sourced comfort food.

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Where to Party in Bogota

Where to Party in Bogota
A troubled history has taught Colombians to live every day (and night) as if it were the last creating arguably South America’s most electric after dark scene. There’s no such thing as a quiet ‘school night’ in the Colombian capital.

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Where to Party in Bogota | El Coq

Where to Party in Bogota | El Coq
El Coq, Bogota’s standout club for four years still has plenty to crow about, drawing a good-looking crowd with the promise of roof-top debauchery and a wordly-wise soundtrack.

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Where to Party in Bogota | Centrico

Where to Party in Bogota | Centrico
A clever architectural intervention that took the city’s club scene to new heights, Centrico offers great nocturnal views of the city and its good-looking population.

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