The New Colombia – Bogata

Author: , March 30th, 2013

Over at Sherman’s Travel, Jim Sherman takes a look at the new Colombia, starting with Bogata:

The first thing I noticed when I arrived in Bogota was how new, clean and organized its international airport is (I wish JFK were as pleasant). Around the capital city there are new buildings going up alongside gleaming office and apartment towers. Colombia is showing off a new face to the world – one that has left behind the constant fear of drug dealers and domestic terrorists. Nowadays, a democratic, free-market-focused central government is making progress, and a rising middle class is supporting a boom in restaurants, nightclubs, and retail. As people exude optimism about their future, Colombia is on the rise, much like its more noticed neighbor, Brazil.

In planning my visit to Colombia, I decided to spend three days in Bogota and three in Cartagena. Located at the foot of the Andes mountain range, Bogota is the country’s picturesque business, cultural, and political center. The city is actually comparable in size to Mexico City and New York. Cartagena is further north on the Caribbean, and boasts a charming old colonial town that dates back to the 16th century. Medellin, reputed to be perhaps the most modern city in Colombia (it’s the second largest in the country), is in between Bogota and Cartagena and near the famous coffee triangle.

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Exploring Gay Bogata, Colombia

Author: , December 18th, 2011

On any list of gay-friendly Latin American cities, Bogota would have to be near the top. After all, it’s the capital of one of South America’s most progressive nations in terms of gay rights. Add to that an array of impressive cultural and historic attractions, fine dining, and a lively gay nightlife–which includes what must be one of the hemisphere’s largest gay dance clubs–and you’ve got plenty of reasons to pay a visit.

Bogota, which is officially called Bogota DC, as it’s in the “Distrito Capital,” or Capital District, has made great progress not just in terms of gay rights. As Colombia has become an increasingly safe, stable, and economically growing nation in recent years, Bogota has become the gateway for a flow of investment that has brought many infrastructure improvements.

The city has become safer and greener. It even has an award-winning mass transit system (the TransMilenio) that is being copied in other countries. The airport is being upgraded, and there is an increasing presence of international hotels as brands like Hilton, JW Marriott, and Radisson have hung their flags in what has become a true economic boom town.

Full Story from Passport Magazine

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Colombia: Is Bogota the Next Hot Gay Travel Destination?

Author: , December 12th, 2011

Colombia’s capital, Bogota, is quickly getting rediscovered as one of the most vibrant, culturally rich capital cities in South America. What is less talked about, however, is its rapidly emerging Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, which is strongly integrated and benefits from progressive Colombian laws. Off2Colombia witnessed those changes when filming Orgullo Gay, the Bogota Gay Pride.

Imagine walking the streets of one of Colombia’s supposedly notorious capital city, Bogota. It is said thieves prowl, kidnappers lurk and violence is never far away. But in fact it is quite different. On the left a man in a wedding dress saunters by. On the right two women dressed as felines brazenly embrace each other. Walking just five steps ahead, a man in a silver leotard dances by himself.

This is not, of course, the average day in Colombia’s capital city. ‘Orgullo Gay’, Bogota Gay Pride, happens every June in Colombia’s resurgent capital, and every year its numbers swell as people from all over the globe come to experience the event. It’s indicative of a rising trend in Bogota – the emergence of a strong, united and integrated gay community.

Full Story from SFGate.com

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