Is Bogotá South America’s Next Capital of Cool? (Fathom)

Published by Fathom


Maybe it’s the artsy vibe, the cutting-edge culinary scene, or Netflix’s Narcos, but Bogotá is fast becoming a cool kid capital. Safety concerns kept tourists away from Colombia for decades, but the country’s cultural heart kept right on beating. Now, crime is lower than it’s been in years and yes, Bogotá feels safe. But it also feels cosmopolitan, sophisticated, and vibrantly alive.

The Andes make a spectacular backdrop, shooting high above the city’s staggering 8,675-foot elevation. Spanish colonial facades bump up against sleek modern restaurants. Street art splashes the walls leading up to some of Latin America’s best museums. A day of highbrow culture and cuisine easily unwinds into a night of lowbrow local fun. (Bogotanos know how to have a good time.) With days like these, it’s easy to feel like you’re on top of the world. If anything, you’re a few thousand feet closer. (continued…)

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