It is not common to have the opportunity to enjoy adventure activities at breathtaking nature landscapes near a large city where more than 9 million people live. Nor have the opportunity to see an endemic bird in a city of 1,775 km². But it is possible in the largest city of Colombia!
The Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for AdventureWeek Bogota, which will happen between 14 to 20 of February 2020.
Bogotá is the melting pot of the country. It is a place of convergence for Colombians and also around the world. It’s a real cosmopolitan city, where colors of modern buildings meet authentic colonial roof tiles from another era. Moreover, it is a green city thanks to its parks, wetlands and the hills that extend along its eastern boundary, the Andes mountain range. With history, entertainment, delicious cuisine, and culture, Bogotá is the ideal place to start a memorable adventure!
In this magical town, you can have direct contact with nature. The city is in a strategic spot for hiking, trekking, biking, mountain biking, and birdwatching among other activities.
In case you didn’t know, Colombia is the No. 1 country on earth for birding: with over 1,900 species recorded. There are more birds to see in Colombia than any other country on the planet. In Bogotá itself, almost 200 endemic and migratory species have been spotted in the city’s parks, wetlands, and hillside forests. Bogotá’s unique location in the high Andes (between 2.550m and 3.900m above the sea level) and surrounded by savannah, provide a pleasant environment for birds. Around the city, there is a great variety of habitats for them: native forest, native scrub, Subparamo and Paramo, Forests and foreign thickets, Semi-arid areas, Paddock and crops, Wetlands, Lakes and ponds. It doesn’t take much effort to spot hundreds of bird species.
For biking and mountain biking, the city offers a large network of cycling routes. With more than 540 km of cycle routes, and a cycle lane of more than 120 km, Bogotá is the largest linear park in Latin America, On Sundays and public holidays, you can enjoy a bike ride, run, or leisurely stroll down the city’s Cycleway distributed across Bogotá’s principal roads. The bike culture in Bogota is huge. Thousands of people every day face the multiple mountain ports around the city to enjoy the activity. Some of them, looking to beat their time records inspired by their sports heroes Nairo Quintana and Egan Bernal, two of the best road riders in the world.
The adventure does not end on the bike. All the energy used on the road can be recovered in a delicious way: Bogotá’s cuisine. The city offers an extensive selection of local and foreign foods that are widely recognized as some of the best in Latin America. You can try typical dishes, such as Ajiaco, Cocido, Tamales, or Almojábanas, and sample Colombian fruit juices and desserts prepared with local ingredients.
The combination of all of these characteristics makes Bogotá, a paradise for bike riders and birders, so if you are part of one of these tribes, (or both). Don’t miss out on your opportunity to get to know Bogotá, a place where nature and culture come together for those who love adventure.
BOGOTÁ EN NÚMEROS
Being the capital of the country, Bogotá is the door of Colombia for many international travelers and the workplace of many residents in the country. The main international airport is El Dorado, which according to data from Civil Aeronautics, by the end of 2019 was connected with 48 cities directly, 32 airlines were landing in it and the number of monthly flights was 3,673 for a total of 4,649,915 passengers per year. Of these, according to the IDT (District Institute of Tourism) data, the majority of international tourists visited Bogotá for vacations, recreation, and leisure (54.8%), as a second motivation was the intention to visit family and friends (23.5%). To see the importance of the industry by the end of 2019 in the city there were 1,878 travel agencies providing 21,238 jobs, 259 tour guides, 656 hotels, 944 lodgings, and 567 gastronomic establishments, not counting the indirect jobs that this sector represents.
In Bogotá during 2019, tourists mainly came from the United States (16.5%), Mexico (6.1%), Ecuador (4.5%), Spain (4.5%), Chile (3.3%), Peru (3.3%), Panama (3.1%), Argentina (2.9%), Brazil (2.0%), Germany (1.9%) and other countries (52.0%). To this, it should be noted that in Bogotá and Bogotá-Region you can enjoy varied touristic offers, such as Cultural tourism, where religion, history, architecture, art, music, theater stand out. Gastronomic tourism, with a great variety of offers. Nature tourism such as ecotourism, community-based tourism, and bird watching. Sports tourism, where bicycles and MTB stand out. Urban tourism and LGTBI tourism.