Where to Stay: Bogota

If you're planning to stay in Bogota, your best bet is the Candelaria, which has around 75 hostels. The Candelaria is located on the eastern side of the city, and is just a 20 minute taxi ride from El Dorado Airport. It should cost around $25.000 ($13). You can also now take public transportation from the airport. Walk from the airport towards the main road, and then catch a bus towards the centro. It will drop you off along 19th Street. You should take it as far east as you can, and then walk south towards the Candelaria, where you will find lots of hostels.

From the Canelaria, you have easy access to the Museo de Oro Transmilenio stop, as well as all of the museums and attractions in the area, including Monserrate, la Quinta de Bolivar, la Plaza de Bolivar, la Casa de Narino, and the Botero Museum.

Top hostels in the Candelaria include Cranky Croc, Hostal Bakano, Hostal Fatima, and Hostal Sue.

Many hostels arrange party bus trips to places such as the Zona Rosa (located on 82nd Street in the North) and the famous Andres de Carne de Res, which is actually located outside of Bogota in the state of Cundinamarca, in Chia.

Hostel staff are quite knowledgeable in Bogota, and they should be able to provide you with solid recommendations about other cities, such as Medellin, Cali, Cartagena, and Santa Marta.

Most hostels will offer amenities including free wifi, lockers, tv lounge, shared kitchen, book exchange, as well as a laundry service.

Make sure to ask staff about the safety and security situation around where you are staying. While the Candelaria has cleaned up its act recently, there is still a bad element that hangs out there, especially at night. Petty theft and pickpocketing can be serious problems, so always be careful, and read our article about safety and security.

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