Parque 93 is a safe and upscale area of Bogotá, located just north of the Zona Rosa area and centered around a lovely park – Parque 93. Dan and I stayed here for 5 days and found it to be a lovely neighborhood to base ourselves in Bogotá. Since Bogotá is huge and traffic is horrendous, no matter where you decide to stay, you will want to ensure that there is something to do close to where you are staying. While at least a 20 minute taxi from la Candaleria (more like 30 – 40 minutes), the Parque 93 aera has a lot to offer tourists in terms of things to do, and I highly recommend staying in this area. Plus, its only a 20 minute walk from the popular Zona Rosa (shopping/restaurants/clubs) area. We did the walk between Zona Rosa and Parque 93 during the day and it was very easy and safe.
Bogotá, Colombia. The city doesn’t exactly evoke the excitement of other South American capitals, such as Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo or Santiago. In contrast, and unfortunately, most people associate Bogotá with the drug trade that plagued Colombia for years and imagine the city to be terribly dangerous. I visited Bogotá in February 2016 and I can tell you without hesitation that Bogotá is no longer an “unvisitable” city. In fact, quite the opposite. I had a great time in Bogotá and found it safer than other large South American cities that I have visited, including Buenos Aires, Lima and Rio. PUT IT ON YOUR TRAVEL LIST! Plus, visiting Bogotá can be an easy add-on to a South American itinerary, as it has many direct connections to the U.S. and throughout South America.