tips from a Colombian singer with the best of Bogota

The Bogotá filled with music and contrasts of Catalina García, the lead singer of the band Monsieur Periné

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Urban folklore

“Walking around the neighborhood of La Candelaria towards the Bogotá Planetarium will help you understand our contrasts: there you’ll find street vendors, street artists, pets, cyclists, and the San Alejo flea market. Colorful, colonial facades, museums, and the majestic Cerros Orientales are the background for this tour.”

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Acoustic bohemia

“The restaurant SalvoPatria, in the neighborhood of Chapinero Alto, is the perfect place to try several dishes to share, made mostly with local ingredients. I’d recommend ordering a lulada envenenada and a vegetarian curry, then going up to the attic to enjoy a jam session with musicians from the capital and all over the world.”

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Caribbean touch

“The bar Son Salomé, in downtown Bogotá, is my favorite place to dance salsa: they have a wonderful live orchestra and the best selection of tropical music in the capital. The owner, Chepe, is an expert in the subject.”

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Contemporary drama

Teatro Petra moved its headquarters to Teusaquillo, an emblematic neighborhood in downtown Bogotá. Directed by Fabio Rubiano, the company has a permanent schedule of events, with very interesting plays.”