The district of Chapinero in Bogota is a must while visiting the Colombian capital. There is no other place like it. In a few blocks the old and the new merge, people with the most varied backgrounds meet and the seeds of post-conflict Colombia bloom. If you want to have an authentic taste of hectic Bogota, Chapinero is the place to be!
Chapinero only has 166,000 residents but due to its strategic location, home to some of the most important companies and educational institutions, the day-time population can range up to 2 million. Locals belong to a wide array of socioeconomic strata and generations, but there is a distinct flavor of youth. College students from all over the country, young professionals, expats and Colombians returned from abroad usually pick this part of the city to live, creating a vibrant mood and an ideal ecosystem for entrepreneurship.
No wonder Chapinero is home to the so-called Zona G (for Gourmet) with some of the best restaurants in Latin America. The gastronomic scene is not only delicious – and also a window to the parts of the country historically affected by the internal armed conflict which is just now opening up to share ingredients and traditional recipes. Some restaurants in Chapinero have even organized a scheme to buy products specifically from communities transitioning away from drug production as part of the peacebuilding process.
Hardly a month goes by without the opening of a new coffee place, restaurant, bar, design shop, bookstore, fitness place or coworking space. Behind most of these new businesses, there is an inspiring story of young entrepreneurs betting on innovation. Nightlife has always something to offer seven days a week in one of the many pubs, dance & nightclubs, theatres and cinemas where locals and visitors mingle.
Chapinero is never boring. Treasures await discovery in its many antique stores. Ecological treks are available in the mountains to the east. Or you can just wander around the streets lined with traditional European and modern architecture alike. This area of the city, especially a square known as Parque de los Hippies, vibrate with politics and critical thought. Chapinero shows the rest of the country what Colombia might look like as a more liberal and modern society. In 2006 Chapinero was declared the Gay District of Bogota, a uniquely welcoming place for the LGBTQ community.
In line with Justice Travel values, we are aiming to foster Chapinero’s diverse, creative and innovative spirit. That is why we created a tour celebrating and drawing attention to a part of Bogota that illustrates so many aspects of Colombia. Join us on our next walking tour in Chapinero!
For more information about the Chapinero Tour and bookings: https://colombia.justice.travel/tours/walking-tour-chapinero/
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