Originally Posted by rtwpaul
La Candelaria is not really the best part of town. Is like going to the Bronx and thinking "Well this isn't like the New York I've seen in the movies" (which is normally Manhattan). It's just the city's center.
Most moto overlanders stay in La Candelaria because of the cheap hostels, (or because it is the only place you normally find info for lodging, which mainly comes from the backpacking crowd, which IMO for the most part, are looking for CHEAP places to stay and drugs)... it is NOT a nice part of town. Yes, there are a lot of interesting things close by and there is a "certain vibe" about the place, but you could easily visit La Candelaria's "attractions" (like the colonial streets and left-over architecture, the Gold Museum, the Plaza Bolivar with the different governmental buildings around it) in one day while you return to your hotel in the posh part of town (the north of the city).
That being said, it is a BIG city and as with all big cities, if you don't know your way around, it is not easy finding the good places.
If you are still in Bogota, take a cab to the north of the city. (Or take the Transmilenio and get off at the Estacion Virrey).
For example, take a walk to the Parque El Virrey (Calle 87 carrera 15). Zona Rosa is within walking distance (calle 83 con carrera 12), get into the Bogota Beer Company around 5:00-6:00pm there and have a beer (or several) while you watch the local talent (which is plenty and top notch).... There's a nice Irish pub close by also, but the beer at the BBC is better IMO (and there's more variety).... If you walk to calle 93 con carrera 12 you'll find Parque de la 93 (all within easy walking distance of each other)... lot's of nice bars and restaurants and "people watching".... There are lots of other nice areas, with pretty homes, clean streets, very nice and expensive malls with everything you might need, etc but since you don't have much time left in the city (if you are still there, that is), a stroll around Zona Rosa and Parque de la 93 might show you a (very) little glimpse of the nicer Bogota.
Save travels amigo. Hope your problems are solved quickly and painlessly enough so that you can continue on your RTW asap!