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15 Brilliant Facts about Bogotá, Colombia

Like to learn a little more about the capital cities of South America and improve your chances of winning the next pub quiz? Take a look at these fun facts about Bogotá!

1. Where is Bogotá?

Bogotá is the capital city of Colombia.

2. It rolls off the tongue.

Wondering how to say the name of this wonderful city? It’s pronounced Bo-go-ta – easy!

3. Bogotá is about the same size London.

The total land area of Bogotá is 613 square miles (1,587 square kilometres)…that’s roughly the same size as Greater London.

Flag of Colombia

Flag of Colombia

4. However, it’s nowhere near as densely packed as London.

Bogotá’s population was 7,413,000 in 2018…that’s around 1,500,000 less than Greater London…and gives it a population density of around 15,930 residents per square mile.

5. It’s quite a way off the sea.

Bogotá is located 8,660 ft above sea level.

6. What do people call themselves here?

Residents of Bogotá are known as Bogotana, or Colombians.

7. The climate here is often very nice.

Bogotana enjoy a subtropical highland climate with little seasonal temperature variation and an average annual temperature of 14.4°C.

8. How do you find Bogotá?

Looking to fly yourself to Bogotá? You’ll need the coordinates of 4.7110° N, 74.0721° W.

9. The city is well known for its art.

Make sure you take a graffiti tour if you’re in Bogotá; famous for its street art, many buildings in Bogotá have been adorned with incredible graffiti that is well worth seeing!

Facts about Bogota

10. What do they speak in Bogotá?

The official language of Bogotá is Spanish.

11. The city’s been recognised for its music.

Did you know that Bogotá was named the UNESCO City of Music in 2013? With festivals throughout the year, Bogotá is the place to be if you love live music!

12. What can you spend in Bogotá?

Colombian Peso is the official currency here.

Bogota, Colombia

Bogota, Colombia

13. The city is big on coffee.

As one of the largest coffee producers in the world, you’re never too far from a delicious freshly brewed coffee in Bogotá!

14. Go green in Bogotá!

Looking for the perfect gift for your loved one? Well, Colombia produces nearly 60% of the world’s emeralds, many of which are available to purchase in Bogotá!

15. It’s a big tourist destination.

Colombia welcomed 2,288,000 tourists into the country in 2013, many of whom visited Bogotá for its sophisticated and welcoming blend of gorgeous historical buildings and modern chic lifestyle.

Bogota Cathedral

Bogota Cathedral

FAQs about Bogota

What is Bogota known for?

Bogota is the capital city of Colombia, South America, although it's mostly known for producing the world's finest Emeralds. Did you know - three quarters of all the emeralds in the world come from Colombia?!

What do they eat in Bogota?

Bandeja Paisa is Colombia's national dish. It's ingredients include white rice, red beans, minced or ground beef, plantain, corn, egg, avacado, pork cracklings and chorizo sausage - sounds yummy!

How do you pronounce Bogota in English?

Wondering how to say the name of this wonderful city? It’s pronounced Bo-go-ta — easy!

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