North of Bogotá

Northern Bogotá is known as the wealthiest part of the city. The north, more or less, begins 2km north of Centro Internacional. A scene of theaters, antique shops and many gay bars, the sprawling Chapinero (roughly between Carrera 7 and Av Caracas, from Calle 40 to Calle 67 or so) is scruffier than areas further north, beginning with Zona G, a pint-sized strip of high-end eateries (east of Carrera 7 and Calle 80). Chapinero Alto is an artsy, up-and-coming mini-enclave in Chapinero between Carrera 7a and Av Circunvalar from Calles 53 to 65. Ten blocks north, lively Zona Rosa (or Zona T; stemming from the ‘T-shaped’ pedestrian mall between Carreras 12 and 13, at Calle 82A) is a zone of clubs, malls and hotels. A more sedate version – with many restaurants – rims the ritzier Parque 93 (Calle 93 between Carreras 11A & 13), part of the Chicó neighborhood, and the one-time pueblo plaza at Usaquén (corner Carrera 6 and Calle 119). The rather unappealing modern buildings of the so-called ‘financial district’ line Calle 100 between Av 7 and Carrera 11.

Museo El Chicó Museo El Chicó

www.museodelchico.com; Mercedes Sierra de Pérez, Carrera 7A No 93-01; adult/student COP$3500/2500; h10am-1pm & 2-5pm Mon-Fri, 8am-noon Sat) Housed in a fi ne 18th-century casona (large, rambling house) surrounded by what was once a vast hacienda. It features a collection of historic objects of decorative art mostly from Europe – the exquisitely tiled bathroom is worth a visit alone – plus a picnic-perfect park.

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Plaza Central de Usaquén Plaza Central de Usaquén

Los Toldos de San Pelayo; Carrera 6A btwn Calles 119 & 119A) It’s best coming on the weekend for its flea market, which is at its most vibrant on Sunday.

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