Bogota Colombia

Explore Bogotá, Colombia

Although I recently traveled to Colombia and posted about our days in Cartagena and Medellìn, I’d been holding off posting about Bogotá for one very important reason.  The first thing any tourist does in Bogota is to head directly to the famous and historic Candelaria district.  Home to the Plaza Bolívar, the Museo del Oro (the gold museum), and some of the most vibrant street art in the world, the district is bold, colorful and always filled with people.  Although it’s a popular place to stay for backpackers and hostelers, it’s lacking in nicer accommodations.  This doesn’t prevent the tourists from flocking here and the streets are always filled with strolling people at any hour of the day.  Anne and I had read about an off-the-beaten path hair salon-cum-bar-cum-boutique where no one is formally trained and you can’t specify what you want done with your style.  Of course it piqued our interest.  After taking an uber down to the neighborhood, it was one of the first places we happened upon randomly.  Anne had just settled into the chair to get her haircut when Nancy Trejos walked in and struck up a conversation with us.  Nancy, a travel writer for USA Today, was doing a story on Bogotá for the paper and interviewed us about why we were there.  This past week, my photos (and a quote from me) were featured in her story for the newspaper.  You can see the full article via this link.  

Here’s some of my favorite images from our stay and my recommendations on what to do with a day or two in this vibrant South American city.

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STAY: There are airbnb’s all over Bogota and you can’t really go wrong.  For the foodies, you’ll want to be in Chapinero.  In addition to an airbnb, we also found ourselves at the Hotel Rosales Plaza, which was quite delightful, reasonably priced, had a huge bathroom (bonus for us after weeks in airbnb apartments) and wonderfully located in the Rosales sector.

EAT: Bogotá is going through a culinary gourmet explosion and the city is filled with incredible options around every corner.

  • Abasto was one of our favorite brunches during our entire Colombian trip.  The menu is creative, laden with egg dishes, and the coffee is exceptional.
  • Our tasting menu meal at Matiz was the first of our trip and one of the most memorable.  It was a veritable bargain compared to similar meals in the states and we both left incredibly full.  The chef came out afterwards and thanked us for coming, in addition to asking for our feedback.  From start to finish, this was a stand out experience and is not to be missed.
  • Salvo Patria is a perfect stop for lunch or dinner.  The inventive menu offers a rotating list of changing specials based on local ingredients creating a hip spot the locals frequent to linger over long lunches.
  • Our meal at Rafael Osterling was one of our other stand out favorites in Colombia.  The setting itself is incredible.  Be sure to make reservations ahead of time and if you’re lucky, you can get seated on the outdoor patio.  The Tiradito (a Peruvian way of preparing fish) is outstanding and the burrata and ravioles are not to be missed.
  • By the end of our trip, we were desperate for some comfort food and both of us always gravitate towards Italian for this.  Our meal at Julia Pizzeria was exceptional.  Seated at the bar, we met an awesome young man from Los Angeles who had recently moved to Bogota for work.  We shared salads, pasta and pizza over a lingering wine filled meal with him.

DRINK:

  • The Bogota Beer Company is a well known favorite here with locations in 12 different Bogota neighborhoods.  You are certainly never far from one of their outposts, no matter where you are.
  • The Irish Pub in Candelaria may seem like a strange place to make a stop while you’re in Colombia, but the patio is incredibly inviting and always filled with locals after they get off work.

EXPLORE

  • Bogota has become world renown for it’s street art thanks to the decriminalization of the art.  When graffiti artist Diego Felipe Becerra was shot and killed in 2011 by a police officer, the current mayor took charge and helped turn the culture of the art around by offering up public walls and creating safe spaces.  Today, businesses and artists work together to create vibrant murals on the outside of businesses.  The Bogota Graffiti Tour was started by local graffiti artist CRISP as a way to help tourists and locals alike understand and appreciate the growing art.  The tour itself is free but the docents work off tips, so make sure to bring some cash.
  • Feeling brave?  Let one of the self-described “hair assassins” at La Peluqueria bring out your essence.
  • Every Sunday, the majority of major thoroughfares are shut down to become bikeways for the locals to get out and spend the day with their families.  You’ll see walkers, cyclists, skateboarders and rollerbladers parade past for most of the day!  Referred to as Ciclovia, you can learn more about where it takes place and how to participate here.
  • If you are feeling energetic, you can hike up the 1.5 km steep steps to Monserrate, which overlooks the city from 10,000 feet up.  If you’re feeling lazy, catch the cable car out of the Candelaria.

 

Empire Mines Wedding

Destination Wedding Photographer | Recent Published Work

Holy wedding season Batman!

The fall is wrapping up and I have to admit: I’ve been swamped.  September and October were my busiest months.  Thank you SO MUCH to my amazing patient clients who have all been waiting on their images.  What an incredible year I’ve had so far!  I’ve photographed 36 weddings so far this year and 14 of those were in the last two months.  In the meatime, somethings have fallen to the wayside, like my normally proflific daily blogging and sharing of published work.  Here’s a few things I’ve missed in the last two months while I’ve been so slammed!

EVER OURS

Mo and Adam and their kick ass Celio Ranch wedding in South Lake Tahoe was snapped up by the amazing Lydia over at Ever Ours.  I’m so sad that the end of the year will also mark the end of Ever Ours, a wonderful wedding blog that celebrates photography and moments over details.  If you know about another wedding blog as awesome as hers that can fill those (very large) shoes, please let me know!

Tahoe Ranch Wedding published at Ever Ours

Borrowed & Blue San Antonio

Borrowed & Blue has been one of my favorite wedding blogs for quite some time.  They never complain that there’s not enough details for one, but they also seperate their blog into US cities.  When they opened up a San Antonio version of their well known site, I was quick to send over Jimmy and Karlie’s 2014 destination wedding to them.  It went up a few weeks back and it’s so fun to relive their awesome day.  Jimmy and Karlie just welcomed all 8lbs 2oz of Natalie, the newest addition to their family last week.

San Antonio Wedding published at Borrowed & Blue

The Daily Dog Tag

The Daily Dog Tag is an awesome little blog that I recently discovered that focuses on professional photography that involves dogs, adoptable pets around the country, and artful and unique products.  They published the first in a series of sessions with Schnoll Family and are excited to post follow-ups with the newest member of their family, Jack.  I just recently photographed Jack’s 6 month session, so you can imagine how long ago this one was!  Regardless, big thanks to the Daily Dog Tag for the family photography internet love.

Published work from Lauren Lindley at the Daily Dog Tag

Love and Lavender

I’ve wanted to get a feature on Love and Lavender for ages, but I’ve never had anything quite romantic or whimsical enough for this wonderful wedding blog that focuses on inspiring, magical and rustic outdoor weddings.  I knew that David and Emily’s Empire Mine State Park wedding was the perfect fit for them and it was published last week on their site.

Lauren Lindley Photography published at Love and Lavender

Thumbtack

I’ve had so many wonderful experiences with clients I’ve discovered on Thumbtack.  Not only did Thumbtack take me to visit the White House in Washington DC last January (something I’ve yet to blog about also), but I managed to grow my business and turn it into a full time position for me in very few years thanks to them.  I used to mentor photographers new to the Thumbtack platform, but gave it up when they changed the program and I was no longer helping just other photogs.  Helping other photographers is incredibly rewarding: frankly I wouldn’t be where I am today without a lot of help from a lot of other people.  Thumbtack asked to interview me a few weeks ago after catching site of a blog I wrote about how to be successful on Thumbtack for photographers and I readily agreed.  You can see the full post via this link.

Lauren Lindley Thumbtack tips for pros