When we first found out we were going to be shooting a project in Bogotá, we were instructed by our client to follow transport guidelines ‘because of all the kidnappings.’ This was both exciting & terrifying. We wanted to capture a lot of street and city life shots, so we knew a fixer & crew on the ground were in order. We hooked up with JP and Luna–a husband and wife team called Screen Colombia. JP is a Brit Expat and his wife Luna a super cool Colombian native. We met basically our Shine-y parallel universe in Bogotá with these two and their awesome P.A. Caro.
- Street art strolling in La Candelaria. Nothing made Bogotá feel more like home than the street art. It’s everywhere and it’s beautiful.
- Take the cable car ride up to Monserrate. It seems like a touristy thing to do but just do it. Views for miles. You won’t regret it.
- There are plenty of museums, but if you must choose one, make it Museo Botero. Of course.
- If you happen to be there on a Saturday, DO NOT MISS the flea market in Usaquen. It’s exactly what you’d imagine a flea market in Bogotá would/should be. You might see tango dancing in the square, people selling handmade bags, jewelry and palo santo on a blanket and stall after stall of good, old, cheap stuff.
- Stay/Eat/Drink. If I were to choose just one hot place to go for some nighttime fun, food and lodging all in one, it would be the Click Clack Hotel–hands down. The top floor bar had two sides–one side more bar and the other a lounge of sorts–but windows all around. The sunset and view is beautiful from here, the drinks are delicious and the best part is if you stay here, all you have to do is get on the elevator & stumble into to your super modern room. Gorgeous
- Bogotá is at an elevation of 8660 ft. Prepare for any kind of weather. It will rain everyday. It might be chilly. It might be hot. Dress in layers. Don’t try jogging on day 1 unless you’re super fit.
- Always call or use an app for a taxi. Never hail from the street. (see first paragraph) Avoid the little buses. They are carbon monoxide death traps.
- Learn a little conversational Spanish. It will only help you.
- Don’t be afraid to explore. Bogotá is not the place it was in the 80’s Miami Vice/Cartel days. It’s a beautiful, livable city rich with culture steeped in South American history, while still being forward-thinking and modern. And the people. The people are so nice. Except the kidnappers, probably.