The location of the Congress is Bogotá, the capital city of Colombia:
Welcome to Colombia, South America’s door. This is a tropical country with incredible diversity, variant geography, history loaded and fascinating people and cultures.
Colombia is the second richest country in biological species of the world, with 99 different ecosystems and 10% of the global biodiversity (excluding marine organisms).
“Although its excellent coffee and the purity of its emeralds have made very famous this country, Colombia is also the homeland of El Dorado legend and the magical universe of the Garcia Marquez’s Macondo”
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"I visited Bogota and other parts of Colombia in 2011 and had a wonderful and safe time. Highly recommend it!"
- Sophien Kamoun -
Bogotá is the Colombia’s capital city. It is located in the center of the country on a plain at 2,600 meters above sea level and has a population of eight million people from all regions of Colombia, which makes it the most diverse Colombian city.
The city's average temperature is 14°C (57°F) and it usually fluctuates between 9°C (48°F) and 22°C (72°F), during the course of the day. Being so close to the Equator, the region only has dry and rainy seasons. The driest months are December, January, February, and
March. The rainy months are April, May, September, October, and November. June and July usually are dry months. August is windy. Due to climate variations, it is recommended to dress in layers. During the rainy season you must carry an umbrella on your bag.
The city is divided into four zones: Historical Center, North, South and West. The Historical Center is home to multiple cultural and historical landmarks, and it is also where the majority of local and national government facilities are located. Universidad de los Andes is located in the middle-east of this zone, by the Guadalupe and Monserrate Hills. These two landforms are part of the Andes Mountains, which locals use as the quintessential orientation point. If you are facing the mountains, then you’re facing east. The Northern zone is mainly residential and retail. The Southern zone is mainly industrial and residential. In the West zone, there are government entities, residential and industrial areas, the El Dorado Internacional Airport and the main Bus Terminal.
Bogotá, declared World Book Capital by UNESCO and Iberoamerican Capital of Culture by the UCCI, has become one of the most important cities of the continent, with public spaces such as plazas, streets and modern avenues. The city has the world’s largest bicycling network –the Ciclovía, which covers close to 300 kilometers.
The city has a varied nightlife, a permanent cultural agenda that is reflected in its more than 60 museums and art galleries; the most famous Rock Festival of the continent and the most important theater festival in the world, the Iberoamerican Theater Festival; 29 religious temples that are part of its heritage and 4,500 parks.
Bogotá has earned a place among the major gastronomic capitals of Latin America. Its six dining areas with world-class restaurants offer local and international cuisine. Its venues for business, events and conventions consolidate it as one of the favorite destinations for executives worldwide.
Bogotá, which was declared by the New York Times as one of the 31 destinations to visit in 2010, is an inspiring city with millions of amazing stories that surprise visitors every day.
Taken from Bogota travel guide and CampusInfo Uniandes
For further touristic information visit Bogota turismo or Colombia travel