Colombia is a country of contrasts: the country is recognized as one of the most stable democracies in Latin America, for having a higher than regional average annual growth rate and one of the happiest populations of the world. Colombia’s population is approximately 45 million people, with an expanding urban sector that accounts for nearly 72% of the population. 30% of this urban population is concentrated in six cities: Bogota (Colombia’s capital), Cali, Medellin, Barranquilla, Bucaramanga and Cartagena.
The School of Management of Universidad de los Andes, UASM, is placed in Bogota, the political and financial center of Colombia and the sixth largest city in Latin America, with nearly 8 million inhabitants. Bogota is currently considered as the 8th best city for doing business in Latin America, placed above other cities such as Lima, Brasilia, Caracas and Quito. Bogota has also gained recent recognition for its improvements and achievements in terms of public management. One of the most evident advancements is in the area of personal safety, to the extent that Bogota is currently considered a relatively safe city in Latin America.
Bogota has a subtropical highland climate. The average temperature is 14.0 Â°C (57 Â°F), varying from 3 to 20 Â°C (37 to 68 Â°F) during the course of the day. Dry and rainy seasons alternate throughout the year.
A Strategic Location with Excellent Air Connectivity
BogotaÂ is strategically located at the center of the Americas (five hours byÂ planeÂ from New York, Mexico City and Sao Paulo) and has excellent air connectivity, with several daily nonstopÂ flightsÂ to all major cities in the Americas.Â Thanks to its location and air connections, manyÂ companiesÂ have chosenÂ BogotaÂ for theirÂ regional headquarters,Â shared service centers and logistical hubsÂ to serve Latin America.
An Investor Friendly Environment. Colombia: one of the best business environments in Latin America
In the past decade, Colombia has single-mindedly focused on improving its business climate. As a result, inward Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has been soaring. In these uncertain times, Colombia is seen by investors as a dependable, stable place to operate.
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Bogota: One of the Top Cities to Do Business in Latin America
BogotaÂ is ranked as one of Latin America’s leadingÂ business centersÂ â along with Sao Paulo, Miami, Santiago, Mexico City and Buenos Aires.Â According to the latest annual America Economia ranking in 2011,Â BogotaÂ is the eighth best city to doÂ businessÂ in Latin America.
A history that goes back to the legend of El Dorado
In a matter of hours you can travel back to the 15th century and uncover the ancient legend of El Dorado. Then jump forward to the 18th century through a tour of the historic neighborhood of La Candelaria, an enchanting place with colorful houses, museums and colonial churches, and end your day back in the 21th century in the midst of modern office buildings.
Shopping for everyone
If you love shopping, you will enjoy the more than 50 shopping malls, handcraft markets and flea markets where you can find anything you can imagine. From the most internationally exclusive brands (Low, Bvlgary, Louis Vuitton, Rolex, etc), pieces by the most famous Colombian designers, leather, antiques and original handcrafts.
Urban attractions combine wonderfully with destinations outside the city. Being located one to three hours outside the city, they make great day trips.
Cuisine and Nightlife
Cuisine is booming in Colombia’s capital city. Bogota has five gastronomic zones where you can find the most exclusive restaurants in the city. (Zona T, Zona G, Usaquen, Parque de la 93 y Macarena) A comprehensive local gastronomic offering from different regions of Colombia and International Cuisine like Italian, French, Peruvian, Arab, Mexican and more..
Nightlife offers different styles and ambiances, but they all have dancing and fun in common. Don’t miss out on Andres Carne de Res which is considered by most as the home of Bogota’s rumba.
Nature just steps away from the great metropolitan
Urban attractions are wonderfully complemented by the beautiful landscapes outside the city: flower plantations, majestic haciendas and picturesque villages, the salt cathedral in Zipaquira, the Neusa reservoir and the Chingaza national park that offers sailing, hiking, windsurfing, water skiing, mountain biking and rock climbing, among other great activities.
A Cosmopolitan City
BogotaÂ has the biggest bicycle path during weekends which was created 35 years ago and in which over a million people get together. Ciclovia has been a role model for more than 50 cities all over the world .
Bogota has a large network of bike paths (ciclorutas). The more than 344 km practically cover the entire city. Travel the streets in a fun, safe and health promoting way. During certain times of day, it is even faster to travel by bike than any other way.
TransmilenioÂ is a massive transportation system that has served as a benchmark and has been copied in 57 cities, including Mexico City, Johannesburg, Jakarta and Guangzhou.
The city has more than 5,000 public parks, including the Simon Bolivar which has an area of 113 acres, 20 public libraries and 61 community libraries, 70 museums, 90 art galleries and 45 theatres.
The Gold Museum has the greatest collection of pre-Hispanic gold work in the world with over 50,000 gold pieces.
For more information: http://www.bogotaturismo.gov.co/en
INVEST IN BOGOTA
Invest in BogotaÂ is theÂ investmentÂ promotion agency forÂ Bogota and Cundinamarca, a public-private partnership between theÂ BogotaÂ Chamber of Commerce and theÂ BogotaÂ City Government.
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