Host City 2017 Bogotá

Bogota, a city that is creating its Future


Welcome to Bogotá, the capital and largest city in Colombia. A melting pot of people from around the country, it is diverse and multicultural, with a blend of modern and colonial architecture. The predominant colours in Bogotá are the green of the city’s many parks and the eastern mountains overlooking the sanctuaries of Monserrate and Guadalupe, and the rich red of its many brick buildings.

The landscape of Bogotá, marked by the green of the Andes to the east, is one-of-a-kind. Apart from the many outdoor spaces in Bogotá, participants of the One Young World Summit will find Bogota an ideal place to explore history, food, culture and many other local customs. 

General Facts

  • Population: 7.6 million
  • Share of Colombia´s population: 16.3%
  • Located in the Andean mountain range at 2,640 meters above sea level
  • Pleasant all-year-round spring-like weather.
  • Day average temperature 14°C (57°F)
  • Night average temperature 10°C (50°F).


  • GDP: US$ 93.4  billions
  • GDP Per Capita: US$12,165
  • Share of Colombia´s total GDP: 24.7%
  • Share of Colombia´s international trade: 30.3%
  • Share of national total of medium and large companies: 54.1%
  • Unemployment Rate: 8.7%


  • City of Music. Member of the Creative Cities Network of UNESCO since 2012
  • World Book Capital 2007
  • Iberoamerican Theatre Festival- the most important theatre festival in Latin America, and one of the best in the world.
  • Rock al Parque (Rock the Park), the largest rock festival in Latin America and the third largest in the world.
  • BibloRed, comprises 21 establishments across the city visited by 4.3 million people per year. 

A green city

  • 14 wetlands distributed throughout the city, totaling 675 hectares. 
  • The city’s 20 districts contain over 5,016 parks
  • 344 km long network of bike paths or “Ciclorutas”. “Ciclovías” are used by approximately 2 million people (about 30% of the population) on over 120 km of car-free streets.
  • Since year 2000, Bogota holds an annual car-free day to build a year-round culture of sustainable travel. 

Top places to visit in Bogotá

Andres Carne de Res

This bar, restaurant and nightclub (among many other attributes) is considered the “sanctuary of rumba” in Bogotá. Its décor is full of anecdotes and typical elements.

Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira

Built 80 metres underground, the cathedral is the country’s most famous Catholic sanctuary: each Station of the Cross is a magnificent work of art and engineering masterpiece.

Usaquen Plaza and neighborhood

A neighborhood where cobblestone streets and colonial houses mixes with modern architecture. Today they are used for exclusive restaurants, bars and coffee shops.

Museo del Oro (Gold Museum)

The Gold Museum gathers more than 34,000 pieces of gol dan 20,000 lithics, ceramics, textiles and precious stones belonging to the indigenous culture.

Museo Nacional de Colombia (Colombian National Museum)

The first in Colombia and one of the oldest in Latin America. It was declared as a national monument for its historic and architectural value. The building, which has a Stone facade and an interior courtyard, was a prison for almost 72 years.

Botero´s Museum and Mint House

Its art collection was donated in the year 2,000 by world renown Colombian artista Fernando Botero.

Simón Bolívar´s Park

With 360 hectares of extensión, this is one of the city´s lungs, becoming an essential part of the capital´s life because of its strategic location, its vast Green spaces and the diverse area.

Monserrate´s Sanctuary

“Cerro de Monserrate” is a symbol for the city, not only for its natural resources, but also for its religious connotations. The mountain guards the city from 3,200 meters above sea level.

Candelaria Historical Center

Since the XVI century, when the first constructions were built there, it has been a political, administrative and religious center.Its steep streets still keep the names used during the centuries of colonial rule.