Colombia's capital Bogotá

The sparky crackle of Colombian nightlife burns most intensely in its capital, Bogota. Rising spirits congregate around La Calendaria and Zona Rosa, in the city’s north. From hanging out in pocket-sized sweatboxes to rubbing shoulders with the glamorous and surgically-enhanced in-crowd in palatial mega-clubs – Bogota’s got whatever you’re after. You can find any kind of music here, but salsa is more often than not the dance of choice – a long night of shimmying and shaking, washed down with aguardiente, is as essentially Colombian as Cartagena’s cobblestones. Bogota’s firecracker nightlife may be bad for the liver, but it’s great for the soul.

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