THE TOURNAMENT: WTA INTERNATIONAL Claro Open Colsanitas
Date: From 04/10 to 04/15
Prize money: $ 226,750
Surface: Clay outdoor
Tournament location: Club Campestre Los Logartos – Calle 116 # 72A – 1280 Bogotà
How to get: Club Campestre Los Logartos is easily accessible from airport with a 20 minutes taxi drive (13.4 km). Downtown is far just 15 km.
Past Winners: 2016 Irina Falconi – 2015 Teliana Pereira – 2014 Caroline Garcia – 2013 Jelena Jankovic – 2012 Lara Arruabarrena – 2011 Lourdes Dominguez Lino – 2010 Mariana Duque Marino
Entry list: Kiki Bertens (Ned) – Katerina Siniakova (Cze) – Shuai Peng (Chn) – Johanna Larsson (Swe) – Lara Arruabarrena (Esp) – Mandy Minella (Usa) – Maria Sakkari (Gre) – Irina Falconi (Usa) – Magda Linette (Pol) – Sara Errani (Ita)
THE TOWN: Bogotá is the capital and, with its 7,8 millions inhabitants, is the 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 colors 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.
Lonely Planet considers Bogotà 2nd top destination for 2017 and writes on it: “Bogotá is Colombia’s beating heart, an engaging and vibrant capital cradled by chilly Andean peaks and steeped in sophisticated urban cool. The city’s cultural epicenter is La Candelaria, the cobbled historic downtown to which most travelers gravitate. Here, a potpourri of preciously preserved colonial buildings house museums, restaurants, hotels and bars peppered amid 300-year-old homes, churches and convents. Nearly all of Bogotá’s traditional attractions are here – radiating out from Plaza de Bolívar – and gorgeous Cerro de Monserrate is just east.The city’s grittier sides sit south and southwest, where working-class barrios continue to battle well-earned reputations for drugs and crime. In the ritzier north, you’ll find boutique hotels and well-heeled locals piling into chic entertainment districts such as the Zona Rosa and Zona G. Here, rust-tinted sunsets dramatically bounce off the bricks of upper-class Bogotá’s Andes-hugging residential buildings – a cinematic ceremony that begins the city’s uproarious evenings.”
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN BOGOTA’:
- Laguna de Guatavita
- Mount Monserrate
- Botero Museum
BEST 3 HOTELS TO STAY:
- Hotel Classic. This modern *** hotel is located in Tequasillo a popular area of Bogota. It offers design rooms decorated with modern furnishings, free WiFi and fantastic american breakfast buffet always included. Prices for a 23 mq2 double room start from 42$ per night. Rated 9.1 on Booking.
- Hotel Bh Bicentenario. Excellent **** hotel located just at 500 mt from La Calendaria, Casa Moneda and Monserrat Mount. This accomodation, rated 8.8 on Booking, offers large modern rooms, free internet and an on-site restaurant. The price for a 28 mq2 double room is 55$ per night with breakfast and free cancellation included.
- The Orchids. Wonderful ***** hotel, rated 9.3 on Booking, located in Bogotà’ best quarter, La Calendaria,at just 100 mt from Colon Teather. It includes a gourmet a la carte restaurant. A deluxe double of 28 mq2 room with fireplace costs 180$ per night with free WiFi and delicious breakfast included.