by Margaret McGlynn | July 20, 2016
Bogota
A mile and a half above sea level, sophisticated Bogota offers the incentive qualifier many kinds of "high life." From dazzling gold to trendy cuisine and from sizzling nightlife to perhaps the best coffee in the world, here's how incentive qualifiers can max out their downtime.


For the Party Animal
Attendees can slip on their dancing shoes and head to Bogota's temple of nightlife, Andres Carne de Res D.C. A multi-story carnival of live music, hearty food, and potent cocktails decorated in nearby Chia's colorful style, the place is studded with wrought-iron hearts and yellow butterflies. The 76-page menu is a work of art in itself, but don't let it overwhelm you. Try the fruity Mandarino vodka cocktail, the mojito, or just a frosty Club Colombia beer. Arepas de maiz con queso (corn cakes stuffed with cheese) or patacones (fried green plaintains) will keep your conga line going all night long.


For the Caffeiniasta
Everyone should take a free morning and savor coffee a whole new way at Libertario, a sleek café in the hip professional Zona Rosa neighborhood. A tasting ritual known as "cupping" engages the senses, starting with scent, then sight, then, finally, a rich and robust taste. Or keep it simple and enjoy a handcrafted espresso with a pastry or sandwich, and don't forget to pick up a tin of your favorite roast so you can imbibe Colombia's opulent flavor at home.


For the Foodie
Mere blocks from the Hilton and the Four Seasons, groups can stroll into the charming Tudor brick neighborhood of el Chapinero and stop for lunch at Abasto, a fashionable gastropub devoted to fresh and sustainable food. Start with a crisp lulo juice, made from the refreshing South American fruit, followed by crunchy empanadas, chorizo (spicy hand-made sausage), and fresh hearts of palm grown in the rainforests of Putumayo. Those feeling adventurous, shouldn't miss the pulpo de pesca artisanal (grilled octopus salad), and if they're still hungry, stuff themselves with the savory shrimp and rice main course.