|Brokeback mountain cafe bar|
|Iglesia de Lourdes, Chapinero's centerpiece|
|Kenneth Cole and McDonald's. What country are we in, anyway?|
|A new sight in Bogotá: A female couple walks the street.|
|Chic, fashion and money.|
|A historical home in the midst of Chapinero: once the home of a military hero of the revolution against Spain.|
Perhaps a half century ago, this area was still countryside and fincas.
|Eros, one of the neighborhood's many 'love motels.'|
Chapinero has its own red light district, or 'zona de tolerancia.' Tarjeteros on streetcorners hand out cards like these. Most strip clubs, of course, double as brothels, whether legally or not. I once had a neighbor who actually managed one of these places. He said that many of the girls who worked there were university students paying for their educations. He said that others were married, but that their husbands actually didn't know what they did for a living. Undoubtedly, my neighbor told me only the 'positive' side of the business, and there must be lots of exploitation and child prostitution as well.
More Chapinero scenes: the man who begs with dogs and the musicians' beach.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours