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Colombia: Bogota

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Colombia’s edgy capital is a microcosm of the country’s complex society. Huge, anarchic, choked with undisciplined traffic, it also has a lovely colonial core, La Candelaria, and modern suburbs cluttered with upmarket boutiques, nightclubs, glamorous restaurants and plush apartments. Further away, the hills are pitted with the self-built, ramshackle homes built by people arriving in the city looking for work.

A centre for the intellect, Bogotá has many excellent museums, cinemas, theatres, music venues and universities, along with a vigorous café society. The urban sprawl is overshadowed by Andean peaks glowering over the city which, at 2,640m, enjoys a climate of perpetual spring.

Our holidays to Bogota

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Car

Self-drive Colombia: Exploring the coffee region and beyond

Private journey

12 days from £2,217pp

Villa de Leyva

Chachalaca: Colombia’s Colonial and Coffee Culture

Group tour

14 days from £2,889pp

Weaverbird

Weaverbird: Spirit of Colombia

Group tour

16 days from £2,338pp

Rural Colombia

Undiscovered Colombia, Providencia and Panama City

Private journey

18 days from £4,482pp

Things to do in Bogota

Cycling tour of Bogota

Cycling tour of Bogota

Macaw parrot

Visit Chicaque Nature Reserve


Salt mine Church

Visit a Salt Cathedral

Colombian gold

Visit the Bogota Gold Museum

Our insider tips for Bogota

Lina

Lina Fuller

The sweeping views over the city from the sanctuary on the peak of Monserrate, 3,210m. Travelup the mountain by cable car or funicular railway – or walk up on Sunday along with families and pilgrims: there are dozens of vendors lining the path.

Isabelle

Isabelle Mazille

A visit to the Gold Museum, one of the world’s best. The artefacts are crafted with incredible skill, and put into context by the museum’s enlightened displays.

Claire Milner

Claire Milner

Lunch in one of the excellent restaurants in the cobbled district of La Candelaria, after a stroll around the historic quarter. Colonial churches and mansions, along with more modest residences speckle this charming little grid east of vast Plaza Bolívar.

Tom

Tom Parrott

Drinks and dinner in the effervescent Zona Rosa, with its many bars, night-clubs and live music shows.

What our experts say

On weekends the streets in downtown La Candelaria are not as crowded, and the morning is a good time to walk around exploring the colonial area of the capital. This is where the majority of events happened during the struggle for independence and a short wander through the cobbled streets will reveal plenty of colonial architecture gems.

Lina

Lina Fuller

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