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Bogota

Known for Dining, Shopping and Café

Bogotá is a colossal city in the sky. Its cultural and recreational activities provide diverse entertainment with an exciting South American flair.

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Colombia’s capital, Bogotá, is a giant metropolis sitting atop a mountain range. At 8,612 feet (2,625 meters), it is one of South America’s highest cities. This elevated location is responsible for cool temperatures, despite proximity to the equator. Colombia is a hub of culture with many universities, libraries and classy restaurants. Modern high-rises are juxtaposed with cobblestone streets and colonial Spanish churches.

Although the last century saw high crime and drug traffic in Colombia, Bogotá’s two-decade program to become a “safe city” has yielded success. Join numerous other international visitors to appreciate the popular travel destination.

Stroll to the quiet Candelaria historic town center to the National Museum of Colombia, the largest and oldest museum in the country. Browse more than 20,000 pieces of artwork and relics from various time periods, including ancient artifacts from 10,000 B.C.

Nearby, marvel at the strange, comedic and beautiful pieces in the Botero Museum. Peruse the collection of Fernando Botero’s distorted paintings and sculptures of people, animals and other objects, all plumped to obesity. Shop for gemstones in the Emerald District, just five blocks away.

Sample aguardiente, a sugarcane drink, and Colombia’s famous coffee. Join locals and visitors cycling and jogging on over 75 miles (120 kilometers) of streets designated car-free on Sundays for Ciclovia. Learn to do a salsa dance. Spend an afternoon at the Salitre Mágico amusement park. Cross through Simon Bolívar Park to reach José Celestino Botanical Gardens, featuring plants and flowers from every altitude and region of the country. Enjoy January’s Carnaval and other exciting festivals.

Ride the aerial tram or cable car to the top of Monserrate Mountain, which looms over the center of the city. Alternatively, you can climb the hundreds of steps. Explore the church and shrine at the mountain’s peak. Take a break at a café or restaurant at 10,340 feet (3,150 meters) above sea level. and capture stunning photos of the panoramic view of Bogotá as the sun drops below the horizon.

Things to do in Bogota

Ride a gondola up this mountain, or hike to the summit and marvel at the panoramic views of Bogotá’s city center and surroundings.

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Discover one of the world’s most important exhibitions of pre-Hispanic gold, and learn about the indigenous societies that once inhabited Colombia.

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Experience the diversity of Colombia’s flora, take a yoga class or enjoy a picnic in this peaceful and well-maintained botanical garden.

See the work of a revered Colombian artist and admire the collection of paintings by celebrated international masters.

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A visit to Bogotá’s main public square offers a glimpse into the city’s architectural history and the chance to take part in free cultural events.

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Enjoy a magical and mysterious evening at Colombia's craziest restaurant and nightclub. Located on the outskirts of Bogotá, Andrés Carne de Rés is a sprawling destination with 11 dining areas, 5 kitchens, and 2 dance floors—a spellbinding mix of theatrical service, eccentric décor, and mouthwatering food.

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Spend a full day basking in Colombian wonders with visits to Villa de Leyva and the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira. See the colonial-style buildings of Villa de Leyva resting on well-preserved cobblestone streets, then head to Zipaquira to see an amazing church built 656 feet (200 m) below the ground.

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Head out into the savannahs that surround Bogotá on a tour that features a pair of remarkable attractions. You get a look at the majestic Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, built in the tunnels of an immense salt mine, and the lush shores of Lake Guatavita for a sense of the area's natural wonders.

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Uncover the traditional colors, flavors, and aromas of Colombia on this culinary adventure with a farm-to-table chef. Sample a rainbow of produce at the market, learn to select local ingredients like a pro, and craft your own authentic Colombian cuisine with your tropical abundance.

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Spend a day discovering the beauty and serenity of Lake Guatavita and its surrounding area. Led by a private guide, learn the history and legends behind this sacred lake, survey the majestic Tominé Reservoir, and visit the charming town of Sesquilé.

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Enjoy a day of insight and shopping as a guide leads you to a number of local craft shops in Bogotá. Meet the artisans and get to know their brilliant work as you browse for unique handmade bags, alpaca wool textiles, wooden utensils, and leather goods that are hard to find outside Colombia.

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