Located in the Bogota savanna, on a high plateau on the eastern range of the Colombian Andes, the capital of Colombia finds itself at exactly 2,630 metres above sea level. The combination of altitude, its mild climate and average temperature of 15°C mean that the sky is overcast for two thirds of the year. Fog blurs the line between past and present, adding a touch of wistful mystery to this city, which you too could experience if you take one of our cheap flights to Bogota.
The Old Town exudes its colonial past in places such as Bolívar Square (where you will find the Primada Cathedral), the Candelaria district (the most traditional of the city, with cobblestone streets and lowslung, brightly coloured houses) and the Monserrate Sanctuary on top of Monserrate hill. Religious pilgrims gather here, and it is considered one of the largest natural and religious attractions of the area.
Known as the ‘Athens of South America’ due to its abundance of cultural offerings, Bogota boasts a large number of museums, theatres and libraries. In 2007, the city was declared UNESCO World Book Capital City, in recognition of its efforts to promote literacy. As far as museums go, the two that stand out from the crowd are the Gold Museum, which houses the world’s largest collection of pre-Hispanic gold, and the Botero Museum, dedicated to the famous Colombian artist, who specialised in portraits of potbellied women and men. Come and visit to see for yourself that Bogota, like Botero’s people, has an immense amount of charm.
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