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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.
If you are taking a flight to Bogotá, you should be aware that it is six hours behind Spanish time and has a climate where summers are overcast and comfortable and winters are short, cool, damp and mostly cloudy. During the year, the temperature generally ranges from 7 °C to 19 °C and rarely falls below 3 °C or rises above 21 °C.
If you take an Iberia flight to discover this destination, you will arrive at El Dorado Airport in the Bogotá district of Fontibón and about 12 km west of Bogotá International Centre, which covers a surface area of approximately 6.9 km2.
It is the main airport in Latin America as regards cargo volume and the third most important airport in Latin America as regards passenger volume, after Mexico City International Airport and São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport. El Dorado is in a fabulous, strategic location, as it is in the middle of the American continent, making it well communicated with all continents.
There are several ways to get from Bogotá Airport to the city centre. The Transmilenio is Bogotá's fastest urban bus system and one of the best ways from the airport to the centre.
As usual, the fastest and most comfortable way (surpassed only by a direct transfer to your hotel) of getting from Bogotá Airport to the city centre is by taxi.
Taxis have a very bad reputation in Bogotá (and a lot of Colombia). However, to ensure the safety and comfort of travellers, the El Dorado International Airport authority decided to work with just one single company using registered taxis: Taxi Imperial S.A.S.
In addition, if you fly to Bogotá, you will be able to try Colombian food with its roots, especially the cassava and the potato, accompanied by meat or fish. Corn and rice are also widely eaten, as is wheat, used in different types of flour. The main pulses eaten are lentils and peas, and bananas are very important in Colombian gastronomy.
Colombia's official currency is the peso.