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Bogota is a cosmopolitan city tucked on a high plateau in the Andes of central Colombia, 2640 metres (8661 feet) above sea level.

The average temperature is around 14 degrees celsius.

History

Bogotá was founded in 1538 by the Spanish explorer Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada. Nicknamed the Athens of Latin America it is by far the most populous city in the country with over 7 million inhabitants.

Exploring Bogota

Colorful facades, Bogota
Bogota has much to offer the intrepid traveller, the old town of Candelaria is full of small cobbled streets and colourful buildings and some excellent museums.

The districts known as Parque 93, Zona Rosa and Usaken are great for restaurants, shopping and some inviting bars. There is also a cable car trip you can take to view the city's skyline.

Furthermore, the city boasts many parks (e.g. The Simon Bolivar Park Metropolitan Park which has large free concerts and festivals) amongst its urban sprawl.

An interesting fact about Bogota is that it has one of the most extensive dedicated Bike Paths Network of any city in the world, with a total of 300km.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Bogota

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Bogota, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Bogota

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    Accommodation choices for Bogota

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Bogota. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia, Bogota

      Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia

      First Class

      The Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia is a large, modern hotel located in the quiet, upmarket Chico neighbourhood.

    • Hotel Abadia Colonial, Bogota

      Hotel Abadia Colonial

      Medium

      A converted colonial house in the old town of Bogota in the heart of Candelaria.

    • Hotel de la Opera, Bogota

      Hotel de la Opera

      Medium

      Hotel de la Opera is the result of a beautiful restoration of two colonial houses once home to the Spanish Generals.

    Ideas for experiencing Bogota

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Bogota, and which use the best local guides.

    • Bogota, Colombia

      La Candelaria Walking Tour

      Bogota

      La Candelaria is Bogotá's heart and soul, from humble beginnings, the oldest part of the city and the Plaza Bolivar are high on any visitor's agenda, a wonderful place to start to discover Bogotá.

    • Salt Cathedral at Zipaquira

      Salt Cathedral Excursion

      Bogota

      For the beauty of its landscapes, the richness of its earth, and its jewel beneath the earth's surface, Zipaquirá is somewhat of a must during a stay in Bogotá.