11 Reasons to Love Bogotá

 

1.
The way that the red brick ‘façades’ of the city’s modern buildings contrast against the stunning green backdrop of the eastern mountains

2.
The well-preserved architectural gems of the Quinta Camacho and La Merced neighborhoods, home to impressive old English-style townhouses

3.
La Candelaria’s colonial buildings and cobblestone streets which will take you back to the area’s colonial Spanish history

4.
The chance to experience the best in local cuisine, with a rich variety of regional dishes from all over the country, from traditional gastronomy to nouveau Colombian cuisine

5.
The warmth and joy exuded by Colombians and the opportunity to make them your new friends in the city’s numerous pubs, cocktail bars and clubs

6.
Bogotá boasts 500 kilometers-worth of cycle paths – more than any other Latin American city – giving you the chance to comfortably explore its various neighborhoods on two wheels

7.
The city’s urban culture, with every park and square rife with artists, musicians, storytellers, painters and artisans

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The packed cultural calendar, including the renowned International Book Fair (FILBO), the International Art Fair (ARTBO), the Iberoamerican Theater Festival, Bogotá Fashion Week, the Expoartesanías handicrafts fair, Feria Buro and so much more

9.
The magnificent panoramic views from Monserrate, which give visitors a glimpse of the sheer scale and diversity of this intriguing metropolis

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A veritable exhibition of fruits, vegetables and herbs. Bogotá’s markets are fascinating cultural and gastronomic meeting places. Head to Paloquemao, Codabas, Corabastos or 7 de agosto to experience an explosion of the country’s colors and aromas

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A mere hour and a half’s drive from the capital will take you to any number of cathedrals, salt mines, lakes, train journeys across the savannah, luxurious spas, sun soaked havens and eco-tourism hotspots