Destination guide: Bogota, Colombia
Bogota is the capital of Colombia and is in the middle of a plain, more than 2,500 meters above sea level. For many, this city is the country’s main cultural hub and one of the most important in South America. For this reason, on your next trip to Bogota, don’t forget to visit the Botero Museum (with work by artists such as Picasso, Miro, Monet and Degas) and the marvelous Gold Museum.
Also remember to try the exquisite local cuisine, which mainly involves a fusion of indigenous and Spanish influences. Purchase your tickets at LAN.com and fly to a place with friendly customs and a fertile landscape.
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Cradled by cool Andean peaks and named after a nearby ancient site, Colombia’s engaging capital is a city of 1000 neighborhoods – each adding a different take on a lively metropolis. Bogota a surprising leader in forward-thinking progressive projects. On Sundays 122km of roads are closed to cars and left for more than a million locals to enjoy on bikes, while the recently built TransMilenio bus system purposely connects posh ‘fantasy land’ neighborhoods in the north with working-class ones in the south.
Most visitors here gravitate to the cobbled historic center – La Candelaria – where senators lunch at restaurants housed in 300-year-old homes that reinvent themselves as drinks-only venues after hours for the lively student scene. Most traditional attractions are here – radiating out from Plaza de Bolívar – and gorgeous Cerro de Monserrate is just east.
It’s a very different scene up north, where you’ll find boutique hotels, safe strolls after dark, and well-heeled locals piling into chic districts like Zona Rosa. The flip side of the city, of course, is the grittier south and southwest.
Try a hot mug of canelazo (aguardiente, sugarcane, cinnamon and lime), which comes sugar-coated and filled with the local spirit. Or indulge in the city’s one great unifier and dunk a chunk of white cheese right into your hot chocolate.
Purchase your ticket at LAN.com and discover all of the charm that Bogota has to offer. Buy now