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Bogota, Colombia's capital city, is located 2600 meters above sea level, in the center of the country, on the east border of the savannah. The annual average temperature is 14ºC, varying from 9ºC to 22ºC.

Bogota is bordered to the east by the Eastern Cordillera of the Andes mountain range and to the west by the Bogota River. Moreover, Sumapaz moor borders the south and to the north it extends over the savannah up to the towns of Chía and Sopó.

This "Balcony of the Andes", better known as Bogota, offers tourist absolutely stunning views. The "Parque de los Nevados" over the Central Cordillera, and the Magdalena Valley a few minutes away from the city will offer you unforgettable experiences.

This city has an estimated population of eighty million and good service at low costs is one of the main features. Quality theatres, museums, libraries and an extremely rich architecture in more than a thousand neighborhoods are some of the main attractions that can be enjoyed in this city with numbered streets and carreras.

Panoramic view of Bogota


Bogota accommodation

Through it is possible to make reservations by phone or on-line for accommodation in Huts, Hotels, Apartments, Apart-Hotels or Resorts located in different spots of the city.

In order to experience an enjoyable and pleasant stay near your area of interest a it is possible to book a hotel downtown Bogotá or in different areas of the city.

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Sightseens & Tours in Bogota

Among the many attractions that Bogota has to offer, the Monserrate Valley, a beautiful hill and viewpoint, is one of the main ones. Moreover, the Tequendama Falls and the Quinta de Bolivar museum are definitely a must for tourists visiting the area.

La Candelaria, one of the city's most select and best known neighborhoods, offers several attractions, namely a wide array of art exhibitions, museums such as the Gold Museum, among others.

What is more, the José Celestino Mutis Botanical Garden or the Distrital Planetarium as well as the Parks, Poplar groves and Wetlands, Libraries and Newspaper libraries are also well worth visiting.

The Santamaría Bullring, the Colpatría Tower with its 50 floors, the covered Coliseum El Camping with a total capacity of 20,000 people, the Jorge Eliécer Gaitán Municipal Theatre with a capacity for 1750 people and more.

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93 Park in Bogota


Monserrate Hill in Bogota

This impressive and legendary Colombian hill, also known as "teeth shaped hill" awakens tourist's great interest. Alter the sun has set, the sanctuary adds this place a final mystic touch.

As you raise your look from any point of the city, it's impossible not to run into the hill that from its 3,152 meters above sea level has been looking over to Bogotá for 402 years now.

Over and above its natural beauty, the possibility to get close to God and the faith that this place evokes, are also, according to local people, some of the hill's main attractions.

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Monserrate Hill in Bogota


Bogota's History

According to historians, before conquerors arrived to these lands, the Muiscas tribe was the first population to settle in the area, consisting of about a million natives.

The Muiscas occupied the highest and mildest areas, about 25,000 km2 between Sumapaz and Cocuy. There, they organized into two important federations. One of these was the south western federation, dominated by the Zipa, with its centre in Bacatá.

The city was founded on the 6th August 1538 by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada, and it consisted of 12 huts by then. An act was held where the first stones of the Cathedral were laid and the city was named Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza.

After its foundation, Bogota became the capital of the republic and of the Viceroyalty. Also, it became headquarters of the Real Audience. During the XIX century about nine wars took place in the Patria Boba.

On the 17th December 1954 this beautiful city of the altiplano is finally organized as a Special District. Bacatá, Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza, Santa Fe and since 1991 Bogota Capital District, nowadays it is known as Bogotá D.C.

Bolivar Square


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