More than 2,500 metres above sea level, Bogota is a city that has reinvented itself over the last decade to become one of South America's most vibrant cities and a favourite with those booking vacations to Colombia.
Once here, you can wander the streets of La Candelaria where you will find everything from colonial haciendas to Bogota's trendiest bars, as well as museums where you can view religious, colonial, and modern art, gold relics, and plenty more. Art lovers should not miss out of the Donacion Botero which contains works by Monet, Dali, Picasso, and Renoir, in addition to several paintings by the museum's biggest benefactor, Colombian-born artist Fernando Botero. While getting cheap tickets to the biennial Iboamerican Theater Festival might require some advance planning, the festival's colourful street parade and approximately 1,000 performances make it well worth the effort.
Cafés serving the best of Colombian coffee abound and when the sun goes down, Bogota's stylish set check out the specials at fine dining restaurants in Zona G or hit the clubs of Zona Rosa to dance until dawn. Plenty of parks provide shady relief amidst the city's bustling streets and high-rises and for the best views of Bogota, head to the top of Cerro de Monserrate. If you've got time to spare, take a short drive away from the city and explore the origins of the El Dorado legend at Laguna del Cacique Guatavita or visit the Catedral de Sal, a place of worship carved out of a salt mine in Zipaquira.