Bogota, Colombia


Bogota is a vibrant and cosmopolitan capital city, 2,640 metres above sea level and brimming with architectural contrasts.

The majority of visitors to Colombia will arrive into Bogota by air and spend a night or two before exploring the country further. Grand colonial churches and century-old plazas are interspersed with modern business areas and shopping malls.

San Pedro Claver Church, Cartagena, Colombia

Highlights of Colombia

Combine a host of Colombia’s cultural highlights, spending time in vibrant cities, peaceful mountain villages and fertile coffee growing valleys, topped off with time on the coast.  

15 days

from £4,695 pp

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Salt production, Guajira Peninsula, Colombia
Guajira Peninsula, Colombia

Off-the-Beaten-Track in Colombia

This Colombian adventure unveils some of the nation’s most offbeat locations, while still taking time to privately tour the galleries and architectural highlights of the cosmopolitan capital.
An extraordinary trip for intrepid visitors to “the gateway to South America”, it traverses both the Amazon Rainforest and the Guajira Peninsula.

18 days

from £5,465 pp

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Los Martires, Bogota, Colombia
Los Martires, Bogota

A little more about Bogota

Most visitors to Bogota find the historic neighbourhood of La Candelaria irresistible. Streets are lined with a charming ensemble of colourful houses, theatres, museums, galleries and cafes; amongst them are the opulent Teatro Colon, the intriguing Museo de Oro and the candy-striped Iglesia del Carmen.

Stroll around the Plaza de Bolivar nestled at the heart of Bogota’s historic district and contemplate the showcase of stately buildings including the Catedral Primada, Capitolio Nacional, and the presidential palace of Casa de Narino. Browse for quality souvenirs at Artesanias de Colombia where you’ll find everything from straw umbrellas to hand-woven ponchos, and encapsulate this bustling metropolis in an extraordinary view from the summit of Cerro de Monserrate.


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Gold Museum (3) Bogota

Visit the Gold Museum

Explore exhibitions which contain an incredible number of ancient gold artefacts.

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Cable Car, Bogota, Colombia

Cerro Monserrate

Take the cable car to the top of Cerro Monserrate to visit the church and for fantastic views of the city.

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Los Martires, Bogota, Colombia

Visit La Candelaria

Wander along the cobbled streets of La Candelaria with its wonderfully restored and colourful colonial houses, churches and plazas.

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Salt Cathedral, Villa de Leyva, Colombia

Explore local Salt Mines

Head to the Zipaquira salt mines to visit the fascinating underground cathedral carved into the salt.

Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

The Orchids Hotel £££££

  • Colombia
  • Boutique

Located in the historical quarter just a short walk from La Candalaria, The Orchids building dates back to 1892. Offering just eight rooms, it’s a quirky property with a specific taste but it’s a welcoming refuge.

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Hotel Sofitel Victoria Regia £££££

  • Colombia
  • City

This 102 room Sofitel has a prime location within the “entertainment district” in the north of the city. Elegance, comfort and quality service are the trademarks of this French hotel. Rooms have modern decor and design with bold colours and contemporary furniture. Chef Mauricio Rodriguez blends Mediterranean cuisine with Colombian local ingredients at Basilic restaurant. There is also a wellbeing, spa and fitness centre. You’re just a three-minute stroll from a great range of bars and restaurants.

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Hotel de La Opera £££££

  • Colombia
  • City

Hotel de la Opera is located in the historic centre of the Colombian capital, near attractions such as the Museo del Oro (Gold Museum), Teatro Colón and Palacio San Carlos. 50 rooms are split into architectural styles that span three centuries of history including Colonial, Republican and Deco. La Scala la and Mirador Restaurants offer a selection of Colombian and Mediterranean cuisine. Bar Automático is ideal for a drink in a cosy colonial atmosphere, whilst the Thermae Spa evokes the 1940s Art Deco era and is equipped with a Jacuzzi, Turkish bath, sauna and massage zone.

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John Faithfull

Colombia is a firm Latin favourite with John, who’s most memorable moment in the country included an exhausting hike through the wild (and lawless) Darien Gap with The Times journalist Martin Fletcher.

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Sailing around the Rosario Islands was not something we had even considered, but we are so grateful to John for putting this enchanting archipelago on our radar.

Destination: Colombia
Travel Expert: John

John put together a phenomenal itinerary to Colombia that included the Colombian Amazon, a place that we understand to be little visited. What a trip it was – you have made Steppes clients out of us, John.

Destination: Colombia
Travel Expert: John

Our trip to Colombia and Peru, organised by James, exceeded all of our expectations! We travelled initially to see our eldest son who lives in California and then decided that (while close by) we would "nip" to Peru with the aim of visiting Machu Picchu, and onward to Colombia. A spectacular and memorable trip of a lifetime.

Destinations: Colombia & Peru
Travel Expert: James

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