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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.
This journey through Colombia takes in a host of the nation’s highlights, from the grand colonial churches and street art of Bogota to the UNESCO World Heritage city and coffee-growing regions of Cartagena. With just a sprinkling of internal flights and some indulgent nights spent aboard a privately chartered yacht exploring the turquoise waters of the Rosario Islands, this is a beyond the ordinary way to experience the “gateway to South America”.
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.
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.
Explore exhibitions which contain an incredible number of ancient gold artefacts.
Take the cable car to the top of Cerro Monserrate to visit the church and for fantastic views of the city.
Wander along the cobbled streets of La Candelaria with its wonderfully restored and colourful colonial houses, churches and plazas.
Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.
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.
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.
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.
A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.
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.
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.
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.
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