This cosmopolitan city of almost 8 million people, sits high in the Andes Mountain Range – soaring at 2,640 meters (8,660 feet) above sea level, to be precise. As the third highest capital city in South America, behind Quito and La Paz, this plateau city enjoys beautiful views of the mountains and mild weather, with an average temperature of 15°-20°.
Bogotá is renowned for the remarkable preservation of its colonial and baroque architecture, predominantly in its spectacular historic district, dating back to the city’s founding in 1538. Throughout Bogotá’s many neighbourhoods, lined with Victorian houses and red brick buildings, you will find stunning examples of Colombia’s rich culture. Throughout the year, there are hundreds of festivals related to music, street theatre, literature, and art, meaning that there is always a plethora of experiences to keep visitors busy and entertained.
Bogotá is also gaining a great deal of distinction as a top gastronomic destination in Latin America. International chefs and Colombian chefs that have trained abroad are flocking to Bogotá to start cutting-edge restaurants with unique culinary approaches and delicious flair. Furthermore, Bogotá’s sophisticated hotels, chic boutiques, designer shops, and thriving nightlife are turning Bogotá into ‘South America’s next capital of cool’, according to Forbes.
THE "HEROIC" CITY
Cartagena, founded by Spanish explorers in 1533, is a stunning example of Spanish colonial architecture, African culture and Amerindian heritage. Its picturesque historic center is enclosed by impressive fortifications that protected the city from pirates, but they now provide unparalleled views of the ocean.
Cartagena’s cobble stone streets are lined with brightly-coloured colonial mansions that conserve the massive wooden entrances with brass door knockers and stars that symbolized the status of each family. Today, these colonial mansions are home to some of South America’s most exquisite restaurants, hotels and boutiques, which flaunt world-class interior design, service and cuisine.
To top it off, Cartagena is the cultural hub of Colombia. Boasting premier literature, music and film festivals, along with traditional cultural celebrations, there is always something to see and do. Dance salsa, learn how to cook ceviche, watch live traditional music and presence the locals’ true joie de vie!