The capital of Colombia and home to more than seven million people, Bogota is a city that is going places. In the past, it was considered somewhere to avoid. However, thanks to enhanced security, clean-up projects and infrastructure investment, it is now one of Latin America's urban gems. Located in the centre of the country on a vast plain, it boasts museums, cultural events and a thriving nightlife, meaning there is plenty to spend your Colombian pesos on. The historic quarter of La Candelaria, with its churches and cafes, is a favourite among visitors. To find out more about Bogota flights, or Colombia more generally, simply use our search tool.
The main dry season in Bogota runs from December to March, and there is a second less dry spell with only light rainfall from July to August. The wettest months are April and October, and it may be wise to avoid trips to the city during this period.
Flights from the UK to Bogota's El Dorado International Airport typically involve one stop and take around 15 hours. The hub is situated only 13 kilometres from the city centre and, as well as taxis, car rentals are available.
In the city itself, you can use buses and trams to get around. With the exception of a few streets, there are no bus stops, meaning you have to flag the vehicles down. Taxis are also abundant. These yellow cabs are a quick and inexpensive way to travel. They all have meters and drivers generally use them, but keep an eye out just in case.
While in Bogota, it's well worth taking a trip to the Museo del Oro, or Gold Museum. This is the city's most famous museum and one of the best in all of South America. It contains over 55,000 pieces of gold and other materials from all the main pre-Hispanic cultures in Colombia. Another top attraction is the Catedral Primada. This impressive neoclassical cathedral stands on the site where the first mass may have been celebrated after the city's founding. It is the largest building of its kind in Bogota.
To really get to grips with the metropolis, it is worth taking a bike tour. By travelling around on two wheels like this, you can get fascinating insights into areas you may otherwise miss.
Colourful houses in the Los Martires district
The Plaza de Bolivar is packed with historical buildings
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