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Cosmopolitan Bogotá 3 days / 2 nights

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Your Colombian vacation usually starts in Bogotá, where you most of the time arrive after an exhaustive flight. Bogotá is an impressive city of 8 million inhabitants. The city, located at 2600 meters above sea level, boasts green parks, colonial churches and cathedrals, museums, world-class restaurants and trendy bars. With this short package, the transfer from the airport, the first two nights in a comfortable hotel and a city tour are arranged, which is a relaxed start of your vacation. You can slowly adjust to this massive city and its altitude.

When you choose to stay in a hotel in the old historical center, you're in the heart of the city and close to the main attractions. Those who prefer shopping and going out at night, can choose to stay in a hotel in the Zona Rosa in the north, the more wealthy region of the city. We have picked both hotels on atmosphere and location.

Day 1 Bogotá

Upon arrival at the airport of Bogotá, you’ll be met by your driver and guided to a private vehicle taking you to your hotel.

In Bogotá we work with hotels at two different locations. If you choose to stay in La Candelaria, the old historical center of the city, you will stay in a colonial hotel. Plaza de Bolivar, the central square of the city with the Cathedral of Bogotá and the presidential palace, are within walking distance.

It was in La Candelaria, at Plazoleta del Chorro de Quevedo, that the Colombian capital was founded in 1538. Here you’ll find cobblestone streets, colonial balconies and patios, many museums and old churches. There are a couple of good bars and restaurants, although it tends to be a little lonely at night.

If you prefer fine dining and high-end shopping malls at your doorstep, you can choose to stay in the Zona Rosa. This more wealthy region in the north of the city is home to Bogota’s primary dining, shopping and nightlife scene. It is very different from the historical center. You will stay in a comfortable hotel within walking distance of Zona T, the epicenter of the Zona Rosa, packed with bars, restaurants and upscale malls.

You spend your first afternoon or evening in the luxurious comfort of your hotel recovering from your long flight. At night you can have dinner in one of the many restaurants. We went to Andres D.C. located in shopping mall El Retiro, a good introduction of the cheerfulness of Colombia and its tasteful food. In La Candelaria is La Sociedad a good option (6-42, Calle 11).

Day 2 Bogotá City Tour

From people who visited Bogotá you often hear that their first impression was that of a busy and massive city. We feel that Bogotá is a fantastic city as long as you know the right places to visit. Our guide will take you today to the old historic center where you’ll find the cultural highlights of the city.

After breakfast your guide will pick you up at your hotel. If you stay in the Zona Rosa you will walk together to the bus station of the Transmilenio. Here leaves the bus to the center of Bogotá. Since this bus has its own lane, it is a fast and efficient way to move around. If you prefer so, you can also take a taxi.

Together with your guide you will first visit the Gold Museum, a must-see in Bogotá. We found it impressive to see the world’s most important collection of gold pieces from pre-Hispanic cultures. Then you head to the district of La Candelaria. Here you can enjoy a walk around cobbled streets and admire the colonial architecture, ancient churches, art on the walls and the presidential palace. Because the guide knows the city well he will show you things you normally wouldn’t notice. You’ll make a time journey through history and you’ll get a good idea how the city has developed itself. You will also visit the Botero Museum, a museum with many works of Colombia's most famous artist Fernando Botero.

The city tour ends with a visit to Cerro de Monserrate, a mountain at 3150 meters with on top a lofty white church, of which we think its the icon of Bogotá. You will take the cable car up for a fantastic view, giving a good impression of the enormous size of the city.

Day 3 Departure from Bogotá

After breakfast this short break ends. From Bogotá you can continue your journey to any destination in Colombia. You can for example travel to Medellín, Cali or the Caribbean coast. Most clients choose for the Short Package Coffee Triangle where you’ll stay amidst a stunning green landscape surrounded by coffee plantations. We also recommend the Short Package Villa de Leyva which brings you to the most beautiful colonial town of Colombia.

Optional Zipaquirá

The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá is approximately a 1.5 hour drive from Bogotá. A visit to this cathedral takes at least half a day. This unique cathedral is constructed in a still working salt mine. You will experience the incredible architecture as you descend slowly to the 200 meters underground church. The Salt Cathedral is one of our favorites as it is an unforgettable experience to see an underground church. We can easily extend your stay with an extra night in Bogotá and a visit to Zipaquirá.

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