La Candelaria and Bogota (Colombia 6/6)

La Candelaria and Bogota (Colombia 6/6)

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Colombia is one of the finest countries to find unexplored geographic and historical locations that rival any counterpart in the world. 

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This part of Bogota is the Old City. Filled with beautiful colonial houses that function as restaurants, cafes, pubs, museums, and artisanal shops this zone of Bogota is the most charming part of the city. Here you can see the Plaza de Bolivar, the Catedrala Primada (the Main Cathedral of Bogota), and El Chorro de Quevedo — a lovely little city square filled with a great hip scene and immediate access to amazing little alleys to get lost in. 

For places to stay the first option should be the five-star W Bogota Hotel by Marriot, which is located in the high-end neighborhood of Usaquen where you can find the Mercado de las Pulgas where you can find many beautifully designed local crafts. The hotel as well offers a farm-to-plate restaurant, Jairu, with an impressive menu of local dishes and delights. There is also a nice lounge that has music, drinks, and tapas, and further the hotel houses Colombia’s biggest selection of micro-brew beers. 

Three alternative locations we suggest for traveling excellence are the HAB Hotel, Four Seasons Casa Medina, and Cranky Croc Hostel. Casa Medina and HAB Hotel are quant, cozy, tiny, and great for privacy. 93 Luxury Suites offers larger rooms, with great views, and a huge selection for breakfast. Finally, Cranky Croc Hostel is great for travelers looking for simplicity, but a unique chance to socialize that a typical hotel would not offer. 

Casa Medina offers two helicopter tours. One to visit Lake Guatavita, where the legend of El Dorado was formed, followed by a visit to Zipaquira Cathedral, an underground ground church located in a salt mine. The second helicopter tour takes you to the town of Villa de Levya where you will get to experience local foods, arts, and a flight over the Andes. 

Cranky Croc Hostel, as well, offers great tours while managing to stay inside the city. Here you can take a walking tour, biking tour, food and fruit tour, coffee and beer tours, or even take Spanish classes. 

Finally, for a totally planned tour through the city, you can do a 4-day visit of the city where you will (among other things) visit. The Paloquemao, which is the city’s largest open market; the Gold Museum in La Candelaria, which has over 34,000 thousand pieces of gold art from pre-Colombian times; a walk through the city to see some of the best street art around; and, the chance to attend concerts with local musicians and cafes and bars. 

We could go on and on about all the things to do in Bogota, and Colombia in General, the idea is that this country is filled with otherworldly highlights, both natural and urban. So, let us at All World Travel know how we can help you start your journey to Colombia!

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