The Kiwi.com Top 10 – Bogotá

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The Kiwi.com Top 10 – Bogotá

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28 May 2017

By | 28 May 2017

Here at Kiwi.com, we love exploring new places, but we also know that sometimes you want to go back to somewhere you’ve already been. Here’s our guide to the 10 most popular airports that Kiwi.com customers fly in and out of

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City – Bogotá

If you’ve never been …

… You might only be aware of Bogotá as somewhere with a reputation for being dangerous. In the ’80s and ’90s, this was undoubtedly true. These days, however, it has garnered more of an international standing as a leading destination for meetings and business. Over 1,500 multi-national companies have offices there, and it is one of South America’s great commercial centres.

Lovers of the arts and high culture will also be pleasantly surprised as it is home to the Colombian National Museum, one of the oldest on the continent, and the Bogotá Philharmonic gives hundreds of performances a year. Combine this with a rich tradition of sports success and huge music festivals, and Bogotá is a vibrant proposition. So what about the following?

Hustle and bustle

The Primatial Cathedral in Bolívar Square opened in 1832 – Matyas Rehak / Shutterstock Bogotá Group Created with Sketch. The Primatial Cathedral in Bolívar Square opened in 1832 – Matyas Rehak / Shutterstock

Bolívar Square, named after the revolutionary leader Simon Bolívar, is Bogotá’s huge central plaza that allows you to watch the bustle of everyday life in the capital. It’s also home to the Iglesia Museo de Santa Clara, a huge church with a ceiling covered in golden flowers and hundreds of paintings and sculptures of the saints.

Go for gold!

Visitors learn about a horde of gold in the Museo del Oro –  Posztos / Shutterstock Bogotá Group Created with Sketch. Visitors learn about a horde of gold in the Museo del Oro – Posztos / Shutterstock

The Museo del Oro – the Gold Museum – is precisely that. A museum that houses over 55,000 gold artefacts from indigenous people in the eras before Columbus and the Spanish invasion. The sheer quantity and quality of the exhibits are dazzling, and this is why it’s one of the most popular attractions in South America.

Feed your artistic soul

Much of the work in the Museo de Arte del Banco was donated by Fernando Botero – Posztos / Shutterstock Bogotá Group Created with Sketch. Much of the work in the Museo de Arte del Banco was donated by Fernando Botero – Posztos / Shutterstock

The vast collection of the Museo de Arte del Banco de la Republica is so big as to be overwhelming, but if you decide to brave one branch, make sure it’s the Museo Botero. Pieces by the Colombian artist after whom the collection is named dominate, but there are plenty more by artists as well known as Picasso, Chagall, Braque, Dali, Matisse and Monet.

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Get some spirit inside you

The Museo del Tequila has 1,580 different bottles behind the bar – Shutterstock Bogotá Group Created with Sketch. The Museo del Tequila has 1,580 different bottles behind the bar – Shutterstock

The Museo del Tequila is not a museum, but it is based around tequila. Okay, so it’s not strictly Colombian, but you’ll forget all about that when you get the chance to sample a selection of the approximately 1,580 bottles of tequila available!

Explosive gaming

Tejo is an explosive sport in Colombia – Neil Taylor Bogotá Group Created with Sketch. Tejo is an explosive sport in Colombia – Neil Taylor

Tejo is a popular sport in Colombia, dating back hundreds of years, and it’s becoming more popular with backpackers, mainly because it’s played while swilling a lot of beer! The idea is to throw a metal puck – the tejo – at targets that are small triangles filled with gunpowder. With every target hit, there’s a bang, a cheer, and down goes the beer!

The art of politics

Street art in Bogotá often has a political flavour –  Watch_The_World / Shutterstock Group Created with Sketch. Street art in Bogotá often has a political flavour – Watch_The_World / Shutterstock

One striking thing about Bogotá is the amount of street art around. There are numerous companies that can take you on walking tours around the city, telling the stories behind the imagery, slogans and people that make up the art in this most politically-charged of cities. Funny, sad, bitter and ironic, this is a fascinating insight into years of underground action.