Bogotá is the capital of Colombia and a huge city with a total population nearing 8 million. Just like the capitals of nearby countries like Quito and La Paz it is located at a high altitude (over 2,500 meters or 8,500 feet) in the Andes.
Bogotá is a city with many different sides to it. Poverty and wealth, history and skyscrapers, extremely hectic and extremely peaceful places seem to go side by side. The main tourist draw in the city is La Candeleria, the historic bohemian neighbourhood that is home to many museums, churches, squares (Plaza de Bolivar is notable) and picturesque small cobblestone streets lined by colonial architecture. One of the main draws here is the Botero Museum.
If you want to go up even higher, the Cerro de Monserrate is a religious sanctuary standing on forested mountains at nearly 3,200 meters, overlooking the city.
Besides being a city very worthy to check out on its own merit, Bogotá is also a perfect location to start exploring the rest of the country from given its central location. [Review by travelindicator]
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- Bogota is a city in Colombia's region of Cundinamarca. It has a population of 7,674,366, is situated at an altitude of 8576ft and the best airport to fly into is BOG (El Nuevo Dorado International, Bogota)
- The currency used in Colombia is the Colombian peso (COP)
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