Those of you arriving on an international flight will be met at the airport by the tour leader or a local representative and escorted to your hotel in a commercial and residential quarter in the popular north of the city. Bogotá is a city of sparkling prosperity and creative innovation, but also home to people living on the margins of society, and everything in between. It’s awash with splendid colonial churches, fascinating museums, futuristic architecture and lively universities. Its population is diverse and engaging and its cultural life vibrant.
You have time to relax, get accustomed to the altitude, get to know your fellow travellers and familiarise yourself with your surroundings. A short hop from the hotel is the up and coming quarter Usaquén, once a town in its own right but now absorbed into the capital with a vivacious flea market on Sundays.
We take you on a guided exploration of the city with a walking tour of the historic core, the colonial Candelaria district, crammed with baroque churches, museums and graceful Spanish-style buildings with intricate balconies, shuttered windows and huge wooden doors. You head to the historic centre and the vast central Plaza de Bolivar, framed by the imposing Cathedral and Congress building. Explore the steep colonial streets ultimately reaching the Gold Museum. This is an extraordinary, well-displayed collection of pre-Columbian artefacts housing more than 34,000 gold pieces.
Later there's an ascent of the mountain towering over Bogotá, with a white church at its peak. From there, at a heady 3,152m above sea level, there are splendid views. There’s a steep path up to the top but you won’t have to climb: a cable-car and funicular railway station whizz you to the top.