To be in Bogotá is to be in the beating heart of Colombia. It means absorbing the extraordinary cultural movement of the city, where there is always something to do.
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La Candelaria, Bogotá
One of the oldest museums on the American continent is one of the prides of this capital city. The imposing stone-walled facade of the Museo Nacional, or National Museum, does not allow it to go unobserved. Over 20,000 pieces confirm its wealth. The Museo del Oro, or Gold Museum, houses the most important metalwork collection in the world, with over 34,000 pieces and 20,000 objects from diverse pre-Columbian cultures.
Bogotá is ideal as a cultural incentive. Over 40 museums house collections in the fields of archaeology, history, numismatics, philatelics, religion, technology, art, bullfighting, marine ecosystems, architecture, and photography. Several are available for theme parties; the Chicó Museum, for instance.
This is Bogotá’s most bohemian section, as well as its historic, cultural, and intellectual center. Steep cobbled streets and large colonial houses with wide eaves make up most of the landscape. However, public buildings built in the republican and modern styles, such as the President’s offices, the Mayor’s offices, the Cardinal’s Palace, the Courts and several Ministries, are also located in La Candelaria. This is actually a circuit of museums, restaurants, and beautiful places. Touring it is a must.
Villa de Leyva, Boyacá
This is one of the better-preserved colonial towns in the entire country. Its idyllic landscape is full of chivalrous tales, cobbled streets, huge colonial houses, museums, fossils, waterfalls, and caves that make this town an excellent stage for a cultural incentive trip that also includes nature activities. The Santuario de Iguaque is the preferred spot of nature lovers.
The above is the name of Bogota’s bullfighting ring. Since 1931, the season takes place in January and February. “La Santamaría”, short for its full name, is an imposing work of architecture, which includes a museum that exhibits bullfighters’ attires, bullfighting capes, and banderillas (the barbed sticks that are planted on the bull’s flanks).