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BOGOTÁ AND SURROUNDINGS

 

BOGOTÁ

 

Bogotá is the vibrant capital city of Colombia. With a population of nearly eight million people, Bogotá is the economic and political center of the country. The slogan “2.600 meters closer to the stars” describes not only the altitude above sea but also the charm of a city that will attract your attention. The modern sector (north part of the city) has suffered a fast develop in the last 10 or 15 years,  and it now offers a variety of restaurants, bars and nights clubs where it is easy to enjoy the urban social life of Bogotá. The historical center of the city offers a taste of what some houses and churches were like more than 3 centuries ago. The presidential palace, the museum of Fernando Botero and the views from the famous mountain called Monserrate are a “must” when you visit the city for the first time.

 

ZIPAQUIRÁ

 

The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá is an impressive roman catholic church built underground, a mine that is considered the largest deposit of rock salt in the world. The Muisca indigenous people where the first ones to work on and benefit from this huge deposit of salt, which nowadays attracts thousands of tourist that arrive from different parts of the world to admire the sculptures, lightening and history behind this holy place.

The tour inside the temple recreates details of the birth, life and death of Jesus. The beauty of the marble sculptures and the way the lights play an amazing role in the decoration of the different stations will impress all tourists regardless their believes.

The Cathedral is located in the town of Zipaquirá, 50 km away from Bogotá. The complex also offers other attractions like the Salt Park and some museums of mining, Geology and natural resources.

CHICAQUE NATIONAL PARK

 

This amazing natural park is a cloud forest just 30 minutes away from Bogotá. If you want to get away from the busy life of the capital city, Chicaque offers a wide variety of activities including camping, zipline, canopy, hiking and bird watching. It gives the opportunity for tourists to experience the rich variety of natural resources Colombia has.

LAGUNA GUATAVITA

 

It is said that the legend of El Dorado took place in this beautiful lake surrounded by an amazing landscape.  The Muisca tribe believed that the lake was sacred and holds a treasure of gold, after the “Cacique” (tribe chief) walked into the lake covered in gold and jewelry and throw offerings of the precious metal into the water. The tour around the lake is a relaxing countryside experience that will take your mind back to those times of Gods and legends. You can, later on when back to the city, admire some impressive pieces of gold at the Gold Museum. If you have time, you can also visit the Tomine reservoir, which controls the water supply of Bogota and its surroundings.

SUESCA

 

This small town just an hour away from Bogota is the top destination for rock climbing and other extreme activities like rafting and trekking. A friendly welcome and a warm service from the people of Suesca will make you stay to try the different adventurous options available.

TOBIA

 

Tobia is the perfect location to practice some extreme sports at a very affordable price and just a few hours away of Bogotá. From rafting and rappelling to hiking through waterfalls, there is always something exciting to do in Tobia. Hotels and restaurants offer a range of services to make your stay an enjoyable experience.

HOT SPRINGS AND WATERFALLS CHOACHI

 

 

La Chorrera waterfall is 590 meters and is the highest waterfall of Colombia. The beautiful landscape encourage you to do hiking to the waterfall to admire the magnificent views and the power of nature.  The small town of Choachi has hot springs, which are very popular in this part of the country. As the perfect plan to finish your day, the hot springs will give you peace and relaxation. Just 2 hours away from Bogota

PÁRAMO MATARREDONDA, SUMAPAZ AND CHINGAZA

 

The most spectacular páramos ecosystems and natural parks you can admire as close as 2 hours away from Bogota. They are the most important reserves of water, vegetation and different animal species and it is protected by the state. Tourists will experience a unique experience in touch with nature.

TATACOA DESERT

Affected by erosion due to natural causes, the Tatacoita Desert offers a contrasting landscape to enjoy a day out surrounded by different plantations and impressive mountains. Fossils and remains have been found by archaeologists. It is a perfect place for ecoturism.

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