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With a footfall of around 500,000 visitors annually, the Gold Museum is the most visited tourist destination of the country. The second and third floors of the museum showcase a collection of 55,000 gold artifacts along with a collection of pre-Columbian gold and various other metal alloys. You can take a one-hour free tour on any day from Tuesday to Saturday and gain a better understanding of the museum.
This is the oldest museum not only in Columbia but in the entire continent as well. The museum's fortress architecture dates back to the year 1823. It houses nearly 20,000 pieces representing Columbian art, history and culture. The permanent collection has ethnography and archeology samples from 10,000 years BC along with Afro-Columbian culture and art.
The biggest Botanical Garden in Columbia, Bogota Botanical Garden acts as a recreation and research center emphasizing the Andrean and Paramo ecosystem. The garden houses plants from every altitude, region and climate of Columbia. There is a waterfall, a public library, and a tourist information desk and labs for researching plants. This 19.5 acres garden is filled with a collection of plants that are grouped according to their natural ecosystem.
Mundo Aventura Theme Park is one of the main family attractions of Bogota. There are various attractions suitable for all age groups. Roller coasters, bumper cars, flying swings, mini-wheel, a carousel, several high octane rides like the tornado, the screw, the double wheel are some of the main rides in the park. Several shows, activities, and eateries also form an integral part of the park.
Plaza Bolivar is the heart of Bogota and the best place to start your trip from. The center of the square is adorned by a bronze statue of Simon Bolivar constructed by Italian Artist Pietro Tenerani. The Plaza Bolivar is the city's first public monument.
Simon Bolivar Park is the most popular urban park in Bogota. The green landscape, the sports complex, and the entertaining activities make it a favorite among the locals and the tourists alike. The main attraction of the park is a lake where paddle boats can be rented and also a large activity area that can hold up to 140,000 people.
Bogota is the largest and the capital city of Colombia. It is the heart of the country and it is also the economic, political, industrial and cultural hub. The chilly Andrean peaks cradle the city. The most popular and historically rich area is La Candelaria which is most visited by tourists. This is adorned by colonial buildings, museums, hotels, restaurants, bars and around 300-year-old houses, convents and churches. The north side is more urban with up class boutique hotels and chic entertainment centers like Zona G and Zona Rosa. Music is the love of the city and you are going to find it everywhere. Some are good, some not so good. You love it or you hate it but you cannot pretty much ignore it. The soundtrack is played constantly.
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How To Get Around?
Getting around is relatively easy and inexpensive thanks to the city's innovative TransMilenio metro-bus service. There are too many things to do and see in the city to list here but among the highlights are the colonial style buildings of La Candelaria; the Gold Museum with its unique collection of pre-Colombian gold work; the view from the Monastery of Monserrate which overlooks the city and the Botanic gardens which is like a miniature national park.
What Should I Wear?
Think slightly conservative and sophisticated clothing (if you want to fit in, maybe you don't though!), essentials include sunglasses for during the day, a pair of jeans or dark pants, a printed scarf and a light coat and jacket, dress up not down!
Best Time to Visit
The closer to the equator, the hotter and more tropical the climate can be. Also, in the regions of higher elevation, the weather is much more variable. The best time of year to travel to Bogotá is probably during the months of December, January, February and March. These are the months when the weather is driest.
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The city has a population of around 8 million and is divided into a number of different areas including the historic centre 'La Candelaria', the downtown business district and several modern and prosperous suburbs.