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Welcome to the capital and largest city of Colombia, Latin America’s controversial country of coffee and coca plantations. Shake off all the rumours and reputations draped over this country and enter with an open-mind, Bogota will reward with colourful historic streets, unfathomable sites, and an endlessly lively and hospitable culture. Nested on a high plateau some 2,500 metres above sea level, the city has almost 500 years of history as the country’s capital, seeing eras of both Spanish colonialism and independence. Visitors to Bogota will find no shortage of inspiring things to do, particularly given the city is home to the biggest collection of gold artifacts in the world; a collection of archaeological and ethnographic relics that date back as far as 10,000 BC; and a Roman Catholic church that sits some 200-metres underground within the tunnels of a salt mine. Those looking for more contemporary and urban experiences could visit the Bogotá Museum of Modern Art or take a graffiti tour of the city, potentially ogling at political messages or an ode to a dead hamster painted by Justin Bieber in 2013. Sunny days could be spent in a kayak on the lake of Simon Bolivar Metropolitan Park or taking the aerial tramway to Monserrate Hill for sweeping views of the city. Rainy days could me spent tucked up at a restaurant like Comedorcito Paisa or Tamales, sampling dishes like comedorcito paisa of red beans, rice and chorizo or a breakfast of tamales steamed in a plantain leaf. Prepare to find a captivating historic sophistication all set to a backdrop of breathtaking Andean peaks - the reasons to visit Bogota are simply endless.
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