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Flights to Bogota

image of BogotaBogota is the capital city of the Central American country, Columbia and sits at a high elevation in the Andean Highlands. Bogota is a thriving and bustling city which has influences from both Europe and North America giving is a cosmopolitan blend attractive to tourists from around the world.

Most airlines offering flights from South Africa to Bogota involve taking 2 connecting flights from Johannesburg. These airlines include BMI, Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, South African Airways, Avianca and American Airlines. For a shorter route and journey time you could choose a flight with Air France or Iberia as these only involve one stop.

Flights are also available from Cape Town, although these all involve 2 connecting flights. Airlines you can use include Delta, Iberia, BMI, Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and American Airlines.

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The Tourist Attractions of Bogota:

Bogota is a large city, but has a very good public transportation system making it easy for visitors to get around. Travelling by bicycle might not be everyone’s idea of having fun whilst on holiday, but Bogota has one of the most extensive city bicycle networks in the world so may be an excellent way to get to see more of the city than you would through a bus window!

Unless you’re feeling really fit though, the best way to reach the popular Monserrate is by funicular. This high up area gives visitors panoramic views of the city and is a great place to enjoy some Colombian food.

For another great view of the city you can go to the top of Bogota’s tallest building, Torre Colpatria. As well as being the tallest building in Bogota it is one of the tallest in South America. The viewing deck is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The oldest neighbourhood in Bogota is La Candelaria. This historical area is popular for its architecture and historic buildings, houses and churches as well as a number of interesting museums and is a pleasant and attractive area for visitors to enjoy.

Museums worth visiting in Bogota include the Gold Museum and the National Museum. The Gold Museum (El Museo del Oro) has impressive displays of pre-Spanish artwork on gold as well as pre-Columbian artefacts. The National Museum (Museo Nacional) is the oldest in the country, and is situated within an 1823 building. There are over 20,000 items representing the different ages in Columbia’s history.

There are also several art museums, including the Banco de la Republica Art Collection of nearly 3,000 paintings, plus the Museum of Colonial Art and the Museum of Modern Art Bogota.

Check what events are being held at the Santamaria Building whilst you’re in Bogota. This is large outdoor stadium built in 1931 and which somewhat resembles Rome’s Coliseum. It is currently used for bullfighting though it does hold concerts and other events too.

Bogota also has a good proportion of open space and visitors can enjoy some of the large parks here. Simon Bolivar Metropolitan Park is one such park where you can fly kites or watch one of the free concerts which regularly occur. Another popular park is the National Park (Parque Nacional) which has walking and cycling trails and a variety of entertainment including concerts and movie screenings.

When Should You Visit?:

The average monthly temperatures in Bogota don’t vary too much, but the actual daily temperatures can have quite a range from the minimum to maximum temperatures. Generally speaking, Bogota has a dry season and a rainy season – dry season is from December through to March and the rainy season is from April through to November.

Daytime highs are mild, rising to around 25C (77F) in the dry season, though dropping to a chilly -4C (24F) at night, so a good range of clothing is required!

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