Located in the center of the country at an altitude of approximately 2,600 meters, Bogotá enjoys an almost perfect climate with average temperatures varying from 9 to 23 degrees centigrade.
The city has a population of about 8 million and is divided into a number of different areasincluding the historic center 'La Candelaria', the downtown business district and several modern and prosperous suburbs.
Getting around is relatively easy and inexpensive thanks to the innovative TransMilenio metro-bus service. There are also many things to see in the city, but 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.
An awarding winning city
Bogotá was included in the "Destinations to be discovered" category in the Swiss Tourism Awards 2007, as an "enchanting city, full of contrasts and surprises".
Another Colombian city, Cali, was included in the "Capitals of Creativity" category, and was described as the "Capital of Salsa and of Joy".
More information Swiss Tourism Awards
Colombia still suffers from an image of lawlessness fomented by the activities of guerrilla groups and drug cartels.Thankfully, violent crime has tumbled dramatically over recent years. So much so that Lonely Planet, the travel publisher, chose Colombia as one of its top ten travel hotspots for 2006, in large part because of improvements in safety.
Of course travelers to Bogotá still need to take care of, but they will have nothing but warmth, hospitality, honesty and politeness.