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Colombia’s fertile highlands have been heavily populated since pre-Colombian days. Santafé de Bogotá, the capital, was founded in 1538 and lies at about 9,000 feet. The old centre, known as La Candelaria, still preserves fine colonial architecture and historical buildings such as the cathedral; Casa de Moneda (mint); palaces, churches and convents.

A funicular railway and cable car lead up to Monserrate hill, with fine views. North of the city, the famous Salt Cathedral at Zipaquirá (built in the old tunnels of a large salt mine) is well worth a visit, and Lake Guatavita was one source of the El Dorado legend: a ceremonial site of the Muiska Indians where gold and emerald ornaments were thrown into the water.

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    Abadia Colonial

    City hotel - Candelaria
    A small boutique hotel in an old colonial building with a lovely feel. Internet and breakfast (only) included.
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    Artisan Hotel

    City hotel - Zona G
    A stylish hotel in the financial district, just a short walk from Zona G where some of the city's finest restaurants are found. Originally two buildings it has been tastefully renovated maintaining many original features and there is a bar, restaurant and gym.
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    Cité Hotel

    City hotel - Zona Rosa
    A comfortable mid range-option, on the edge of Virrey Park in the Zona Rosa district, and within walking distance of bars and restaurants. There is a restaurant, bar and lovely outdoor heated pool on the rooftop. Guests can also use a local gym a couple of blocks away, at no charge.
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    Four Seasons Casa Medina

    City hotel - Zona G
    An impeccable smaller hotel in the number one gastronomy area of Bogotá. Originally a private home, the hotel has been beautifully converted into a charming hotel which was taken over by Four Seasons in late 2015. The rooms are split across the original building and the more modern extension, maintaining a classic, traditional style throughout. There is a restaurant, gym and spa, and many of the city's most fashionable restaurants are within easy walking distance.
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    Hotel De La Ópera

    City hotel - Candelaria
    A charming colonial hotel in La Candelaria, next to the Teatro Colón and just one block from the Plaza Bolívar. Set around a small internal courtyard the hotel is made up of two houses, an original colonial building from the 17th century, which has been beautifully renovated maintaining many original features, and a more modern building from the 19th century. There are two restaurants, one which is on the top floor with wonderful views, a small indoor swimming pool, spa and gym.
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    Hotel Habitel

    City hotel - near airport
    This modern hotel just five minutes from Bogotá's international airport is low rise and very comfortable.
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    Hotel Morrison

    City hotel - Zona Rosa
    A very comfortable and friendly hotel overlooking the small and pretty Leon de Greiff Park. There is a restaurant at the hotel although you may prefer to eat out at one of the many other nearby restaurants.
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    Sofitel Victoria Regia

    City hotel - Zona T
    An elegant hotel in the lively Zona T, a short walk to a number of bars and restaurants. The hotel is modern, stylish and very comfortable with impeccable service. The bar and restaurant is on the ground floor, for guests who prefer not to venture out, and there is a gym and spa.

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