Cheap Flights to Bogota
Bogota is not only the geographical center of Columbia but also the cultural and commercial center of the country. Bogota has long been known for its fine universities, which brings a vibrancy into city life. Founded by Spanish explorers in search of a city of gold, it is now populated by travelers in search of the wonders of the Andes. Whether you are interested in pre-Columbian civilization or the latest in entertainment at exclusive clubs, Bogota has something for you. Cheap flights to Bogota are serviced through El Dorado International Airport (BOG).
Fly to El Dorado International Airport
El Dorado is one of the biggest and most modern airports in South America. BOG is located to the west of Bogota and is not far from downtown. It is the main operating base for flights to Bogota using Avianca Airlines and is also served by other international carriers. El Dorado connects to major airports in the Western Hemisphere as well as direct flights to European capitals. The airport is served by public bus and taxi with free shuttle service between the terminals. The average price for a taxi ride into the city center is $13.
Attractions in Bogota
La Candelaria is where most of Bogotá’s attractions are located and where students from several local universities pour out into clubs and bars after dark. You will also find many of the old colonial neighborhoods on side streets off of Avienada Carrera 10. This area contains many of the city's museums, including the Museo del Oro and Museo Bortero del Banco de la Republica. Architectural landmarks include the neoclassic Cathedral Primada and the Cathedral of San Fransisco. There are two lovely plazas in La Candelaria called Plaza de Bolivar and Plaza del Chorro. Both offer an opportunity to rest and refresh yourself at one of the many cafés. Colombia is now a popular eco-tourism destination and many companies offer tours into the Andes. However, sitting just on the eastern edge of downtown behind the universities is Monserrate, the highest point in Bogota. You can walk to the top or take the tram. If you chose to walk, there are several waterfalls you can visit along the way. If shopping is what interests you, try out Zona G on the northern slopes of the city for some high fashion.
Hints and Tips for Visiting Bogota
Bogota has a subtropical highland climate. July and August are the best months to visit with temperatures in the high 60s and little rain. At over 8,000 feet, Bogota is one of the highest cities in the world. Be careful if you are driving in the city as travel restrictions do limit car access during certain times depending on license plate numbers. To get a taste of authentic culture, head to Usaquen on Sundays after mass for a traditional brunch of migas (made with corn tortilla strips) and strong coffee. Food is relatively inexpensive in Bogota. A meal for two costs as low as $5 at a casual eatery and up to $50 at a high-end restaurant.