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Bogotá, Columbia
Set against lush green mountains, beautiful Bogotá is a beguiling mixture of old world and new. Whether you love to admire natural beauty, spend an edifying afternoon in a museum or see magnificent churches, you'll find that there's plenty to see and do in this steamy city.
Church in Bogota
Church in Bogotá
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Botero Museum
The author has been a huge fan of Botero ever since first seeing his charming statues lining the Champs Elysees in Paris as a freshly minted college grad, so I'll start with this museum dedicated to his works. Visitors can meander through the graceful rooms of this historical building and view his chubby subjects depicted in paint and stone.  Also included in the museum's collection are works by Klimt, Monet, Chagall and more.

Museo de Oro
This fascinating museum displays golden artifacts crafted by the indigenous people, dating from before the Spanish conquest of Columbia. See a tribal mask or a seashell so realistic it looks like it was plucked from a sandy shore.  The artistry of the items on display coupled with the sheer volume of objects make this museum a Bogotá favorite.

Botanical Garden
Nature lovers will appreciate the Jose Celestino Mutis Botanical Garden, the largest in Columbia.  See examples of plants native to all parts of Columbia.

Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar
History buffs won't want to miss this museum, once home to Simón Bolívar, known as "The Liberator" for his pivotal role in gaining freedom from Spanish rule.  Make sure to take a turn through the beautiful garden on the property.  

Cerro de Monserrate
You'll enjoy fantastic views of Bogotá from this hill.  Great photo ops!

Bogota Cathedral
Located on the Plaza Bolívar in the historic Candelaria section of the city, Bogotá Cathedral, pictured above, is a prime example of colonial architecture in South America.

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