"Be part of the hustle and bustle of the capital’s largest fresh produce market, ‘Paloquemao’. Here you will learn about Colombia’s rural or ‘campesino’ culture and enjoy the diversity and sheer abundance of produce grown in Colombia’s varied climates. Open seven days a week, this market supplies the ingredients for the majority of the city's best restaurants. You’ll have the chance to wander the heaving, colorful stalls, sample this country’s vast number of exotic fruits (some of which are unique to Colombia and the Andes) and any other traditional local foods that take your fancy. Enjoy the dazzling display of exotic cut flowers too - one of Colombia's top exports on spectacular display in this sprawling market."
BOGOTÁ CITY TOUR
Today we will have a tour through Bogota's colonial neighborhood, La Candelaria, the capital’s heart and soul. With its colorful houses, pretty balconies and village-y vibe, it's the city's cultural heart, too, with plenty of museums, the city's main library and a picturesque church on every second street corner. Home to artisans and musicians, it has plenty of bohemian cafes and restaurants, making it ideal for strolling and exploring its streets. Visit the capital’s main square, the imposing Plaza Bolívar, with its magnificent Colonial and Republican style buildings, including the stately Palace of Justice, Colombia’s Congress and Bogota’s Primary cathedral. Enjoy the architectural mix of old adobe houses, churches, and buildings of the Spanish Colonial period, alongside Baroque and art deco styles. Visit the Botero Museum, showcasing the 'oversized' artwork of Fernando Botero, one of Colombia’s best-known artists. The museum not only houses work by Botero but also other world-famous artists such as Dalí, Monet and Van Gogh.
The capital's fascinating Gold Museum boasts the largest collection of pre-Columbian gold in the world, with tens of thousands of gold pieces displayed over three floors from all of Colombia’s major pre-Hispanic cultures. Colombia is the birthplace of El Dorado, a mythical city the Spanish conquistadores believed was home to untold riches of gold and jewels. Colombia’s pre-Hispanic cultures and their incredible mastery of gold is displayed here in spectacular fashion - you’ll gasp at the advanced techniques that were used and the incredible craftsmanship required to produce these intricate and elaborate pieces that were typically made for tribal chieftains. You may be surprised to find out that gold itself had no monetary worth as such and was instead used in ceremonies, often to revere and represent their most important deity, the Sun.
Overnight – Hotel Termales Del Ruiz