In 2017, the president of Colombia received the Nobel Peace Prize, and the country has suddenly gone from one of the most dangerous places on the planet to a nation on the verge of discovery. The tourists have not yet arrived en masse, and the guarded optimism of the Colombian people who have long hoped for peace is palpable, so a visit is exciting for adventurous travelers. Bogotá doesn’t have the beach appeal of Cartagena or the financial might of Medellin, but it has been home to artists and creative sorts for decades. While the city doesn’t have a pretty central area, its population of 8 million exude a spirit for celebrating life. You see it in the street art, the weekend cycling parades and frequent family celebrations. Come to get a taste of Colombian history, culture and enthusiasm while staying in comfort and eating some of the best food on the continent.
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The best time to travel to Bogotá is in the period between December and March, because these months are the least likely to have rain, though it is always possible. Locals tend to be prepared with an umbrella all year round. Bogotá is in a tropical zone and at a high elevation, so the weather ranges from highs in 60s to lows in the 40s.
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The two top properties in Bogotá are both Four Seasons hotels. Our preferred one is the Four Seasons Casa Medina, which is located in a charming historic building designed by Santiago Medina Mejia that feels more like a quirky residence with fireplaces and beamed ceilings than a traditional hotel. The streets surrounding the hotel are home to some of the city’s top restaurants. The Four Seasons Bogotá is also in a prime area with some excellent shopping and dining nearby, but the property feels more corporate and generic and attracts more business travelers.
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