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Travel Blog: The Beauties of Bogotá and other Colombian Wonders

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Leeds chapter.

Bogotá brings vibrant culture to Southern America in many ways. There is always something to do here in one of the most beautiful capital cities in the world. With astounding architecture, fascinating history and delicious food, it’s a wonder it isn’t a more popular holiday destination for the Western world. 

Every year, mid-August, Villa de Leyva, Boyacá hosts their annual kite-festival representing the arrival of American and European tourists in Colombia. A tradition that has been celebrated for 39 years!

Probably the best feature Colombia has to offer, the Monseratte – a church atop a mountain constructed in 1640 – is an incredibly important religious symbol, but is also believed to doom any relationship that visits the sacred mountain due to the Monseratte curse.

Another Colombian must-see is the Museo del Oro, a gold museum filled with a glistening history. This year the museum celebrates 75 years and is therefore offering many exciting exhibitions demonstrating the construction of the museum and the stories of the pieces within it.

The best thing about Colombia is, of course, the people. Colombians are such friendly and family orientated people, who lead laidback and happy lives during the day. At night, however, the scene is rather different! Colombian nightlife is one of the best in the world, especially in salsa clubs – best to have a few lessons first though!

Colombia has been known to be dangerous, so when my best friend told me she was moving there for 6 months, I was worried. However now I realise that the only danger of going to Colombia is never wanting to leave. 


Eloise Kershaw

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First year Russian and Arabic student who loves to travel.