Spanning out from the massive Plaza Bolivar, where the national congress, city hall, and judiciary seat are located, Bogota's historic district is a colorful jumble of architectural styles dating back to the 1500s.
La Villa (with the famous Gringo Tuesdays parties or the Exchange Salsa Thursdays for salsa beginners), Armando Records and Maroma mix western and Colombian music and are some of the best clubs in the area.
Colombia is one of the world’s largest flower exporters, second only to Holland.
The city’s main fruit and flower market is worth a visit even if you’re not buying—the myriad varieties of roses, lilies, and plenty of flowers you’ve never even heard of will inspire serious gawking.
The Spanish set foot on Colombian soil for the first time in 1499 and in the first half of the 16th century initiated a period of conquest and colonization, ultimately creating the New Kingdom of Granada, with as capital Santafé de Bogotá.
Independence from Spain was acquired in 1819, but by 1830 the "Gran Colombia" Federation was dissolved.