Planted on the mountainous slopes of Monserrate, La Candelaria has maintained the atmosphere of a colonial neighbourhood. It is a maze of narrow, steep streets where it is easy to get lost lined with rainbow coloured houses, carved wooden balconies, Baroque churches, squares, and a plethora of cafés and restaurants to experience.
The carefully preserved colonial buildings are home to museums and hotels scattered among the three-century-old houses, churches, and convents. The oldest neighbourhood of Bogotá, declared a historical monument in 1963, also contains much of the city's tourist offerings: the red-and-white Byzantine-inspired Gothic church Iglesia del Carmen; the Independence Museum, where you can learn all about the famous vase that started it all; the Casa de Narino; the Luis Angel Arango Library, which is the largest in the country everything is concentrated around four city blocks. Make a special point of entering the churches you find along your way.