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Packed with lovely pastel-coloured houses, beautiful cathedrals, trendy cafés and interesting shops, the historic neighbourhood La Candelaria is the vibrant heart of Bogotá. Although the neighbourhood lies in the middle of the city, it has a friendly laidback small town atmosphere.
According to locals, La Candelaria is one of the few places in the capital where people really seem to know each other and take the time to sit down over coffee or play a game of chess. This is where the Spaniards founded Bogotá in 1538. They built colonial-style churches and houses and constructed wide boulevards and cobblestoned streets. This neighbourhood is perfect for a long leisurely stroll. And although in the following centuries the city has grown and modernized, La Candelaria still oozes history.