Set at an altitude of over 2,000 meters in Colombia’s Eastern Andean range, Bogota boasts wonderful highland climate and natural beauty. The capital of Columbia is dotted with numerous national monuments and cultural landmarks, befitting the pulsating core of an ancient land that was periodically rediscovered by empires over the centuries. Long before the Spanish Conquistadors arrived on its shores, in search of the elusive El Dorado, the grand Muisca Empire ruled the highland valleys around modern day Santa Fe de Bogotá. Today, the ancient works of art tracing the El Dorado legends, displayed at the city’s Gold Museum, attract travellers from around the globe. The Plaza de Bolívar right in the center of town is representative of the region’s rich cultural heritage with its grand old churches, cloistered convents, and painstakingly preserved colonial architecture. Cerro Monserrate to the east, offers the highest vantage point over the city and the lush mountains towering around it. The modern city, meanwhile, has spread northwards, to the tony neighborhoods of Zona Rosa and Zona G with its trendy eateries and nightclubs.