We know, you probably don't know much about Bogota.
You might also be skeptical about claims that this city of an estimated 8 million people stands shoulder to shoulder with other storied South American capitals. But with Colombia as a whole experiencing a tourist resurgence, it's time to get familiar with its vibrant capital city.
Often called the Athens of South America, the best of Bogota is a treasure of museums, art galleries, international fairs and cultural events.
About 60% of the world's emeralds come from Colombia, and there are myriad opportunities to buy them in Bogota.
Named the UNESCO City of Music in 2013, a slate of festivals throughout the year is celebrating everything from Beethoven to cumbia, the native Colombian music popular throughout South America.
Meanwhile, a growing gourmet scene has led to a boom in sophisticated eateries. And, of course, it practically rains fresh brewed Colombian coffee.
So now you know -- Bogota isn't just a stopover en route to other South American cities, it's a destination on par with the best of them.
Here's how to find the best of Bogota.