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About a decade ago, a small group of well-heeled Bogotános decided they wanted to escape the bland and sterile gated communities of Bogotá’s northern suburbs. They opted for Bogotá’s oldest neighbourhood and historic quarter – La Candelaria – in the city centre.

It’s a district of steep cobbled streets lined with Spanish colonial mansions stretching towards the green forested foothills of the Andes.

Since the 16th century, La Candelaria has been a cultural hub and the birthplace of the capital’s leading universities and theatres. Spurred on by…

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