With about 8 million people, Bogotá is the largest city in Colombia. Visitors and locals enjoy the culture, history, gastronomy, and great diversity of places that offer unique and unparalleled experiences. You will love walking amongst the old houses of La Candelaria; visiting the museums with both historical and modern artifacts, and viewing the city from the Monserrate; just to name a few of the many sites and experiences for all tastes young and old.
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Located in the center of Bogotá is the historic zone: La Candelaria. Here you will find houses and streets, built from stones more than 400 years ago. Also, in this area, you can visit the Botero and Gold museums, which has more than 35,000 pieces of indigenous gold. In addition to being in a strategic area of the city, La Candelaria offers tourists a variety of hotels, and the majority of the hostels in Bogota are also located here.
Near the Candelaria are the cable car and the funicular that every day carries hundreds of people to Monserrate. There itis possible to observe the city from the lookout at an altitude of 3152m.Another great view of the city is from the road to the Calera, with an altitude of 2718m. As it has many restaurants and pastry shops, this area is also one of the most important for the gastronomy of Bogotá. Likewise in other areas, such as Usaquén, Zona G, Zona T, and La Macarena, you will find a grand variety of different restaurants of high quality that will surprise your palate.
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After eating, rest in one of the many parks of Bogotá. And absorb some sun or relax in the shade under the many trees. Parks like the Jardín Botánico or Simón Bolívar Park, where “Rock al Parque”, a festival that lasts 3 days receives more than 320,000 people each year. Another option is to ride a bicycle on some of the 300 km of cycle routes in Bogotá.
Finally, if you want to discover the history, art, nature, and exquisite cuisine? You can find everything in one grand city. Come to Bogotá and live a unique and lasting adventure!
Other places not to miss while in Bogota:
- Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá – about an hour drive out of Bogotá you’ll find this Roman Catholic Church built 200m underground in an old salt mine.
- Villa de Leyva – about 3 hours from Bogotá is a beautiful colonial town where every street, wall, house, gate, and door takes you back to the time of the Spaniards. (Tip, have a lot of space for photos and stay a night or two in one of the beautiful hotels or many hostels.)
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