At 2600 meters high you will find rumba, culture, colonial architecture and good people in the vibrant Bogotá.
In 1538, the Spanish conquistador Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada ascended the eastern part of the Andes mountain range and founded the city of Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza, now known as Bogotá, its indigenous name that corresponded to the savannah in which it sits.
Nearly 500 years later, the capital of Colombia, located about 2600 meters high, is a vibrant city where its almost 8 million inhabitants can boast of living in the economic engine of the country. But you don’t just work in Bogota. Rumba, culture, gastronomy, historical legacy and nature make it a must stop for those who want to explore the best of Colombia.
To make the most of it, in Skyscanner we leave you our subjective list of the 10 best things to see in Bogota:
1. The Candelaria and the Old Town
La Candelaria is the most emblematic neighborhood located in the historic center of Bogotá.
Stroll through its narrow, steep streets with parsimony. Admire the small and colorful houses of colonial times, their zaguanes and gates marked with the symbols of houses and families of the Creole and Spanish aristocracy, long forgotten.
Other downtown neighbourhoods include Egypt, Las Aguas, Bethlehem or Germania. Here you will find most of the most beautiful buildings in Bogotá: the Mint, the Teatro Colón, the Quinta de Bolívar, the Environmental Axis or the Astronomical Observatory
2. Monserrate Hill
Bogota’s most famous viewpoint is located at more than 3,100 meters of altitude, above the eastern mountain range.
The hills surrounding the city were formed millions of years ago and monserrate, although it has suffered fires and deforestation, still maintains a part of Andean forest. You can walk up on a walk or by funicular or cable car.
Although many people go up to do sport or contemplate the views of Bogota, the real tourist attraction is the Basilica of the Lord of Monserrate, which has been a place of pilgrimage since colonial times. However, it says the popular belief that couples who visit the hill together never get married. Your choice remains.
3. Botero Museum
The Botero Museum in Bogotá is located in the neighborhood of La Candelaria. It is considered one of the best art museums in Latin America and contains not only works by the famous Colombian muralist, painter and sculptor, but it bequeathed part of its great artistic heritage to the city of Bogotá.
Paintings by Renoir, Monet, Picasso or Miró; sculptures of Dalí or Degas; and, of the way, paintings and sculptures by Fernando Botero. A cultural space to admire works from the main artistic currents of recent centuries
4. Gold Museum
The collection of the Gold Museum of the Bank of the Republic is considered to be the most important in the world of its kind.
Since the end of the 30s of the last century it opens its doors to those interested in knowing the objects, traditions and culture of the pre-Columbian peoples that inhabited the region. It exhibits more than 34,000 pieces of goldsmithing and 20,000 lithic objects, textiles, ceramics and precious stones belonging to cultures such as Tayrona, Tolima, Tumaco or Malagana. A real walk through history.
5. Usaquén Neighborhood
The most modern buildings are perfectly integrated into the colonial architecture of the Usaquén district.
You have to travel to the northeastern tip of Bogotá to walk through the narrow streets of Usaquén, which was born as an independent village in the sixteenth century but annexed to the capital after the expansion of the capital.
Bars, shops and restaurants dot the lows of this upscale neighborhood. If you visit on a Sunday, go to Usaquén Square to listen to storytellers who delight children and adults
6. Churches of Bogota
Those who like ecclesiastical tourism are in luck. In Bogotá there are dozens of temples to visit and know the history of this city through its architecture.
Some noteworthy are that of Santa Bárbara (seventeenth century) in Usaquén, the Primate Cathedral in Plaza Bolívar, church of San Agustín, Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria and that of San Francisco, the oldest in Bogotá (1550-1567).
7. Andrés Carne de Res
If you like tasty meat almost as much as a good rumba, in Andrés Carne de Res you will not have to opt for one of these two options.
In a huge enclosure where the décor borders the quirky, thousands of diners eat good meat while having fun with show and dance. The thing complements perfectly with some good Colombian drinks, extending the party until the early hours.
This recreational-gastronomic experience can be lived in the town of Chía or in Bogota
8. Zipaquirá and Salt Cathedral
Just an hour from Bogota, you will find the Salt Cathedral. This temple built inside Zipaquirá, one of the largest salt mines on the planet, has greater architectural value than religious.
In it we can find a good number of sculptures made in salt and in the same enclosure there is a themed cultural space dedicated to mining, geology and natural resources.
9. Viewpoint of the Colpatria Tower
Bogota’s skyline is changing, but the Colpatria tower is still the one that dominates it and its viewpoint gives you full views of the city and part of the savannah. It is located on the 48th floor of this impressive building of almost 200 meters high, which was the highest in the country until this same year.
10. Simon Bolivar Park
In all large densely populated cities where pollution rareises the environment, it is always necessary to have a good green lung. The Simón Bolívar Metropolitan Park, with its 113 hectares, acts as such in Bogotá. But not only that.
It has a huge garden, a lake where you can perform water activities, circuits to cycle tourists, sports areas and various scenarios where some of the most important events in the country are held. Here you can come for a walk, relax, frote with your partner, play sports, watch theater or listen to music. A data indicating the size of the venue: Pearl Jam played here at the end of November